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Better

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

Maya Angelou

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On current events

Jason Fried writes:

It’s easy to say what a year, what a week. But that’s a shortsighted, privileged point of view. I’m guilty of holding that occasional perspective. It’s moments like these that jolt me into recognizing the deeper reality.

On current events – Signal v. Noise

Indeed.

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Seeds

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson
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A Way Back

Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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Warriors

No person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.

Adrienne Rich, Sources

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Expectations

I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.

Bruce Lee

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What are you afraid of?

Alan Weiss writes in the Million Dollar Consulting Mindset newsletter:

Too often our personal “driving force” isn’t composed of our strengths and passions but rather of our fears. We are afraid to confront an issue; to start a conversation; to pick up the phone; to try something new. We are “driven” in another direction entirely, to procrastinate, make excuses, abandon a plan, endure a poor relationship.

As the same poles in a magnet repel, we are “repelled” in a different direction, antipodal to our intended goals. “Fight (our fears) or flight” results in flight. This makes us not only unsuccessful, but also uninteresting.

As with any problem, to remove it we must find the cause. And in this case the cause is almost always an ego problem, poor self-esteem, “baggage” being borne for no rational reason at all. We fear rejection, we fear a “loss,” we fear ridicule, we fear “defeat,” we fear fear itself. Our fears are, of course, irrational, because they create a far worse future than any pain in confronting the obstacles would actually produce.

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Success: what people think it looks like versus what it really looks like


From This is a Book by Demetri Martin
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No one is a complete waste

“No one is a complete waste; they can always serve as a bad example.”

Mark Twain
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Disappointment

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.