Nonsense

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
— Dr. Seuss

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Moderation

“Having small touches of colour makes it more colourful than having the whole thing in colour.”
— Dieter Rams

Challenged

“I know that I’m not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don’t know how not to.”
– Maya Angelou

Tell Me What You Did Today

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Tell Me What You Did Today, And I’ll Tell You Who You Are, by Benjamin P. Hardy

(via Jocelyn)

Solitude

“Our capacity for what psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has termed “fertile solitude” is absolutely essential not only for our creativity but for the basic fabric of our happiness — without time and space unburdened from external input and social strain, we’d be unable to fully inhabit our interior life, which is the raw material of all art.”

Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work

Change

“Even when change is elective, it will disorient you. You may go through anxiety. You will miss aspects of your former life. It doesn’t matter. The trick is to know in advance of making any big change that you’re going to be thrown off your feet by it. So you prepare for this inevitable disorientation and steady yourself to get through it. Then you take the challenge, make the change, and achieve your dream.” 

– Harvey Mackay

(I have posted this quote before, years ago. Always coming back to this one when I go through phases of massive change. Deep breaths.)

Empathy

“Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked – but it’s immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.”
– Laura Linney

Fear

“What about fear? Originals feel fear, too. They’re afraid of failing, but what sets them apart from the rest of us is that they’re even more afraid of failing to try. They know you can fail by starting a business that goes bankrupt or by failing to start a business at all. They know that in the long run, our biggest regrets are not our actions but our inactions. The things we wish we could redo, if you look at the science, are the chances not taken.”
Adam Grant

Generosity

“Being a giver is not good for a 100-yard dash, but it’s valuable in a marathon.”
Adam Grant

Currency of Leadership

“I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.”
– Howard Schultz

Big Questions

“… By all means, get it right. Get it right the first time. Successful makers of change embrace the hierarchy of importance, though, and refuse to engage with a fight about right when it’s vitally important to focus on important instead.”

Big questions before little ones, Seth Godin

Middle-Age

“By middle age you might begin to see, retrospectively, the dominant motifs that have been running through your various decisions. You might begin to see how all your different commitments can be integrated into one meaning and purpose. You might see the social problem your past has made you uniquely equipped to tackle. You might have enough clarity by now to orient your life around a true north on some ultimate horizon.”

The Middle-Age Surge, by David Brooks

Honor

“To seek honor before profit is the surest means of finding profit with honor.”
– Félix Nadar

Photographer Félix Nadar on the Single Most Important Factor in Becoming a Commercially Successful Artist

Love

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Yup.

Goals

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.”
– Albert Einstein

What You See

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Emailing Busy People

Don’t “keep in touch.” It drives busy people crazy. Treat e-mailing them as you would knocking on their door and interrupting dinner. Treat it that seriously and use it that sparingly.

Tim Ferris on How to Get Busy Influencers to Share Your Stuff

Beauty

“Beauty is that in the presence of which we feel more alive.”
– John O’Donohue

Beauty Is an Edge of Becoming

The Art of Asking

“From what I’ve seen, it isn’t so much the act of asking that paralyzes us–it’s what lies beneath: the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak. The fear of being seen as a burdensome member of the community instead of a productive one. It points, fundamentally, to our separation from one another.”

– Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

The First Principles Method

“I think it’s important to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. The normal way we conduct our lives is we reason by analogy. [With analogy] we are doing this because it’s like something else that was done, or it is like what other people are doing. [With first principles] you boil things down to the most fundamental truths…and then reason up from there.”

How Elon Musk Thinks: The First Principles Method

Raise Your Game

“When we raise our game aesthetically, we elevate it morally and spiritually as well.”
― Steven Pressfield

From the book Turning Pro.

Vivid Memorable Interactions

“… We can’t easily change the dominant narrative that people have about us, we certainly can’t do it by insisting that our customers or colleagues bring more nuance to the table.

​Instead, we can do it through action. Vivid, memorable interactions are what people remember. Surprises and vivid action matter far more than we imagine, and we regularly underinvest in them.”

The dominant narrative, by Seth Godin

The Man In The Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Excerpt from “Citizenship In A Republic” speech

(Thanks for the reminder, Bre)

Letting Go

“When you let go of something you are holding onto, you make room for your destiny to move in.

When you let go, you must have faith.

Have faith in the process, trust that you are going to a place you are meant for, a place that might not make sense now but will make plenty of sense later. You will see that because this happened, that happened. And the order of it all, no matter how painful or beautiful, was exactly what it needed to be.”

Why You Need to Let Go of Attachment, by Lewis Homes