Authors sometimes say things that are dreadfully obvious, and they sometimes juxtapose problems of wildly different severities and psychological impacts. I want the author to remind me: Why are they writing this book?
Why didn’t I write a book that was half the length?
Why should people feel motivated to save money, give up dessert, tell the truth…if the benefits will go to their future selves that they can’t yet recognize as ‘themselves’ in their imaginations today?
When writing feels painful, I think about these four statements.