“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”
– Marshall Mcluhan
“What you need, above all else, is a love for your subject, whatever it is. You’ve got to be so deeply in love with your subject that when curve balls are thrown, when hurdles are put in place, you’ve got the energy to overcome them.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”
“Friendship is the dividend of gratitude that flows from an acknowledgement that one has offered something very valuable to someone: not a fancy present, but something even more precious, the key to one’s self-esteem and dignity.”
“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté.”
– Maria Popova
From Maria’s post on Hope, Cynicism, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves
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.
“. . . 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
“… Action will bring the evidence to your doorstep.”
From one of Jenny Holzer’s ’15 Inflammatory Essays’.
“…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.”
“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”
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
“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, 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.
“We need to learn a calculated form of disrespect and a constructive suspicion of authority.”
– Alain de Botton
“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.”
“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
― Meister Eckhart
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