Regret Minimization Framework

“Get away from some of the daily pieces of confusion. …In the short term they can confuse you. But if you think about [it] in the long term, then you can really make good life decision that you won’t regret later” – Jeff Bezos

Well I have to say that’s worked out damn well for him. Don’t you think?

How do you actually disconnect yourself from the daily confusion? It’s actually a lot easier than it sounds. Make a list of what you have become dependent on – what you have become accustomed to.

Then imagine what your life would be without them. What would you put in their place?

Not dissimilar from the Stoic exercise of practiced property, but honestly that was just the thing that Seneca, et al were most accustomed to. Freeing himself, at least for a time, of their daily worldview, enabled Seneca to pen letters to a friend with such poignant wisdom that they still are held up today as exemplars of the best of human thought.

That’s truly thinking for the long term.

I do wonder where Bezos is actually trying to go in the long run. Does he have a thousand year out goal?

Did Seneca?