Quotes About Wisdom
The best way to read is to: Pick up a lot of books. Start reading them all. Put down any book instantly that doesn't grab you. And just keep going until you find something that speaks to you.
The real education begins in the library, it begins with books. If you can learn to like to read, you never need to go to school.
At any given time I'm reading somewhere between ten and 20 books. I'm flipping through them. If the book is getting a little boring, I'll skip ahead.
Sometimes I'll start reading a book in the middle because some paragraph caught my eye and I'll just continue from there.
I feel no obligation whatsoever to finish the book. If at some point I decide the book is boring, or if it's got pieces of it that are incorrect so now I can't trust the rest of the information in there, I just delete it.
Sometimes people wrap long books around simple ideas.
I no longer track books read or even care about books read. It's about understanding concepts.
On if he has mentors: No, learn bits and pieces from everyone. I mostly learned from books.
I don't read anymore to complete books. I read to satisfy my genuine intellectual curiosity.
The best founders I know listen to and read everyone, but then they ignore everyone and make up their own mind.
If they wrote it to make money, don't read it.
True, unconditional love, is the province of parents and saints.
Just be you and wait for the people who want that.
It's not something you can buy. No amount of money or power will bring you true, unconditional love.
I think most of life is about searching, it's not about doing. People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing.
Say no to more things to protect your time because it's very precious. On your dying day, you will give everything you have for another day.
You literally have to free up your time because the world will assault you with its own agendas. You have to say no to everything and free up your time so you can solve the important problems.
Ruminating on the past is largely a waste of time. It's illusory.
Schedules are so overrated. I wish I could have a completely unscheduled life; that would be something nice to shoot for.
My only schedule is my daily morning workout, and even that I'm not perfect on it, but other than that I try to be as unscheduled as possible because I want to be free.
I think it's really worth - whenever you can in life, if you have the choice - optimizing for independence rather than optimizing for pay.
What you want to do in life is, you want to be in control of your time, so you want to get into a leveraged job, and then you want to get into one where you control your own time and you're tracked on the outputs.
If they pay you what you're worth, then you can get your time back, and if you get your time back, then you can be hyperefficient
I have no time for short-term things: dinners with people I won't see again, tedious ceremonies to please tedious people, traveling to places that I wouldn't go to on vacation.
Be ruthless about not scheduling things. You will have to disappoint people, but when they want your time, that's their problem, not yours.
We spend so much time in relationships. The average relationship probably lasts a couple years. We spend very little time deciding which relationship to get into. We spend so much time in a job, but we spend so little time deciding which job to get into. Choosing what city to live in can almost completely determine the trajectory of your life, but we spend so little time trying to figure out what city to live in.
I was very selfish with my time and I probably had the most productive year of my life.
I don't believe in work time. I just believe in time and you can spend it doing whatever you want to do.
A clear mind, leads to better judgement, leads to better outcome.
A busy mind can often rob you of peace of mind. The peace that we seek is not peace of mind, it's peace from mind.
If you want to be effective in business, you need a clear, calm, cool, and collected mind.
Love is given, not received.
You want to rest your mind. You want to learn how to settle into your mind. Now, I look forward to solitary confinement. You leave me alone for a day, it will be the happiest day I've had in awhile. That is a superpower that I think everybody can attain.
What I find is that 90 percent of thoughts that I have are fear. 90 percent are fear based. The other 10 percent are probably desire based.
You have to get out of that relative mindset because if you get into that relative mindset, you're always going to hate people who do better than you, you're always going to be jealous, you're going to be envious of them.
Everything is perfect exactly the way it is. It is only in our particular minds that we're unhappy or not happy and things are perfect or imperfect because of what we desire.
The advantage of meditation is not that you're suddenly going to gain the superpower to control your internal state, it's that you will recognize just how out of control your mind is.
On the mind: It is like a monkey flinging feces, that's running around the room, making trouble, shouting, breaking things. It's completely uncontrollable. It's an out-of-control mad person.
You have to see this mad creature in operation before you feel a certain distaste towards it and you start separating yourself from it. In that separation is liberation.
I think the number one thing that clouds us from being able to see reality is that we have preconceived notions of the way it should be.
Love people more. [...] It turns out you can give love. It's free to give. [...] On a long enough time scale, the universe sends it back your way.
When you have children, you learn to love something more than you love yourself, and you can talk about that all day long, but you have never had that feeling until you've had a child.
The first thing you realize when you make a bunch of money is that you're still the same person.
Seek wealth, not money or status.
Wealth is assets that earn while you sleep.
Investing favors the dispassionate. Markets efficiently separate emotional investors from their money.
I actually think happiness is the absence of suffering. It comes from peace, and that comes from being very careful about that desire, judgment, reaction. Realizing that you don't actually need something anymore. That something is not important to you.
On how to deal with anxiety: I remember that I'm going to die ” memento mori, as they say. It's hard, though. Anxiety is the human condition. It's probably the single most pervasive emotion. I don't think people understand how deep anxiety runs. If I conquered anxiety, I'd be the Buddha; so would you if you conquered anxiety.
You should realize that this is such a short and precious life that it's really important that you don't spend it being unhappy. There's no excuse for spending most of your life in misery. You've only got 70 years out of the 50 billion or so that the universe is going to be around.
The fact that you can listen to this podcast on an iPhone or whatever you're listening to it on mans you're already better off than a lot of people.
To live in the present moment is the highest calling. It's the source of all happiness.
It's a bad habit that we develop that we forget how to appreciate what we do have.
I'm not a busy person and I'm not busy because I refuse to schedule things.
If you try to micromanage yourself all you're going to do is make yourself miserable.
Knowing how little you matter is very important for your own mental health and happiness.
Uncertainty, not outcome, is the root of stress.
I think to have peace of mind, you have to have peace of body, first.
Looking forward to holidays takes the joy out of everyday.
You won't get rich renting out your time.
Escape competition through authenticity.
Money will solve all your money problems but it doesn't get you everywhere.
You just realize as you get older that it matters less and less and less.
Apply specific knowledge, with leverage, and eventually you will get what you deserve.
If you can't code, write books and blogs, record videos and podcasts.
By the time people realize that they have enough money, they've lost their time and their health.
There are no get-rich-quick schemes. That's just somebody else trying to get rich off of you.
You can spend your life however you want, but if you want to get rich, it has to be your number one overwhelming desire.
Having a million-dollar net worth doesn't make you a genius, and having less than a million-dollar net worth doesn't make you a fool.
Arm yourself with specific knowledge, accountability, and leverage. Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you.
Specific knowledge can be taught through apprenticeships or self-taught. It's high paying because society has not yet figured out how to teach or automate it. It tends to be creative or technical.
In almost any salaried job, even at one that's paying a lot per hour like a lawyer, or a doctor, you're still putting in the hours, and every hour you get paid. So, what that means is when you're sleeping, you're not earning. When you're retired, you're not earning. When you're on vacation, you're not earning. And you can't earn non-linearly.
Set and enforce an aspirational hourly rate. If fixing a problem will save less than your rate, ignore it. If outsourcing a task will cost less than your rate, outsource it. Get comfortable disappointing people whose expectations will eat your life up, one hour at a time.
Wealth creation is an evolutionarily recent positive-sum game. Status is an old zero-sum game. Those attacking wealth creation are often just seeking status.
Part 1. The reason you want wealth is because it buys you your freedom. So, you don't have to wear a tie like a collar around your neck.
Part 2. So, you don't have to wake up at 7:00 AM, and rush to work, and sit in commute traffic.
Part 3. So, you don't have to waste away your entire life grinding all your productive hours away into a soulless job that doesn't fulfill you.
The purpose of wealth is freedom. It's nothing more than that. It's not to buy fur coats, or drive Ferraris, or sail yachts, or jet around the world in your Gulfstream. That stuff gets really boring and really stupid, really fast.
The more worldly success you have, the more your ego gets built up. The more fearful you might be of losing it all. The more fearful my might be about what other people think. The more you have to lose. The more you get caught up in this dream of who you think you are. I think worldly success actually hurts.
Ignore people playing status games. They gain status by attacking people playing wealth creation games.
We can all be wealthy, all of us.
The best work is the work you'd do for free.
Work becomes flow at the limits of ability.
A taste of freedom can make you unemployable.
The secret to public speaking is to speak as if you were alone.
Organization is the enemy of innovation.
Solve via iteration. Then get paid via repetition.
Partner with rational optimists.
Give society what it doesn't how how to get.
In well-functioning teams, each individual has high accountability for their part.
In an older society with few resources and mechanical work, the scheduled life is the most productive. In a modern society with permissionless leverage and creative work, the unscheduled life is the most productive.
You're never going to be the best in the world at anything unless it's something that you just absolutely love to do.
Meetings should really be phone calls, phone call should be emails, and phone calls should just be texts.
Be present. Be meditative. Form real friendships. Stay away from business networking events or friendships where there is always an underlying business angle.
Surround yourself with the best people possible. If there's someone greater out there to work with, go work with them.
Forty hour workweeks are a relic of the Industrial Age. Knowledge workers function like athletes ” train and sprint, then rest and reassess.
Generally, most people will make the mistake of paying too much attention to the competition and being too much like the competition and not being authentic enough.
A small band of deeply committed believers will spread a story better than a horde of the lightly committed. True for religion, reputation, brand, currency, politics.
At heart I'm an entrepreneur and any day in which I solve the same problem twice in a row, I'm pretty unhappy. So by definition, I like to do something different every day. I think all humans are sort of meant to do that kind of thing.
Any meeting with eight people sitting around at a conference table, nothing is getting done in that meeting. You are literally just dying one hour at a time.
At the end of the day, we're all founders. We're all meant to work for ourselves. We're not meant to go to nine to five jobs and be told what to do over and over.
Unnecessary meetings are a mutually-assured-destruction of time. Learning how to avoid them is a prerequisite of doing anything great.
Networking is overrated. Become first and foremost a person of value and the network will be available whenever you need it.
My number one predictor of whether or not a company will find product-market fit: High shipping cadence.
Keep an incredibly high bar for who you work with.
Behind every successful entrepreneur is a former failed self.
It's only after you're bored that you have the great ideas. It's never going to be when you're stressed, or busy, running around or rushed. Make the time.
A lot of people think you can go to school and you can study for how to make money, but the reality is, there's no skill called business.
The best founders I've found are the ones who are very long-term thinkers. Even decisions that maybe they shouldn't care that much about early on, they fix it because they are not building a house, they're putting bricks in the foundation of the skyscraper, at least in their minds.
Leverage is critical. Leverage; Archimedes famously said, Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the earth.
There are three broad classes of leverage .
The modern age is an age of leverage. We're leveraged through machines, we're leveraged through media, we're leveraged through money, we're leveraged through people working with us.
A leveraged worker can out-produce a non-leveraged worker by a factor of 1000 or 10,000.
Part 1. We are now living in an age of nearly infinite leverage, and all the great fortunes are created through leverage.
Part 2. Your first job is to go and obtain leverage, and you can obtain leverage through permission by getting people to work for you, or by raising capital.
Part 3. Or you can get leverage permissionlessly by learning how to code or becoming good communicator and podcasting, broadcasting, creating videos, writing, etc.
As a worker you want to be as leveraged as possible so that your work has a huge impact and it won't take as much of your time or physical effort. Like you'd rather work with a bulldozer than work with your hands, the same way you'd rather work a computer than you would with a pencil.
In an age of infinite leverage, judgement is the most important skill.
With a leveraged worker, the choice of how they make the decision is far more important, their judgment is far more important than how much time they put in or how hard they worked.
Part 1. A good software engineer, just by writing the right little piece of code and creating the right little application, can literally create half a billion dollars' worth of value for a company.
Part 2. But 10 engineers working 10 times as hard, just because they choose the wrong model or the wrong product, or wrote it the wrong way or put in the wrong viral loop or what have you, they basically wasted their time.
Giving your kids everything prevents them from finding themselves.
If you're struggling through a subject, unless you need it for graduation, drop it. Go learn something that you want to learn.
The maximum leverage would mean that you would have people working for you. It would mean you would have a funding, you would have capital. It would mean that you'd be writing a book, it would mean that you'd be writing code and that you'd be building a media presence.
Code and media are permissionless leverage. They're the leverage behind the newly rich. You can create software and media that works for you while you sleep.
Embrace accountability, and take business risks under your own name. Society will reward you with responsibility, equity, and leverage.
Media travels and earns while you sleep. It searches the world for opportunities for you. Code is even better.
The robot army is already here - code lets you tell them what to do.
On the Internet, a single individual can accomplish anything.
The modern world is a gift. It gives us tools and choices, but we need the self-discipline and wisdom to choose wisely.
Technology is not only the thing that moves the human race forward, but it's the only thing that ever has. Without technology, we're just monkeys playing in the dirt.
In the digital world, the upside is so large that there's almost no such thing as risk.
Building technology means you don't have to choose between practicing science, commerce, and art.
Notifications are just alarm clocks that someone else is setting for you.
If they can train you to do it, then eventually they will train a computer to do it.
Part 1. Things like Twitter and Facebook are not making you happy. They are making you unhappy.
Part 2. You are essentially playing a game that's created by the creators of those systems, and yes, it can be a useful game once in a blue moon.
Part 3. You are engaging in envy, dispute, and resentment, comparison, jealousy, anger, about things that frankly just don't matter.
The human brain is not designed to absorb all of the world's breaking news and 24/7 emergencies, injected straight into the skull with clickbait headlines. If you pay attention to that stuff, even if you have a sound mind and body, it will eventually drive you insane.
Social media has degenerated into a deafening cacophony of groups signaling and repeating their shared myths.
Ubiquitous streaming cameras with remote storage will eventually end almost all physical criminal activities.
Humans aren't evolved to worry about everything happening outside of their immediate environment.
Specific knowledge can't be taught, but can be learned.
I think long-term, Bitcoin is a currency of the Internet. So, even if humans don't use it, routers will use it. Web browsers will use it. Web servers will use it.
Think of Bitcoin as a bank account in the cloud, and it's completely decentralized: not the Swiss government, not the American government. It's all the participants in the network enforcing.
I think of Twitter as the place where I go to have a great conversation when I can't have one locally, which seems to be all the time, and the more time that I spend on Twitter, the more I sort of curate this incredible group of very intelligent people that I just get to know purely through the quality of their thoughts.
Creativity is the last frontier. Automation over a long enough period of time will replace every non-creative job. That's great news. That means that all of our basic needs are taken of, and what remains for us is to be creative, which is really what every human wants.
Perhaps this time is different, automation will permanently destroy jobs, and humanity is incapable of relearning and doing creative work. Perhaps it's time to drop the tyranny of low expections, and new tools will liberate individuals from a lifetime of drudgery, as they always have.
I think long-term and on a long enough time scale, maybe it's 50 years from now or maybe it's 500 years from now, almost everybody on this planet will work for themselves.
Technology is the application of knowledge to control the natural world. It's the greatest driver of both human prosperity and our capacity for self-annihilation.
The pace of technological change is accelerating so much that I think we do have the reach for all humans to live a life of abundance in our grasp.
Basically the library was my after school center.
Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers.
I don't [try to stay focused]. I follow my interest.
The only way to truly learn something is by doing it. Yes, listen to guidance. But don't wait.
On learning anything : You decide it's important to you. You prioritize it above everything else. You read everything on the topic.
If you learn how to learn, it's the ultimate meta skill and I believe you can learn how to be healthy, you can learn how to be fit, you can learn how to be happy, you can learn how to have good relationships, you can learn how to be successful.
When you're memorizing something, it's an indication that you don't understand it. You should be able to re-derive anything on the spot and if you can't, you don't know it.
Shorter feedback loops means more iterations, and it's the number of iterations, not the number of hours, that drives learning.
Knowledge is a skyscraper. You can take a shortcut with a fragile foundation of memorization, or build slowly upon a steel frame of understanding.
I use my tweets and other people's tweets as maxims that help compress my own learnings and be able to recall them.
The overeducated are worse off than the undereducated, for they traded common sense for the illusion of knowledge.
I think learning should be about learning the basics in all the fields and learning them really well over and over.
On his best parenting advice: Love them unconditionally, try not to say no, and always reward their innate curiosity.
Identify your strengths and apply them to what you care about. Iterate at the edge of knowledge. Building it will feel like play to you, but look like work to others.
Keeping your intellectual curiosity alive is really important. The only way that's going to happen is if you learn what you love, if you read what you love, if you do what you love.
If I'm running a grade school curriculum for children, I would probably optimize happiness, nutrition, diet, exercise, How do you build good habits?, How do you break bad habits?, How do you have good relationships?, How do you find your spouse?, meditation, How do you build basic skills, not memorize lots of facts?, What kinds of books should you read?
Your most important skill isn't even what you majored in or even what you studied, it's just knowing how to learn.
What's really important is to develop a love of learning. That is more important than anything else; it's more important than what you learn. It's more important than what school you go to, and it's more important than what job you have.
I think every child has the love of learning. Children are learning machines. They stop learning either because their ego gets too big and thinks that it knows everything or that it thinks it doesn't needs to know more. Or because society somehow fails them.
Knowing something about everything allows you to navigate life. But knowing everything about something can show you what depth has to offer. It also gives you a joy and appreciation for what life has to offer.
I think the smartest people can explain things to a child. If you can't explain it to a child, then you don't know it.
The bigger problem this generation will face is adult education, not child education
Instead of memorizing, understand the basics so you can derive answers.
There's a whole set of things we don't even bother trying to teach. We don't teach nutrition. We don't teach cooking. We don't teach how to be in happy, positive relationships. We don't teach how to keep your body healthy and fit. We just say sports. We don't teach happiness. We don't teach meditation.
Read what you love until you love to read.
The Internet is the best school ever created. The best peers are on the Internet. The best books are on the Internet. The best teachers are on the Internet.
Study logic and math, because once you've mastered them, you won't fear any book.
The genuine love for reading itself, when cultivated, is a superpower.
Free education is abundant, all over the Internet. It's the desire to learn that's scarce. Cultivate that desire by reading what you want.
When I find something really interesting, I'll reflect on it, research it, and then when I'm bored of it, I'll drop it or I'll flip to another book.
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
The more one pleases everybody, the less one pleases profoundly.
Let deeds match words.
Combine the extremes, and you will have the true center.
Is it so important to me that I be unhappy unless this goes my way?
If raising children was less rewarding than not doing it, the human race would have gone extinct.
On who he considers successful: to me the real winners are the ones who step out of the game entirely, who don't even play the game; who rise above it. Those are the people who have such internal mental and self control and self awareness that they need nothing from anybody else.
No one can compete with you on being you, no one can compete with me on being me, so when I think about what my profession, what my job, what my work is, it's just being me.
The best way, perhaps the only way, to change others is to become an example.
If it entertains you now but will bore you someday, it's a distraction. Keep looking.
'Consensus' is just another way of saying 'average'.
Politics is the exercise of power without merit.
A good conference is a vacation that you take with really smart friends.
We are going from bread and circuses to cannabis and video games to psychedelics and VR.
If you can't delete an email without flinching or responding, you won't scale.
Politics is sports writ large ” pick a side, rally the tribe, exchange stories confirming bias, hurl insults and threats at the other side.
It is the mark of a charlatan to explain a simple concept in a complex way.
On meditation: It's self-therapy. Instead of paying a therapist to sit there and listen to you, you're listening to yourself.
We're basically monkeys on a small rock orbiting a small backwards star in a huge galaxy, which is in an absolutely staggeringly gigantic universe, which itself may be part of a gigantic multiverse.
A vacation is a very expensive way to schedule the time to read a book in peace.
Given that the main function of universities these days is filtering and signaling, the best move is to get admitted to Stanford and then drop out.
People who try to look smart by pointing out obvious exceptions actually signal the opposite.
Develop 'strategic incompetence' - people won't ask you to do things you hate to do, if you're bad at them.
If you're smart, you should be able to figure out how to be happy. Otherwise, you're not that smart.
Twitter is television for intellectuals.
More drugs are taken to quiet the mind than to heal the body.
Guilt is society's voice speaking in your head.
Self-image is the prison. Other people are the guards.
When you look at the greatest artists and creators, they have this ability to start over that nobody else does.
You have social statisticians, scientists, and researchers in lab coats, literally the best minds of our generation figuring out how to addict you to the news. And if you fall for it, if you get addicted. your brain will get destroyed.
Suffering is a moment of clarity, when you can no longer deny the truth of a situation and are forced into uncomfortable change. Inside suffering is the seed of change.
Humans are always signaling. Rather than really looking at yourself, you're looking at how other people look at you.
It's kind of a disease - social media is making celebrities of all of us and celebrities are the most miserable people in the world.
Modern society will shame you for earning money, shame you for being happy, shame you for being raised well, shame you for having children, and ultimately, shame you for existing. It isn't just religion that controls you by declaring you a sinner.
Reality is neutral. Reality has no judgments. To a tree, there's no concept of right or wrong or good or bad. You're born, you have a whole set of sensory experiences... and then you die. How you choose to interpret that is up to you. And you do have that choice.
If you eat, invest, and think according to what the 'news' advocates, you'll end up nutritionally, financially and morally bankrupt.
The most powerful people in the world today are the people who are writing the algorithms for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram because they're controlling the spread of information. They're programming the culture.
Involve groups in the creative process and you inevitably end up with a pile of pleasing, socially-acceptable lies. Contrast blockbuster movies with the great books.
The fundamental insecurity - most people need faith in something - religion, government, academia. Few are comfortable with decentralized systems.
Part 1. We're used to constantly judging things. The act of judging something separates you from that thing.
Part 2. Over time, as you judge, judge, judge, you invariably judge people. You judge yourself. You separate yourself from everything, and then you end up lonely.
Part 3. That feeling of disconnection, loneliness, is eventually what leads to suffering.
My biggest fear is that I'm going to die without having really lived. I think everybody has that fear at some core level.
Everyone that ends up becoming an extreme winner in society starts off as a loser.
I don't know if this generation is the last mortal generation, or the last one before we blow ourselves up.
Judgment allows us to move through the world, but it's also what separates us from one another. If I'm judging my friends and family, I'm separating myself from them. I'm creating a gap between us by putting them down and propping myself up.
The universe has been around for a long time, and the universe is a very, very large place. If you'll study even the smallest bit of science, for all practical purposes we are nothing. We are ameba. We are bacteria to the universe.
This universe has been around probably for 10 billion years or more, and will be around for tens of billions of years afterwards. Your existence, my existence is just infinitesimal. It's like a firefly blinking once in the night.
