With our thoughts, we make our world.
We are all investors; the currency at our disposal is time and energy.
Ultimately, isn’t this exactly what it means to be an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur clearly envisions the future and becomes so enamored with it that they turn their thoughts into reality and will the future they desire into existence.
Theirs is an understanding defined and sculpted by established education’s need to grade, mark and rate both work and students throughout their learning journey.
The idea of purposefully introducing into my life a service designed to fragment my attention is as scary to me as the idea of smoking would be to an endurance athlete, and it should be to you if you’re serious about creating things that matter.
Cal Newport on social media
A good life is made of a series of good days, starting with today.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.
The imagination is for rehearsing our dreams and reliving our joys.
Your achievements in life are only limited by the magnitude of your drive to achieve them.
Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.
Will Smith in "After Earth"
Everyone needs a certain cocktail of conditions to be creative and productive. No one will set this up for you: It’s your professional responsibility to create situations that let your talents come alive each day.
But remember what writer Colin Marshall says: ‘Compulsive avoidance of embarrassment is suicide.’ If you spend your life avoiding vulnerability, you and your work will never truly connect with other people.
Austin Kleon in Show Your Work
Whatever you might be doing, start to tune in - are you shrinking? Are things contracting or are you expanding? And what are those moments of expansion? And how do you cultivate that and bring more awareness to it?
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered you will never grow.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To do something of your own you’ve got to forget what you’ve learned.
Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.
I think storytelling is so beautiful in a way that you already have what it takes inside you.
[Perfectionism is] fear in a mink coat and high heels.
To act is to modify the shape of the world.
After a short amount of time, it’s easy to realize that most people are not that much smarter than you—they just go for it. Why not go for it yourself, too?
What am I in the eyes of most people - a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person - somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then - even if that were absolutely true, then I should like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart.
Vincent van Gogh
Female voices, she argued, are underrepresented in professional settings, from entry-level positions to the C-suite. Women should take risks and express themselves in order to find fulfilling careers… Start sharing your voice—find the medium that works best for you.
Insights From 6 Top Women Leaders in Design and Tech
To find your voice, you need to read deeply.
We begin to let opposites coexist, not trying to get rid of anything but just training and opening our eyes, ears, nostrils, taste buds, hearts, and minds wider and wider, nurturing the habit of opening to whatever is occurring, including our shutting down. We generally interpret the world so heavily in terms of good and bad, happy and sad, nice and not nice that the world doesn’t get a chance to speak for itself.
You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.
Be as flamboyant, fancy, frilly, girly as you would like to be. Do it while being a gamer, a programmer, a game designer. Because you are helping to change people’s ideas of what a programmer/gamer/game developer looks like. And you are making the world a more awesome place by being you.
The act of judging that thing separates you from that thing… You judge people, you judge yourself, you separate yourself from everything and then you end up lonely, and that feeling of disconnection and loneliness is eventually what leads to suffering. And then you struggle, you resist against the world, the way it is. Happiness is the absence of suffering.
Naval Ravikant on The Tim Ferriss Show
If there’s some sense of wanting to change yourself, then it comes from a place of feeling that you’re not good enough. It comes from aggression toward yourself, dislike of your present mind, speech, or body; there’s something about yourself that you feel is not good enough.
I learned another obvious lesson from mountaineering: You never climb a mountain to get to the middle; you climb it to get to the top.
Jim Koch, Brewer and Founder of the Boston Beer Company
You don’t have to start big. If what you do improves the lives of only five people, it’s worth it.
Muhammed Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Relentlessness is what gets results. There’s not some specific technique that always works - it’s just persistence. Dedication is the best and only real technique worth practicing.
Scott Dinsmore on Live Your Legend blog
And yet every day, countless hearths and hearts grow ashen in cubicles around the world as we succumb to the all too human tendency toward choosing what we should be doing in order to make a living over what we must do in order to feel alive.
It’s been my general experience that things that seem disastrous at the time usually do work out for the best. My rejection from Harvard is certainly a dramatic illustration of this.
Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple.
