Present vs Future Focussed People


The below is the text from Hell Yeah or No book. It gives a good mental model to reason how one live their life. I don’t think one has to entirely in one list or the other. You will be more aligned to one list than the other. Also, I don’t think one is better than the other.

Present-focused people

  • Pursue pleasure, excitement, and novelty
  • Focus on immediate gratification
  • Especially appreciate life, nature, and the people around them
  • Are playful, impulsive, and sensual
  • Avoid anything boring, difficult, or repetitive
  • Get fully immersed in the moment and lose track of time
  • Are more likely to use drugs and alcohol
  • Are better at helping others than helping themselves

Future-focused people

  • Delay gratification
  • Are driven with self-discipline because they vividly see their future goals
  • Tend to live in their minds, picturing other selves, scenarios, and possible futures
  • Especially love their work
  • Exercise, invest, and go for preventative health exams
  • Are better at helping themselves, but worse at helping others
  • Are more likely to be successful in their careers, but often at the expense of personal relationships, which require a present focus

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