When you're on your death bed, when you're on your last day, you'd give up every dollar in the bank for a few days, another hour, another minute.
We don't always get what we want, but sometimes what is happening is for the best. The sooner you can accept it as a reality, the sooner you can adapt to it.
I do everything for me. I don't do anything for other people. None of us do. I think we all like to pretend like we're doing everything for other people, but the reality is, we're always just doing it for ourselves. That's just the truth, and so whenever people ask me why did I do X or Y or Z, it's always for me; that's why I did it.
I kind of feel like every moment is a death. You can't go back to the past; no one's ever gone back even a second. I don't even remember what I said two minutes ago.
All that exists is this moment; it's all there is. There is no future. That's a fiction in your head that... nobody can predict the future. There is no past; nobody's gone back even an inch in their past, not even a second, so that doesn't exist.
Literally all that exists is this moment. I feel like you're dying and being reborn at every moment. It's just, it's up to you to choose whether to forget it or to remember it.
We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven't changed. The price, and marker, of growth.
The reality is you've been dead for the history of the universe, it's 10 billion years or more. You will be dead for the next 70 billion years or so until the heat death of universe.
Anything you do will fade. It will disappear, just like the human race will disappear and the planet will disappear. Get to Mars, even that group will disappear. No one is going to remember you past a certain number of generations, whether you're an artist or a poet or a conqueror or a pauper or nothing. There's no meaning.
We are evolved for frequent, visible, small wins and to ignore the infrequent, hidden, catastrophic risks.
Large groups are no place for smart people.
The best exercise is the one your enjoy doing every day.
If you want to see who rules over you, see who you're not allowed to criticize.
Better motivated on the wrong thing than unmotivated on the right thing.
Picking the direction that you're heading in in every decision is far, far more important than what force you apply. Just pick the right direction to start walking in, and then start walking.
The biggest mistake any performer can make is to look at the audience.
Your real resume is a painful recounting of all of your struggles.
When it comes to medicine and nutrition, subtract before you add.
It's a contradiction that we all deal with. That we all want to be successful people, but we also want to be happy people. The two of those run in almost diametric opposites to each other.
My definition of wisdom is knowing the long term consequences of your actions.
The people with the best judgment are among the least emotional.
I think almost everything about humans and human civilization is explained better by evolution than anything else.
I think it just helps to be very aware that fundamentally, there are no adults. Everyone is making it up as they go along. You have to find your own path, picking, choosing, taking and discarding as you see fit.
The best relationships are peer relationships. When given power over others, our ego justifies it by assuming we are smarter. Better to have people work with us than for us.
Don't return it, give it away. Don't keep fixing it, create something new. Don't force the relationship, find someone else.
If you want to be successful, surround yourself with people who are more successful than you are. If you want to be happy, surround yourself with people who are less successful.
Knowledge is discovered by all of us, each adding to the whole. Wisdom is rediscovered by each of us, one at a time.
My 50-year-old self is going to say chill out, relax, don't stress so much, live in the moment. It will all be all right.
You always have three options. You can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it.
Morality and ethics automatically emerge when we realize the long term consequences of our actions.
In general, avoid getting into situations where you're sacrificing today for an imagined tomorrow.
All real success is internal and has very little to do with external circumstances.
When I look back on my life, I want to say I saw the world the way it was.
You realize just how precious life is and how it's important to make sure that you enjoy yourself, you sleep well at night, you're a good moral person, you're generally happy, you take care of other people, you help out, but you can't take it too seriously.
Just focus on the one or two really really important things, and everything else, just surrender to it. Just take it as it comes. Just accept it. Be glad with it. Be happy that you're in this world.
Anger is a loss of control over the situation, and it is a contract that you're making with yourself ” that you're going to literally be in physical and mental and emotional turmoil.
I can give glib answers all day long, but you have to discover your own personal answer.
You have to do hard things to create your own meaning in life.
The three big ones in life are wealth, health, and happiness. We pursue them in that order but their importance is in the reverse.
My number one priority in life, above my happiness, above my family, above my work, is my own health. It starts with my physical health. Second, it's my mental health. Third, it's my spiritual health.
On what is the purpose of life: To keep growing and learning in the short period of time that you have. To seek truth and to accept things the way they are. To see the world the way it really is. Then, just to live your life. I think that's it. Any deeper meanings or goals just lead to ideologies, which lead to desires, and belief systems, and disappointments and conflict.
If you look back at your life on your deathbed at all the interesting things you've done, they're all going to be centered around the sacrifices you've made and the hard things that you did.
We are overexposed to everything. The way to survive in modern society is to be an ascetic, it is to retreat from society. There's too much society everywhere you go. You have society in your phone, society in your pocket, society in your ears... It's socializing you and programming everyone. The only solution is turn it off.
Humans are basically habit machines [...] I think learning how to break habits is actually a very important meta skill and can serve you in life almost better than anything else.
When building habits, choose consistency over content. The best book is the one you can't put down. The best exercise is the one you enjoy doing every day. The best health food is the one you find tasty. The best work is the work you'd do for free.
It made sense to be pessimistic in the past, but it makes sense to be an optimist today.
You retire by saving up enough money, becoming a monk, or by finding work that feels like play to you.
I learned how to make money because it was a necessity. After it stopped being a necessity, I stopped caring about it.
Don't do things that you know are morally wrong. Not because someone is watching, but because you are. Self-esteem is just the reputation that you have with yourself.
When looking for a purpose to life, notice that most things are stepping stones, done for ulterior motives. True art, love, and play stand apart, as they are done for their own sakes.
The more you judge people and things, the more you're going to separate yourself. You'll feel good for an instant... but then you're gonna feel lonely and then you're just going to see negativity everywhere. The world just reflects your own feelings back at you.
All humans are meant to do something different every day. The idea that we repeat ourselves and we specialize and we pigeon hole ourselves is a modern invention created through specialization of labor in the industrial revolution.
A great goal in life would be to not have to be in a given place at a given time... Being accountable for your output rather than your input. I would love to be paid purely for my judgment.
On the meaning of life: You get to make up your own answer and that's the beauty of it. If there was a single answer, we wouldn't be free. We'd be trapped because we'd all have to live to that answer. We'd be robots competing with each other trying to fulfill that meaning more than the next person.
If you're going to pick 3 cards in the hand you're dealt, take intelligence, drive, and most importantly, emotional self-discipline.
A personal metric: how much of the day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest?
Stop caring about the impact and just be the best version of you possible - then you'll naturally have an impact.
I think happiness is a skill, nutrition is a skill, diet is a skill, investing is a skill, self awareness is a skill. And skills get built up over decades with feedback loops and you just have to constantly keep working on it.
There's no certainty in life. You can put in the hours, you can put in the time, but you can't really expect the outcome.
Part 1. You have to be pretty ruthless about saying no to things, about turning people down, and about leaving room in your life for serendipity.
Part 2. If you don't make time for people when they're requesting time for you, yes it's a little painful, it's a little socially awkward, but the people aren't going to disrespect you. If anything they want to hang out with you even more, because they realize you're very discriminating with your time.
On his morning routines: 1 hour meditation + 1 hour workout/yoga.
It's easier to change yourself than to change the world.
We're genetically wired to be pessimists, but modern society is far, far safer.
We just play games in life. You grow up, you're playing the school game, you're playing the social game. Then you're playing the money game; then you're playing the status game. These games just have longer and longer and longer-lived horizons. At some point, at least I believe that these are all just games. There are games where the outcome really stops mattering once you see through a game.
Your closest friends are the ones you can have a relationship with about nothing.
Everything you're a winner at now in your life, you were a once a loser at.
I wish I had done all of the same things but with less emotion and less anger.
I don't think life is that hard. I think we make it hard.
To me happiness is not about positive thoughts. It's not about negative thoughts. It's about the absence of desire, especially the absence of desire for external things.
I don't have a preconception of a perfect day, because if I did, then it would ruin the day that I was living.
As you get older, you just realize that there's no happiness in material possessions.
I think a lot of us learn as we get older that happiness is internal.
Yoga cultivates Peace of Body. Meditation cultivates Peace of Mind.
Internal happiness is reward from being in flow. Create, meditate, love, play. Clears the mind and leaves us in peace.
Happiness is an internal trait that comes out of being peaceful and accepting of whatever is going on around you. It's that sense that nothing is missing in this moment.
We are born with happiness, we are intrinsically happy creatures but we become unhappy because our egos create desire. The desire pulls us out of the moment. So something is missing right now then we chase that and we wonder why we are unhappy.
The success driven mentality drives you to unhappiness.
Every moment has to be complete in and of itself.
Part 1. First time you saw a sunset, it was amazing. It was jaw-dropping. You forgot yourself.
Part 2. The second time you saw it, it was cool. The hundredth time you see it, it's nothing.
If you're a peaceful person, anything you do will be a happy activity.
To me, peace is happiness at rest and happiness is peace in motion. You can convert peace to happiness anytime you want.
I need 4-5 hours of time by myself every day doing nothing. Because if I don't have that time, I won't be able to do anything.
People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can't fathom.
Part 3. The thousandth time you're seeing it, and someone shows you a sunset, you're like, Well, actually, I saw this one sunset in Mexico at this time that was really cool. You're not even there.
Caught in a funk? Use meditation, music, and exercise to reset your mood. Then choose a new path to commit emotional energy for rest of day.
In today's day and age, many people think you get peace by resolving all your external problems, but there are unlimited external problems. The only way to actually get peace on the inside is by giving up the idea of having problems.
In every moment, in everything that happens, you can look on the bright side of something. There are two ways of seeing almost everything.
I like to stay free because then I can see the little miracles in life. There are little miracles everywhere; it's just we have taken them for granted.
The problem happens when we have multiple desires. When we have fuzzy desires. When we want to do ten different things and we're not clear about which is the one we care about.
You don't want to be the guy who succeeds in life while being high-strung, high-stress, and unhappy while leaving a trail of emotional wreckage for you and your loved ones.
On meditation: Sit down, close your eyes, get in a comfortable position, and whatever happens, happens. If you think, you think. If you don't think, you don't think. Don't put any effort into it.
You have to work on your internal state until you are free of as many biases and conditioned responses as possible. This will improve every aspect of your life.
Enlightenment is the space between your thoughts. It isn't this thing you achieve after 30 years of sitting in a corner meditating. It's something you can achieve moment to moment and you can be a certain percentage enlightened every single day.
Quick relaxation hack: Drop face, soft belly. The face is usually wearing a mask to signal to others. The belly is often chronically tensed in a fight-or-flight response.
Children are happy because: 1) They're not self conscious 2) They lack a sense of time pressure 3) They've no goals. The bottom line is they are living from moment to moment, and the mind is not there to interfere in their bliss.
I think a lot of what we think of happiness is is just pleasure. It's physical pleasure, either from, Oh, that tasted good. Or it might be momentary pleasure from, He loves me, she loves me.
Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most.
No one is going to value you more than you value yourself.
A busy calendar and a busy mind will destroy your ability to create anything great.
You have one life. You're dead for tens of billions of years, and you're going to be dead for tens of billions of years.
Guard your time. It's all you have.
As long as you can keep taking shots on goal, and you keep getting back up, eventually you'll get through. Just stick at it.
If you could literally just sit for 30 minutes and be happy, you are successful.
The modern mind is overstimulated and the modern body is understimulated and overfed. Meditation, exercise, and fasting restore an ancient balance.
Work as hard as you can. Even though what you work on and who you work with are more important.
In a billion dollar company, the employees aren't working any harder than people in a million dollar company. They're just doing the right things.
The greatest superpower is the ability to change yourself.
You do not want to compete, you want to be a market of one.
Most of our suffering comes from avoidance.
A happy, calm, and peaceful person will make better decisions. So if you want to operate at peak performance, you have to learn how to tame your mind.
We waste our time with short term thinking and busywork. Warren Buffett spends a year deciding and a day acting. That act lasts decades.
Knowledge workers train, sprint, rest, and re-assess. Inspiration is perishable - act on it immediately. Be impatient with actions but patient with results.
I don't care how rich you are. I don't care whether you're a top Wall Street banker. If somebody has to tell you when to be at work, what to wear and how to behave, you're not a free person. You're not actually rich.
Mentors won't make you rich. Doctors won't make you healthy. Nutritionists won't make you slim. Teachers won't make you smart. Gurus won't make you calm. Trainers won't make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.
Most of modern life, all our diseases, are diseases of abundance, not diseases of scarcity.
When you're healthy you have 10000 needs, but when you're sick you only have one need.
You can escape competition through authenticity, when you realize that no one can compete with you on being you. That would have been useless advice pre-internet. Post-internet, you can turn that into a career.
That's the fundamental delusion - that there is something out there that will make you happy forever.
You should be too busy to do coffee while keeping an uncluttered calendar.
You get paid for being right first, and to be first, you can't wait for consensus.
You'll do better work if you're bored rather than busy.
The modern struggle - Lone individuals summoning inhuman willpower, fasting, meditating, and exercising, up against armies of scientists and statisticians weaponizing abundant food, screens, and medicine into junk food, clickbait news, infinite porn, endless games and addictive drugs.
Whatever the geeks are doing in their garage on weekends is what the entire earth will be doing 20 years later as a mainstream thing.
Now the main source of capital is how many robots, programmers, and machines you have working for you. Those are the ultimate force multipliers.
I think true happiness comes out of peace. Peace comes out of many things, but it comes from fundamentally understanding yourself.
You have to put in the time, but more important is the judgment. The direction you're heading in matters more than how fast you drive.
The reality is life is a single-player game. You're born alone. You're going to die alone. All of your interpretations are alone. All your memories are alone. You're gone in three generations and nobody cares. Before you showed up, nobody cared. It's all single-player.
The world doesn't always give what you want, but it often gives you what you need.
If you can't see yourself working with someone for life, don't work with them for a day.
All the real benefits in life come from compound interest.
The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a skill that you develop and a choice that you make. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it.
You want to be rich and anonymous, not poor and famous.
What you do, who you do with, and how you do it are way more important than how hard you work.
Arm yourself with specific knowledge.
Play long-term games with long-term people. All returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest.
I would rather read the best hundred books over and over again until I absorb them rather than read every single book out there.
The means of learning are abundant, it's the desire to learn that's scarce.
The phrase that I use the most to myself in my head is I just tell myself one word: accept.
I'm not afraid of death anymore. [...] I don't have the quest for immortality anymore.
The first rule of handling conflict is don't hang around people who are constantly engaging in conflict.
The older the problem, the older the solution.
Less fear, more love.
Be too busy to do coffee.
Debate rather than dictate.
Signaling virtue is a vice.
Anything deep is interesting.
Guard your time. Forget the money.
Live below your means for freedom.
Busy is the death of productivity.
Desire is just fear by another name.
To be honest, speak without identity.
The heart decides, the head rationalizes.
A lot of happiness is just being present.
Eventually you will get what you deserve.
Ruthlessly cut meetings out of your life.
No matter how high your bar is, raise it.
Relax you'll live longer and perform better.
Live the life you want other people to live.
Happiness is more about peace than it is about joy.
Spend your time doing only what you can uniquely do.
Ideally you want to end up specializing in being you.
No one in the world is going to beat you at being you.
Good entrepreneurs don't fail because they stay at it.
To a tree, there is no right or wrong. There is no good or bad.
Only through suffering do you have change and self-improvement.
Art is just creativity, it's just anything done for its own sake.
Whether in commerce, science, or politics, history remembers the artists.
To the experts, what looks like hard work from the outside, is play from the inside.
If you have an unswerving desire to do something, then usually you'll get it.
If you want to operate at peak performance, you have to learn how to tame your mind.
You're better off following your genuine intellectual curiosity rather than chasing whatever is hot right now.
The most successful entrepreneurs are authentic to who they are and what they uniquely can do.
Pick your one overwhelming desire. It's okay to suffer over that one. But on all the other desires, let them go so you can be calm and peaceful and relaxed.
All of the really successful people I know have a really strong action bias. They just do things.
I want to see truth. I want to see the world the way it is. Not through my filters. Not through my desires. Not through the way that other people want me to see it. And I want to accept it the way it is.
Today in society you get rewarded for creative work, for creating something brand new that society didn't even know that it wanted that it doesn't yet know how to get, other than through you.
The best way to prepare for the future 20 years is find something you love to do, to have a shot at being one of the best people in the world at it. Build an independent brand around it, with your name, not a company's name or other people's names around it. Try to make a creative work, so you'll stay interesting, stay ahead of the game.
Figure out what you're good at and start helping other people with it; give it away. Pay it forward. Karma sort of works because people are very consistent. On a long enough timescale, you will attract what you project.
A contrarian isn't one who always objects - that's a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform.
All the great endeavors in life are creative.
We all get shaped by adversity. All the great things that have happened to me in my life that I consider highly positive... they all started with something highly negative.
Asymmetric opportunities: Invest in startups. Start a company. Create a book, podcast, video. Create a product. Go on many first dates. Go to a cocktail party. Read a Lindy book. Move to a big city. Buy Bitcoin. Tweet.
Part 1. The way to retire is actually to find the thing that you know how to do better than anybody. And you know how to do it better than anybody because you love to do it.
Part 2. No one can compete with you if you love to do it. Be authentic and then figure out how to map that to what society actually wants, apply some leverage, put your name on it so you take the risks but you gain the rewards, have ownership and equity in what you do, and then just crank it out.
Being a founder is brutally difficult. It takes a long time and in the long run, the people who succeed are just the ones who persevere.
On what he wants to be remembered for: Don't care. I'll be dead.
We are biological machines programmed to survive and replicate. Happy is anti-evolution.
A charming woman... doesn't follow the crowd. She is herself.
When in doubt, don't.
We are wiser than we know.
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is.
Be as you wish to seem.
Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.
The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Once you label me you negate me.
Commitment is an act, not a word.
It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.
I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
Let my skin and sinews and bones dry up, together with all the flesh and blood of my body! I welcome it! But I will not move from this spot until I have attained the supreme and final wisdom.
Whatever position I occupied, it was the result of colleagues - of my comrades in the movement - who had decided in their wisdom to use me for the purpose of focusing the attention of the country and the international community on me.
All the great evils which men cause to each other because of certain intentions, desires, opinions, or religious principles, are likewise due to non-existence, because they originate in ignorance, which is absence of wisdom.
While I have no empirical evidence to back this up, I bet that the number of homosexual people per thousand has not fluctuated all that much over the centuries. I do not believe the dented wisdom my father used to extol, that homosexuality was a sure sign of a civilization in decline.
Nothing can be better calculated to advance our interests and character than the establishment of a liberal and disinterested policy, enlightened by patriotism and guided by wisdom.
For most of us, wisdom is acquired in the thicket of experience and usually meets us somewhere along the way if we live long enough. But sooner is better than later.
Both old and young alike ought to seek wisdom: the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come.
Mothers are supposed to listen and, afterward, to respond with some wisdom and perspective, but these things were not my mother's strong suit.
Sometimes I am happy and sometimes not. I am, after all, a human being, you know. And I am glad that we are sometimes happy and sometimes not. You get your wisdom working by having different emotions.
I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do - and not only for operating, but for everything.
Arianna Huffington has exercised her renowned wisdom to give journalism another boost along the ever busier Internet. Her blog site promises to be an interesting challenge for those of us lucky enough to be invited to participate with our occasional contributions.
In the beginning, Adam was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow - not Eve. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a mother's place is in the home!
Blessed are they who seek to learn wisdom.
Wisdom cannot come by railroad or automobile or aeroplane, or be hurried up by telegraph or telephone.
There should be a point to movies. Sure, you're giving people a diversion from the cold world for a bit, but at the same time, you pass on some facts and rules and maybe a little bit of wisdom.
Surely wisdom will come as we listen to learn from children, parents, partners, neighbors, Church leaders, and the Lord.
Where can we find greater structural clarity than in the wooden buildings of old? Where else can we find such unity of material, construction and form? here, the wisdom of whole generations is stored.
Contrary to popular wisdom, the mark of a great meeting is not how short it is or whether it ends on time. The key is whether it ends with clarity and commitment from participants.
The philosophy I love is very selective. It is really just the bit that is involved in a search for wisdom, and this means a short roll call of names; Socrates, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epicurus, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche.
I'm not an academic philosopher, and don't agree with the way the universities approach the subject. I'm a philosopher only in the very loose sense of someone interested in wisdom and well-being attained through reason. But I'm as interested in psychoanalysis and art as I am in philosophy.
I'm now the elder in the position of doling out wisdom and trying to mend fences.
I don't see the wisdom in modern politicians that I once saw in men like Dean Acheson, David Bruce, or George Marshall. In my day, the northeastern establishment dominated foreign policy formulation, but the composition and distribution of our population is very different today.
When you're young, you wonder what all these old people are droning on about, trying to impart their wisdom. It's not relevant to you because being young is such a specific thing. Thank God for that. Thank God for the young people who go out and demonstrate against rampant capitalism or whatever.
Influential people are never satisfied with the status quo. They're the ones who constantly ask, 'What if?' and 'Why not?' They're not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom, and they don't disrupt things for the sake of being disruptive; they do it to make things better.
We must learn from the sermons of Christ, the wisdom of Laotzu, the teachings of Buddha.
The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension... Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.
With age comes common sense and wisdom.
Thinking is not enough. There is no final enough of wisdom, experience - any... thing.
When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds to see who got wise and who not. Lots of old people don't get wise, but you don't get wise unless you age.
When you get older, you learn certain life lessons. You apply that wisdom, and suddenly you say, 'Hey, I've got a new lease on this thing. So let's go.'
Up until Trump announced his candidacy, the conventional wisdom was that you had to be a professional politician in order to run. You had to have a background that was politically scrubbed. In other words, smart people who didn't live perfect lives could never run.
People used to grow up in small communities where folk wisdom was passed down. But we don't live there anymore. We can't go next door to your aunt and ask her for the answers.
The wisdom of God is so great that He also knows exactly what I would think and do under every possible circumstance and situation, and he placed me in that state of life and situation best suited for my salvation.
Artemisinin... is a true gift from old Chinese medicine. But this is not the only instance in which the wisdom of Chinese medicine has borne fruit.
Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the furthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness: a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say 'no.' But saying 'yes' begins things. Saying 'yes' is how things grow.
If you're a Supreme Court justice, the American people have elevated you to one of the highest offices in the land out of the goodness of their heart and out of deference to your legal wisdom. You get a lifetime appointment, limitless prestige, a great office, and what I have to assume is a very comfortable chair.
We are all responsible to Jesus first, and then, under him, to various other persons and offices. Discerning the path of love and obedience when two or more of these submissive relationships collide is a call to humble, Bible-saturated, spiritual wisdom.
