Life

“Life, well lived, is long enough.”
– Seneca

We cannot Retreat

“We cannot retreat to the convenience of being overwhelmed.”
Ruth Messinger

Kindess > Intention

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
– Oscar Wilde

Real Change

“To make real change, you have to be well anchored – not only in the belief that it can be done, but also in some pretty real ways about who you are and what you can do.”
– Twyla Tharp

Understand the Entrepreneur

“If you want to understand the entrepreneur, study the juvenile delinquent. The delinquent is saying with his actions, “This sucks. I’m going to do my own thing.”
― Yvon Chouinard

From the book “Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman”

(Thank you Luma)

How To Fill The Glass

“I’m not interested in whether the glass is half empty or half full. I’m interested in figuring out how to fill the glass.”
Donald Kaberuka

Attitude of Optimism

“In 2018, how about cultivating an attitude of optimism? Not as a judgement, or a reaction to the world around you, but as a choice, by which you navigate and affect the world around you. In our own experience, the personal benefits of waking up every day and deliberately making that choice are profound.”

“Most importantly, it’s a collective optimism, one that recognises that progress doesn’t happen by magic, but is the result of sustained, committed efforts by millions of people over decades, who keep on showing up and insisting that it’s possible to create a vibrant, life sustaining global society that works for everyone.”

Do yourself a favor and read the full post: The Crunch # 51 Also, I just signed up to support Gus and Tane on Patreon.

(Thank you Marc)

Fear of Not Being Understood

“Fear of not being understood is the greatest fear I thought lying on the bathroom floor at 11 P.M. Worse than not pleasing people, worse than anything else I can think of. Worse than being cold or alone. Worse than getting old.”
Eileen Myles

Journey

“A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles. ”
― Tim Cahill

See What Happens

“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.”
Michael A. Singer

Entrepreneurship

“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control.”
— Howard H. Stevenson

Steven Pressfield on Investments

In his new book, Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferris asks Steven Pressfield the following question: “What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?”

“I’ve never invested in the stock market or taken a risk on anything outside myself. I decided a long time ago that I would only bet on myself. I will risk two years on a book that’ll probably fall flat on its face. I don’t mind. I tried. It didn’t work. I believe in investing in your heart. That’s all I do, really. I’m a servant of the Muse. All money is on her.”

Generosity

“Generosity is luck going in the opposite direction, away from you. If you’re generous to someone, if you do something to help him out, you are in effect making him lucky. This is important. It’s like inviting yourself into a community of good fortune.”
– Twyla Tharp

(via Emerline / Offscreen Magazine)

Do Not Close Your Heart

“Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.”
Michael A. Singer

Get Paid for Playing

“The essential principal of business—of occupation in the world—is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing.”
Alan Watts

The Need To Be Alone

“By retreating into ourselves, it looks as if we are the enemies of others, but our solitary moments are in reality a homage to the richness of social existence. Unless we’ve had time alone, we can’t be who we would like to be around our fellow humans. We won’t have original opinions. We won’t have lively and authentic perspectives. We’ll be – in the wrong way – a bit like everyone else.”

The Need to be Alone

Belief vs Faith

“Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go.”
Alan Watts

(Thanks Bailey)

Transparency is a Spectrum

“At the end of the day, transparency is truly a positive force. When it does backfire or causes fallout, it’s often because a leader hasn’t often taken the time to consider these two things: Transparency requires context, and transparency is a spectrum.”

How transparent should you be as a leader? by Claire Lew

The Universe Conspires

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cindy Gallop

“There is a formula for success in business, and it goes like this: You set out to find the very best talent in the marketplace, and then give them a compelling and inspirational vision of what you want them to achieve for you and the company. Then you empower them to achieve those goals using their own skills and talents in any way they choose. If, at the same time, you demonstrate how enormously you value them, not just through compensation, but also verbally, every single day, and if you enable that talent to share in the profit that they help create for you, you’ll be successful. It’s so simple, and virtually nobody does it, because it requires a high-trust working environment, and most business environments are low-trust. In order to own the future of your business, you have to design it around trust.”
– Cindy Gallop

The Most Provocative Woman in the World: Cindy Gallop

Why We Don’t Have Nice Things

“Every creator that desires to fly higher needs an audience willing to cheer them on and go for the ride as well. That’s our part of the deal.”

Why We Don’t Have Nice Things, by Seth Godin

Faith

“Faith is a state of openness or trust.”
– Alan Watts

Procrastination

“Procrastination gives you time to consider divergent ideas, to think in nonlinear ways, to make unexpected leaps.”
– Adam Grant

Kindness Scales

“It scales better than competitiveness, frustration, pettiness, regret, revenge, merit (whatever that means) or apathy. Kindness ratchets up. It leads to more kindness. It can create trust and openness and truth and enthusiasm and patience and possibility.

Kindness, in one word, is a business model, an approach to strangers and a platform for growth.It might take more effort than you were hoping it would, but it’s worth it.”

Seth Godin