“By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately, and well.”
— Robert Bringhurst
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
— E. B. White
“People’s ability to connect is the glue that holds our culture together. By thinning out our interactions and splintering our media landscape, the Internet has taken away the common ground we need to understand one another. Each of us is becoming more confident about our own world just as it drifts farther from the worlds of others. Empathy requires us to understand that even people who disagree with us have a lived experience as deep as our own. But in the fractured landscape of social media, we have little choice but to see the other side as obtuse, dishonest or both. Unless we reverse this trend and revive empathy, we have little chance of mending the tears in our social fabric.”
The Technology of Kindness, by Jamil Zaki
“What if we measured true success not by the amount of money you have but by the amount of human energy you unlock, the amount of potential you enable? If that were our metric, our world would be a different place.”
— Jacqueline Novogratz
“You certainly can’t lead from behind a desk, and you can’t lead with email. It’s a human enterprise. It’s the same reason you can’t parent through texting. You can’t coach a baseball team with email. You’ve got to show up.”
— Simon Sinek
Listen to this wonderful conversation between Debbie Millman and Simon Sinek.
“You have to be odd to be number one.”
― Dr. Seuss
“Come to the edge.
“We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It’s too high!
COME TO THE EDGE!
And they came
And he pusehd
And they flew.”
— Christopher Logue
“The only way to consciously deactivate a thought is to activate another. In other words, the only way to deliberately withdraw your attention from one thought is to give your attention to another.”
― Esther Hicks
“There is no desire that anyone holds for any other reason than that they believe they will feel better in the achievement of it. Whether it is a material object, a physical state of being, a relationship, a condition, or a circumstance – at the heart of every desire is the desire to feel good. And so, the standard of success in life is not the things or the money – the standard of success is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.”
― Esther Hicks
“You can’t be what you can’t see.”
― Marian Wright Edelman
“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.”
I don’t remember where I saw this, but it really struck a nerve.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
— William Penn
“Life is about the management of energy, where you place your attention, is where you place your energy.”
— Dr. Joe Dispenza
“do not be afraid of slow moments.”
— yung pueblo
“It’s a rather simple question that quickly gets to the core of someone’s sense of well-being and legitimacy: did your childhood leave you feeling that you were – on balance – OK as you were? Or did you somewhere along the way derive an impression that you needed to be extraordinary in order to deserve a place on the earth?”
“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out, know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.”
— Ernest Hemingway
“It takes a long time to grow young.”
— Pablo Picasso
“The truth of a thing is in the feel of it, not in the think of it.”
— Stanley Kubrick
“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”
— Barack Obama
“Don’t memorize your talk. Memorize your stories. Ten stories make a talk. Write yourself a simple cue card to remember each story’s name. Then tell us ten stories.”
If there is one person I would take speaking advice from, it’s Seth Godin.