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The Good Life - 12/07/2022 - Cost, Time, Quality *

Yesterday, I teetered on the edge of a cliff. I was working with the team to resolve a challenge when I “saw the light” and realized the source of our problem, which is the perennial challenge of Cost, Time and Quality, and the fact that with every project we can only pick two—something MUST then always be sacrificed in favor of our selection. I was then on the edge of a cliff, as reason demanded I now act on my understanding while the momentum of the team carried us along in another direction. I was frustrated being pulled in two directions. And I know it showed. Darn it. So much for self-control.

I then slept poorly on the idea, tossing in bed exploring options, and I think I awoke with a plan. But even if my plan fails, I at least know why we are struggling, and I’m confident the team will agree. And that’s a better place to be, I think—though it’s still the edge of a cliff; but at least we’ll know better where we actually are, with feet now more firmly upon the ground. As it’s good to know the actual reason for the problems we must face.

The Good Life Meditation is my daily recitation and reminder of personal objectives and principles used in pursuit of a purposeful life in spite of a universe of seeming indifference. Learn more about The Good Life at my website or by reading my book Going Alone. And visit our Discord at:

OBJECTIVES: 1. Be Always Ready to Die 2. Make Good Use of Time and Resources 3. Develop Good and Sound Life Principles 4. Cultivate Good Emotional Reactions 5. Perform Good Actions 6. Recognize True Limits and Opportunity 7. One Thing Slowly

PRINCIPLES: 1. Principle of War 2. Principle of Reason 3. Homunculus 4. Anchorhold 5. Home of Good and Evil 6. Principle of Purpose 7. Atomic Principle 8. Principle of Nature 9. The Pirate Ride 10. Principle of Maturity 11. Social Principle 12. Public Speaking 13. Temperance 14. Life Will Not Go Well 15. The Horror Show 16. That Which Must Be Borne 17. The Feast of Offal 18. Distraction 19. Agency and The Great Indifference 20. The Best Seat in the House 21. The Restless Man 22. The Path of Wildness 23. The Great Life Adventure 24. The Risk of Avoiding Risk 25. Sin and Damnation 26. Complete Oblivion 27. The Season of Philosophy 28. Bullseye Aim 29. The Uphill Climb 30. Arena and Utility 31. Nothing IS enough 32. The Principle of Fun


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.


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