One could surely argue that the Buddhist tradition, taken as a whole, represents the richest source of contemplative wisdom that any civilization has produced.
It's one thing to really dream and have a vision and want all these cool things, but it's a whole other thing when you actually have wisdom and understand things. Then you can truly make the best decisions.
What I've been able to do with my character, Madea, and the other characters, with the jokes, is use it as an anesthetic to get to the heart and soul of real issues. And what I've found on stage over the years is that, while making people laugh, I can drop in pearls of wisdom.
I always felt called to serve, to empower and ennoble as many people as I could, teaching, truth-telling, exposing lies, bearing witness, and being willing to live and die for something bigger than yourself. I had a passion and love of learning and wisdom that was inseparable from a love of music and the arts.
Though I am fascinated by knowledge, I am even more fascinated by wisdom.
Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed.
What's unique about the Mormon Church is that it encourages inquiry. I really do think my research and religion are all on the same page. I never could have come up with the notion of disruptive innovations, which went against a lot of conventional wisdom, if I hadn't been raised to always be asking questions.
Humanity's legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences. At the very simplest, it can be: 'He/she was born, lived, died.' Probably that is the template of our stories - a beginning, middle, and end. This structure is in our minds.
I feel blessed - I am a woman who has been able to work in the entertainment business for five decades. I don't want to age, but I would never take back a year for the wisdom I've gained in that time.
Outside of hip-hop, it was in comics that I most often found the aesthetics and wisdom of my world reflected.
There is no greater privilege in living than bringing a tiny new human being into the world and then trying to raise him or her properly during the next eighteen years. Doing that job right requires all the intelligence, wisdom, and determination you will be able to muster from day to day.
Since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents, it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well.
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two. A constant coming and going: wisdom lies in the momentary.
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always 'Surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats.' That's been true for my entire lifetime.
It used to be, it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.
We all grow up. Hopefully, we get wiser. Age brings wisdom, and fatherhood changes one's life completely.
I want to dip my foot in some acting. And most definitely want to mentor upcoming artists and give them the wisdom that was given to me.
Never give up, which is the lesson I learned from boxing. As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn't cancel out the other; they just exist as contradictions. The wisdom of it comes as you get older.
Wisdom and knowledge are the most valuable things in the body.
Wisdom is important in every man's life.
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.
No one has a monopoly on truth, and science continues to advance. Yesterday's heresies may be tomorrow's conventional wisdom.
People usually compare the computer to the head of the human being. I would say that hardware is the bone of the head, the skull. The semiconductor is the brain within the head. The software is the wisdom. And data is the knowledge.
Robots have already surpassed human beings in calculation and memory, but I have no doubt that the time will come when they will surpass in wisdom as well.
In an era in which war and terrorism - at home and abroad - are often based on racial, religious and ethnic differences, rediscovering the wisdom of love and compassion may help us increase our survival at a time when an increasingly divided country and world so badly need it.
Being a survivor doesn't mean being strong - it's telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It's paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors.
I believe the reason we sleep is not just to allow our body to rest but that it is to allow this inner wisdom to speak to us through symbols. This includes the body or somatic problems as well as psychological ones. Dreams and drawings are useful in diagnosing physical conditions.
I know more about what it's like to be elderly and infirm and kind of stupid, the way you get forgetful, but on the other hand I'm a littler, wiser, dare we say? The word 'wisdom' has kind of faded out of our vocabulary, but yeah, I'm a little wiser.
I had more energy at 50. On the other hand, at 75, I've probably got a little more wisdom and good judgment than I had at 50 because I've got more experience. But I haven't really changed. I'm still driven by the same philosophy.
Lion sounds that have not grown from the mouse may exude naked power... but cannot convey any wisdom or understanding... The initial steps on the path to courageous speech then are the first tentative steps into the parts of us that cannot speak.
We should draw deep into Madiba's wisdom. We should draw deep into Madiba's style of doing things in an orderly manner, in a purposeful manner, in a way where we focus.
Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it.
I'm always feeling like I'm lacking wisdom. This reassurance that one can ask God for that and it will happen is certainly reassuring to me.
I think that we have a great opportunity to impart our wisdom and our knowledge and our experience to this younger generation. It may be different times, but experience transcends time, and wisdom transcends time.
Now, if you notice how the swan, putting its neck down into the deep water, brings up food for itself from below, then you will discover the wisdom of the Creator, in that He gave it a neck longer than its feet for this reason, that it might, as if lowering a sort of fishing line, procure the food hidden in the deep water.
Sometimes in international politics, the better part of wisdom is to defer dangers rather than try to eliminate them altogether instantly.
Big money is not a good thing for a little soul: it will only ensnare his feet, and he will fall to his ruin. Wealth is safe only for those who have a wealth of wisdom.
For myself, I think that those who cultivate wisdom and believe themselves able to instruct their fellow-citizens as to their interests are least likely to become partisans of violence. They are too well aware that to violence attach enmities and dangers, whereas results as good may be obtained by persuasion safely and amicably.
A lot of people tell me a lot of things about my conduct, my game, my future... but I try to stay away from their words of wisdom. I don't let it distract me. On the field, you will be facing the ball alone. If you fail, you will the only one to blame. So, you should be the one deciding for yourself.
Research the leaders in fields related to yours, synthesize their findings, and see how you can apply their hard-won wisdom to your work. Stand on their shoulders, and then make a leap into new territory that is distinctly yours.
It was not that long ago when the accepted wisdom in football was that the running game had to be established - that was always the obligatory verb: established - before passes could become effective. My, we know how that has changed. Now the pass is established from the get-go, and running is an afterthought.
Why would anyone walk through life satisfied with the light from the candle of their own understanding when, by reaching out to our Heavenly Father, they could experience the bright sun of spiritual knowledge that would expand their minds with wisdom and fill their souls with joy?
In my life, I was always floating around the edge of the dark side and saying what if take it a little bit too far, and who says you have to stop there, and what's behind the next door. Maybe you gain a wisdom from examining those things. But after a while, you get too far down in the quicksand.
The way a woman carries herself and the way she dresses ought to promote the following types of words: modesty, discretion, wisdom, beauty, elegance and refinement, but not sensuality, luxury, extravagance.
Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27.
I don't know that you're able to measure your aggregate wisdom as you go through life. I can't say that I ever feel that I'm sitting on top of a growing mound of wisdom.
Once you're looking for wisdom, you have to look at why things happen and why people behave how they do: you cannot, in all conscience, accept any form of prejudice.
We all fall into biological and mental habits. It's an easy way for us to navigate day-to-day work and life, but it also doesn't do us any favours in terms of growing into wisdom, growing into a greater understanding of each other, growing into a deeper relationship - all the things that we really crave.
I am profoundly indebted to the legacy of Wilhelm Reich, whose monumental contribution to the understanding of energy was taught to me by Philip Curcurruto, a man of simple wisdom and compassionate heart.
At the end of the day, if you're not spanking your child and instilling in them the ideas of selflessness, servitude, and wisdom, you're probably looking at a future P. Diddy in the making (maybe even a Keith Olbermann - take your pick).
What a company's been earning doesn't mean anything. What you have to look at is what people think it's going to earn. If you can see something in two years is going to be entirely different than the conventional wisdom, that's how you make money.
When I was born, the wisdom was that homosexuality was an illness; that it was caused largely by somebody's mother, and a distorted relationship with the mother. And now, as I live my life - married to a husband, with kids - it's an identity.
Starting with a meagre amount of Rs 300 as a conductor, when I became an actor and started seeing huge moneys like Rs 3 or 4 lakhs, I thought I was 'an exclusive creation' by God, and he had made me like this. Later, I got the wisdom and realised that my time was good and things worked out! And I was also a normal human being like others.
We are shallow because we are 'mayabang,' ego driven, and do not have the humility to understand that we are only human, much too human to mistake knowledge for wisdom.
'Focusing' is no conventional repackaging of self-help wisdom. It is at once a manual and a philosophy. It talks about the body's wisdom, the steps of the focusing technique, how to discover the richness in others by learning to listen.
'Swan,' by Mary Oliver. Poems and prose. Reading from this book is as if visiting a very wise friend. There is wisdom and welcoming kindness on every page.
I think with experience and age, you gain knowledge and wisdom.
Conventional wisdom suggests the primary motivator for entrepreneurs is money or wealth creation and, in fact, much of the political debate tends to center around what kind of tax or regulatory policy changes will turn corporate suits into small business adventurers overnight.
Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed levees and exploded the conventional wisdom about a shared American prosperity, exposing a group of people so poor they didn't have $50 for a bus ticket out of town. If we want to learn something from this disaster, the lesson ought to be: America's poor deserve better than this.
I haven't any wisdom - just a child like everybody else. I'm not as great as Frank Lloyd Wright.
I think we are evolving rapidly into one world culture. It's certainly one world economy. With billions of people online, I think we'll appreciate the wisdom in many different traditions as we learn more about them. People were very isolated and didn't know anything about other religions 100 years ago.
When we contend, let us contend for all our rights - the doubtful and the certain, the unimportant and essential. It is as easy to contend, or even more so, for the whole as for a part. At the termination of the contest, secure all that our wisdom and valour and the fortune of war will permit.
There is often, in the affairs of government, more efficiency and wisdom in non-action than in action.
It is a remarkable fact in the political history of man that there is scarcely an instance of a free constitutional government which has been the work exclusively of foresight and wisdom. They have all been the result of a fortunate combination of circumstances.
We need to hear stories from older women. There's a wealth of wisdom and real resilience there, but they're silenced.
I associate wisdom and grace with age.
I have seen life from the top down and the bottom up. I know how it looks both ways. And I know there is wisdom and that there is hope.
Some coaches pray for wisdom. I pray for 260-pound tackles. They'll give me plenty of wisdom.
Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.
Everything important always begins from something trivial.
It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better.
Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing.
When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Giving opens the way for receiving.
Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.
Holy wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickednesses.
Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.
Teach your children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
I consider wisdom supernatural because it isn't taught by men - it's a gift from God.
If you want confusion and heartache, ask vague questions. If you want uncommon clarity and results, ask uncommonly clear questions.
To feel more at peace and more successful, you don't need genius-level brain power, access to some secret society, or to his a moving target of â€œjustâ€ and additional X dollars. Those are all distractions.
Service isn't limited to saving lives or the environment. It can also improve life. If you are a musician and put a smile on the faces of thousands or millions, I view that as service. If you are a mentor and change the life of one child for the better, the world has been improved.
To dramitically change your life, you don't need to run a 100-mile race, get a PhD, or completely reinvest yourself. It's the small things, done consistently, that are the big things.
Does your life have a purpose? Are you contributing anything useful to this world, or just shuffling papers, banging on a keyboard, and coming home to a drunken existence on the weekends?
If we're serious all the time, we'll wear out before we get the truly serious stuff done.
This is something that is â€“ being true to oneself â€“ I think that most people struggle with.
To have an uncommon lifestyle you need to develop the uncommon habit of making decisions, both for yourself and for others.
For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect.
If it's important to you and you want to do it â€œeventually,â€ just do it and correct course along the way.
Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.
It's far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor.
To the pregnant void of infinite possibilities, only possible with a lack of obligation, or at least, no compulsive reactivity. Perhaps this is only possible with the negative space to â€“ as Kurt Vonnegut put it â€“ â€œfart aroundâ€? To do things for the hell of it? For no damn good reason at all?
You don't need to go through life huffing and puffing, straining and red-faced. You can get 95% of the results you want by calmly putting one foot in front of the other.
For all their bitching about what's holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they're being held from.
Often, all that stands between you and what you want is a better set of questions.
The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is â€“ here's the clincher â€“ boredom.
Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.
I'm often asked how I define â€œsuccess.â€ It's an overused term, but I fundamentally view this elusive beast as a combination of two things â€“ achievement and appreciation.
On the Jar Of Awesome: There is a mason jar on my kitchen counter with JAR OF AWESOME in glitter letters on the side. Anything something really cool happens in a day, something that made me excited or joyful, doctor's orders are to write it down on a slip of paper and put it in this mason jar.
On the Jar Of Awesome: When something great happens, you think you'll remember it 3 months later, but you won't.
On the Jar Of Awesome: Cultivate the habtis of putting something in every day. Can't think of anything? â€œI didn't die today!â€ is a reliable winner.
The key to not feeling rushed is remembering that lack of time is actually lack of priorities.
I leaned against the wall and slid down until I was sitting on the floor. I closed my eyes, smiled, and took a deep breath. Things were about to change. Everything was about to change.
If you don't regularly appreciate the small wins, you will never appreciate the big wins. They'll all fall through your fingers like sand as you obsess on the next week, the next to-do, the next thing to fix.
Friction points and single points of failure happen in any given day potentially, so think in a concise, intelligent way. Out of five items to do, which one would make you satisfied with your entire day?
The question no one really seemed to be answering was: 'Why do it all in the first place? What's the pot of gold that justifies spending the best years of you life hoping for happiness in the last?'.
Look for the good, practice finding the good, and you'll see it more often.
For anything approaching happiness, you have to want what you already have.
Rule 1. Instead of fixating on the often nebulous â€œbrand,â€ think of how you can â€œown a categoryâ€ in the minds of 1000 die-hard fans who can then act as your strongest marketing force.
If you can't be No. 1 or No. 2 in a category , find or create another category.
Rule 2. Don't make a product for â€œeveryoneâ€.
If everyone is your market, no one is your market. Particularly with the first versions of your product or service, it's better to have 1,000 people who love you than 100,000 who think you're kinda, sorta cool. â€œGreatâ€ to 1,000 edge-case nerds beats â€œgoodâ€ to 100,000 of anything else, every time. In a social-sharing-driven world, cultivate the intense few instead of the lukewarm many.
Rule 3. Forget branding. Think about consistently over-delivering one or two benefits to your customers/users/fans.
Branding is a side effect of consistent association. Don't put the cart before the horse. Put good business first, and good â€œbrandâ€ will follow.
The secret to winning any game lies in not trying too hard.
Marketing can grab customers, but product multiplies them.
The easiest way to distinguish yourself is to ask yourself how you can be different, and not just better.
The best entrepreneurs I've ever met are all good communicators. It's perhaps one of the very few unifying factors.
Learn the art of the pitch and of messaging.
I think there's always a market for quality.
Marketing to me means to identify exactly who your ideal customer is: knowing their behavior, knowing their age, knowing their gender, knowing their location. And 9 times out of 10, in my opinion, the easiest way to do that is to just sell to people who are as similar to you as possible.
Clever marketing and PR stunts can get customers... but only for so long. It's the product that will create long-term word-of-mouth and the groundswell needed for a global phenomenon.
Step 1 on the best 3-5 ways to secure first clients: The best way to quickly build a services business, or any business â€“ especially since you have income from your full-time job â€“ is to â€œbuyâ€ your first clients. This means that you offer your services for free, or at a massively discounted rate , to clients who would make excellent and impressive testimonials. The key here is that your cost-to-value-delivered ratio must be clearly better than anything else they use.
Step 2: Once you have testimonials or referrals from 3-5 marquee clients, you'll be in great shape to charge others full retail. I've done this in multiple fields, whether teaching accelerated learning, selling massive data storage systems, angel investing in tech , or podcast advertising.
I'm really excited about the future of content marketing. But in the same fashion that you have Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon â€“ who all used to be very cleanly separate â€“ on this collision course where they are competing on the same verticals, I think you're going to end up having television producers, movie producers, writers, song writers, all competing for the same mental bandwidth.
That 1000 true fans will lead to a cascading effect. The 10 million that don't get it don't matter.
If you only have time to read one article on marketing, make it 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly, founding editor of Wired Magazine.
The customer is not always right. â€œFireâ€ high-maintenance customers.
Deadlines over details. [...] Perfect products delivered past deadline kill companies. Better to have a good-enough product delivered on-time.
I want to convert casual listeners into die-hard, fervent listeners, and I want to convert casual sponsors into die-hard, fervent sponsors. This requires two things: 1) Playing the long game, and 2) Strategically leaving some chips on the table. As a mentor once told me, â€œYou can shear a sheep many times, but you can skin him only onceâ€.
An entrepreneur isn't someone who owns a business, it's someone who makes things happen.
All of my biggest wins have come from leveraging strengths instead of fixing weaknesses.
Niche is the new big.
It's much more interesting to me to sell something like a small-scale, $10,000-per-seat seminar every 2-3 years, instead of obsessing over monthly, weekly, or even daily Amazon commissions, for instance.
1 000 000$ in the bank isn't the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows.
Being financially rich and having the ability to live like a millionaire are fundamentally two very different things.
I have plenty of money to do what I want to do, and I have the relationships.
Your network is your net worth.
Money doesn't change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice.
Famous tech blogger Robert Scoble later described my intricate marketing plan as â€œget drunk with bloggers.â€ It worked surprisingly well.
People don't like being sold products, but we all like being told stories.
Enough is enough. Lemmings no more. The blind quest for cash is a fool's errand.
If you can free your time and location, your money is automatically worth 3-10 times as much.
The majority of my finances come from early-stage startup investing.
Where can you trade money for time? Where can you spend money that creates more time tomorrow or next week? That is almost always a good investment.
Doing something unimportant well does not make it important.
Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask.
Focus on impact, not approval.
Lack of time is lack of priorities.
Don't dismiss people, don't be a dick, and don't rush. Play the long game.
True freedom is much more than having enough income and time to do what you want.
The most important actions are never comfortable.
Most information is time-consuming, negative, irrelevant to your goals, and outside of your influence.
No hurry, no pause.
I want to measure twice, and cut once; therefore, the vast majority of my important work is deciding what to work on.
You can fail at plenty as long as you get a few important things right.
I've had a life full of doubts... mostly for no good reason.
Life would be boring if we all followed exactly the same rules.
If you want to have more, do more, and be more, it all begins with the voice that no one else hears.
Just because they say it can't be done doesn't make it so.
I'm building a snowball the size of continents. The catch: it sometimes moves at a glacial pace. Big things take time, but that's OK â€“ almost nothing can stop a glacier from moving once it reaches critical mass.
My definition of luxury has changed over time. Now, it's not about owning a lot of stuff. Luxury, to me, is feeling unrushed.
Emergencies are seldom that.
Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.
There is just less competition for bigger goals.
If you let pride stop you, you will hate life.
It's lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for 'realistic' goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.
The 80-hour-per-week, 500 000$-per-year investment banker is less â€œpowerfulâ€ than the employed New Rich who works 1/4 the hours for 40 000$, but has complete freedom of when, where, and how to live.
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.
Stop wishing and start doing.
Being busy is a form of laziness â€“ lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.
Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.
Don't suffer fools or you'll become one.
Keep it simple. Complicated answers are rarely the right answers.
10x results don't always require 10x effort.
Remember, boredom is the enemy, not some abstract â€œfailureâ€.
Competition makes you better.
I'm in it for the long haul; the adventure continues.
Never, ever give up.
Age doesn't matter: an open mind does.
Everyone struggles. Take solace in that.
If you don't have time, you don't have priorities.
Focus, get the critical few done, and get out.
Big things are coming.
Take it easy, ya azizi.
Simple works, complex fails.
To have more quality and less clutter. .
Emphasize strengths, don't fix weaknesses.
The gems I've found were forged in the struggle.
Just because it's labeled â€œimpossibleâ€ doesn't make it even remotely impossible.
I've seen the promised land, and there is good news. You can have it all.
Tomorrow becomes never.
The worst that could happen wasn't crashing and burning, it was accepting terminal boredom as a tolerable status quo.
You are the author of your own life, and it's never too late to replace the stories you tell yourself and the world.
Instead of thinking of the repercussions of an action, you should also be asking yourself, what are the costs of inaction?
Think big and don't listen to people who tell you it can't be done. Life's too short to think small.
Even a small amount of non-reactive planning and reflection will completely separate you from everyone else, because you are avoiding the impulse and social pressure to multitask.
It is possible to become world-class, enter the top 5% of performers in the world, in almost any subject within 6-12 months, or even 6-12 weeks.
Tomorrow becomes never, no matter how small the task, take the first step now.
Look for the optimal dose of any activity. Too little sun, you don't get a tan. Just enough, you get a tan. Too much, you get burned.
If I want a better-than-average career, I can't simply 'go with the flow' and get it. Most people do just that: they wish for an outcome but make no intention-driven actions toward that outcome. If they would just do something most people would find that they get some version of the outcome they're looking for. That's been my secret. Stop wishing and start doing.
Realistic goals, goals restricted to the average ambition level, are uninspiring and will only fuel you through the first or second problem, at which point you throw in the towel. If the potential payoff is mediocre or average, so is your effort.
What are you good at? What could you be the best at? What makes you happy? What excites you? What makes you feel accomplished and good about yourself? What are you most proud of having accomplished in your life? Can you repeat this or further develop it? What do you enjoy sharing or experiencing with other people?
It is predicated on the assumption that you dislike what you are doing during the most physically capable years of your life. This is a nonstarterâ€”nothing can justify that sacrifice.
Most â€œsuperheroesâ€ are nothing of the sort. They're weird, neurotic creatures who do big things despite lots of self-defeating habits and self-talk.
When you try to something big it's hard to fail completely.
To become â€œsuccessful,â€ you have to say â€œyesâ€ to a lot of experiments. To learn what you're best at, or what you're most passionate about, you have to throw a lot against the wall.
I encourage you to make huge, ambitious plans. Just remember that the big-beyond-belief things are accomplished when you deconstruct them into the smallest possible pieces and focus on each â€œmoment of impactâ€, one step at the time.
We end up spending â€œthe best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it. We'd love to drop all and explore the world outside, we tell ourselves, but the time never seems right. Thus, given an unlimited amount of choices, we make none. Settling into our lives, we get so obsessed with holding on to our domestic certainties that we forget why we desired them in the first place.
You develop confidence through action, and you have to have courage first.
In a world where nobody really knows anything, you have the incredible freedom to continually reinvest yourself and forge new paths, no matter how strange. Embrace your weird self.
For a long time, I've known that the key to getting started down the path of being remarkable in anything is to simply act with the intention of being remarkable.
Focus on what's in front of you, design great days to create a great life, and try not to make the same mistake twice.
Three to five billion new consumers are coming online in the next 6 years. Holy cow, that's extraordinary. What do they need?
Don't use skepticism as a thinly veiled excuse for inaction or remaining in your comfort zone.
Find the cause or vehicle that interests you most and make no apologies.
Just because you exercise doesn't mean you deserve sugar water.
If you hate shrimp, don't eat the goddamn shrimp.
