We are all so afraid of uncertainty that we want a guarantee before we even try. It’s a numbers game. To play any game, you have to start. To win, you need to keep going. If you want to make your dreams come true, get ready for the long game.
Life is not a “one-and-done” sort of deal. You’ve got to work for what you want. Picasso created nearly 100 masterpieces in his lifetime, but what most people don’t know is that he created a total of more than 50,000 works of art… That’s two pieces of art a day. Success is a numbers game. You are not going to win if you keep telling yourself to wait. The more often that you choose courage, the more likely you’ll succeed.
The 5 Second Rule // Mel Robbins
Money-makers are tiresome company,
as they have no standard but cash value.
The Republic // Plato
Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege.
I want to live in a world where all women have access to education, and all women can earn PhD’s, if they so desire.
Privilege does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.
Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism // Bell Hooks
So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself:
who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived
or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
// Hunter S. Thompson
Understand, people will constantly attack you in life.
One of their main weapons will be to instill in you doubts about yourself –
your worth, your abilities, your potential.
They will often disguise this as their objective opinion,
but invariably it has a political purpose – they want to keep you down.
The 50th Law // Robert Greene
You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends.
If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.
The 4-Hour Workweek // Timothy Ferriss
Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right.’
Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command
and better tools will be found as you go along.
// Napoleon Hill
Practice “zero-based thinking” in every part of your life. Ask yourself continually, “If I were not doing this already, knowing what I now know, would I start doing it again today?” If it is something you would not start again today, knowing what you now know, it is a prime candidate for abandonment or creative procrastination.
Eat That Frog // Brian Tracy