One of the best feelings in life: When something that once felt *hard* starts to... | by Sahil Bloom

Sahil Bloom


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One of the best feelings in life: When something that once felt *hard* starts to feel *easy*.

My hard to easy playbook: 30-for-30. • 30 days • 30 min per day 30 days of effort is a real commitment, but small enough that you can mentally take it on. 900 minutes of accumulated effort yields surprisingly significant results.

900 minutes of cardio puts you in better shape. 900 minutes of writing makes you a better writer. 900 minutes of reading can cover several classic books. 900 minutes of meditation can build toward a clear mind. 900 minutes of work on that secret project will make a dent.

For any arena, you’re quite literally one month of dedicated, focused effort away from dramatic improvement. Hard can become easy—but only if you’re willing to do one hard thing, every single day.

There is this steep hill by my house. The first time I tried to run up it, I nearly died and had to stop. It pissed me off—so I ran up it every single day for 30 days. Today, I ran up it at the end of a run and it felt *easy*. Progress is addicting.

For more on my 30-for-30 approach to improve at literally anything:

The path to make something feel easy is closely related to the Paradox of Effort: You have to put in more effort to make something appear effortless. Effortless, elegant performances are often just the result of a large volume of effortful, gritty practice. Easy is not easy.

My favorite story of this: Picasso in the market

Most people will quit before something starts to feel easy. The best way to stand out is simply to outlast.

By the way, there are some things that you might not want to ever feel easy. Sometimes hard is actually the goal. Morning cold exposure is a perfect example of that. You don’t want it to feel easy. Hard is the point!

I’m thinking of setting up a simple community built around a monthly personal expansion project. Pick a topic or area where you want to grow. Link with peers in similar topic or area. Focus on it for 30-60 minutes per day, with accountability from small group.

Today’s writing partner wanted a shoutout. He slept through the whole thing, but I’ll still give him credit. Dad Vibes are on a trillion in downtown Rye right now…

Another perspective to add here: “All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.” - Lao Tzu Always seek to find the points of leverage in a system. What are the highest leverage (easy) ways to do something?

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