Making boring work
Making products that nobody wants
A lack of self-respect
A tendency to shrug off all responsibility to someone else
Being too nice
Being an asshole
Letting other people make your schedule
Letting other people make decisions for you
Consuming more than you create
Arguing on the internet about the inconsequential
Drinking alcohol every night
Eating cheap food every day
A messy room
A messy workspace
A life without beauty
A life without art, music, song, and dance
A life without history and literature
Being around people who don’t care about you as a person
Being around yourself when you don’t like you as a person
Not making friends who write, read, and dream
Mocking people who write, read, and dream
Pretending your future self doesn’t exist
Deluding yourself into believing that nothing you do has any consequence whatsoever
This is not a complete list.
Avocado toast is not expensive. Almond butter is not expensive. Sushi is not expensive. Bad habits of mind, bad habits of body, bad habits of soul – these are the most expensive things in the world.
Your repressed potential is costing you. We don’t usually think of habits as coming with a price tag. But day after day, little pieces of a better life turn to dust with each moment spent doing something you know you should not do.
Goals demand sacrifice. Having bad habits of mind is like reverse sacrifice: you’re giving up your dreams in return for something petty.