On privilege and bandwidth

On privilege As you read in a book the other day, privilege is most effective when you give it to yourself. You might even be able to argue that privilege is only effective when you yourself have decided that you have it. You might call it entitlement and in some sense of the word, that's what it is. You have to believe that you have a right to be in the rooms and places that you will end up in the future. That's not to say that you don't have to work hard or you get to walk in with no explanation to a company and take over. But you should walk in with a healthy attitude of confidence rather than being unsure about yourself and whether or not you deserve to be in a room. Failing to fully believe you're worthy of being where you are is a great way to prove yourself not worthy. Believe in yourself a little bit!

On bandwidth As you learned today in a book, your mind has limited bandwidth and it functions accordingly, switching between tasks and thoughts to run with efficiency. One insight that will help you focus is that the brain can tune out distractions when it is focused on one demanding task. This might be why listening to audiobooks at such a high speed helps you focus more—since the task is more demanding, your mind gives it more bandwidth and has to tune out other distractions in order to keep up, resulting in you being more focused. In all of what you do, focus will keep you on track more than trying to avoid distractions. If you sit down to work with the intention of not getting distracted, your brain clearly has enough bandwidth to think about other things. If you sit down with the intention of becoming engrossed in your work, your brain will become so focused that it ignores the rest of the world around you. You observe people in this state all the time—turning into heavy traffic, writing a text message, or even entertaining themselves by television. It seems like they have tunnel vision and nothing around them seems to matter. Aim for this focus when you sit down to write or pursue any creative endeavor. Just make sure that your focus is never on things as fleeting and unimportant as writing texts or watching television.