To maximize or to satisfy…ze

Update: apparently satisficing is a thing.

Think about your core values. Is the goal to maximize each of them? Or do you want to find some satisfactory level and stay there?

A value of health could be a satisfactory value for the average person who just wants to feel young and energetic and look good in a bathing suit. Or it could be a maximization value for a professional athlete.

Some values may be dangerous to maximize. Trying to maximize joy (one of my two core values) is a dangerous path. But maximizing growth (my other core value) seems reasonable, no?

So maybe the trick is to figure out which ones you want to satisfy instead of maximize, and then experiment on finding the satisfaction threshold.

I’ll ponder this. If you have any thoughts on this, email me!


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