Courage

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”
– Aristotle

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Friendship

“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.”

Friendship and Vulnerability.

Creative Process

“The creative process is an escape from personality.”
-TS Eliot


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On Hope and Cynicism

“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

“Verschlimmbessern”

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.

Courage

“. . . 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

Change

Change Essay Jenny Holzer

“… Action will bring the evidence to your doorstep.”

From one of Jenny Holzer’s ’15 Inflammatory Essays’.

Mattering is important

“…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.”

Seth Godin

Begin

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”
– Goethe

Can I Pick Your Brain?

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

Important

“Nothing important comes with instructions.”
James Richardson

Connection

“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

“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.

The Good Life

“The good life is built with good relationships.”
Robert Waldinger

Chance

“Chance favors the prepared mind.”
Louis Pasteur

On Confidence

“We need to learn a calculated form of disrespect and a constructive suspicion of authority.”
Alain de Botton

Misery

Q: “What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?”

A: “Living in fear.”

David Bowie

No!

“Time is the raw material of creation.”

Creative People Say No, by Kevin Ashton

What are you Willing to Struggle For?

“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.”

You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question, by Mark Manson

Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
― Meister Eckhart

Radical Candor

Radical Candor

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

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Valid Criticism

“Valid criticism does you a favor.”
Carl Sagan

Becoming

“Nothing ever is. Everything is becoming”.
Heraclitus

Reconsider

“Part of the problem seems to be that nobody these days is content to merely put their dent in the universe. No, they have to f***ing own the universe. It’s not enough to be in the market, they have to dominate it. It’s not enough to serve customers, they have to capture them.”

Fantastic (long) ready: Reconsider, by David Heinemeier Hansson.