“Verschlimmbessern”

25. Verschlimmbessern (German): To accidentally make something worse in the process of attempting to mend or improve it. Multiple applications around computers, cake baking and relationships.

From this fascinating list of Untranslatable Words.

Courage

“. . . may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.”
– John O’Donahue

Change

Change Essay Jenny Holzer

“… Action will bring the evidence to your doorstep.”

From one of Jenny Holzer’s ’15 Inflammatory Essays’.

Mattering is important

“…The work of a professional isn’t to recreate thrills. It’s to show up and do the work. To continue the journey you set out on a while ago. To make the change you seek to make in the universe.

Thrilling is fine. Mattering is more important.”

Seth Godin

Begin

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”
– Goethe

Can I Pick Your Brain?

1. Picking someone’s brain sounds like an entirely one-sided appeal.
2. There’s no such thing as a 15 minute call, or coffee, or meeting with someone you don’t really know.
3. Offer to come to them.

A few words of advice to brain pickers, by Jason Fried

Important

“Nothing important comes with instructions.”
James Richardson

Connection

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
― Brené Brown

Ambition

“Ambition, I have come to believe, is the most primal and sacred fundament of our being. To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls. Not to act upon that ambition is to turn our backs on ourselves and on the reason for our existence.”
― Steven Pressfield

From the book Turning Pro.

The Good Life

“The good life is built with good relationships.”
Robert Waldinger

Chance

“Chance favors the prepared mind.”
Louis Pasteur

On Confidence

“We need to learn a calculated form of disrespect and a constructive suspicion of authority.”
Alain de Botton

Misery

Q: “What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?”

A: “Living in fear.”

David Bowie

No!

“Time is the raw material of creation.”

Creative People Say No, by Kevin Ashton

What are you Willing to Struggle For?

“Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.”

You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question, by Mark Manson

Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
― Meister Eckhart

Radical Candor

Radical Candor

HHIPP: “Radical candor is humble, it’s helpful, it’s immediate, it’s in person — in private if it’s criticism and in public if it’s praise — and it doesn’t personalize.”

Fantastic read: Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

(via Cindy)

Valid Criticism

“Valid criticism does you a favor.”
Carl Sagan

Becoming

“Nothing ever is. Everything is becoming”.
Heraclitus

Reconsider

“Part of the problem seems to be that nobody these days is content to merely put their dent in the universe. No, they have to f***ing own the universe. It’s not enough to be in the market, they have to dominate it. It’s not enough to serve customers, they have to capture them.”

Fantastic (long) ready: Reconsider, by David Heinemeier Hansson.

A Living Thing

“A business is a living thing, a confluence of energies, each of which wants to see its own self-interest served first.”

From The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business

(via Michael)

Boldness Has Genius…

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.“

~ Partly by Goethe

Big thanks to my friend Steve Kroeter for sharing this powerful quote with me.

Absence

“It seems that the presence of an object is required to make its absence felt (or to make the absence of something felt). A kind of longing may have preceded their arrival, but you have to meet in order to feel the full force of your frustration in their absence.”
– Adrienne Rich

Why We Fall in Love, over on brainpickings

Energy

“Where focus goes, energy flows”.
– Tony Robbins.

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