I think we all have that secret dream sometimes of moving to some remote village and starting over with no strings attached. Be someone else entirely.
Pseudonyms can help build the confidence to reinvent yourself publicly later, I agree. And presence is a great example. Going back to Bourne, it is his intense level of awareness that allows him to use whatever environment he has — a vodka bottle, a towel, a prepaid cell phone — to shape the situation to his needs.
Naval also had a quote about being enlightened: It’s not a switch you flip once. Every day you’re a certain percentage enlightened. Sometimes it’s 0%, sometimes it’s 5%, sometimes 10%. The percentage is how much of your time you’re able to turn off your monkey mind and live in the present.