Haunted by Data

“In a world where everything is tracked and kept forever, like the world we’re for some reason building, you become hostage to the worst thing you’ve ever done.

Whoever controls that data has power over you, whether or not they exercise it. And yet we treat this data with the utmost carelessness, as if it held no power at all.”

Haunted by Data, Maciej Ceglowski

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Frank Chimero on Community

“Community is critical for creative folks because creating the work is so inwardly focused. … Participating in a community becomes a way to let some sympathetic people into your process so you don’t go crazy, while still protecting the work in its unfinished and fragile state. I see community as people working parallel to one another, sharing information and resources freely with each other. This is how useful information spreads around and how creative people find new opportunities.”
– Frank Chimero

Read the full post: Back to The Cave

Keep Your Eye On The Donut

“Keep your eye on the donut, not on the hole.”
– David Lynch

Pleasure vs Happiness

“A life that doesn’t include hard-won accomplishment and triumph over obstacles may not be a satisfying one. There is something deeply fulfilling — even thrilling — in doing almost anything difficult extremely well. There is a joy and pride that come from pushing yourself to another level or across a new frontier. A life devoted only to the present — to feeling good in the now — is unlikely to deliver real fulfillment. The present moment by itself it too small, too hollow. We all need a future. Something beyond and greater than our own present gratification, at which to aim or feel we’ve contributed.” 
— The Triple Package

Found in this article: If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

Pain

“The pain is a kind of challenge your mind presents — will you learn how to focus and move past boredom, or like a child will you succumb to the need for immediate pleasure and distraction?” 
— Robert Greene

Found in this article: If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

Uncertainty

“The greatest creators train not only in their chosen fields, but in the alchemy of fear.”
– Jonathan Fields

From this interview in which Jonathan talks about his book from 2012 on Uncertainty.

A few Words of Advice for Brain Pickers

There’s no such thing as a 15 minute call, or coffee, or meeting with someone you don’t really know.

I keep coming back to this article by Jason Fried

Love

“Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.”
– Viktor Frankl

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I am learning every day…

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Hope

“Hope is not an emotion: It’s a cognitive process—a thought process made up of what researcher C. R. Snyder called the trilogy of “goals, pathways, and agency.” Hope happens when we can set goals, have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue those goals, and believe in our own abilities to act. Snyder also found that hope is learned. When boundaries, consistency, and support are in place, children learn it from their parents. But even if we didn’t get it as kids, we can still learn hope as adults. It’s just tougher when we’re older because we have to resist and unlearn old habits, like the tendency to give up when things get tough. Hope is a function of struggle. If we’re never allowed to fall or face adversity as children, we are denied the opportunity to develop the tenacity and sense of agency we need to be hopeful.”
— Brené Brown

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Your Best

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
— Epictetus

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Wise Words by Jackson Kiddard

Transformation

“I have never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

Virtues Visibly Embodied

“When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one’s energy, that one’s modesty, another’s generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we’re practically showered with them. It’s good to keep this in mind.”
— Marcus Aurelius

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To Be Yourself

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Avoiding Life

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
– Virginia Woolf

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Spreading Light

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton

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Nayyirah Waheed

you are the thing
that comes from your
soul.

– Nayyirah Waheed

Self

“A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.”
– Virginia Woolf

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Brave Enough

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye. Life will reward you with a new hello.”
– Paulo Coelho

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Think

“What we think, we become.”
– Buddha

Rejecting Standard Metrics

“System innovations almost always involve rejecting the standard metrics as a first step in making a difference. When you measure the same metrics, you’re likely to create the same outcomes. But if you can see past the metrics to the results, it’s possible to change the status quo.”
– Seth Godin

Instead of the easy numbers…

Change

“Have the wisdom to know what cannot be changed, and the strength to change what can.”
– Epictetus

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A Gentle Rage Simmering