May 18Liked by Dr. Gena Gorlin

Looking at the builder’s mindset that way reminded me of James Carse’s fabulous “Finite and Infinite Games”[1]:

By measuring our lives in terms of “building it”, we create a framing that allows us to play our life as the infinite game it really is. And in the course of playing, we have the freedom to engage - or not - in all the many finite plays we are confronted with.

Ideally, we engage in all of this with the infinite players mindset.

Looking at it this way also posits that building - in the essence of the builders mindset proposed by you, is inherently playful. That’s a perspective I really like.

[1]: Carse, James P. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility. Ballantine Books, 1986.

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Mar 31Liked by Dr. Gena Gorlin

Superb article! Could you offer advice to someone struggling with decision anxiety over deciding between several valuable paths, rather than giving up on a less valuable path in exchange for one of higher value?

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Yes- one resource I had half a mind to link to in the article (but didn’t find a good spot for) is this fantastic talk by philosopher Ruth Chang, called “How to make hard choices”: https://youtu.be/8GQZuzIdeQQ?si=93dZH4AGG1BpbQSa . Beyond that, I would also just emphasize that any decision tends to be better than no decision at all, and that a lot more decisions are “2-way doors” than we tend to appreciate.

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Mar 29Liked by Dr. Gena Gorlin

Gena, great article! As relevant to someone building a life in chapter 3, some might describe post retirement, as someone in chapter 1, more at the beginning.

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