I'm eight days into fasting so if I sound like an idiot I'm gonna blame it on that.
Audio engineers will never be fully satisfied with your audio, but 99.9% of listeners will be happy if you're intelligible and loud enough.
It's easy to blow things out of proportion, to get lost in the story you tell yourself, and to think that your entire life hinges on one thing you'll barely remember 5 or 10 years later. That seemingly all-important thing could be a bad grade, getting into college, a relationship, a divorce, getting fired, or a bunch of hecklers on the Internet.
Go to the gym and move for at least 30 minutes. For me, this is 80% of the battle.
If you can't seem to make yourself happy, do little things to make other people happy. This is a very effective magic trick. Focus on others instead of yourself. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line , compliment a stranger, volunteer at a soup kitchen, help a classroom on DonorsChoose.org, buy a round of drinks for the line cooks and servers at your favorite restaurant, etc.
The little things have a big emotional payback, and guess what? Chances are, at least one person you make smile is on the front lines with you, quietly battling something nearly identical.
If you don't care about yourself, make it about other people.
If we let the storms pass and choose to reflect, we come out better than ever.
You have gifts to share with the world. You are not alone. You are not flawed. You are human.
There is no long-term revenue strategy. I focus solely on making it as fun as possible for me to do.
Even in a golden age, podcasting is a squirrely opportunity and not a panacea on a silver platter. Even if you work smart, you still have to do the work and take your lumps.
Like everyone else, at one point, I had zero readers and zero listeners. We all start out naked and afraid. Then your mom starts checking out your stuff, or perhaps a few friends give a mercy-listen, and the fragile snowball grows from there.
Everyone should try podcasting for at least 3-6 episodes, even if just to get better at asking questions and eliminating verbal tics. Those gains transfer everywhere.
Revenue opportunities often present themselves if you focus on creating something you'd pay for yourself. If you can easily sell it to 10 friends and do some basic market research on top of that, the odds improve.
I'm just caging my monkey mind on paper so I can get on with my fucking day.
I try to do 5 things each morning. Realistically, if I hit three out of five, I consider myself having won the morning. And if you win the morning, you win the day.
I did not grow up playing tennis with Steven Spielberg and drinking wine with Jerry Seinfeld â€“ I grew up serving coffee to those people.
I suppose my professional life can be split into writing books that all sound like infomercial products, most notably The 4-Hour Workweek, and then tech investing.
The recipe is straightforward â€“ study the craft like it's your job , make yourself smile, don't rush, don't whore yourself, test a lot of wacky ideas, and think laterally.
Keep the format simple. Most would-be blockbuster podcasters quit because they get overwhelmed with gear and editing.
Much like Joe Rogan, I decided to record and publish entire conversations , not solely highlights.
I also use a tremendously simple gear setup and favored Skype interviews for the first 20 or so interviews, as the process is easier to handle when you can look at questions and prep notes in Evernote or a notebook.
As Tony Robbins would say: complexity is the enemy of execution. You do NOT need concert hall-quality audio; most people will be listening in the subway or car anyway, and they'll forgive you if recordings are rough around the edges.
Don't pursue or even think about sponsors until you have a critical mass. I discussed this earlier. It's a distraction. Play the long game.
Borrow, be ridiculous on occasion, and be yourself. This is one medium where it can pay 100-fold to simply be you: warts, weirdness, and all.
Focus on an obsession that makes you a bit weird.
Make it fun for you and you will find an audience.
It's never too late to begin a new chapter, add a surprise twist, or change genres entirely.
Listen to other experiences, and start forming questions that you can journal.
If you sit down in a negative state, you will be thinking first and foremost of problems, and not solutions.
The question, 'what is the worst thing that can happen?' is a very powerful question.
If someone's criticism is completely unfounded on data, then I don't want to hear it. It doesn't hold up to scrutiny.
Bloggers are uniquely positioned to create bestsellers.
The paper is like a photography darkroom for my mind.
It has never been easier to create content self-published, but it has never been harder to get the attention you want, or need, to really put something into orbit.
The quality of my writing dropped miserably if I tried to do more than four hours per day. It's not necessary to put in 9-5 hours.
I have built my blog traffic and book buzz using mostly offline activities, and I recommend others do the same.
Rather than fight for attention with everyone online, I've focused on attending and speaking at events where bloggers are the attendees.
Help them somehow, whether commenting well on their blog, offering advice, or introducing them to other cool folk. .
I'm also beginning to realize that you can monetize a blog without bastardizing your vision, sacrificing editorial purity, or otherwise â€œselling out.â€ There's no need to sacrifice on either end.
Don't save your best for volume two.
The top stories all polarize people. Do not try to appeal to everyone. Instead, take a strong stance and polarize people: make some love you and some hate you.
If you make it threaten people's 3 Bs â€” behavior, belief, or belongings â€” you get a huge virus-like dispersion.
My daily journaling isn't limited to mornings. I use it as a tool to clarify my thinking and goals.
For reaching influential people, I think that in-person is the least crowded and most effective way, because they have to trust the messenger before they will endorse the message.
People prefer to trust other people, not brands , so I have the advantage of being a single-person-based media provider. Brands can do this by singling out killer personalities to drive their brands (e.g. Bobby Flay for Food Network in the early days). People want to follow humans, not trademarks. Plan accordingly.
I write about what most excites me and assume that will hold true for 10,000+ people... if I write about it well. If I get 100 die-hard fans per post like that, I can build an army that will not only consider buying anything I sell later , but they'll also promote my work as trustworthy to other people. This compounds quickly.
There are two different journals that I'm currently using: the five-minute journal, which was created by a reader of mine, in fact. Really, really helpful for setting the tone and focus for the day. And then morning pages, which is really just a free-association exercise â€” good way to trap your monkey-mind on paper so it doesn't distract you and sabotage you for the rest of the day.
I always thought I was going to end up teaching ninth grade.
My mom always encouraged me to march to my own drummer.
My parents didn't have much money growing up, but they always had a budget for books.
My dad was a real-estate broker, a local real estate broker. My mom was, and still is, a physical therapist.
Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night. The former scrambles your priorities and plans for the day, and the latter just gives you insomnia. E-mail can wait until 10am, after you've completed at least one of your critical to-do items.
Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time.
Do not let people ramble. Forget â€œhow's it going?â€ when someone calls you. Stick with â€œwhat's up?â€ or â€œI'm in the middle of getting something out, but what's going on?â€ A big part of GTD is GTP â€” Getting To the Point.
Do not check e-mail constantly â€” â€œbatchâ€ and check at set times only. I belabor this point enough. Get off the cocaine pellet dispenser and focus on execution of your top to-do's instead of responding to manufactured emergencies.
Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers. There is no sure path to success, but the surest path to failure is trying to please everyone. Do an 80/20 analysis of your customer base in two waysâ€“which 20% are producing 80%+ of my profit, and which 20% are consuming 80%+ of my time? Then put the loudest and least productive on autopilot by citing a change in company policies.
Do not work more to fix overwhelm â€” prioritize. If you don't prioritize, everything seems urgent and important. If you define the single most important task for each day, almost nothing seems urgent or important.
Do not carry a cellphone. Take at least one day off of digital leashes per week. Turn them off or, better still, leave them in the garage or in the car. I do this on at least Saturday, and I recommend you leave the phone at home if you go out for dinner.
Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should. Work is not all of life. Your co-workers shouldn't be your only friends. Schedule life and defend it just as you would an important business meeting.
I meditate almost every morning for 20 minutes.
More than 80% of the interviewees have some form of daily mindfulness or meditation practice.
So I received an email with a link to an article and the title is â€œBridgewater founder, Ray Dalio credits transcendental meditation for his successâ€. For those of you who don't know, he's the founder of the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, they have a hundred billion plus under management I think. His quote is â€œMeditation, more than any other factors have been the secrets to whatever success i've hadâ€. And that is a hell of an endorsement.
I started meditating and gave up meditating many many times because I had the response that you mentioned about type A personalities.
All I did was think about my todo list the entire time, that's fine, as long as I'm paying attention to my breath.
For me, it's been getting over that resistance to what I perceived as sort of a â€œwoo-woo new ageyâ€ type of thing and the ability to sort of view it as sort of a warm bath for the mind where I'm taking a mini vacation from my own brain in a way.
I'd be sitting there and I thought that the objective was to quiet my mind. And so when I failed at quieting my mind because I'd be ticking off the todo list or be like â€œah that f*cker who said A, B and C to me the other dayâ€ and I would just like harp on these ridiculous things and then I'd get pissed and then I'd get pissed that I was pissed... and I would get up and have a cup of coffee and then storm out of the house which didn't seem like a productive meditative sessions.
What I found was that by allowing the thoughts to occur and not judging myself because let's say I'm thinking about email, or the grocery shopping and the todo or whatever, just letting that happen but getting good at observing it, I was able to then have more emotional awareness which would prevent cognitive biases and bad judgments.
After meditating consistently for even a week or so, when that anger would start I was better at observing â€œTimâ€ as a 3rd person â€œOh look at that, Tim is getting angry at something really small and stupidâ€ as opposed to simply becoming angry and then causing problems for myself whether it was just internal or interacting with people.
I've had this aversion to meditation. But when it's very non-dogmatic, when you're not trying to control anything, just think of a candle flame, just observe your thoughts and be okay with them. Sit with good posture for this period of time, that's it.
The physiological or psychological effects are so fascinating, like you said, because you'll do it for a couple of days and you're like, whatever. Then you hit this sort of inflection point where you just drop from 200 RPMs to 150. You're like, â€œWhoa. Okay. This is differentâ€. The whole week, you're kind of zenned out.
It's like this extended period of calm and ease in decision-making. Uncluttered, like you closed every browser on your computer and shut off the anti-virus, and rebooted the whole thing.
Even if it's for ten minutes a day so that your not in a reactive mode. It's really a game changer. Physiologically, it had a lot of effects for me as well. When my cortisol level dropped, I was able to lose body fat more easily in my abdomen, for instance.
Most losses or mistakes are really survivable.
Don't get angry, don't get even â€“ focus on living well and that will eat at them more than anything you can do.
To do anything remotely interesting you need to train yourself to be effective at dealing with, responding to, even enjoying criticism.
Both Stoicism and Buddhism focus quite extensively on awareness of impermanence, so the practices are often complementary.
Practicing poverty or practicing rehearsing your worst case scenario in real life, not just journaling, not just in your head, I find very, very important.
The first thing I would do for anyone who's trying to lose body fat, for instance, would be to remove foods from the house that he or she would consume during lapses of self-control.
Now, it's literally #1 . What does this mean? If I sleep poorly and have an early morning meeting, I'll cancel the meeting last-minute if needed and catch up on sleep. If I've missed a workout and have a con-call coming up in 30 minutes? Same. Late-night birthday party with a close friend? Not unless I can sleep in the next morning.
Ours is a culture where we wear our ability to get by on very little sleep as a kind of badge of honor that symbolizes work ethic, or toughness, or some other virtueâ€”but really, it's a total profound failure of priorities and of self-respect.
In practice, strictly making health #1 has real social and business ramifications. That's a price I've realized I must be fine paying, or I could lose weeks or months to sickness or fatigue.
I would emphasize that by improving your physical machine, which includes the brain, you improve all of your performance, and the transfer is incredible to business.
Even if you are predisposed to being overweight, you're not predestined to be fat.
As long as you are keeping your blood-sugars in check, and your insulin levels in check, I think that the demonization of fat â€“ including saturated fat â€“ is completely unwarranted.
Hot baths can also significantly increase GH over baseline, and both sauna and hot baths have been shown to cause a massive release in prolactin, which plays a role in wound healing.
I now take ~20-minute saune sessions post-workout or post-stretching at least four times per week, typically at roughly 160 to 170F. If nothing else, it seems to dramatically decrease DOMS .
Making health #1 50% of the time doesn't work. It's absolute â€” all or nothing. If it's #1 50% of the time, you'll compromise precisely when it's most important.
AcroYoga is something that I'm currently really delving into. It's a combination of, in effect, yoga, acrobatics, and Cirque Du Soleil-type performances.
The advice I give for sustainable behavioral change, including diet, is that you make one change at a time.
Everyone is going to binge on a diet, for instance, so plan for it, schedule it, and contain the damage.
People on diets will cheat regardless, so we mitigate the damage by pre-scheduling it and limiting it to 24 hours.
Optimal meal, I would say, would be grass-fed steak with vegetables, maybe some lentils for fiber.
On seeking ways to sleep better: That's how I started reading fiction again. It really was to consume something that would actually push me away from problem solving and more into kind of fantasy dream mode. I was like alright, I'm not really a fiction reader but to fix my insomnia I'll do it.
The Slow-Carb Diet succeeds where other diets fail for many reasons, but the biggest is this: It accepts default human behaviors versus trying to fix them. Rather than say â€œdon't cheatâ€ or â€œyou can no longer eat X,â€ we plan weekly â€œcheat daysâ€ in advance.
Outside of cheat days, slow carbers keep â€œdomino foodsâ€ out of their homes. What are domino foods? Foods that could be acceptable if humans had strict portion control, but that are disallowed because practically none of us do.
For me, startups are a domino food. In theory, â€œI'll only do one deal a monthâ€ or â€œI'll only do two deals a quarterâ€ sound great, but I've literally NEVER seen it work for myself or any of my VC or angel friends.
I believed for a very long time as an athlete that low-fat, high-carbohydrate was an optimal diet. And I think there's a decent amount of evidence, circumstantial or direct, to suggest that low-fat diets create a host of issues ranging from joint problems to amenorrhea, like the cessation of menstruation. I mean, I think entirely unnatural for sedentary people or for athletes.
On fasting: There is also evidence to suggest â€“ skipping the scientific detail â€“ that fasting of 3 days or longer can effectively 'reboot' your immune system via stem cell-based regeneration.
On fasting: I will regularly, three continuous days per month minimum, practice fasting. I will do that from early Thursday dinner to an early Sunday dinner to simply expose myself to the rather, often unfamiliar, sensation of real hunger.
Stoicism can help you to become a better, kinder person. In helping you to become less emotionally reactive , it helps you to better resolve conflict, and teach others to do the same.
I've heard it said before, I certainly didn't come up with the expression, â€œEverything you want is just outside your comfort zone.â€ Why don't you proactively develop an ability to widen that comfort zone?
I view Stoicism not only as a means for greater effectivenessâ€”which it certainly is â€” but also as a tool for creating a better, less divisive world. To quote Sam Harris, PhD, â€œNo society in human history ever suffered because its people became too reasonable.
It's possible to immediately â€œbe tougher,â€ starting with your next decision. Have trouble saying â€œnoâ€ to dessert? Be tougher. Make that your starting decision. Feeling winded? Take the stairs anyway. Ditto. It doesn't matter how small or big you start. If you want to be tougher, be tougher.
Even if you only care about service to others, altruism, or being an instrument for good, to have the desired impact, you cannot be ruled by knee-jerk emotions, crying over spilt milk, and so on.
I know nothing. I am a beginner. But I ask a lot of questions.
BrainQuicken was a real learning on the job MBA.
Language learning deserves special mention. It is, bar none, the best thing you can do to hone clear thinking.
There are some secrets we don't share because they're embarrassing.
I expose myself to a lot of duress and pain in say, the form of ice baths and cold exposure simply to develop my tolerance for the then unavoidable pain and disruption that comes to all of us.
Simply reading Stoic passages in preparation for the day helps me to ideally, ignore, and when I cannot ignore, not respond to, certainly not engage with critics who have unfounded attacks.
Getting a dog has made me a better person and a better Stoic. My pup Molly has no bad intentions when she does most â€œbadâ€ things, for instance. As a puppy, she did what puppies do, of course: peed in the wrong places, chewed things up, disobeyed or ignored commands , etc.. She trained me to not overreact and get mad, which was pointless and actually made things worse for both of us. (Question asked was â€œHow has getting a dog changed your life?
On practising Stoicism: You can go into various places like a Starbucks, and practice doing the lay down challenge. This is laying down on the floor without saying anything to anyone, not telling them you're doing an exercise, lay down on the floor for 10 seconds. If they ask if you're all right, you say â€œyes I'm totally fine.â€ And then you get back up like nothing happened and continue on with waiting in line or whatever you were doing.
On practising Stoicism: Another option would be doing what my friend Noah Kagan calls the coffee challenge. Going into any type of coffee shop, if you don't like coffee it could be tea, it could be water, it doesn't matter. When you get to the end of the line and you're placing your order, you ask for 10 percent off.
Studying dog training, and really dedicating myself to good books and teachers , or Susan Garrett) taught me a ton about training any mammal, including humans and myself. It's been a great way to learn more about how we all respond to rewards, punishment, and feedback. This awareness has helped me to become a less stressed and more effective person.
In my experience, particularly when combined with Buddhist â€œmettaâ€ or loving-kindness meditation, Stoicism can foster greater compassion and empathy.
I've found that while Stoicism helps me to be very non-reactive, and to accomplish and achieve more with less wasted energy.
I've certainly stumbled a lot, but that's how you figure things out.
The first book was turned down by 26 publishers.
Get good at being a troublemaker and saying sorry when you really screw up.
When everything and everyone is failing, what is the cost of a little experiment outside of the norm? Most often, nothing.
Greatness is setting ambitious goals that your former self would have thought impossible, and trying to get a little better every day.
I absolutely think podcasts are a great way to â€œsurroundâ€ yourself with people who can help you average up. I use podcasts this way, and I listen to Dan Carlin , Jocko, Sam, and Tony regularly myself.
When â€” despite your best efforts â€” you feel like you're losing at the game of life, remember: Even the best of the best feel this way sometimes.
Pure hell forces action, but anything less can be endured with enough clever rationalization.
Sometimes it pays to model the outliers, not flatten them into averages. This isn't limited to business.
Every time I find myself stressed out, it's because I do things primarily driven by growth.
Rehearsing the worst case scenarios or negative visualization is a very powerful tool, which paradoxically allows you to become more relaxed and therefore, more response-able, i.e., able to chose your response if you get thrown a curveball question or if you flub and make a mistake in the middle of a live broadcast.
Anyone you have in your mind as an icon is an imperfect, flawed creature, just like all humans on the planet.
My goal is to learn things once and use them forever.
Information without emotion isn't retained.
Much like you would train your body, you can train your mind.
To learn is to live. I see no other option. Once the learning curve flattens out, I get bored.
Though you can upgrade your brain domestically, traveling and relocating provides unique conditions that make progress much faster.
Learning is such an addiction and compulsion of mine that I rarely travel somewhere without deciding first how I'll obsess on a specific skill.
It's amazing how someone's IQ seems to double as soon as you give them responsibility and indicate that you trust them.
Thinking is mostly just asking yourself questions and answering them.
If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?
Will moving this forward make all the other to-do's unimportant or easier to knock off later?
This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.
I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.
By the time you've reached your sixties, you do know that one day you will die, and knowing that is at least the beginning of wisdom.
I think I got a lot of life skills; I got a lot of wisdom; I've seen a lot of bad things happen to a lot of good people.
Once I turned 35, I got the bonus of some wisdom and began to accept life on its own terms.
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
A mistake is simply another way of doing things.
We should not judge people by their peak of excellence but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.
Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
Don't taunt the alligator until after you've crossed the creek.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
I didn't get where I am today by worryin' about how I'd feel tomorrow.
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements.
Wisdom is a sacred communion.
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
You have to find out what's right for you, so it's trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself.
You must accept responsibility for your actions, but not the credit for your achievements.
Start wide, expand further, and never look back.
The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself.
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.
He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.
We need a new diversity â€“ not one based on biological characteristics and identity politics but a diversity of opinion and worldviews.
The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It's just like building muscles.
I try to be a realistic optimist: I'm very clinical about where we are today, but extremely optimistic about what we're going to get done in the future.
We spend far too much time complaining about the way things are, and forget that we have the power to change anything and everything.
Originality only happens on the edges of reality.
Busy is a decision.
You can be a juicy ripe peach and there'll still be someone who doesn't like peaches.
We can't control the fact that bad things are going to happen, but it's how we react to them that really matter.
Your dreams are the blueprint to reality.
The single most important distinction in life... is to distinguish between an opportunity to be seized and a temptation to be resisted.
Have the moral courage to live in the gray...live the questions so that, one day, you will live yourself into the answers.
The fairest rules are those to which everyone would agree if they did not know how much power they would have.
I used to resent obstacles along the path, thinking 'if only that hadn't happened life would be so good.' then I suddenly realized, life is the obstacles. There is no underlying path.
And if you say you're not creative, look at how much you're missing out on just because you've told yourself that. I think creativity is one of the greatest gifts that we're born with that some people don't cultivate, that they don't realize it could be applied to literally everything in their lives.
Endings don't have to be failures, especially when you choose to end a project or shut down a business. Even the best gigs don't last forever. Nor should they.
The disease of our times is that we live on the surface. We're like the Platte River, a mile wide and an inch deep.
It all happened so suddenly and cinematically that it might defy belief â€“ I remembered that actually I had always wanted to be a writer. So I started writing that every evening.
Thinking of what makes me happy doesn't give me the same clarity as thinking about what gives me bliss.
Self-esteem is just the reputation you have with yourself. You'll always know.
Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.
In a real sense, to grow in life, I must be a seeker of stress.
Discipline equals freedom.
I'm not the strongest. I'm not the fastest. But I'm really good at suffering.
In the end, winning is sleeping better.
My confidence came from my vision. I am a big believer that if you have a very clear vision of where you want to go, then the rest of it is much easier.
You realize that you will never be the best-looking person in the room. You'll never be the smartest person in the room. You'll never be the most educated, the most well-versed. You can never compete on those levels. But what you can always compete on, the true egalitarian aspect to success, is hard work. You can always work harder than the next guy.
If more information was the answer, then we'd all be billionaires with perfect abs.
When you can write well, you can think well.
Slow down. I think a lot of the mistakes of my youth were mistakes of ambition, not mistakes of sloth. So just slowing down, whether that's meditating, whether that's taking time for yourself away from screens, whether that's really focusing in on who you're talking to or who you're with.
Everyone is interesting. If you're ever bored in a conversation, the problem's with you, not the other person.
The quality of your life is the quality of your questions.
Life is always happening for us, not to us. It's our job to find out where the benefit is. If we do, life is magnificent.
Suffering comes from three thought patters: loss, less, never.
Mastery doesn't come from an infographic. What you know doesn't mean shit. What do you do consistently?
The reason you're suffering is you're focused on yourself.
If it's not a 'HELL, YES!' it's a 'NO'.
Be your unapologetically weird self.
