80s movie wisdom (i need to learn to make a montage)

adhd authenticity career entrepreneurship neurodivergence Nov 14, 2023
scene from better of dead

I used to love life hacks. The stupider the better.

The algorithms figured this out and fed me video after video.

Most weren't hacks so much as crafts. And the rest seemed more complicated than what you're supposed to make easier.

It didn't matter, I'd watch the videos anyway.

Some of that was because I was decompressing at the end of the day.

Some of it was morbid curiosity. Are there many people REALLY struggling to separate egg yolks from egg whites?

And, now that I really think about it, some of it was just the interest of seeing what different people came up with to solve "problems." Because, while I'm never going to make slippers out of hot glue, props the for out-of-the-box thinking.

I've gotten away from watching these--though I did a bit of Googling while writing this and came dangerously close to getting sucked in for the day.

Luckily, that didn't happen.

Maybe because, in the end, I know there's only one life hack that works for me:

Figure out what works and do that. If it stops working, change it.

It's a Curtis Armstrong-inspired hack. (I'm a child of the '80s, what can I say?)

[Scene from the movie Better Off Dead where Curtis advises Lain on how to ski the K12: "Go that way. Really fast. If something gets in your way, turn."]

That's not to say that other people haven't figured out a way that will work for you.

It's just a reminder that not everything will work for everyone. Or it may not work forever.

That's ok. It doesn't mean anything is wrong with you, or them.

For me what works is doing things my own way, in my own business. Sometimes even very fast. If something gets in my way--or changes--I adjust my course.

What have you found that works for you?