Your internal thoughts after reading the title: "Max hasn't posted for a while... I think he might have lost it."
My answer to your internal thoughts: "You're wrong. I have a good explanation for this one... as always."
Popular belief would tell you be to [inset the one or multiple of the following: hustle, progress, innovate, advance, accomplish something, make others proud] everyday. Void that belief. In fact, do the opposite.
I noticed two weeks ago that I was moving forward but going nowhere. I felt like a hot rod doing a burnout in a parking lot AKA looking cool but pointless at the same time. So I took a step-back, I evaluated where I was at in my life. I quit a prestigious fellowship and stopped writing. I took a step back and starting reading. Started observing, instead of talking. Most importantly, starting learning.
What I Learned: it upset others around me. It made them question me which made it question myself. I was nervous, fearful, didn't know if my company would still keep me. Would I be able to pay rent? Buy food? Survive?
That description made it seem like quite possibly the worst decision ever, right? Wrong again. These last two weeks have been the best two weeks since I graduated from college. I learned some of the best life lessons yet.
Life Lesson #1: Please yourself first, others never.
Seriously, you rock. Others around you are questionable (I am just kidding -- you probably have great friends and family). Seriously again, you can only control yourself. This means your actions, beliefs, attitude (or lack thereof). Because that is the non-negotiable truth, you must worry about yourself and the perception of yourself which allows you to please yourself first.
Life Lesson #2: Create a post-game press conference...
If you allow people to question you, it will make you question yourself. If you question yourself, it will make you take a step back. Think. React. Learn.
Life Lesson #3: Plan your next life lesson.
Life is short but should be full of learnings. The more life lessons you can create for yourself. The sooner you can build an personal empire. Look at the lessons you learn like as an army. You are the king- strategically deploy your army of lessons to continue to grow.
Spark Notes: Be better, but take a step back before doing so.