Your inbox is a to-do list to which anyone in the world can add an action item.
Don't overestimate the people on pedestals.
Productivity is for robots. What humans are going to be really good at is asking questions, being creative, and experiences.
Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.
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.
Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.
Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with course and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: â€œIs this the condition that I feared?â€.
What gets measured gets managed.
One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.
Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas.
If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
Do your homework, micro-test like a mother, and trust your conclusions. You could be wrong, and you often will be, but... what if you're right?
Success, however you define it, is achievable if you collect the right field-tested beliefs and habits.
You don't â€œsucceedâ€ because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them.
I wake up probably somewhere between 8:30 and 10 AM; I tend to stay up late. Then I brew tea, which is typically Pu-erh tea with turmeric and ginger added to it, to which I add coconut oil, which is high in medium chain triglycerides, which the brain likes very much. I consume that as I sit down and journal.
On how to monetize a blog: Step one is understanding your readers. By this, I mean defining them psychographically and demographically. What would they buy? Then, it's a simple matter of finding advertisers who would pay for â€œsponsorâ€-level access to this market.
On how to monetize a blog: There are certainly other avenues â€” affiliate programs, Amazon Associates, etc. â€” that add additional revenue with marginal additional effort. Last, and few bloggers consider this, is launching and offering your own products to your audience.
There are more than 200,000 books published each year in the US, and less than 5% ever sell more than 5,000 copies. On a given bestseller list, more than 5 spots could be occupied by unbeatable bestsellers like Good to Great or The Tipping Point, which have been on the lists for years.
When you're writing and you start to feel really uncomfortable, that's when you know you're starting to get it right. I'd imagine that applies to photography. It applies to everything.
You can't out Fox News Fox News. Timely news-based content turns life into a keeping up with the Joneses nightmare. I focus on evergreen/useful content that is as valuable 6 months from now as it is the day it's published. It might mean less immediate traffic, but it means sticky traffic and also Google traffic that will add up to monstrous traffic later.
Step 2. Meditate . At least 80% of all guests profiled in Tools of Titans have a daily mindfulness practice of some type. Sometimes I will do â€œHappy Bodyâ€ mobility exercises from Olympic weightlifter Jerzy Gregorek in place of meditation. Pattern: Males seem to gravitate to TM (tm.org) and women to vipassana, but it's not 100% correlation, of course. The Headspace app also pops up a lot in my interviews.
Step 3. Do 5 to 10 Reps of Something . The 5 to 10 reps here are not a workout. They are intended to â€œstate primeâ€ and wake me up. Getting into my body, even for 30 seconds, has a dramatic effect on my mood and quiets mental chatter. I like pushups and planche leans with mini-parallettes or, ideally, pushups on rings (with turn out at the top), which light you up like a X-mas tree.
'Star Trek' was an attempt to say humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in lifeforms.
Spiritual teachers and artists that have opened the eye of wisdom for the world, and visionary community builders, have influenced my work.
I think we do need to try to not just rely on the central bank to, in its wisdom, adjust interest rates, but allow for people to avoid being exposed to inflation risk.
The American people voted for a president, Donald Trump, who's very tough, very strong, very aggressive on terrorism, but at the same time smart. At the same time sophisticated. At the same time, heeding the wisdom of our founders who warned about entangling foreign engagement.
Kabbalah is all about change. It isn't about being proud of our good qualities: the wisdom is about transforming our darkness into light.
In your 20s you can be pretty, but you don't accomplish real beauty until you find wisdom and depth.
I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God.
There's a real wisdom to not saying a thing.
Women are stronger than men - they do not die of wisdom.
Man works outwardly and inwardly - after rest, he has energy; after energy, he needs repose; so, when we have given instruction for a time, we need instruction and must receive it, or the spirit faints and wisdom herself grows bitter.
Consider this point. It is a main point of true wisdom. Whenever there is an execution of purpose, there must be an agent.
Protection, as we use the word in Buddhism, is actually wisdom, it's insight. Protection is seeing and knowing deeply that all things in our experience arise due to causes, due to conditions coming together in a certain way.
As we work to reweave the strands of connection, we can be supported by the wisdom and lovingkindness of others.
The woods were a boon; all too often, the forest offered danger and mystery. Yet it could be liberating. If you entered that wild place on its own terms, you might be accorded wisdom.
I like to tell people that I have some of the biggest mentors in the world... they just don't know I exist. Dave Ramsey, Sara Blakely, Oprah, Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard - I've learned everything I know from their wisdom through books, podcasts and conferences.
Common wisdom dictates that the vice president should provide balance to the ticket by representing a different part of the country, another set of experiences, or a basketful of electoral votes.
A good memory is surely a compost heap that converts experience to wisdom, creativity, or dottiness; not that these things are of much earthly value, but at least they may keep you amused when the world is keeping you locked away or shutting you out.
Wisdom may best arise from a humbling reality.
I knew that I had it tough compared to children around me. But I felt like I needed it. I think I had the wisdom as a child to know that it would help me later on.
I'm grateful for my lines of wisdom. Of course, there are days when I think: 'Oh my gawd, I look a bit tired.' But I can pull it together if I have to.
The topic 'Farm Wisdom' is not a gospel doctrine or scriptural topic, although I found considerable scriptural support for the lessons learned on the farm.
If we had our priorities straight as a country, we’d consider leaving fame behind a mark of wisdom and character.
Whatever religion or wisdom, spirituality and values are important to me and to the business.
Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control. And it didn't have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realized that you either became a power or you were crushed.
I had read Harold Bloom's 'Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?' Late in his life, having read everything, Bloom asked which books had given him wisdom. I had just read a bunch of contemporary novels that had no wisdom for me.
What I want to do with my filmmaking is help kids experience the truth and wisdom of nature no matter where they are, whether or not they have the opportunity to go to a national park.
Sometimes you surprise yourself with what you can handle, and if you come out the other end with some wisdom, then it's not such a bad thing.
Money can be taken away from you, by the IRS or by pistol. That's why I always measure riches in terms of wisdom. No one can ever take from you what you know.
The biggest handicap in research is an ability to think outside the box. The handicap is being encumbered by all the conventional wisdom in a given field.
We live in a society bloated with data yet starved for wisdom. We're connected 24/7, yet anxiety, fear, depression and loneliness is at an all-time high. We must course-correct.
I believe that when an elder dies, a library is burned: vast sums of wisdom and knowledge are lost. Throughout the world libraries are ablaze with scant attention.
Everyone has always underestimated a company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The New York boys thought they could take me on, that nobody out here has any knowledge or wisdom.
It is plain to me that our prelates, in granting indulgences, do commonly blaspheme the wisdom of God.
You have to know when to stop - that's wisdom.
I love the early sonatas; I love the early Mozart, period. I'm really fond of that moment when he was either emulating Haydn or Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach or anybody but himself. The moment he found himself, as conventional wisdom would have it, at the age of 18 or 19 or 20, I stop being so interested in him.
What would help us preserve our natural resources are genetic traits that let us sacrifice the present for the sake of the future. You need wisdom to sacrifice something that is immediately useful or advantageous for the sake of something that will be important in the future.
I'm not a mom, but I think the word 'mother' is about wisdom.
Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your wisdom.
Except for the grace of God, I would be nobody - and that grace is the opposite of merit - human labour, education or human wisdom.
Even youngish men can acquire wisdom as time goes by.
The world is a diverse place. Nobody has a monopoly on virtue or wisdom.
Resource efficiency is the wrong metric. We should use nature as the measure, using nature's wisdom as a template for our economic systems.
The problem with Google is you have 360 degrees of omnidirectional information on a linear basis, but the algorithms for irony and ambiguity are not there. And those are the algorithms of wisdom.
The gods do not need sacrifices, so what might one do to please them? Acquire wisdom, it seems to me, and do all the good in one's power to those humans who deserve it.
Multicolored stones and paintings, walkways, and theaters are useless in a city unless it also contains wisdom and law. Such things are the subject of wisdom and law, not equivalent to them.
Because you are women, people will force their thinking on you, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don't live in the shadows of people's judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.
I'm exploring the maturity, the wisdom that just comes from having gone around the sun 50 times. My experience is, 'Oh, I'm never really going to get it right. I'm never going to get it done. But that's not the point here.' The point is the journey.
I feel like I've matured more musically than I have personally. But I totally embrace what becoming older has to offer. I find the wisdom that comes with each passing year is a trip.
All conventional wisdom has an element of truth to it, but good design requires more than an element of truth - it requires an ensemble of correct assumptions and valid calculations.
The All-Wise Maker attaches hundreds of instances of wisdom to each of the beings in the palace of the universe and equips them to perform hundreds of duties. To all trees He bestows instances of wisdom to the number of its fruits and gives duties to the number of its flowers.
You lose or you win the fight - and anything in life - in your mind. I can look at how the person walks, how he speaks, his expressions. It's a wisdom. Eyes are the mirror of the soul. So you can read a lot.
I would like to do my own daily talk show. Wisdom is the gift of ageing; no young person can have or buy it. My success was and is self-evident. I'm alive. I've lived. I've thrived and have grown as a person. I'm now healthier than ever. Who can argue with that?
There's no way in hell I could have achieved what I have without being a good student and listening to the wisdom of others who have been doing this a lot longer than I have.
If we talk about 'Groundhog Day' as a humanistic text - we only have one life, and there's no punishment or reward afterwards - then the wisdom is, just be kind because that will make you happy and the people around you happy.
Through the years, I, like you, have experienced pressures and disappointments that would have crushed me had I not been able to draw upon a source of wisdom and strength far greater than my own. He has never forgotten or forsaken me, and I have come to know for myself that Jesus is the Christ and that this is His Church.
For the Holy Ghost blesses us with optimism and wisdom at times of challenge that we simply cannot muster on our own.
Just look at what is right in front of you. People don't do that. They see what they expect to see, what they want to see, what conventional wisdom tells them to see. They only hear the music and not the lyrics of human events.
Most people see what they expect to see, what they want to see, what they've been told to see, what conventional wisdom tells them to see - not what is right in front of them in its pristine condition.
Just the simple act of sharing wisdom is something that many parents have left to society to do; however, that is not what God teaches in His word.
God knows and sees all. His wisdom and knowledge far outweighs mankind, and whether or not people ever recognize it - He is the creator. He is the giver of life, and only He has the power to take it away. That's why its imperative to submit to Him.
Linux is a complex example of the wisdom of crowds. It's a good example in the sense that it shows you can set people to work in a decentralized way - that is, without anyone really directing their efforts in a particular direction - and still trust that they're going to come up with good answers.
My dad was a man of great wisdom in his short time here.
The beauty of age is we grow, we learn. We have more wisdom. And as much as the youth-glorifying Hollywood would like us to believe, it's nothing. They're wrong.
A cardinal rule in budgeting and saving is to pay yourself first. Once your paycheck hits your account, wisdom has it that you should move some amount to savings even before you pay the bills.
I do have little trinkets. I'm a little bit of a hippie, so I have my wisdom rock - it goes with me; it's always in my purse, wherever I go. That's just me, being a hippie.
We dwell in the house of the body, but its perfection and intricate life are the work of a wisdom which never relaxes dominion over a single cell.
It doesn't matter how much wisdom you have. If you don't have position, you have nothing. That's the tragedy of India.
What is important to me is that when I write something, people listen to me. I provide my wisdom to people, whether they agree or not.
The price of wisdom is innocence. So, I have definitely become wiser but sadly a little less innocent.
There's something peculiar about writing fiction. It requires an interesting balance between seeing the world as a child and having the wisdom of a middle-aged person. The further you get from childhood and the experience of the teenage years, the greater the danger of losing that wellspring.
We learn from each other. We learn from others' mistakes, from their experience, their wisdom. It makes it easier for us to come to better decisions in our own lives.
By definition, the Singularity means that machines would be smarter than us, and, in their wisdom, they can innovate new technologies. The innovations would come so quickly, and increasingly quickly, that the innovation would make Moore's Law seem as antiquated as Hammurabi's Code.
There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of us as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.
There's a conventional wisdom that says that strategic thinking is much more important than relationship building, which doesn't seem to be nearly as highly valued as it should be, based on what some of the leaders that I've spoken with have said to me.
Ending poverty calls for humility, honesty, freedom from ideology and refusal to accept cruel simplicities about anyone's human potential. It requires listening to the wisdom and cutting the nonsense from both the Right and the Left.
Common wisdom in Texas Hold'em suggests that you should raise before the flop if you're planning to play a hand. The saying goes, 'Raise or fold,' but is that correct? Well, it's not the worst advice, but limiting yourself to one of these two options would be a mistake.
Much of the conventional wisdom associated with Vietnam was highly inaccurate. Far from an inevitable result of the imperative to contain communism, the war was only made possible through lies and deceptions aimed at the American public, Congress, and members of Lyndon Johnson's own administration.
The censors have always had a field day with James Joyce, specifically with 'Ulysses,' but also with his other writings. The conventional wisdom is that this is because of sexually explicit passages (and there certainly are those). I have always thought that what the critics hated and feared about Joyce is his cry for human freedom.
If religion comes into the public square, it is as vulnerable as any other human institution to be pelted with produce. Ignorance does not become wisdom just because you gussy it up with the Gospels.
Not a single illegal immigrant should or need enter the United States, not one. Contrary to the common wisdom, the borders are easy to seal, and controlling entry is hardly totalitarian.
For me, good films and good books are irreducible to a lesson. You can't just kind of translate them into one statement. On the contrary, the more you do that, the less wisdom in art there is.
At 17 years old, STG took me under its wing and shared its resources and wisdom with me, even allowing me to take part in a show at the Edinburgh Festival. Without STG and the Ramshorn Theatre, I would not have found access to the world of drama that I later made my profession.
My first spoken word poem, packed with all the wisdom of a 14-year-old, was about the injustice of being seen as unfeminine. The poem was very indignant, and mainly exaggerated, but the only spoken word poetry that I had seen up until that point was mainly indignant, so I thought that that's what was expected of me.
With age comes wisdom.
Whether they 'lean into' career, family, or both, let's not underestimate the wisdom of women to define happiness and success for themselves.
When I go out to direct a film, every day we prepare too much, we think too much. Knowledge becomes a weight upon wisdom. You know, simple words lost in the quicksand of experience.
My own feelings of where I am in this world and the questions that I am asking myself, I started to explore them through the story 'Four Feathers' and through this actor called Heath Ledger. I knew that I had to find a 21-year-old who could play wisdom at the end. He's only 21 or 22, and I tested him.
I have devoted my life to uncertainty. Certainty is the death of wisdom, thought, creativity.
While people are quick to praise the wisdom of the crowd, being an old-school journalist, I look at the wisdom of the crowd and know it can quickly turn into a mob mentality.
The wisdom of the crowds has peaked. Web 3.0 is taking what we've built in Web 2.0 - the wisdom of the crowds - and putting an editorial layer on it of truly talented, compensated people to make the product more trusted and refined.
Conventional wisdom is not always the best wisdom.
The 'Reader's Digest' used to run a feature called 'It Pays to Increase Your Word Power.' The new wisdom - post-Trump and Brexit - is that it doesn't.
Our ascendancy of the past two centuries - first Europe and then the U.S. - has bred a western-centric mentality: the West is the fount of all wisdom. We think of ourselves as open-minded, but our sense of superiority has closed our minds. We never entertained the idea that China could surpass the U.S.
I used to think I was going to die wise, and now, the one wisdom I have is I know very little.
Sometimes wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.
In the end, the real wisdom of menopause may be in questioning how fun or even sane this chore wheel called modern life actually is.
Whatever one thinks of the wisdom of building a mosque near Ground Zero, this controversy now affords us an immense opportunity to examine who we are as a people. It provides us with the opportunity to get back to our foundational ideals, which have always stood as a beacon for the rest of the world.
You accumulate emotional wisdom as you get older. You know, when you're 25, you go on blind dates with people that, when you're 50, you know to stay away from.
Until there are tangible metrics for quantifying the real value of a token's utility, the gap between value and valuation will continue to defy conventional wisdom and conventional valuation methods.
I did learn that some of the things that are great for locker rooms are inappropriate for political discourse. That's a wisdom I've garnered.
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.
Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.
Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.
When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him if he wants to pull back, send him on his way.
Of prosperity mortals can never have enough.
Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.
If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks.
Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.
It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.
You can't sweep other people off their feet, if you can't be swept off your own.
The difference between chirping out of turn and a faux pas depends on what kind of a bar you're in.
Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.
The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.
It is much more difficult to measure nonperformance than performance.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next virtue is doing it.
It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent if you believe the military, nothing is safe.
The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.
You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.
Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe.
Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.
In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy - well, you do the math. I refuse to go along with that. And as long as I'm President, I never will.
Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk and to make our words and actions all of a color.
We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.
I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.
Enraging liberals is simply one of the more enjoyable side effects of my wisdom.
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool the truest heroism is to resist the doubt and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed.
The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.
Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.
The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.
He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
If you were to offer a thirsty man all wisdom, you would not please him more than if you gave him a drink.
Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn't all have to be by tomorrow!
The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.
To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.
In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit.
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
We are to seek wisdom and understanding only in the length of days.
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
Every speaker has a mouth An arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it's filled with wisdom. Sometimes it's filled with feet.
I believe we have become paralyzed, paralyzed by our desire to be loved. Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country's principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
It is good even for old men to learn wisdom.
They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.
The word philosophy sounds high-minded, but it simply means the love of wisdom. If you love something, you don't just read about it you hug it, you mess with it, you play with it, you argue with it.
It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed 'Wisdom.' And then I know exactly what is going to follow: 'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'
Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.
People always blame the girl she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it.
The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
Novels are the Socratic dialogues of our time. Practical wisdom fled from school wisdom into this liberal form.
Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.
I actually don't think that I'm that much smarter than anybody else. It's just that I frequently just seem to know what to do, and I think that's wisdom.
The wisdom of God's Word is quite clear on believers being unequally yoked. And marrying someone who is not a Christian - who is not a daily disciple of Christ - is being unequally yoked, regardless of what their beliefs might be.
I don't turn to greeting cards for wisdom and advice, but they are a fine reflection of the general drift of the culture.
Great wisdom is generous petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.
Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.
The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.
Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability.
Around '93, '94, the conventional wisdom about the Internet was that it was a toy for academics and researchers. So it was very, very underestimated for about two years.
You know, many people have said that I'm on the edge and I'm maverick for some of the big operations that I've done. I'm not at all. I pray I ask God to give me wisdom, 'Should I do it?', guidance in terms of how to do it, who to consult with. All those kind of things are incredibly important.
It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.
Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next.
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
In my own personal life, God plays a great role in the risk, because I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do - and not only for operating, but for everything.
No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
My mother is a great source of advice and wisdom and consolation for me.
Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.
I don't think I really have any wisdom. Stay out of trouble. Good luck. Stay away from women because they will burn you, haha.
The greatest wisdom is to realize one's lack of it.
The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment.
I always see where I didn't do things the right way. I only see the heavy lifting. That's a bit of my wisdom, if you want to call it that.
Saudi Arabia is a puritanical state that claims a monopoly of wisdom and virtue.
Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.
Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.
Now that I am sixty, I see why the idea of elder wisdom has passed from currency.
Now our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity were fleeing, and that this country's principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and the emotions of the times.
I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.
It has become part of the accepted wisdom to say that the twentieth century was the century of physics and the twenty-first century will be the century of biology.
Focus on the mind and the soul. Read. Study. Enrol in a course of lectures. Pray. Become a member of a religious congregation. Study the Bible or other ancient works of wisdom.
If you have a vaccine or an antidote that people can benefit from, you're not going to want to keep it to yourself. You're going to want to spread that wisdom or whatever to as many people as you can, so everybody can benefit from it.
The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practiced, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good.
Spending two years on my uncle's ranch in Montana as a young man gave me the wisdom and the thrust to do westerns.
If an idea is indeed sensible, it will eventually become just part of the accepted wisdom.
It's received wisdom that the English are uniquely child-unfriendly.
Silence and reserve will give anyone a reputation for wisdom.
He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.
There is a trade off - as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity.
We all admire the wisdom of people who come to us for advice.
Economists often like startling theorems, results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom.
It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.
The plan was criticized by some retired military officers embedded in TV studios. But with every advance by our coalition forces, the wisdom of that plan becomes more apparent.
Many people have their reputations as reporters and analysts because they are on television, batting around conventional wisdom. A lot of these people have never reported a story.
If to live is to progress, if you are lucky, from foolishness to wisdom, then to write novels is to broadcast the various stages of your foolishness.
It's very hard to know what wisdom is.
I always prayed that God would give me the wisdom and the vision to do the things on this earth that I was supposed to do to express His life and love and His will.
As a parent and a citizen, I'll take a Bill Gates (or Warren Buffett) over Steve Jobs every time. If we must have billionaires, better they should ignore Jobs's example and instead embrace the morality and wisdom of the great industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Never accept ultimatums, conventional wisdom, or absolutes.
I always told, Sandra Bullock was my student when she was younger, I always told her it's important that we hold on to our insecurity, the wisdom of insecurity.
I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.
Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.
I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom, and to commit my cause to God, not fearing to offend men, who take offence at the simplicity of truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments of others.
A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
Although it has been said by men of more wit than wisdom, and perhaps more malice than either, that women are naturally incapable of acting prudently, or that they are necessarily determined to folly, I must by no means grant it.
The Relation we bear to the Wisdom of the Father, the Son of His Love, gives us indeed a dignity which otherwise we have no pretence to. It makes us something, something considerable even in God's Eyes.
Unhappy is that Grandeur which makes us too great to be good and that Wit which sets us at a distance from true Wisdom.
Words of wisdom are spoken by children at least as often as scientists.
Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.
Our experience is composed rather of illusions that of wisdom acquired.
Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth.
Your art kind of changes as you get older, by nature of the fact that you're hopefully gaining wisdom and you're starting to watch things with a better overview.
Old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind, waiting for our call. We have need for them. They represent the wisdom of our race.
Normally street children are shown in terms of the tragedy of their lives - which is true - but there's also another dimension: their wisdom, dignity and enormous capacity for survival.
What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?
As great as Ed is, the wisdom out here is that he can't carry a movie. They'll pay him $3 million to be the second banana in Julia Roberts things. But they won't put up $3 million for an Ed Harris movie.
A wholesome oblivion of one's neighbours is the beginning of wisdom.
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
I've always shied away from conventional wisdom, though I know the power of it.
As I visited the various neighborhoods in the campaign, I learned fast that it's a mistake to think that all of the wisdom and possible solutions to our problems are available only in this building.