Austin Kleon in Show Your Work
What you focus on expands.
Don’t think of your website as a self-promotion machine, think of it as a self-invention machine. Online, you can become the person you really want to be. Fill your website with your work and your ideas and the stuff you care about.
If you want people to know about what you do and the things you care about, you have to share.
A lack of confidence is the heaviest anchor an athlete can wear.
The drive to close the gap between near-perfect and perfect is the difference between great and unstoppable.
Imagination can’t be channeled into creation without serious levels of grit.
Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
Winnie the Pooh
Today is the most important day of our lives.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Private victories always precede public victories.
Benjamin P. Hardy, Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life
Your blog does not have to be perfect to be successful, but it does have to be out there, so just start now. Wherever you're at, just start now, and it'll get better, I promise.
We need similarities to give us ballast, and differences to make us move.
Joshua Wolf Shenk in Powers of Two
I undersold and underestimated myself, which caused me—and potential employers—to miss out. Under the assumption that I was being humble, I was actually just losing.
Elli Thompson Purtell, in The Everygirl
When people realize they’re being listened to, they tell you things.
The true joy in life is to be a force of fortune instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
George Bernard Shaw
When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.
You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.
I only succeed a little bit because I fail a lot.
Most of all, I rewrote everything… I began to take my lack of talent seriously… Rewriting is what I do best as a writer. I spend more time revising a novel or screenplay than I take to write the first draft.
John Irving, author of The Cider House Rules and other award-winning novels
Storytelling is an essential tool for changing the world because it starts with changing the conversations around what we see, hear, feel and know to be true.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Value + Action = Credibility. A lot of you are doing really good work, and you’re making really good decisions, and you’re living a life of integrity, but you’re not telling people why. You’re not attaching that action to the value, and you’re not getting credit. And in the world of personal branding and career advancement, you do need credibility to build influence.
Lynda.com course "Creating Your Personal Brand"
Often, fears in our mind can be like sap - sticky and very difficult to remove. But fears on paper? Tangible. Visible. Cross-out-able.
Elle Luna in The Crossroads of Should and Must
It is very important to embrace failure and to do a lot of stuff — as much stuff as possible — with as little fear as possible. It’s much, much better to wind up with a lot of crap having tried it than to overthink in the beginning and not do it.
My friend John T. Unger once said to me, ‘Every piece of art I’ve ever made was because I saw bad and could do better, or saw great and needed to catch up.’
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on the hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
By ignoring my fear, I learned that my fear was groundless.
Ed Catmull in "Creativity Inc."
Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.
Ego is like a really fat person trying to get through a very narrow door. If there’s lots of ego, then we’re always getting squeezed and poked and irritated by everything that comes along.
Substantial research has shown that autonomous motivation, in which students read, study, and discuss their work out of interest and the belief in its importance for themselves, is the optimal motivation for deep learning, creativity, and psychological health.
Edward Deci & Richard Ryan, from article Self-Determination Theory of Motivation
Gentleness in our practice and in our life helps to awaken bodhichitta [awakened heart]. It’s like remembering something. This compassion, this clarity, this openness are like something we have forgotten. The way to reunite with bodhichitta is to lighten up in your practice and in your whole life.
The number one thing is to let others think of you as a “can-do” person.
Leslie Moonves, CBS President and CEO
Well done is better than well said.
Nobody knows what they’re doing at first. You have to find something you are interested in, throw yourself at it, do the best you can, and pick things up as you go along.
Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair
I think I have the same insecurities that everybody else has. The difference is that I don’t let them get in my way.
You don’t have to completely reinvent the wheel to be successful - the key is to do whatever you do in an imaginative, original way.
Anyone who isn’t embarrassed by who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.
Alain de Boton
Journaling about work has given me the focus to identify my strengths and the activities that bring me the greatest joy. Journaling has also given me patience and sharpened my ability to plan.
Sarah Kauss, on keeping a work diary
Once you make sharing part of your daily routine, you’ll notice themes and trends emerging in what you share. You’ll find patterns in your flow.
We have too many unnecessary things everywhere.