On attention

Make a point to set yourself apart from others by paying attention to completely different things than others pay attention to. The most prominent example is the news. Most people pay attention to it and care about it. It seems like they forget that the same reports they paid their full attention to last week mean nothing this week. Yet, for the next seven days, they will repeat the process.

One reason people can’t stop watching is that they are scared of missing out. Missing out on what? If anything truly exciting or monumental happens, you will hear about it, provided you don’t live in a cave. Somebody else will bring the news to you, rather than the other way around.

This goes for many things that seem to demand your attention. You don’t need to stress yourself out by devoting your mental capacity to watching random charts and metrics. You don’t need to be so self-conscious as to forget about other people. If you were the opposite of self-conscious—that is, conscious more of others than yourself—people would love you for it! They would also recognize the important fact of your difference. That is the beauty of diverting your attention from what the crowd sees. You will gain a sort of superpower by controlling your mind rather than letting it be pulled back and forth by the will of others.