You know how people always talk about how vision is the key to entrepreneurship and perseverance and really seeing what other people don't see? We can actually redeem a fair amount of that folk wisdom.
It is better to rust out than wear out.
The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense.
Wisdom is a gift but has nothing to do with age. That was probably the case with me.
Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom.
I'm a member of the 1960s generation. We didn't have any wisdom.
The more you meditate on the laws of Moses, the more striking and brighter does their wisdom appear.
Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.
As a society, we come up lacking in many of the marks of compassion and wisdom by which we measure ourselves as civilized.
Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom.
I reject most conventional wisdom.
I always want to be a messenger, a person that, you know, that's not afraid to pass on wisdom.
Rediscovering the wisdom of love and compassion may help us survive at a time when an increasingly balkanized world so badly needs it.
In most cases, a year older is a good thing. More wisdom, more experience, and less damns given.
It isn't right to judge strength as better than good wisdom.
Better than the strength of men and horses is our wisdom.
A mouse does not rely on just one hole.
Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.
Never cut what you can untie.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion.
It all starts with the right questions. If you get the answers right to the wrong questions, you won't get very far, whereas if you get even mediocre answers to the right questions, then those are the force multipliers.
How do you generate the most profit with the least effort? How do you maximize margins without sacrificing quality?
The way that you become world-class is by asking good questions.
What would I do/have/be if I had $10 million?
What's the least crowded channel?
If I could only work 2 hours per week on my business, what would I do?
What if I did the opposite for 48 hours?
Could I create a product that would scratch my own itch?
What might I put in place to allow me to go off the grid for 4 to 8 weeks, with no phone or email?
Which one of these, if done, would render all the rest either easier or completely irrelevant?
What if I let them make decisions up to $100? $500? $1,000?
What if I couldn't pitch my product directly?
What if I created my own real-world MBA?
Do I need to make it back the way I lost it?
Could it be that everything is fine and complete as is?
If not now, when? If left at the status quo, what will your life and stress look like in six months? In one year? In three years? Who around you will also suffer?
In the midst of overwhelm, is life not showing me exactly what I should subtract?
How can I throw money at this problem? How can I â€œwasteâ€ money to improve the quality of my life?
What if I could only subtract to solve problems?
Am I having a breakdown or a breakthrough?
What would this look like if it were easy?
There is no one right answer. Only better questions.
If the answer isn't simple, it's probably not the right answer.
The most common approach is very seldom the most effective and most efficient.
The options are limitless, but each path must begin with the same first step: replacing assumptions.
Too much, too many, and too often of what you want becomes what you don't want.
If you believe you can change the world, which I hope you do, do what you believe is right and expect resistance and expect attackers.
The objective is to control your time â€“ a non-renewable resource â€“ and apply it where you have the highest leverage or enjoyment.
The best results I have had in my life; the most enjoyable times, have all come from asking the simple question: What is the worst that could happen?
If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.
Success can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations we are willing to have, and by the number of uncomfortable actions we are willing to take.
The question you should be asking isn't, â€œWhat do I want? or â€œWhat are my goals? but â€œWhat would excite me?
Give vulnerability a shot. Give discomfort its due. Because I think he or she who is willing to be the most uncomfortable is not only the bravest, but rises the fastest.
What are the worst things that could happen?
There has never been a better time for testing the uncommon.
The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.
We all have within us a deep wisdom, but sometimes we don't know we have it.
We live in a culture that doesn't acknowledge or validate human intuition and doesn't encourage us to rely on our intuitive wisdom.
The thing that we possess, that machines don't, is the ability to exhibit wisdom.
And when the world is created, it is created in such a way that those eternal objects of God's loving wisdom become actualities - interacting with one another, relating to God in the finite realm.
Wisdom is not acquired save as the result of investigation.
Even wisdom has to yield to self-interest.
I'm someone who's done the opposite of whatever the received wisdom is, to keep your career going into your 50s.
Spend time reflecting on your emotional and physical existence and how that applies to the voice. You have to apply that wisdom and experience when you sing - it's what comes through.
This society in which we live is radically changing. What previous generations saw as evil is now embraced as being good. It is a dangerous and slippery slope upon which we stand when we reject what Solomon called the beginning of wisdom - the fear of God.
If God had sufficient wisdom and power to construct such a beautiful world as this, then we must admit that his wisdom and power are immeasurably greater than that of man, and hence he is qualified to reign as king.
I feel increasingly like age is very irrelevant. Quite often, cynicism is confused with wisdom, and my scorn is confused with a knowing, which I don't have.
To suppose more than one supreme Source of infinite wisdom, power, and all perfections, is to assert that there is no supreme Being in existence.
Clinton is a big personality who has led a big life, and for some of the media conventional wisdom to boil it down to a view that 'all people are really interested in' are a few moments of madness in the Oval Office gets him, the importance of the presidency, and the significance of his life, all wrong.
Ask Elizabeth is a community of voices, it's not me standing on a podium telling people how to run their lives, it's girls helping each other sharing their wisdom and advice and I create a space for them to do it.
We do not sit as a superlegislature to weigh the wisdom of legislation.
After a gig I always head back to the hotel, remembering granny's words of wisdom. I cancel the late-night pizza and watch the Jonathan Ross show instead.
It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not care why we went to war in Iraq, that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.
Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake.
Theology in general seems to me a substitution of human ingenuity for divine wisdom.
For the subtlest folly proceeds from the subtlest wisdom.
I do interviews because it's a chance to be myself. I sometimes wonder what I could have to say that would be of any interest. I don't have any great wisdom.
This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job, the best example of wisdom.
Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.
It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom.
Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom.
He whose wisdom cannot help him, gets no good from being wise.
Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won't primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins.
Whether the aim is in heaven or on earth, wisdom or wealth, the essential condition of its pursuit and attainment is always security and order.
The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.
I probably wouldn't be a songwriter if I didn't grow up the way I did. It was difficult and it was at times very scary to grow up in a household so unsettled and at times very violent. But, it also, I guess it earned me a sort of wisdom at a young age that's served me well.
Even by common wisdom, there seem to be both people and objects in my dream that are outside myself, but clearly they were created in myself and are part of me, they are mental constructs in my own brain.
When I wrote Living in the Light, I wanted to share about how I live my own life and to encourage people to tap into their own inner wisdom.
If we can return to a government that the Founders, in their wisdom, envisioned for us, we can return to a government that will allow our economy to thrive again, and our people to live in liberty.
There's the conventional wisdom, of which I have none, where you get a record deal, you get a publicist, you get a campaign, and you do the tour, but none of that adds up to things like nuance and subtlety and dynamic.
Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance.
Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left.
I'm not a money manager, but I can tell you what the conventional wisdom is. The younger you are, the more risk you can take on.
Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel.
I covered my face because they had taken my wisdom teeth out.
To keep your secret is wisdom to expect others to keep it is folly.
But in its final creation it was not the part of the Father's power to fail as though exhausted. It was not the part of His wisdom to waver in a needful matter through poverty of counsel.
Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them.
Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.
Every indication of wisdom, taken from the effect, is equally an indication of power to execute what wisdom planned.
But I do think it's important to remember that writers do not have a monopoly of wisdom on their books. They can be wrong about their own books, they can often learn about their own books.
This land, which we have watered with our tears and our blood, is now our mother country, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and gospel is free.
Now it is time to turn to an older wisdom that, while respecting material comfort and security as a basic right of all, also recognises that many of the most valuable things in life cannot be measured.
What I lack in energy, I have in wisdom.
I have tried at every point to seek God's wisdom on the decisions I made, and I made it my business to speak up on behalf of the things God tells us are important to Him.
But the Wisdom of God, which is His only-begotten Son, being in all respects incapable of change or alteration, and every good quality in Him being essential, and such as cannot be changed and converted, His glory is therefore declared to be pure and sincere.
We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
In justice to human society it may perhaps be said of almost all the polities and civil institutions in the world, however imperfect, that they have been founded in and carried on with very considerable wisdom.
The constitutions of Maryland and New York are founded in higher wisdom.
You know, it's sort of common wisdom among New York publishers that short story collections don't make money.
Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart.
Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment.
What's different now is that while political leaders used to give talking points to talk radio, now talk-radio hosts are giving talking points to political leaders. It's all part of the suffocating spin cycle we're in. In media, politics and publishing, the conventional wisdom is to play to this base.
Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
I find the fact that billionaires are quoted as if the fact that they are billionaires gives them some kind of wisdom is outrageous.
To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius.
I left school at 16 but I wish I'd gone to university - I think I would have studied English literature. I had a knack for that. But I don't think you have the kind of wisdom at 16 to make that decision.
As far as feeling freedom in my career now versus five years ago... I think if I feel any more free it's simply because of the experiences that I've had, and the wisdom I've accumulated from that time.
The current wisdom now is that if the three networks are covering the news the same way the difference is the anchor people. I think that won't be true in the future.
He read his mind. He's a strange sort of man, isn't he? It's not just the advice and the wisdom that he has.
Remembering is painful, it's difficult, but it can be inspiring and it can give wisdom.
If they can prove that I am wrong by that time, I will give it up to their wisdom, but not after to any one's judgment, till I see the end of another year for the Lord will begin with a new century and I will see what he will do, before I will hearken to any man's judgment.
You want people walking away from the conversation with some kernel of wisdom or some kind of impact.
Follow the wisdom of the great actor, James Cagney, you hit your mark, you look the other guy in the eye, and you tell the truth.
This age thinks better of a gilded fool Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom's school.
However, I must not indulge in homespun wisdom here before so distinguished an assembly, especially as I am to be followed by a representative of science.
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.
The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom.
India is known for its sobriety and wisdom, balanced and sensible thinking. We need strong institutions and we need good governance in the country.
Any successful nominee should possess both the temperament to interpret the law and the wisdom to do so fairly. The next Supreme Court Justice should have a record of protecting individual rights and a strong willingness to put aside any political agenda.
After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem.
Wisdom prepares for the worst, but folly leaves the worst for the day when it comes.
Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more.
I don't want to put a pause on the rest of my life I'm really enjoying getting older and the wisdom that comes from that.
I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients.
It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly.
But the law of God came from heaven indeed. God wrote it with his finger, it is the fountain of all wisdom, and therefore shall it continue for ever, and never have an end.
They are few in the midst of an overwhelming mass of brute force, and their submission is wisdom but for a nation like England to submit to be robbed by any invader who chooses to visit her shores seemed to me to be nonsense.
There's always a miasma of misinformation emerging from the higher education sector as to which are the 'best' courses to take. My advice would always be to ignore the perceived wisdom and look for the most reliable evidence on the ground.
I continue to believe, contrary to the given wisdom, that it's more interesting to have an album - or, indeed, an individual song - which has variety rather than homogeneity.
I see a wiser person than when I was younger: having babies, and passing 30, were the turning points. What women in their 40s - I am 39 - lack in gorgeousness, they make up for in wisdom. I love ageing, despite the drawbacks - thinner, drier skin.
And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice.
To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.
Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive.
As an instrument for practical action, law is responsive to the wisdom of its time, which may be wrong, but it carries forward, sometimes in opposition to this wisdom or passion, a memory of received values.
And, if we have any evidence that the wisdom which formed the plan is in the man, we have the very same evidence, that the power which executed it is in him also.
What could be more lonely than to be enveloped in silence, to be the last of your people to speak your native tongue, to have no way to pass on the wisdom of the elders, to anticipate the promise of the children. This tragic fate is indeed the plight of someone somewhere roughly every two weeks.
I chose Sony Classics, not just because of their practical experience, not just because of their wisdom in marketing, but mainly because of their integrity.
If the highest things are unknowable, then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom.
We don't pray for the land. We pray for the humans, all humans... starting with the president, Mohammed Morsi, and all officials, and for God to give everyone wisdom and responsibility to manage the affairs of this country and its people in true Egyptian spirit.
Hatred is corrosive of a person's wisdom and conscience the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society's tolerance and humanity, and block a nation's progress to freedom and democracy.
Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we've learned and create something.
I think in conventional magazine wisdom, you need to have a redesign every decade or so.
One reason the human race has such a low opinion of itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers.
In regard of the rich grace and wisdom of his love toward his people for who sees not, but that it is a curse to be unready as these foolish virgins, who were therefore shut out.
The result showed the wisdom of your orders.
I actually think with age comes some level of wisdom.
This ceremony and the intellectual aura associated with the Nobel Prizes have grown from the wisdom of a practical chemist who wrote a remarkable will.
Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.
A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.
Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity.
Applause is a receipt, not a bill.
If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.
What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.
When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective.
The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
You can observe a lot by watching.
Habit is the nursery of errors.
Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.
Plodding wins the race.
Appearances are often deceiving.
No one wants advice - only corroboration.
All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.
It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.
Look twice before you leap.
Let me warn you, if you start chasing after views, you'll be left without bread and without views.
The soul's joy lies in doing.
First appearance deceives many.
Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.
The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.
None knows the weight of another's burden.
When you doubt, abstain.
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.
Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
To advise is not to compel.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.
Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.
Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
Blaming idiots for interruptions is like blaming clowns for scaring children â€“ they can't help it. It's their nature. Then again, I had, on occasion, been known to create interruptions out of thin air. If you're anything like me, that makes us both occasional idiots. Learn to recognize and fight the interruption impulse. This is infinitely easier when you have a set of rules, responses, and routines to follow.
What bullshit excuses do you have for not going after whatever it is that you want?
My agenda became a list of everyone else's agendas.
No newspapers, magazines, audiobooks, or nonmusic radio. Music is permitted at all times. No news websites whatsoever . No television at all, except for one hour of pleasure viewing each evening. No reading books, except for this book and one hour of fiction11 pleasure reading prior to bed. No web surfing at the desk unless it is necessary to complete a work task for that day. Necessary means necessary, not nice to have.
The world doesn't even hiccup, much less end, when you cut the information umbilical cord.
I feel that the big ideas come from these periods [deloading phases]. It's the silence between the notes that makes the music.
Create slack, as no one will give it to you. This is the only way to swim forward instead of treading water.
Once your life shifts from pitching outbound to defending against inbound, however, you have to ruthlessly say â€œnoâ€ as your default. Instead of throwing spears, you're holding the shield.
People don't lose in various aspects of their lives because they pursue a lot of bad ideas. They lose because they say yes to too many 'kinda cool' things/ideas.
Doing less is not being lazy. Don't give in to a culture that values personal sacrifice over personal productivity.
Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.
If I'm â€œbusy,â€ it is because I've made choices that put me in that position, so I've forbidden myself to reply to â€œHow are you?â€ with â€œBusy.â€ I have no right to complain. Instead, if I'm too busy, it's a cue to reexamine my systems and rules.
Who you portray in your marketing isn't necessarily the only demographic who buys your product â€” it's often the demographic that most people aspire to. The target isn't the market.
â€œGeneral fame is overrated. You want to be famous to 2,000 to 3,000 people you handpick.â€ I'm paraphrasing, but the gist is that you don't need or want mainstream fame. It brings more liabilities than benefits. However, if you're known and respected by 2â€“3K high-caliber people , you can do anything and everything you want in life. It provides maximal upside and minimal downside.
Broadly speaking, as good as it feels to have a plan, it's even more freeing to realize that nearly no misstep can destroy you. This gives you the courage to improvise and experiment.
Good stories always beat good spreadsheets. Whether you are raising money, pitching your product to customers, selling the company, or recruiting employees, never forget that underneath all the math and the MBA bullshit talk, we are all still emotionally driven human beings. We want to attach ourselves to narratives.
We don't act because of equations. We follow our beliefs. We get behind leaders who stir our feelings. In the early days of your venture, if you find someone diving too deep into the numbers, that means they are struggling to find a reason to deeply care about you.
First get the crowd, then sell the product.
There are people I have outsourced to in India who now outsource portions of their work to the Philippines. It's the efficient use of capital, and if you want the rewards of a free market, if you want to enjoy the rewards of the capitalist system, these are the rules by which you play.
If you take a strong stance and have a clear opinion or statement on any subject online, you're going to polarize people. And without that polarity, there's no discussion. Discussion is what I want, which means that I'm fine with the consequences.
What we really need to do, to design, is look at the extremes. The weakest, or the person with arthritis, or the athlete, or the strongest, the fastest person, because if we understand what the extremes are, the middle will take care of itself.â€ In other words, the extremes inform the mean, but not vice versa.
I think the 'soft sell' is very undervalued.
I still feel there are much smarter self-promoters out there than me. I am very methodical about my messaging, and I know how to gain attention very quickly.
Everything that works in sales has been done already. Just keep track of the crap that you buy, or the awesome stuff that you buy, and decide what was the trigger, and then just sell to people like you. It's really that easy â€“ and that's what I do.
For me, money is not a prime motivator. It's one criterion that I can use to filter out opportunities. My high is the eureka moment when I find, or I am taught, a non-obvious way of solving a problem.
Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W's you control in your life: what do you, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it. I call this the â€œfreedom multiplierâ€.
I'm not averse to making a lot of money. But where does that end? I hang out with people with hundreds of millions of dollars. Is that the standard by which I should measure myself? Where does that take you if you're in my business? I think it takes you to pretty dark, corrupt places.
In the beginning of your career, you spend time to earn money. Once you hit your stride in any capacity, you should spend money to earn time, as the latter is nonrenewable.
If you find yourself saying, â€œBut I'm making so much moneyâ€ about a job or project, pay attention. â€œBut I'm making so much money,â€ or â€œBut I'm making good moneyâ€ is a warning sign that you're probably not on the right track or, at least, that you shouldn't stay there for long. Money can always be regenerated. Time and reputation cannot.
â€œIf only I had more money is the easiest way to postpone the intense self-examination and decision-making necessary to create a life of enjoyment- now and not later. By using money as the scapegoat and work as our all-consuming routine, we are able to conveniently disallow ourselves the time to do otherwise.
The more we associate experience with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live. And the more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we're too poor to buy our freedom.
The goal of â€œinvestingâ€ has always been simple: to allocate resources to improve quality of life.
I am willing to accept a mild and temporary 10% decrease in current quality of life for a high-probability 10x return, whether the ROI comes in the form of cash, time, energy, or otherwise.
People don't want to be millionaires â€” they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy.
An investment that produces a massive financial ROI but makes me a complete nervous mess, or causes insomnia and temper tantrums for a long period of time, is NOT a good investment.
I don't typically invest in public stocks for this reason, even when I know I'm leaving cash on the table. My stomach can't take the ups and downs, butâ€”like drivers rubbernecking to look at a wreckâ€”I seem incapable of not looking. I will compulsively check Google News and Google Finance, despite knowing it's self-sabotage.
A large guaranteed decrease in present quality of life doesn't justify a large speculative return.
One could argue that I should work on my reactivity instead of avoiding stocks. I'd agree on tempering reactivity, but I'd disagree on fixing weaknesses as a primary investment strategy.
I get 50-100 pitches per week. This creates an inbox problem. [...] I've had to declare email bankruptcy twice in the last six months. It's totally untenable.
On fasting: I allowed trace amounts of BCAAs and 300 to 500 calories of pure fat per day on my â€œfastâ€.
The more you schedule and practice discomfort deliberately, the less unplanned discomfort will throw off your life and control your life.
From 2008 to 2009, I began to ask myself, â€œWhat if I could only subtract to solve problems? when advising startups. Instead of answering, â€œWhat should we do? I tried first to hone in on answering, â€œWhat should we simplify?
I don't want to hire staff for vetting, so I've concluded I must ignore all new startup pitches and intros.
I'm tired of unwarranted last-minute â€œhurry up and signâ€ emergencies and related fire drills. It's a culture of cortisol.
I'm in startups for the long game. In some capacity, I plan to be doing this 20+ years from now.
Most of my best investments were made during the â€œDot-com Depressionâ€ of 2008-2009 , when only the hardcore remained standing on a battlefield littered with startup bodies.
It's often what you do, not how you do it, that is the determining factor. This is the difference from being effective; doing the right things, and being efficient; doing things well whether they are important.
â€œNot-to-doâ€ lists are often more effective than to-do lists for upgrading performance.
Block out at 2-3 hours to focus on one of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow.
If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don't freak out and downward spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do.
If I have 10 important things to do in a day, it's 100% certain nothing important will get done that day.
It doesn't take much to seem superhuman and appear â€œsuccessfulâ€ to nearly everyone around you. In fact, you just need one rule: What you do is more important than how you do everything else, and doing something well does not make it important.
Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective â€“ doing less â€“ is the path of the productive.
In the last 12 months, I've used deloading outside of sports to decrease my anxiety at least 50% while simultaneously doubling my income.
I alternate intense periods of batching similar tasks with extended periods of â€“ for lack of poetic description â€“ unplugging and fucking around.
Great creative work isn't possible if you're trying to piece together 30 minutes here and 45 minutes there.
The idea is not to be idle. That's not something that I advocate. It is to maximize your per hour output.
People are poor judges of importance and inflate minutiae to fill time and feel important.
If you spend your time, worth $20-25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it's simply a poor use of resources.
By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It's the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.
Large, uninterrupted block of time â€” 3-5 hours minimum â€” create the space needed to find and connect the dots. And one block per week isn't enough.
There has to be enough slack in the system for multi-day CPU-intensive synthesis. For me, this means at least 3-4 mornings per week where I am in â€œmakerâ€ mode until at least 1pm.
If I'm in reactive mode, maker mode is all but impossible. Email and texts of â€œWe're overcommitted but might be able to squeeze you in for $25K. Closing tomorrow. Interested?â€ are creative kryptonite.
I miss writing, creating, and working on bigger projects. YES to that means NO to any games of whack-a-mole.
The great â€œdeloadingâ€ phase. This is what I'm experiencing this afternoon, and it makes a Tuesday feel like a lazy Sunday morning. This is when the muse is most likely to visit. I need to get back to the slack.
If you want to create or be anything lateral, bigger, better, or truly different, you need room to ask â€œwhat if? without a conference call in 15 minutes. The aha moments rarely come from the incremental inbox-clearing mentality of, â€œOh, fuck... I forgot to... Please remind me to... Shouldn't I?... I must remember to...
There are certain things I will automate, but when it comes to quality control, I want to keep a very close eye.
What might you do to accomplish your 10-year goals in the next 6 months, if you had a gun against your head?
Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is not laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.
In my mind, when I'm trying to deconstruct, let's say a sport, all i'll ask is to start with: â€œwhat rules are people following that are not required?
People, even good people, will unknowingly abuse your time to the extent that you let them. Set good rules for all involved to minimize back-and-forth and meaningless communication.
I think time management as a label encourages people to view each 24-hour period as a slot in which they should pack as much as possible.
