“there is no healthier drug than creativity.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

When Nobody is Looking

“You know, I’m not a huge fan of the concept of ‘passion’ when it comes to careers. Instead of trying to answer the daunting question of ‘What’s your passion?’ it’s better simply to watch what you do when you’ve got time of your own and nobody’s looking.”
– Daniel H. Pink

Ego is stolen. Confidence is earned.

“When we remove ego, we’re left with what is real. What replaces ego is humility, yes—but rock-hard humility and confidence. Whereas ego is artificial, this type of confidence can hold weight. Ego is stolen. Confidence is earned.”
– Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy

The Capacity To Be Alone

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person–without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.”

― Osho

(via Alex)


“Never sacrifice momentum. I might know a better path, but if we’ve got a lot of momentum, if everyone’s united and they’re marching together and the path is O.K., just go with the flow. I may eventually nudge them down a new path, but never stop the troops mid march.”
Ben Chestnut

Afraid of Nothing

“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.”
Mary Oliver

Lesser Life

“do not choose the lesser life. do you hear me. do you hear me. choose the life that is. yours. the life that is seducing your lungs. that is dripping down your chin.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

Eternal Recurrence

“Eternal recurrence”: A sense of contentment with one’s life and an acceptance of it, such that one could live exactly the same life, in all its minute details, over and over for all eternity.

– Nietzsche


The Only Thing That Counts

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated.”
– Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes on the Universal Inner Child, in a Moving Letter to His Son

Human Nature

“My view of human nature is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways — and that’s okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we’re all these incredibly fragile beings.”
– Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton on What Makes a Good Communicator and the Difficult Art of Listening in Intimate Relationships

The Scariest Moment

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
― Stephen King

Where We Started

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
– T.S. Eliot


All Right, Call Me A Businessman

“…When you make something, when you improve something, when you deliver something, when you add some new thing or service to the lives of strangers, making them happier, or healthier, or safer, or better, and when you do it all crisply and efficiently, smartly, the way everything should be done but so seldom is – you’re participating more fully in the whole grand human drama. More than simply alive, you’re helping others to live more fully, and if that’s business, all right, call me a businessman.”

Phil Knight, Founder of Nike in Shoe Dog – A Memoir

5 mins. 5 hours. 5 days. 5 years. a lifetime

“when you meet that person. a person. one of your soulmates. let the connection. relationship be what it is. it may be five mins. five hours. five days. five months. five years. a lifetime. let it manifest itself, the way it is meant to. it has an organic destiny. this way if it stays or if it leaves, you will be softer from having been loved this authentically. souls come into, return, open, and sweep through your life for a myriad of reasons, let them be who and what they are meant.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

Almost Here

Almost Here

Quote by Nayyirah Waheed.

Uniquely Unique

“… Because, while we’re each unique, we have far more in common than we’re comfortable admitting. Amplifying our differences may make us feel special, but it’s not particularly useful when it comes to getting better.

Being unique is a great way to hide from the change we need when someone offers us a better future. Learning from the patterns and the people who have come before, though, is the only way any of us advance.”

Uniquely unique, by Seth Godin


“Most of the things that we do have two possible outcomes: they might work or they might not. Being able to live with the possibility of either is essential if we’re going to move forward.”

The two risk mistakes, by Seth Godin


“creativity keeps the world alive, yet, everyday we are asked to be ashamed of honoring it, wanting to live our lives as artists. i’ve carried the shame of being a ‘creative’ since i came to the planet; have been asked to be something different, more, less my whole life. thank spirit, my wisdom is deeper than my shame, and i listened to who i was. i want to say to all the creatives who have been taught to believe who you are is not enough for this world, taught that a life of art will amount to nothing, know that who we are, and what we do is life. when we create, we are creating the world. remember this, and commit.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

Look for honor

“Look for integrity, selflessness, sacrifice, and compassion. Find those who champion justice and fidelity. But above all, seek men who emulate humility and meekness. Do not, as so many others do, be deceived into thinking it is a weakness. Meekness is strength wrapped in humility, my dear daughter. It is strength under control in a world where so many are out of control.”

A Letter to My Daughter About Young Men, by Benjamin Sledge

Do Not Be Intimidated by Glamorous People

Do not be intimidated by Glamorous people

I get intimidated all the time. ALL THE TIME! Looks like an interesting read: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps. I know, I know: two kids and two businesses and still trying to feel like a grown up. Maybe I never will…

(via Tracy Chou’s Twitter stream)

On Friendship

“It’s not about what someone can do for you, it’s who and what the two of you become in each other’s presence.”

Do Your Friends Actually Like You? Interesting article by Kate Murphy.

Out of Office Replies

“When you write, everything is literature. Your grocery list. The note to your wife. The email to your mom. Your out-of-office reply. If it’s going to be read by someone, you owe it to them to make it worth their time.”

How my out-of-office reply became national news, and what we can learn from that, by Michael Herschel


“What if joy is my only metric for success?”
– Sarah Jones

(via Elizabeth Gilbert)

Thoughts on Divorce

“But what can happen over time is this: You wake up one day and realize that you have put yourself back together completely differently. That you are whole, finally, and strong – but you are now a different shape, a different size. This sort of change — the change that occurs when you sit inside your own pain — it’s revolutionary. When you let yourself die, there is suddenly one day: new life. You are Different. New. And no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot fit into your old life anymore. You are like a snake trying to fit into old, dead skin, or a butterfly trying to crawl back into the cocoon, or new wine trying to pour itself back into an old wineskin. This new you is equal parts undeniable and terrifying.”

Beautifully honest post on divorce, by Glennon Doyle Melton. The PS at the end resonated especially. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth Gilbert.