On Monday the countdown began - four days until Friday, three days, and so on. At the age of 27, being this unfulfilled was no way to live and so I did what they tell you never to do. I quit. And here's why.
Blocks and fears are not negative. Only unresolved blocks and fears are negative. They are liberating once you are on the other side of them. The way to live productively is to keep overcoming all the blocks and fears for the rest of your life.
So here's how you succeed as commander in the Afghanistan War, General Petraeus. You stay a reasonable length of time, then get your butt out of there and blame all subsequent failures on your successor.