Believe it or not, it is not only possible to accomplish more by doing less, it is mandatory. Enter the world of elimination.
hat if I did the opposite?: What if I only asked questions instead of pitching? What if I studied technical material, so I sounded like an engineer instead of a sales guy? What if I ended my emails with â€œI totally understand if you're too busy to reply, and thank you for reading this far, instead of the usual â€œI look forward to your reply and speaking soon presumptive BS? The experiments paid off. My last quarter in that job, I outsold the entire L.A. office of our biggest competitor, EMC.
What you do is infinitely more important that how you do it. Efficiency is still important, but is useless unless applied to the right things.
Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic.
Pareto's Law can be summarized as follows: 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs.
If you had a gun to your head or contracted some horrible disease, and you had to limit work to 2 hours per week, what would you do to keep things afloat?
When prioritizing his todo list: Which one of these, if done, would render all the rest either easier or completely irrelevant?
1. Limit tasks to the important to shorten work time . 2. Shorten work time to limit tasks to the important (Parkinson's Law).
What 20% of customers/products/regions are producing 80% of the profit? What factors or shared characteristics might account for this?â€ Many such questions later, I began making changes: â€œfiringâ€ my highest-maintenance customers.
What is the 20% of my belongings that I use 80% of the time? Eliminate the other 80% in clothing, magazines, books, and all else. Be ruthless â€“ you can always repurchase things you can't live without.
On finding and working on the essentials: The 80/20 principle, also known as Pareto's law, is the primary tool in this case. It dictates that 80% of your desired outcomes are the result of 20% (or less) of your activities and inputs.
After reading The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber and The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch, I decided that extreme questions were the forcing function I needed. The question I found most helpful was, â€œIf I could only work 2 hours per week on my business, what would I do?
Parkinson's Law dictates that a task will swell in perceived importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion.
I tend to focus on the 80-20 analysis as it applies to people getting on and off the ground as quickly as possible to say be on top 5 to 10% of the general population.
Invest in duplicating your few strong areas instead of fixing all of your weaknesses.
The decent method you follow is better than the perfect method you quit.
I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control.
If we're talking about just distractions, we're talking about prioritization. If you feel like you don't have time, you don't have priorities. Everyone has the same amount of time.
It is imperative that you learn to ignore or redirect all information and interruptions that are irrelevant, unimportant, or unactionable. Most are all three.
In a world of distraction and multitasking, the ability to single task â€” to genuinely do one thing without getting distracted by push notifications, alerts, email, text messages, social media, whatever it might be â€” is a super power.
The problem with New Year's resolutions â€“ and resolutions to 'get in better shape' in general, which are very amorphous â€“ is that people try to adopt too many behavioral changes at once. It doesn't work. I don't care if you're a world-class CEO â€“ you'll quit.
The end product of the shorter deadline is almost inevitably of equal or higher quality due to greater focus.
Indiscriminate action is a form of laziness.
Schedule things in advance, or you might be inclined to quit. A lot of standup comedians do this, because they may have six or 12 gigs before they do their first set well. Commit beforehand; prepay if you can.
It's hip to focus on getting things done, but it's only possible once we remove the constant static and distraction.
That non-attachment to an outcome, i.e. controlling my thoughts, was very helpful.
On fasting: Fasting doesn't need to make you miserable and weak. In fact, it can have quite the opposive effect.
I travel with boxes of sardines, oysters, and bulk macadamia nuts.
On fasting: I now aim for a 3-day fast once per month and a 5 to 7-day fast once per quarter.
I was once refused for a lunch date with a very famous tech investor and he said, 'Sorry, I'm on a no-meeting diet for the next month and I have a policy of saying no to all meetings'. So I started using a 'no conference call diet' and people just rolled with it. It was incredible. There was no feedback, no push-back.
Saying yes to too much â€œcoolâ€ will bury you alive and render you a B-player, even if you have A-player skills.
To develop your edge initially, you learn to set priorities; to maintain your edge, you need to defend against the priorities of others.
Once you reach a decent level of professional success, lack of opportunity won't kill you. It's drowning in 7-out-of-10 â€œcoolâ€ commitments that will sink the ship.
I hope you find the strength to say no when it matters most. I'm striving for the same, and only time will tell if I pull it off.
Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive. Capacity, interest, and mental endurance all wax and wane. Plan accordingly.
Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers. [...] It just results in unwanted interruption and poor negotiating position. Let it go to voicemail and relax.
If you have a strong informed opinion, don't keep it to yourself. Try to help people and make the world a better place. If you strive to do anything remotely interesting, just expect a small percentage of the population to always find a way to take it personally. F*ck 'em. There are no statues erected to critics.
If someone ends up better than me , they deserve to beat me. I'll be the first person to buy them a beer.
If you're half-assing it and coasting, find something else you can whole-ass.
I mean, like, rice cakes? Might as well just inject yourself with insulin.
â€œWhat do you want?â€ is too imprecise to produce a meaningful and actionable answer.
While the world is a gold mine, you need to go digging in other people's heads to unearth riches. Questions are your pickaxes and competitive advantage.
How can you use different belief systems, different frameworks, different principles, different tech tools to optimize your productivity and your effectiveness?
When you put on really effective armor, you do keep things out but you also keep a lot in.
Outside of the law and science and even within science and within law, reality is kinda negotiable. So I mean, a good example of that is the high jump, the fosbury flop. Dick Fosbury was really the first guy to go backward over the high jump and up to that point, there's been the straddle kick, and all sorts of different approaches. He was ridiculed at first and then he was called a cheat because he won the gold medal and now everybody uses that approach.
Very often, â€œourâ€ beliefs are not our own.
Achievement without appreciation makes you ambitious but miserable. Appreciation without achievement makes you unambitious but happy.
Improving the quality of life in the world is in no fashion inferior to adding more lives.
Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe.
Many of our strengths in excess become or create glaring weaknesses.
The best results in life are often held back by false constructs and untested assumptions.
The commonsense rules of the 'real world' are a fragile collection of socially reinforced illusions.
Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
If the recipe sucks, it doesn't matter how good a cook you are.
You're never as bad as they say you are, but you're never as good as they say you are either.
Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitant to get in the way if you're moving.
The goal is to find your inefficiencies in order to eliminate them and to find your strengths so you can multiply them.
Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of mental laziness â€“ lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.
Babe Ruth struck out all the time, but he's not remembered for that. He's remembered for what worked.
Time is wasted because there is so much time available.
Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined. Otherwise, you waste someone else's time instead of your own, which now wastes your hard-earned cash.
Don't confuse the complex with the difficult. Most situations are simple â€” many are just emotionally difficult to act upon.
It isn't enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.
The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.
Look for flexible principles so that you can then have a toolkit that's adaptable.
â€œSomedayâ€ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
Most of the time, â€œWhat should I do with my life?â€ is a terrible question.
I believe that life exists to be enjoyed, and that the most important thing is to feel good about yourself.
If you make yourself laugh every once in a while, at least you will have fun. And that is perhaps the best strategy of all.
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious.
Wisdom sails with wind and time.
A symptom of wisdom is curiosity. The evidence is calmness and perseverance. The causes are experimentation and understanding.
A fool is known by his speech; and a wise man by silence.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.
Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory?
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Wisdom and deep intelligence require an honest appreciation of mystery.
Wisdom is knowing when you can't be wise.
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
Wisdom is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.
Wisdom is keeping a sense of fallibility of all our views and opinions.
Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.
He that composes himself is wiser than he that composes a book.
Step 4. Prepare â€œTitanium Teaâ€ (2 to 3 minutes). I prepare loose-leaf tea in a Rishi glass teapot but you could use a French press. The below combo is excellent for cognition and fat loss, and I use about 1 flat teaspoon of each: Pu-erh aged black tea Dragon well green tea (or other green tea) Turmeric and ginger shavings (often also Rishi brand). Add the hot water to your mixture and let it steep for 1 to 2 minutes.
Step 5. Morning Pages or 5-Minute Journal . I use two types of journaling and alternate between them: Morning Pages and The 5-Minute Journal (5MJ). The former I use primarily for getting unstuck or problem solving (what should I do?); the latter I use for prioritizing and gratitude (how should I focus and execute?).
With routines, you don't want your threshold for â€œsuccessâ€ to be checking 100% of the boxes. Look for 3/5 wins or 2/5 wins. Otherwise, the human inclination is self-sabotage with â€œWell, I miss A or B, so I failed today,â€ or â€œNow today is going to be harderâ€ and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
On a routine he could not do: Ahhh... waking up at 4:45am consistently like former Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink or super athlete Amelia Boone! I'm a night owl, plain and simple. Fortunately, not all the world-class performers out there rise with the Amish. There are plenty of folks, like me, who are barely alive until 11am or later.
I, every night, have a very hot soaking bath. No bubbles, no jets. That's sacrilegious.
Sometimes, peculiar routines are the key to sanity and productivity.
One of my greatest joys in life is trying things that haven't been done before.
My art, if I have an art, is deconstructing things that really scare the living hell out of me.
Being called a huckster and a charlatan started several years ago, so that's something I'm accustomed to. In most cases, it doesn't bother me.
I was making $70K or so per month â€“ and I was completely miserable, worse than ever. I had no time and was working myself to death.
There is a place, at least in my life, for a decent amount of hedonism.
I specialize in pattern recognition and accelerated learning. So taking a subject that seems very complex or that can be presented in a very complex way, and distilling it down into the fewest number of moving pieces that really matter.
I was an All-American in wrestling in high school, was National Champion in Chinese kickboxing in 1999 and have spent a lot of time around professional athletes, which includes my eight-plus years as CEO of a sports nutrition company.
I have scary eyes. I look like the guy in 'American History X,' yes. I remember coming home from school and asking my mum if I could get an eye transplant, and of course she declined.
My mom would take us to experience things firsthand, like go to the beach and take leftover chicken bones and tie them to strings and fish for crabs, which we threw back, but the list just went on and on. And if we grasped onto anything and became really passionate, then she would â€” and my father as well â€” put all their support behind that.
I was hyperactive, so my mom was looking for a solution to this and threw me into kid wrestling. So kid wrestling is weight-class based. And I ended up embracing that as my primary sport and got to a national level towards the end of high school.
I was a townie. I was the kid with the rat tail dreaming of tearing the hood ornaments off fancy cars.
I'm an impatient guy. I always have been, ever since I was literately a little kind of 12-13 years old. If I was at the restaurant with my mom and dad, and the server didn't come over and pour water after we've been gone dry for 5 minutes i'd just get up and walk into the kitchen and grab a pitcher and walk out.
I'm really impatient and I get angry about things that I view as deliberately slow and sloppy. And that anger can be harnessed sometimes in a really productive aggression but it also wears you down at both ends.
We all get frustrated. I am particularly prone to frustration when I see little or no progress after several weeks of practicing something new.
I remember when I had my first real business anything in college, teaching this accelerated learning seminar. I felt richer than I'd ever felt in my life because I was making $8.00 an hour in the college library.
I view my job as testing many, many different things, performing experiments and then providing the Cliff Notes to people as a teacher.
I came to France to take a break from everything. No social media, no email, no social commitments, no set plans... except one project.
What if I assembled a tribe of mentors to help me?
What if I asked 100+ brilliant people the very questions I want to answer for myself? Or somehow got them to guide me in the right direction?
The month had been set aside to review all of the lessons I'd learned from nearly 200 world-class performers I'd interviewed on The Tim Ferriss Show, which recently passed 100 000 000 downloads.
There are a lot of powerful quotes, but this book is much more than a compilation of quotes. It is a toolkit for chaning your life.
Macro patience, micro speed.
Courage over comfort.
No one owes you anything.
Ego is about who's right. Truth is about what's right.
Think for yourself. Everyone has a unique picture of how things work and function, and yours is as valuable as anyone's.
Everything in these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I've used dozens of these tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings.
The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.
These days, more than any other question, I'm asking â€œWhat would this look like if it were easy?â€ If I feel stressed, stretched thin, or overwhelmed, it's usually because I'm overcomplicating something or failing to take the simple/easy path because I feel I should be trying â€œharderâ€ .
To keep marching forward in the meanwhile, humans need short-term rewards. In this book, I accomplish that with questions that provide tangible, easy, and often fun answers â€“ Scooby snacks for your hard-working soul. To get the heavier lifting done, these breathers are important.
Truth be told, I never thought I'd make it to 40. My first book was rejected 27 times by publishers. The things that worked out weren't supposed to work, so I realized on my birthday: I had no plan for after 40.
Question 1. What is the book you've given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
Question 2. What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months ? My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.
Question 3. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a â€œfavorite failureâ€ of yours?
Question 5. What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you've ever made?
Question 6. What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
Question 7. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Question 8. What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the â€œreal worldâ€? What advice should they ignore?
Question 9. What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
Question 4. If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it â€“ metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions â€“ what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph.
Question 10. In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to ? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?
Question 11. When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
I created Tools Of Titans because it's the book that I've wanted my entire life.
I actually wrote this book for myself. I never intended on publishing it.
After I had interviewed almost 200 guests on my podcast, I took a break from everything and set aside a month in France to review all of the lessons I'd learned, to distill everything into the ultimate CliffNotes quick reference for myself. I have dozens of notebooks everywhere, and I wanted this to be my one go-to cheat sheet.
I took the time to analyze thousands of pages of transcripts and hand-scribbled notes I had. The goal, among others, was to see if there were common habits or recommendations. What were the low-hanging fruit with immediate returns?
I wanted the â€œnotebookâ€ to be something that could help me in minutes but be read for a lifetime. I've used and vetted all of the lessons in some way and found it's already changed my life. My hope is that is does that for readers, too.
Reality is negotiable.
For most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time.
The New Rich are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility.
Options â€“ the ability to choose â€“ is real power. This book is all about how to see and create those options with the least effort and cost. It just so happens, paradoxically, that you can make more money â€“ a lot more money â€“ by doing half of what you are doing now.
The concept of lifestyle design as a replacement for multi-staged career planning is sound.
If this book were all stern looks and no winks, all productivity and no grab-assing, you'd remember very little.
Deferrers: To work when you want to. New Rich: To prevent work for work's sake, and to do the minimum necessary for maximum effect .
Deferrers: To retire early and young. New Rich: To distribute recovery periods and adventures throughout life on a regular basis and recognize that inactivity is not the goal. Doing that which excites you it.
Deferrers: To buy all the things you want to have. New Rich: To do all the things you want to do, and be all the things you want to be. If this includes some tools and gadgets, so be it, but they are either means to and end or bonuses, not the focus.
Flavor is, counterintuitively, less than 10% taste and more than 90% smell.
When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.
Did you eat half an Oreo cookie? No problem. If you're a 220-pound male, you just need to climb 27 flights of stairs to burn it off.
You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Deferrers: To make a ton of money. New Rich: To make a ton of money with specific reasons and defined dreams to chase, timelines and steps included. What are you working for?
Deferrers: To reach the big pay-off, whether IPO, acquisition, retirement, or other pot of gold. New Rich: To think big but ensure payday comes every day: cash flow first, big payday second.
Deferrers: To have freedom from doing that which you dislike. New Rich: To have freedom from doing that which you dislike, but also the freedom and resolve to pursue your dreams without reverting to work for work's sake.
The goal is not only the eliminate the bad, which does nothing more than leave you with a vacuum, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.
The 4-Hour Workweek is, first and foremost, about 10x'ing your per-hour output. I have no problem with hard work, as long as it's applied to the right things, and I never have.
The 4-Hour Workweek and the podcast have attracted some of the world's most successful hedge fund managers and start-up founders. They might work 80+ hours per week, but they value efficient and elegant solutions.
Mini-retirements are wonderful, but I'm not going to spend my entire life on the sidelines.
Ah, the 4-Hour blessing and curse! That title and accidental brand has been great to me , but I think it's time to retire that jersey.
Before I began writing 4HWW, I cold-contacted and interviewed close to a dozen best-writing authors about their writing processes, followed by close to a dozen best-selling authors about their marketing and PR campaigns.
I instead focused on the most efficient word-of-mouth networks in the world at the time â€“ blogs. The path to seeding the ideas of 4HWW was then straight-forward: Go where bloggers go. Be there with a message and a story that will appeal to their interests, not yours.
It all came down to learning how to spread a â€œmemeâ€œ, an idea virus that captures imaginations and takes on a life of its own.
Rule 1. Phenomenize: Identify and name a legitimate societal shift or new phenomenon. To best spread a message or product, sell around it by discussing larger issues surrounding its creation: the person , the changing social landscape, and emerging trends.
Rule 2. Polarize: Good stories and trend-spotting, told unapologetically, will create both supporters and attackers (â€œIt's a fraud!â€). The battle and ongoing debate this generates is the fuel needed for word-of-mouth wildfire.
Don't piss people off for the sake of offending, but don't sacrifice the edge of your message to avoid offending.
Rule 3. Communitize: Help create base camps for believers. Organic communities grow fastest when natural leaders are identified and encouraged to become leaders.
This is how more than 22 demographic tribes came to be, including â€œ4HWW for Programmers, â€œ4HWW for Families, and â€œ4HWW for Students.
The major fears of modern man could be boiled down to two things: too much e-mail and getting fat.
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms.
Magnesium and calcium are easiest to consume in pill form, and 500 milligrams of magnesium taken prior to bed will also improve sleep.
You don't need more recipes. You need to learn to cook without them.
Make your peace with the fact that saying 'no' often requires trading popularity for respect.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
Regarding getting out of funks and dips in your life, you might find this article of mine helpful, titled â€œProductivity Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy â€œ.
When I'm in the pit of despair, I recall what iconic writer Kurt Vonnegut said about his process: â€œWhen I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.
Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustressâ€”stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.
With routines, you don't want your threshold for â€œsuccessâ€ to be checking 100% of the boxes. Look for 3/5 wins or 2/5 wins. Otherwise, the human inclination is self-sabotage with â€œWell, I miss A or B, so I failed today,â€ or â€œNow today is going to be harderâ€ and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
On how to get over analysis paralysis: set deadlines for decisions and break large intimidating actions/projects into tiny mini-experiments that allow you to overcome fear of failure.
I encourage active skepticism â€“ when people are being skeptical because they're trying to identify the best course of action. They're trying to identify the next step for themselves or other people.
I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing.
Quite aside from the fact that it is impossible to understand a foreign culture without understanding its language, acquiring a new language transforms the human experience and makes you aware your own language: your own thoughts.
Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.
Here are a few books that have affected me or made me think differently in the last few years. None of them are directly related to business: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach â€” this is an important book, originally recommended to me by a neuroscience PhD who benefited from it. The Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda. The Body Keeps The Score by Van Der Kolk.
The superheroes you have in your mind are nearly all walking flaws who've maximized 1 or 2 strengths.
Top academic institutions are wonderful, but there are unrecognized benefits to not coming out of one. Grads from top schools are funneled into high-income 80-hour-per-week jobs, and 15â€“30 years of soul-crushing work has been accepted as the default path. How do I know? I've been there.
If you want great mentors, you have to become a great mentee. If you want to lead, you have to first learn to follow.
For overcoming fear, I think that an exercise called â€œfear-settingâ€ is extremely helpful.
Fear-setting has produced my biggest business and personal successes, as well as repeatedly helped me to avoid catastrophic mistakes.
Overanalysis has been my life story. It can be far worse than laziness, as overanalysis leads to the same lack of action but also self-loathing.
For years, I set goals, made resolutions to change direction, and nothing came of either. I was just as insecure and scared as the rest of the world.
Usually, what we most fear doing is what we most need to do. That phone call, that conversation, whatever the action might be â€“ it is fear of unknown outcomes that prevents us from doing what we need to do.
What are you waiting for? If you cannot answer this without resorting to the previously rejected concept of good timing, the answer is simple: You're afraid, just like the rest of the world.
Measure the cost of inaction, realize the unlikelihood and repairability of most missteps, and develop the most important habit of those who excel and enjoy doing so: action.
Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear. I got into this habit by attempting to contact celebrities and famous businesspeople for advice.
I don't think people are fearless. If you're fearless, you're nuts. But you can learn to fear less.
To do or not to do? To try or not to try? Most people will vote no, whether they consider themselves brave or not.
Fear is your friend. Fear is an indicator. Sometimes is shows you what you shouldn't do, but more often than not it shows you exactly what you should do.
Uncertainty and the prospect of failure can be very scary noises in the shadows.
The best people in almost any field are almost always the people who get the most criticism.
Fear itself is quite fear-inducing. Most intelligent people in the world dress it up as something else: optimistic denial.
What are you putting off out of fear?
In hindsight, it's incredible how trivial some of it seems. At the time, though, it was the perfect storm. I include wording like â€œimpossible situation,â€ which was reflective of my thinking at the time, not objective reality.
I saw my classmates competing, because that's what they were good at! I mean, you take kids who go to a school like Princeton, they're used to competing, and they are used to being number one, so if something seems coveted, they will compete for it, whether or not they really want that thing.
One afternoon, as I'm wandering through a Barnes and Noble with no goal in particular, I chance upon a book about suicide.
The decision was obvious to me. I'd somehow failed, painted myself into this ridiculous corner, wasted a fortune on a school that didn't care about me, and what would be the point of doing otherwise? To repeat these types of mistakes forever? To be a hopeless burden to myself and my family and friends?
It's important to mention that, by this point, I was past deciding. The decision was obvious to me. I'd somehow failed, painted myself into this ridiculous corner, wasted a fortune on a school that didn't care about me, so what would be the point of doing otherwise? To repeat these types of mistakes forever? To be a hopeless burden to myself and my family and friends? The world was better off... What would I ever contribute? Nothing. So the decision was made, and I was in full-on planning mode.
It was only then that I realized something: my death wasn't just about me. It would completely destroy the lives of those I cared most about. I imagined my mom, who had no part in creating my thesis mess, suffering until her dying day, blaming herself.
The very next week, I decided to take the rest of my â€œyear offâ€ truly off and focus on physical and mental health. That's how the entire â€œsumoâ€ story of the 1999 Chinese Kickboxing (Sanshou) Championships came to be, if you've read The 4-Hour Workweek.
Months later, after focusing on my body instead of being trapped in my head, things were much clearer. Everything seemed more manageable. The â€œhopelessâ€ situation seemed like shitty luck but nothing permanent.
Given the purported jump in â€œsuicidal gesturesâ€ at Princeton and its close cousins , I hope the administration is taking things seriously.
Perhaps regularly reach out to the entire student body to catch people before they fall? It could be as simple as email.If you're in a dangerous place, call this number : 1 273-8255. I didn't have it, and I wish I had. It's the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (website and live chat here). It's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in both English and Spanish.
