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DQThe pain that’s created by avoiding hard work is actually much worse than any pain created from the actual work itself. Because if you don’t begin to work on those ideas that God has blessed you with, they will become stagnant inside of you and eventually begin to eat away at you. You might seem OK on the outside, but inside you will be ill from not getting those ideas out of your heart and into the world. Stalling leads to sickness. But taking steps, even baby steps, always leads to successRussell SimmonsDo You!Purpose ProcrastinationExecutionAction
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DQIt is often said that one has but one life to live, but that is nonsense. For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.Louis L'AmourEducation of a Wandering ManReadingEmpathyLearning
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DQ“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”EpictetusEnchiridionStoicismChoiceDQDirect Quote
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DQ“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo BuscagliaAnxietyLEGEND
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IPracticing meditation and mindfulness will make you at least 10 percent happier. Being mindful doesn’t change the problems in your life, but mindfulness does help you respond to your problems rather than react to them. Mindfulness helps you realize that striving for success is fine as long as you accept that the outcome is outside your control.
10% Happier by Dan Harris
3 sentence book summariesMeditationMindfulnessExternalitiesStimulus-responseOTOwn Thought
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IRandomness, chance, and luck influence our lives and our work more than we realize. Because of hindsight bias and survivorship bias, in particular, we tend to forget the many who fail, remember the few who succeed, and then create reasons and patterns for their success even though it was largely random. Mild success can be explainable by skills and hard work, but wild success is usually attributable to variance and luck.
Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
3 sentence book summariesRealityLuckRandomnesshindsight biassurvivorship biasIIdeas
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IConscious thought has a surprisingly small impact on your life and most of your behaviors are driven by the unconscious mind. There are competing beliefs within your unconscious mind that are all battling for the single output of your conscious behavior. The complex interactions between your genetics and your environment determine the trajectory of your life.
Incognito by David Eagleman
3 sentence book summariesConsciousUnconsciousNature-NurtureHabits?Q Questions
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IOver the course of history, human behavior has changed, but not human nature. No matter who is in power, the rewards gradually accrue to the most clever and talented individuals. Ideas are the strongest things of all in history because they can be passed down and change the behavior of future generations
The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant
3 sentence book summariesHuman NatureIdeasTOPNice turn of phrase
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IThe more frequently we set intentions and the less we live on mindless autopilot, the more productive and meaningful our life becomes.Chris BaileyBlogProductivityIntentionGoalsWNice Word
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LTAlcohol is one of the biggest productivity detractors, yet hardly anyone in the productivity space talks about it. If you were to go out tonight and have several vodka sodas with a lime twist (my drink of choice), you'd have one hell of a time trying to be productive tomorrow. - Since my experiment to drink only water for a month while cutting out alcoholic, sugary, and caffeinated drinks, I've started to view consuming alcohol from a completely different perspective: as a way of borrowing energy (and happiness) from tomorrow. Having a few drinks can be fun, but you usually have to pay the price—alcohol has been shown to compromise your sleep quality, and as you've probably felt once or twice before, can leave you feeling drained the next day. - For this reason, much like with caffeine, it's worth consuming alcohol strategically and deliberately—not out of habit. Before having a drink, ask: will you regret borrowing energy from tomorrow? Is the cost of feeling a bit drained worth the enjoyment you'll get today? - Sometimes it is—but just as often it isn't. I’ve started to drink less since beginning to think about alcohol this way—and at the same time, I feel better about having a drink or two when the time is right.Chris BaileyBlogAlcohol
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OTSuccess comes through building the right team around an idea that solves a real problem.MeFailure of TheOverlapTeamSuccessOROwn Revelation
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TOPIt was in the telegraph office that I first began to type. I cannot say that I learned to type—I began with two fingers and work with them still. It has been called the hunt-and-peck system, but over the years my fingers have become so used to the typewriter that I hunt very little and peck a lot.Louis L'AmourEducation of a Wandering Man---LTLife Tips
