“Ms. Kondo’s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not “spark joy,” after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment — your home already has all the storage you need.”
Kissing Your Socks Goodbye, by Penelope Green
The world needs more MUDITA, the opposite of schadenfreude.
“Mudita is word from Sanskrit and Pali that has no counterpart in English. It means sympathetic or unselfish joy, or joy in the good fortune of others.”
(via Austin Kleon)
“If you’ve done well, it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down.”
– Kevin Spacey
From this interview over on Levo.com
“There are always limits, and there are always opportunities. The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions.”
– Seth Godin
The problem with problems.
“As a leader my responsibility is to tell hard truths to my team and to my CEO. I can only do that when folks truly believe that I have their best interests at heart and my intention is to push them to being their better selves.”
– Jesse Hertzberg
In his most recent blog post, Jesse Hertzberg, former COO of Etsy and Squarespace, shares some of his principles on how to build a culture centered around speaking the truth: On Candor.
If this is your thing, make sure to also read his older posts On Recruiting, On Feedback and On Walking and Talking.
“For many things, your attitudes came from actions that led to observations that led to explanations that led to beliefs. Your actions tend to chisel away at the raw marble of your persona, carving into being the self you experience from day to day. It doesn’t feel that way, though. To conscious experience, it feels as if you were the one holding the chisel, motivated by existing thoughts and beliefs. It feels as though the person wearing your pants performed actions consistent with your established character, yet there is plenty of research suggesting otherwise. The things you do often create the things you believe.”
– Benjamin Franklin
From this Brain Pickings post.
“… The real trick to producing great work isn’t to find ways to eliminate the edgy, nervous feeling that you might be swimming out of your depth. Instead, it’s to remember that everyone else is feeling it, too. We’re all in deep water. Which is fine: it’s by far the most exciting place to be.”
Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing, by Oliver Burkeman
“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
(via Gretchen Rubin’s Newsletter)
“Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.”
– Alan Watts
on the art of timing and the pleasure of presence
“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.”
15 Career Tips from Smart Women.
“…This is the only note to self: other people are real. That’s all there is to learn. It takes forever, but you can start now.”
The Only Note To Self, by Frank Chimero
“A salad with too many walnuts or a sauce with too many capers is like a Sunday with too many free hours – you stop appreciating the pleasure they provide. I think about that when I cook. Put just enough sweet cubes of carrots in a soup, and you won’t have to search too hard to find one, but when you do, it’ll still give you a little thrill.”
– April Bloomfield
From the new book called The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom by Princeton Architectural Press
“…the difference between people who are successful and not are that those who are successful seemed to know from the age of 7 or 8, maybe older, they’re very in tune with what they love. I compare it to a voice inside their head, not literally a voice but something that says “you really are drawn to this subject” and they hear it throughout their lives. For me it was writing and books, since I was a kid. At any time I deviated from that love and went into something else, I was just so unhappy and I knew that I wasn’t doing the right thing. It’s just this voice that keeps drawing you back to what you really, really love.”
– Robert Greene
Found the above quote via this blog post, feed your head + find your soul, by Justine Musk. Something I think about a lot, hoping I’ll be able to help my kids find what they really, really love.
“Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don’t show up. They want to be missed when they’re gone.”
– Seth Godin
Can ordinary people become leaders?
“If a website (or any artifact) lacks quality, it is not just one aspect that needs improvement and then it’s all good. Quality is not just the method, just the form, or just the content. The lack of quality doesn’t cumulate in a spot, it is fundamental. Quality is what holds form and content together.”
– Oliver Reichenstein
Putting Thought Into Things, by Oliver Reichenstein