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If something is bad, it's bad. If it was good at first then became bad, it's still bad. Turn it off. Put the book down. Leave the theater.
The text strikes me as being very "binary", bipolar so to say. While stopping things that don't feel good can be a way to reduce your bad experiences, it could also mean that you're missing out on things that feel bad, painful or difficult for some time till they unfold their beauty. Sometimes enjoyment is work. A good book or movie can be a piece of work. Especially human contact tends to be a rocky road, friendship, love - at times even just having a conversation feels like the fiddliest thing in the world.
Did you even read the text?
I read it twice.
"Sometimes enjoyment is work."
That's exactly what he says: If you enjoy something do it at all costs. If you don't enjoy it, then don't do it.
You're not missing out on something at which you are only forcing yourself without any glimpse of joy or excitement. That's just stupid and takes these irreplaceable hours form your life and fills them with stuff, that is not about you, but someone else.
Sure, he also gives an example of working out and how it can be very painful sometimes. But he starts out with his experience of Lost which he neglected after not enjoying the first season. His advice is to leave if you don't like it, to not waste time but certain things need a second try, maybe a third. So in a way it's paradox, as bipolar almost always is paradox. It seems to me like he's saying you should go through pain if you desire it but without trying, without pain, sometimes you don't even know what your desires are.
Name something that needs several tries from you experience. I find that interesting.
I had to read Tolstoi's "War and Peace" three times to enjoy it.
I see. Maybe the main point should be more something like, do something you want to do, and not because you have to. The guy from the text could have watched Lost, because all his friends did. But he didn't because he thought it was bad and did something else with his time.
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