= the wu wei art of doing ‘nothing’ but accomplishing much
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What is Sprezzatura?
-In short it means “the art of nonchalance”; you have it if you are accomplished – seemingly without effort.
James Bond knows everything about everything. He is a master of wine, of art, of weapons, of politics, of poker, marksmanship, women, fighting…
-When did he ever study these things?
James Bond makes it look as if he was born with every conceivable skill mastered to perfection.
-Easy, nonchalant and masterly; a natural sprezzaturian
Bruce Wayne is the exact opposite. His harsh and difficult life, as a crime fighter with limited personal life, came about via an even tougher background and training. Wayne had a rough start, but invested in his future, first for revenge, then for justice. Bruce Wayne’s is the more probable (not to mention admirable) path to accomplishment.
Always Be Bruce Wayne.
Castiglione wrote The Book of the Courtier as a portrayal of an idealized courtier—one who could successfully keep the support of his ruler. The ideal courtier was supposed to be skilled in arms and in athletic events but be equally skilled in music and dancing. However, the courtier who had sprezzatura managed to make these difficult tasks look easy – and, more to the point, not appear calculating, a not-to-be-discounted asset in a milieu commonly informed by ambition, intrigue, etc. Concerning sprezzatura, Castiglione said:
I have found quite a universal rule which in this matter seems to me valid above all other, and in all human affairs whether in word or deed: and that is to avoid affectation in every way possible as though it were some rough and dangerous reef; and (to pronounce a new word perhaps) to practice in all things a certain sprezzatura [nonchalance], so as to conceal all art and make whatever is done or said appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.
Personally, I have struggled and prevailed, even excelled, against the odds of my background – just like Bruce Wayne. Yet, I project (and feel) like James Bond.
-My subjective perception of my own accomplishments is that they came easy enough, as a result of genetics, luck and a natural focus and drive. Teachers, friends, family and acquaintances usually get that impression too.
Objectively, however, my success in high finance was hard-won in as tough an environment as they come -Bullied by the rich kids, no contacts, no role models.
Do you want to be a spreZZaturian – making hard endeavors look (and feel) easy?
Always Be Investing
– in your future, in your happiness, relationships, in your skills (sometimes even financially but that’s besides the point); search and experience widely, choose carefully, put in the effort, always invest in yourself and you will be proud and happy.
Leverage your life
– do the right thing, not just anything the right way.
Anybody can be a mediocre finance slave making quite a lot of money. Very few, however, will be happy doing it. Find your particular leverage, your unique combination of skills that will set you apart, through lateral living, i.e., exploring extremes without risking permanent damage