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DQ“He realized that in a town a man cannot live as he wishes, but as other people wish.John VaillantThe TigerIndipendenceCommunitySociety
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DQ"History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.” Mark TwainHistoryTrendsLeadershipLessons of History
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TOPHistory isn’t about memorizing dates, people, and places, but rather internalizing hard-earned lessons from generations past to avoid stepping on the same land mines over and over again.Andy SparksEmail newsletterLessons of historyHistory
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DQ“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”George Bernard ShawProgressAdaptation
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DQ“A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.”SenecaAnxietyChoiceSelf awareness
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DQ"Hard work may not always result in success, but it will never result in regret."Main Character Moneyball (Movie)GritRegretDetermination
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DQ"Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."Winston ChurchillDeterminationGritPerseverence
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DQI am totally independent of the good or bad opinion of othersDeepak Chopra
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DQ"No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time. All you got is life time. Go."Henry Rollins
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DQ... You read something - "Now, ask yourself these two simple questions: 1. Do I know this? 2. Am I applying this in my life and business? You see, we all know things. The key here is to make sure to apply these ideas. Because, like with everything else, the power of creating only works once you apply what you know in the real world."Guillaume Wolf
You Are a Message: Meditations for the Creative Entrepreneur
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WAphorism - a pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, “if it ain't broke, don't fix it.” • a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by an ancient classical author.--
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DQ“But ‘egoless’ does not mean ‘less than personal’; it means ‘more than personal.’ Not personal minus, but personal plus—all the normal qualities, plus some transpersonal ones. Think of the great yogis, saints, and sages—from Moses to Christ to Padmasambhava. They were not feeble-mannered milquetoasts, but fierce movers and shakers—from bullwhips in the Temple to subduing entire countries. They rattled the world on its own terms, not in some pie-in-the-sky piety; many of them instigated massive social revolutions that have continued for thousands of years. And they did so, not because they avoided the physical, emotional, and mental dimensionsof humanness, and the ego that is their vehicle, but because they engaged them with a drive and intensity that shook the world to its very foundations. - The great yogis, saints, and sages accomplished so much precisely because they were not timid little toadies but great big egos, plugged into the dynamic Ground and Goal of the Kosmos itself, plugged into their own higher Self, alive to the pure Atman (the pure I-I), that is one with Brahman; they opened their mouths and the world trembled, fell to its knees, and confronted its radiant God... There is certainly a type of truth to the notion of transcending ego: it doesn’t mean destroy the ego, it means plug it into something bigger... Put bluntly, the ego is not an obstruction to Spirit, but a radiant manifestation of Spirit. - The integral sage, the non dual sage, is here to show us otherwise. Known generally as ‘Tantric,’these sages insist on transcending life by living it. They insist on finding release by engagement, finding nirvana in the midst of samsara, finding total liberation by complete immersion.”Ken WilburOne TasteEgo (harnessing it)Integral
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DQ“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.”Abraham Maslow-ActualizationPotentialPurpose
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DQ“What one CAN be, one MUST be.”Abraham Maslow-ActualizationPotentialPurpose
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IInner daimon / “the Other” / Conscience (The true potential of us all - our ideal selves - is pretty much watching you all day every day.)You need to be staying true to that. Old school philosophers tell us that doing so is the key to our happiness.BrianOptimize.meAretePotential
Eudaimonia = Good Soul
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DQ“In any field of endeavor, making a vow is the foundation for achieving something great. If for whatever reason a person gives up halfway or backslides, his or her commitment hasn’t been based on a vow. Halfhearted desire doesn’t amount to a vow.”Daisaku IkedaBuddhism Day by DayUtter Commitment (Then decide what’s worthy of you in this one precious life of yours and GO ALL IN)
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DQThere are many aspects to success; material wealth is only one component. ...But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationships, creative freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well-being, and peace of mind."Deepak Chopra-
