How to figure out what to do with your life

If we don’t stop to reflect about our values and activities every now and then, we’ll just continue with whatever we are doing due to Inertia and not realize we are chasing outdated dreams.

Julian Shapiro used a process to start with core values and then work downwards from there. He found Regret minimisation helpful too, imagining which choices would minimise regret once he’s 80 and looking back at life.

For me, what if I don’t pursue academia but instead go into data science or some other role? This will likely be something I regret. I like doing research, I like teaching, I like outreach.

Don’t let money be a detour to achieving other values