In Singapore (but very few NY 🙂 jobs, I noticed a pattern — the longer I stayed on a stable job, the lower I dropped in motivation, incentives and positive feedback/reinforcement for IV body-building including QQ, coding..
Every time I pass a non-trivial tech screening, I feel a real boost … Reinforcement of absorbency and reinforcement of a wellspring of energy lasting a few days to a few months … sometimes years thanks to my retrospective blogging. My Singapore experience is missing this crucial IV element. Without it, my absorbency of dry technical learning is hard to sustain. This also explains why my absorbency of localSys is hard to sustain.
(My son has never experienced such positive reinforcement.)
To gain perspective I find it necessary to compare with other endeavors. My conclusion — body-building has the highest leverage. See also meaningful endeavor(Now)4family: IV^zbs^gym..
Whenever I feel guilty/ashamed of my fixation on IV, and try to learn zbs, localSys, GTD etc, eventually (often quickly) I hit a broken reinforcement loop and a weak or depleted “energy supply” and invariably give up, very rationally.
Q: is there any /endeavor/ with higher visPgress than IV body-building?
|chores that require absorbency||visPgress #immediate||$ROTI||leverage over long-term, on family well-being|
|body-building||Yes in the form of blog+github… not $$ ||reasonably high, given huge $gain and huge t-investment 😦||higher leverage than everything else combined , despite the churn|
|… cf localSys||highly visible||respect, not $$||->necessary but insufficient condition for move-up|
|non-prop investment||easily visible but small||low given the small profit||no leverage so far|
|yoga (+ fitness)||some but hard to keep||$zero||high leverage, well-known|
|diet for BMI||highest but hard to keep||$zero||😦 low since it’s hard to keep up|
 I think many of my peers can’t keep up the body-building effort precisely because there’s no $ROTI… personal projects: any ROI ] salary@@
 direct fruits of the endeavor:
- made my nice TPY home possible
- enabled me to move between countries
- made GC possible
- gave wife the SPR then Singapore citizenship
- gave me decent salary
- supported my property investments