Does it make you happy? Does it make you money? If not, don’t bother.
– Adam Carolla
This is a great litmus test for things you’re thinking about doing and it’s especially handy when you’re angry. It’s short, easy to remember, and will guide you well most of the time.
Forcing yourself out of bed at 5 in the morning on a Sunday may make you miserable at the time, but if it’s going to make you money, maybe that tiny bit of misery is worth it. Sometimes, telling someone to fuck off will make you happy, so go ahead. But, most of the time, if you use this as a check on your first impulse, you’ll slow down enough to realize that the nasty email you’re going to send or the angry phone call you’re going to make isn’t going to make you happy and it certainly won’t make you money. So just let it go.