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
A consequence of female self-love is that the woman grows convinced of social worth. Her love for her body will be unqualified, which is the basis of female identification. If a woman loves her own body, she doesn’t grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights.
It’s true what they say about women: Women are insatiable. We are greedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, we would ask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care.
These sexual, emotional, and physical demands would begin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world.
The Beauty Myth // Naomi Wolf
Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.
// Immanuel Kant
If you feel okay only when life is happy and easy-breezy-beautiful Cover-Girl, then guess what? You are not free. You are the prisoner of your own indulgences, enslaved by your own intolerance, crippled by your own emotional weakness. You will constantly feel a need for some external comfort or validation that may or may not ever come.
Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope // Mark Manson
It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time.
People say, “It’s as plain as the nose on your face.”
But how much of the nose on your face can you see,
unless someone holds a mirror up to you?
I, Robot // Isaac Asimov
Dark days, the mornings when
I can’t tell if I should get out of bed or
Wait until they come to cart me away
Sitting down in the shower
Hoping the hotter the water
The lesser the ache
3AM Thoughts // AKA “Let’s Talk.”
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
The more something threatens your identity,
the more you will avoid it.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck // Mark Manson
You are where you are and what you are because of yourself, nothing else.
Nature is neutral. Nature doesn’t care.
If you do what other successful people do,
you will enjoy the same results and rewards that they do.
And if you don’t, you won’t.
// Brian Tracy