Many people, after attending one of my lectures, tell me they struggle with the guilt of nonproductivity, or worse, substandard accomplishments. I try to comfort them with examples of my own inability to attain success, of which there are many.
We must face the fact that hard work often does not remedy the problem. Hard work is hard, and when it is for naught, we wonder why we are working at all.
This sense of futility is, I believe, the number one cause of mental illness in the United States of America today. It has certainly caused me great pain, especially when I realized that I do not have a wallet. Continue reading