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“There is no more profitable investment than investing in yourself. It is the best investment you can make; you can never go wrong with it.” - Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Recently I bought a pair of Airpods Pro 2, and it might just have been the best purchase I’ve ever made. The main reason I bought these Airpods was that I was getting away from some of the core habits that were important to me literally due to how quiet my regular Airpods were getting.
For example, I really enjoy listening to audiobooks & podcasts while getting a workout in and I quite literally could not hear those audiobooks anymore after my Airpods became ridiculously quiet. I also am a big fan of listening to movie soundtracks while I’m doing deep work at my desk.
I kid you not, it was getting to the point where listening to music was barely loud enough to drown out the AC / heating unit in the room I was in. To my own detriment sometimes, however, I can be overly frugal about not buying things. While I am a minimalist and I pride myself on only owning things that bring me value, I had actually gotten myself to overengineer this due to my frugality.
Basically, the very thing that used to bring me value, my AirPods, was now an annoyance rather than allowing me to gain knowledge and focus on my work anymore. I am glad to say that ever since I invested in the upgraded pair of AirPod Pros, this changed in an instant.
I am now able to sit down at my desk and drown out everything with the amazing noise cancellation and sound quality these earbuds have. Funny enough, I looked at the price tag and tried to convince myself to not buy these for a long time. I actually told myself I was going to hold out and not buy Airpod Pros until the 2nd generation came out.
Now I’m not saying that I regret waiting to buy any form of these, but I did learn a valuable lesson about buying these amazing headphones. That lesson is, don’t wait to get something that is ACTUALLY going to improve your workflow, or overall quality of life if you deserve it.
Not to virtue signal but I work pretty hard. To put it more accurately, I work a high quantity of hours every week. While doing that, even prior to getting the new ones, I almost always wear my AirPods. The fact of the matter is that I deserved to buy myself whatever headphones I wanted as I clearly spend enough time in them to warrant a high-quality version of that thing.
Most of the time, I keep my frivolous spending pretty low and focus on making the most of what I have, but in this circumstance, I clearly took it too far. This story is an opportunity to reflect on the things you use on a daily basis. Think about whether you can upgrade them so they can provide you with more value. As I’m writing this newsletter, I am taking advantage of the fantastic noise cancellation these headphones have, and can say they have drastically improved how I feel when I’m working & working out.
Have an awesome week!
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