One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations. Once people begin to enjoy new luxuries they tend to become expected and then count on them.
– Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens
In Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind chapter on finding meaning in life, he shares a model for happiness originated by Martin Seligman Ph.D. Since Pink was paraphrasing Seligman and I’m paraphrasing him, this might be an inadequate summary of Mr. Seligman’s work. Alas, we proceed.
I heard this concept on the Tim Ferriss show – him and Naval Ravikant were talking about early stage investment in startups. As they discussed Naval’s list of startups he missed out on, they delineated between errors of omission and errors of commission. I didn’t get it – this mental model just wasn’t in my vocabulary – so I thought I would look it up.