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DQ“There is nothing so useless as doing ef ciently that which should not be done at all.”Peter Drucker
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DQSELF-DISCIPLINE IS THE ABILITY TO MAKE YOURSELF DO SOMETHING YOU DON’T NECESSARILY WANT TO DO, TO GET A RESULT THAT YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HAVE.”Andy Andrews-Self-DisciplineWillpowerWillpower
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DQ"The purpose of your intimacy is the passionate transmission of love, the rejuvenative healing of sexual energy, and the cultivation of heart through your mutual commitment to spiritual awakening.”David DeidaThe way of the superior manSexMasculinityIntimacy
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DQ“Because a man’s priority is his mission, he will always gravitate to a woman whom he feels would most support his mission.”David DeidaThe way of the superior manRelationshipsMasculinityMission
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DQPraise is literal food for feminine qualities. If you want your woman to grow in her radiance, health, happiness, love, beauty, power, and depth, praise these qualities. Praise them daily, a number of times.”David DeidaThe way of the superior manRelationshipsPraiseComplimenting
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DQSelf-discipline is when your highest desires rule your lesser desires, not through resistance, but through loving action grounded in understanding and compassion.”
[Commentary] this is all about "having the clarity of purpose to subjugate the lower desires to our soul’s true calling." Brian Johnson in the Philospher Note
David DeidaThe way of the superior manSelf-DisciplinePurposeCommitment
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DQAn elevated purpose was always on their minds, driving their daily efforts. This purpose was their ultimate concern, essential to all their personal successes—it gave them energy; it gave them satisfaction when they accomplished their goals; and it gave them persistence when they ran into obstacles.William DamonThe Path to PurposePurpose
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DQ“The purposeful are those who have found something meaningful to dedicate themselves to, who have sustained this interest over a period of time, and who express a clear sense of what they are trying to accomplish in the world and why. They have found a cause or ultimate goal that inspires their efforts from day to day and helps them fashion a coherent future agenda. They know what they want to accomplish and why, and they have taken concerted steps to achieve their ambitions.”William DamonThe Path to PurposePurposeLiving with purpose
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DQThe single greatest barrier to youngsters fnding their paths to purpose is the fxation on the short horizons that infuses cultural messages sent to young people today. William DamonThe Path to PurposePurpose
Finding your purpose
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DQChildren have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”James Baldwin-
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DQ“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”James AllenAs a man thinkethDream
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DQ“A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment.”Maxwell MaltzPsycho-cyberneticsPerceptionBeliefs
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DQ“A bicycle maintains its poise and equilibrium only so long as it is going forward towards something. You have a good bicycle. Your trouble is you are trying to maintain your balance sitting still, with no place to go. It is no wonder you feel shaky.”Maxwell MaltzPsycho-cyberneticsGoalsMomentum
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DQ“It is not because things are difcult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are dif cult.”Seneca-ConfidenceBeliefs
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DQ“action cures fear. Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fertilize fear... Jot that down in your success rule book right now. Action cures fear.”David J. SchwartzThe Magic of thinking bigActionFear
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DQ"99% is a bitch - 100% is a breeze."Jack CanfieldThe Success PrincipleCommitment
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DQ“Things that steal our time are usually the easiest to do.”Amish Proverb
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DQPerhaps a new definition of success should be “Happiness derived from good relationships and achieving personal goals.”-Fizzle blog post
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DQ"Deliberate practice is often the opposite of enjoyable.” Anders EricssonSo good they can’t ignore you
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“You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the ‘present.'”
Master OogwayKung Fu Panda
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Always remember that who you’re becoming is far more important than what you’re doing, and yet it is what you’re doing that is determining who you’re becoming.Hal ElrodMiracle Morning
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“Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become,”Hal ElrodMiracle Morning
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DQ"Success leaves clues."Jim Rohn-Success
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