I use this as a filter to make decisions. I optimize for autonomy.
- Pay down debt or invest in the stock market? Debt.
- Buy or rent? Rent.
- Things or experiences? Experiences.
This filter encourages me to develop transferable skills, build portable habits, and learn how to improvise.
You might have a different filter. A "stability" filter might buy the house.
What do you value? Do your actions tell the same story?