Sometimes, it just takes one conversation with one rational person to stop a horrible irrational decision.
If you're too embarrassed to admit that, as I was, then you can ping them â€œjust to chat for a few minutes.â€ Pretend you're killing time or testing different suicide hotlines for a directory you're compiling. Whatever works.
Speaking from personal experience, believe me: this too shall pass, whatever it is.
I realized it would destroy other people's lives. Killing yourself can spiritually kill other people.
A friend once told me that killing yourself is like taking your pain, multiplying it 10x, and giving it to the ones who love you.
If think about killing yourself, imagine yourself wearing a suicide bomber's vest of explosives and walking into a crowd of innocents. That's effectively what it is.
To get rich beyond your wildest dreams in startup investing, it isn't remotely necessary to bet on a Facebook or Airbnb every year.
People are least productive in reactive mode.
Your death is not perfectly isolated. It can destroy a lot, whether your family , other loved ones, or simply the law enforcement officers or coroners who have to haul your death mask-wearing carcass out of an apartment or the woods.
Even if you â€œfeelâ€ like no one loves you or cares about you, you are most likely loved â€“ and most definitely lovable and worthy of love.
There's no guarantee that killing yourself improves things! [...] The â€œafterlifeâ€ could be 1,000x worse than life, even at its worst.
I personally believe that consciousness persists after physical death, and it dawned on me that I literally had zero evidence that my death would improve things.
I praise loudly. I blame softly.
We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.
It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.
If you want to go east, don't go west.
If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.
Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground.
Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm.
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people.
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.
My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.
Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
Never find fault with the absent.
Had I known that the heart breaks slowly, dismantling itself into unrecognizable plots of misery... had I known yet I would have loved you, your brash and insolent beauty, your heavy comedic face and knowledge of sweet delights, but from a distance I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less.
Can I do it? I'd rather not try and fail. That's stupid talk Maya. Every try will not succeed. But if you're going to live, live at all, your business is trying...You fail, you get up and try again.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size. But when I start to tell them, they think I'm telling lies. I say, it's in the reach of my arms the span of my hips, the stride of my step, the curl of my lips. I'm a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me.
Men themselves have wondered what they see in me. They try so much but they can't touch my inner mystery. When I try to show them they say they still can't see. I say, it's in the arch of my back, the sun of my smile, the ride of my breasts, the grace of my style. I'm a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me.
Now you understand just why my head's not bowed. I don't shout or jump about or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing it ought to make you proud. I say, it's in the click of my heels, the bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, the need of my care, 'cause I'm a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me.
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
By Maya Angelou: Martin Luther King was a human being with a brilliant mind, a powerful heart, and insight, and courage and also with a sense of humor. So he was accessible.
If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
Every person under the sound of my voice is a soldier. You are either fighting for your freedom or betraying the fight for freedom or enlisted in the army to deny somebody else's freedom.'
Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that.
I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.
People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.
My most important title is still mom-in-chief. My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world.
You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.
You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt.
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up - lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.
The sisters and brothers that you meet give you the materials which your character uses to build itself. It is said that some people are born great, others achieve it, some have it thrust upon them. In truth, the ways in which your character is built have to do with all three of those. Those around you, those you choose, and those who choose you.
I sustain myself with the love of family.
My pride had been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs.
A mother's love liberates.
I became the kind of parent my mother was to me.
Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I'm a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself - all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve.
We need to remember to teach our children that solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition. Not only is it acceptable to be alone; at times it is positively to be wished for.....In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
If a person - any human being - is told often enough, You are nothing. You are nothing. You account for nothing. You count for nothing. You are less than a human being. I have no visibility of you, the person finally begins to believe it.
If the door has been opened and I've been invited, or if I'm not invited and I somehow know I'm supposed to go in there, I put myself together and go in, praying all the while. I try to learn something before I go in. I try to show some respect of the place I'm going into.
If you're in love with your children, you're in their lives all the time. Leave them alone. Let them grow and make some mistakes.
On her mother: She'd talk to me as if I had some sense.
God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope.
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.
Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.
I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. So at this wonderful, young age of 65, I don't know yet what the Lord has for me to do. I try to live up to the energy and to the calling, but I wouldn't dare say I have even scratched the surface yet.
The most difficult thing in the world, it seems to me, is to realize that I am a child of God; to keep that in my mind all the time.
I'm working at trying to be a Christian, and that's serious business. It's like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy - it's serious business.
While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
The truth is very important. No matter how negative it is, it is imperative that you learn the truth, not necessarily the facts. I mean, that, that can come, but facts can stand in front of the truth and almost obscure the truth. It is imperative that students learn the truth of our history.
My equipment tends to be that of a social humanitarian and a poet, which I suppose is the same thing, and I tend to watch how people are.
One person, with good purpose, can, constitute the majority.
I grew up in her light. Sometimes I wasn't worthy of it, but it has always been an experience that expanded me.
Keep on speaking, Ma. We need the lessons, the beautiful poems, books, movies, dances, celebrations and love.
In the 16th century, Niccolo Machiavelli - in an attempt to get back in the good graces of the powerful - wrote a slim volume called The Prince. In that book he showed the powers that be how to control the people. That book is a statement: separate and rule, divide and conquer. That's five hundred years ago and it still works, because we allow ourselves to be lead around with holes through our noses.
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
I wish that we could look into each other's faces, in each other's eyes, and see our own selves. I hope that the children have not been so scarred by their upbringing that they only think fear when they see someone else who looks separate from them.
I pray for humility because that comes from inside out. And what humility does for one, is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come, but who may be here and needs me.
This is what I am learning, at 82 years old: the main thing is to be in love with the search for truth.
I believe what I have to say is important, and I believe the people coming to hear me are important, and so the occasion of itself alone has an importance, which forces me to stare down my nerves.
I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings.
The root cause of all the problems we have in the world today is ignorance of course. But most, polarization.
It is better to control oneself, if one can, and not hit back. But on certain occasions, it is imperative to defend oneself. I don't think it's fair to ask anybody not to defend herself or himself.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
Let's tell the truth to people. When people ask, 'How are you?' have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully.
The truth is, right may not be expedient. It may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul.
My heart is so heavy when I see the reality of the Indian reservation and as an American, I know I am, too, responsible.
People trying to separate people rather than bring us together... please. You don't just see it in America. It's all over the world.
I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people.
Don't hesitate to learn the most painful aspects of our history, understand it.
It is imperative that young white men and women study the black American history. It is imperative that blacks and whites study the Asian American history.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
I have great respect for the past.
The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story.
There's something beautiful about the fact that Obama was not just elected, but elected decisively across racial, and socio-economic and cultural groups and that we all celebrated in his win.
The country didn't get that way in a week; we've had years and years of getting behind in our economy. So President Obama stepped into a hellhole and people wanted him to change it as soon as he came in. But he's got his adversaries to deal with in the House and Senate, so it's not easy.
All of my history as an African-American woman, as a Jewish woman, as a Muslim woman. I'm bringing everything I ever knew, and all the stories I've read - everything good, strong, kind and powerful. I bring it all with me into every situation, and I will not allow my life to be minimized by anybody's racism or sexism or ageism.
I would encourage us all, African Americans, Asians, Latinos, Whites, Native Americans to study history. I long for the time when all the human history is taught as one history. I am stronger because you are stronger. I am weaker if you are weak. So we are more alike than we are unlike.
There's racism and sexism and ageism and all sorts of idiocies. But bad news is not news. We've had bad news as a species for a long time. We've had slavery and human sacrifice and the holocaust and brutalities of such measure.
My people couldn't have survived slavery without having hope that it would get better.
I'm a descendant of someone bought and sold, and brought in 1619 in what was to become the United States.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
We are growing up. We are growing up! Out of the idiocies - the ignorances of racism and sexism and ageism and all those ignorances.
For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not ent.
We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate - thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
Alone, all alone. Nobody, but nobody. Can make it out here alone.
I couldn't tell fact from fiction, or if the dream was true. My only sure prediction in this world was you. I'd touch your features inchly. Beard love and dared the cost. The sented spiel reeled me unreal and I found my senses lost.
We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.
All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unalike.
When my bones are stiff and aching, and my feet won't climb the stair, I will only ask one favor: don't bring me no rocking chair. When you see me walking, stumbling, don't study and get it wrong. 'Cause tired don't mean lazy and every goodbye ain't gone. I'm the same person I was back then, a little less hair, a little less chin, a lot less lungs and much less wind. But ain't I lucky I can still breathe in.
Just do right. Right may not be expedient, it may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul. It brings you the kind of protection that bodyguards can't give you. So try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity. Take up the battle. Take it up. It's yours. This is your life. This is your world.
Out of the huts of history's shame, I rise. Up from a past that's rooted in pain, I rise. I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide. Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear, I rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise, I rise, I rise.
The variety of our skin tones can confuse, bemuse, delight, brown and pink and beige and purple, tan and blue and white... I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.
I am a Woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me.
Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.
Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
My mother's gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven so subtly into the fabric of my psyche that I can hardly distinguish where she stops and I begin.
I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.
I want you to learn that you cannot have anything without working for it.
Don't do anything that you think is wrong. Just do what you think is right, and then be ready to back it up even with your life.
We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.
A bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.
A caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.
You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise!
You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still like dust, I'll rise.
You can't get too high for somebody to bring you down.
I had to trust life, since I was young enough to believe that life loved the person who dared to live it.
I know that I'm not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don't know how not to.
I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of one's eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.
She thinks that the divine hand is in all things. She has faith that's like a rock - you can stand on it. She speaks to our humanity and she reminds us that we are both brother and sister to the rest of the human race.
On her mother's mission: It had to do with teaching people that we have to give respect to each other and respect this planet... that we are more alike than we are unalike... and that racism is a foolish and divisive construct.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.
In search of my mother's garden, I found my own.
Tell the truth, but tell it slant.
Saying nothing sometimes says the most.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.
Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.
Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.
When I decided to speak, I had a lot to say.
Human beings are more alike than unalike. Whether in Paris, Texas, or Paris, France, we all want to have good jobs where we are needed and respected and paid just a little more than we deserve. We want healthy children, safe streets, to be loved and have the unmitigated gall to accept love.
I'm considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I've never been bored in my life.
Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.
We can be better, we can be wiser, we can be more kind. Yes we have to change. We have to grow up and stop acting like 10 years old. Yes there is much to do, much to see, much to go into.
Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself.
I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.
I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating.
If we live long enough, we may even get over war. I imagine a time when somebody will mention the word war and everyone in the room will start to laugh. And what do you mean war?
I encourage courtesy. To accept nothing less than courtesy, and to give nothing less than courtesy.
Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.
There are those who say that poets should use her and his art to change the world. I'd agree with that, but I think everybody should do that. I think the chef and the baker and the candlestick maker - I think everybody should be hoping to make it a better world.
We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.
To those who have given up on love: I say, Trust life a little bit.
Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.
I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love.
What I really would like said about me is that I dared to love. By love, I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.
When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.
It's very hard for adults to maintain respect and romance so that a love affair can be sustained over years.
If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?
You can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don't just want to possess it, it will find you. But if you're in love with the thing, it may run like hell away from you.
Forgiveness. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. You are relieved of carrying that burden of resentment. You really are lighter. You feel lighter. You just drop that.
When people see the laughing face, even if they're jealous of it, their burden is lightened. But do it first for yourself. Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself.
I believe that people want the scent of love, more than anything else. And I don't mean sentimentality, I don't mean mush. I mean that idea, that human beings are more alike than we are different.
By love I don't mean indulgence. I do not mean sentimentality. And in this instance, I don't even mean romance. I mean that condition that allowed humans to dream of God. That condition that allowed the dumb to write spirituals and Russian songs and Irish lilts. That is love, and it's so much larger than anything I can conceive.
I'm convinced that the negative has power. It lives. And if you allow it to perch in your house, in your mind, in your life, it can take you over. So when the rude or cruel thing is said - the lambasting, the gay bashing, the hate - I say, Take it all out of my house! Those negative words climb into the woodwork and into the furniture, and the next thing you know they'll be on my skin.
If you want to liberate someone, love them. Not be in love with them - that's dangerous.
If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
Whining lets the brute know there's a victim for him in the neighborhood.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I have enough of life in me to make somebody jealous enough to want to knock me down. I have so much courage in me that I have the effrontery, the incredible gall to stand up. That's it. That's how you get to know who you are.
Those who have something to say accept the fact that that's lonely. One already knows that there will be adversaries.
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing. If you're greedy, you're set up.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
If I'm here, I'll be trying to be a better human being, a better writer, a better friend and a better beloved.
Courage, I don't think anybody is born with courage. I think you may be born with a flair to braggadocio, you know. That's not courage.
We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat, so that we can know who we are.
I think the only reason she stuck around this long is that she felt she was on a divine mission.
She was a warrior for calm, understanding, peace, and love.
In the latter years of your life, your happiness and your self-esteem will be determined by the mountains you surmounted, the valleys you climbed out of, and the life and/or career that you forged for yourself.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
If somebody is really trying to take your head off with a baseball bat - I don't know how long you're supposed to stand there and turn the other cheek, so he or she can get a better angle at taking your head off.
If I am going to do the most difficult and frightening thing - dying - is it possible that I could do some difficult and impossible things that are good?
I think that each of us is so much alike, and yet at the same time we are so different, and I have a feeling that if you encountered difficulty, and I with my age encountered the same difficulty, I would respond one way, and you would respond another. Neither would be right or wrong. It's just that each of us is courageous, and that's what I encourage, courage, and the courage to see, and the courage to say to oneself what one has seen. Don't be in denial.
You have to deal with what you encounter. But you must not be reduced. And so a way not to be reduced is don't whine! Don't let the incidents which take place in life bring you low.
I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn't run away - I rose right where I'd been knocked down. And then that's how you get to know yourself.
In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment.
I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do.
I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment.
Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
I try to see every day as a celebration.
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place.
Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude.
She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy.
If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully.
Joy is a freedom. It helps a person to find his or her own liberation. The person who is joyous takes responsibility for the time he/she takes up and the space that he/she occupies. You share it! Some of you have it ... you share it! That is what joy is! When you continue to give it away you will still have so much more of it.
It's the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth, the swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet.
When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.
Every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible.
A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.
Happiness is a chance to talk to a friend, to hear good music, to have a good glass of wine. Happiness is a chance to be myself and to find people with whom I agree or who I don't agree but I can learn something.
The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.
The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That's why it's important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are.
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
A man or woman who sees other people as whole and prepared and accords them respect and the same rights has arranged his or her own allies.
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
I think the more we know the better we are. I mean not just facts. The more we know about each other, the closer we are to learn something about our selves.
I think we ought to give ourselves more time. We should be more patient with ourselves and with each other.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.
Home is a refuge not only from the world, but a refuge from my worries, my troubles, my concerns.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.
People feel guilty. And guilt is stymieing. Guilt immobilizes. Guilt closes the air ducts and the veins, and makes people ignorant.
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.
Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn powerful lessons from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all.
Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.
A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.
I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman that is your grandmother, that is your mother, that is your sister, that is you and that is me.
My mother had said me, All right, you've been raised, so don't let anybody else raise you. You know the difference between right and wrong. Do right. And remember - you can always come home. And she continued to liberate me until she died.
On her mother: On the night she died, I went to the hospital. I told my mom, Let me tell you about yourself. You deserved a great daughter, and you got one. And you liberated me to be one. So if it's time for you to go, you may have done everything God brought you here to do.
When teachers or people in authority put me down or in one way or another tried to make me feel less than equal to what they thought I should be - my mother was on my side. It was amazing.
My mother raised me, and then freed me.
My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child. And that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I do hope that young men and women will start to think for themselves and start to take responsibility for their own thoughts.
I think we have systematically and critically harmed ourselves and many young people by advising them not to try things.
Each child belongs to all of us and they will bring us a tomorrow in direct relation to the responsibility we have shown to them.
If I'm going to a new country, I try to learn something about the language and the culture, so I don't just go bumbling over things.
I do my best because I'm counting on you counting on me.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.
Only equals can become friends.
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
You can't really know where you are going until you know where you have been.
The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
When you know you are of worth ” not asking it but knowing it ” you walk into a room with a particular power.
When you know you are of worth, you don't have to raise your voice, you don't have to become rude, you don't have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn't have to protest.
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.
My great blessing is my son, but I have daughters. I have white ones and Black ones and fat ones and thin ones and pretty ones and plain. I have gay ones and straight. I have daughters. I have Asian ones, I have Jewish ones, I have Muslim ones.
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!
I was told many years ago by my grandmother who raised me: If somebody puts you on a road and you don't feel comfortable on it and you look ahead and you don't like the destination and you look behind and you don't want to return to that place, step off the road.
Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.
Your belief and your work will speak for you.
Life loves the liver of it.
All great achievements require time.
Effective action is always unjust.
We need much less than we think we need.
The honorary duty of a human being is to love.
Everybody is worth everything.
Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.
Whining is just unbecoming.
I believe that every person is born with talent.
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
I know why the caged bird sings.
The needs of society determine its ethics.
If someone shows you who they really are, believe them.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
You only are free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud.
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
To develop courage you have to start developing courage as you do any other muscle. You have to start with small things and build it up.
I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
It's very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.
You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.
It's hard because people think they have something to lose and the truth is they have everything to gain in trying to love somebody.
Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
If you happen to fall in love with someone in another race, it's more difficult, because you have to translate yourself.
Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you... yet, someone survived... You can do anything you choose to do.
When I forgive other people, I let them go, I free them from my ignorance. And as soon as I do, I feel lighter, brighter and better.
Look what you've already come through! Don't deny it. You've already come through some things, which are very painful. If you've been alive until you're 35, you have gone through some pain. It cost you something. And you've come through it. So at least look at that. And have a sense to look at yourself and say, Well, wait a minute. I'm stronger than I thought I was.
I'm really saddened by the attempts to separate and polarize. This is a time when we have hungry people, people out of work, and people out of spirit. This is a time where we need to uplift, not to separate.
On what she feels about the world today: I feel very hopeful, very expectant. I'm looking forward to it.
We need to not be in denial about what we've done, what we've come through. It will help us if we all do that.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody; if a human being dares to be Martin King, or Mahatma Gandhi, or Mother Theresa, or Malcolm X; if a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born - it means so can you. And so you can try to stretch, stretch, stretch yourself so you can internalize, 'Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto. I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.' That's one thing I'm learning.
This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, Im going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, thats tough. I am going to snow anyway.'
I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.
I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
I never have written every day. When I'm writing a book, I write Monday through Friday. I always try to take Saturday and pretend to have some sanity.
My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
We are only as blind as we want to be.
You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self.
Nobody can enjoy unless we all enjoy, truly enjoy.
Grace is like a lake of drinkable water right outside your door. But you stay inside and die of thirst.
We are not just flesh and blood. And our hungers are not going to be set aside as just flesh and blood.
If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody's life. Your own, first.
When was the last time anyone told you how important you are?
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence, neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish, it is an imponderably valuable gift.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.
You listen with interest. That gives some sense of confidence to the speaker.
I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
I like to go back and read poems that I wrote fifty years ago, twenty years ago, and sometimes they surprise me - I didn't know I knew that then. Or maybe I didn't know it then, and I know more now.
I've learned that forgiving is one of the greatest gifts that I can give myself.
A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
We are here to love each other. That is why you are alive. That is what life is for.
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you kid. Let's go'.
Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
When you get give. When you learn teach.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.
My work is to be honest. My work is to try to think clearly, then have the courage to make sure that what I say is the truth.
I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can't ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won't stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you'd be surprised that people say, Can I be of help?.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.
If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Supreme happiness will be the greatest cause of misery, and the perfection of wisdom the occasion of folly.
Genius is eternal patience.
Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
The wisest have the most authority.
Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
I think; therefore I am.
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the mad daughter of a wise mother.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure - they can be turned into wisdom.
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
I don't think you can come into your wisdom until you have made mistakes on your own skin and felt them in reality of your own life.
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
The most important aspect of my personality as far as determining my success goes; has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it's enormously useful in life.
In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
It is costly wisdom that is bought by experience.
All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
Truth builds trust.
A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.
Wisdom comes from experience, experience can be accelerated through short iterations.
If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
We have been doing things that are contrary; the things that people tell us won't work from the beginning. In fact, the only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom.
Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.
The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.
If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all.
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.
Frugality includes all the other virtues.
Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold.
Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.
I cannot teach you, only help you to explore yourself, nothing more.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.
Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
Men find happiness neither by means of the body nor through possessions, but through uprightness and wisdom.
Believe not everything, but only what is proven: the former is foolish, the latter the act of a sensible man. Fools are shaped by the gifts of chance, but those who understand these things, by the gifts of wisdom.
Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.
The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.
The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.
Prevention is better than cure.
He who overreaches will, in his overreaching, lose what he possesses, betray what he has now.
Cleverness is not wisdom.
Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
Knowledge is not wisdom: cleverness is not, not without awareness of our death, not without recalling just how brief our flare is.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Wisdom is found only in truth.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
A fool is wise in his eyes.
Who is the wise man? He who sees what's going to be born.
Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.
Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.
Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.
It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.
Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.
To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.
Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.
I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.
Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the Universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.
God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom.
The just man loves God for nothing, neither for this nor for that, and if God gave him wisdom or anything else he had to give, except himself, the just man would not look at it, nor would it be to his taste; for he wants nothing, seeks nothing, and has no reason for doing anything.
Your task is to build a better world, God said. I answered, How? This world is such a large, vast place, and there's nothing I can do that seems to matter. But God in all His wisdom said, just build a better you.
Learning happens at the edge of your ability. Endurance builds at the edge of your stamina. Breakthrough comes at the edge of your patience. Anything worthwhile is found on the edge.
Uncertainty is the root of all progress and all growth. We cannot learn anything without first not knowing something.
The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions.
The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.
Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.
Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.
Wisdom is not words written in some book. Wisdom is a costly acquisition. It comes from personally paying the price for one's actions. It is iterated learning from years of experience.
Wisdom is achieved by keeping an open mind and a closed mouth. Ignorance is exposed by having an open mouth and a closed mind.
The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.
There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source.
Much of the wisdom of one age, is the folly of the next.
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.
There is as much wisdom in listening as there is in speaking - and that goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones.
No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.
The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.
You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom.
Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
When you're used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more.
An educator is not merely a giver of information; he is one who points the way to wisdom, to truth. Truth is far more important than the teacher. The search for truth is religion, and truth is of no country, of no creed, it is not to be found in any temple, church or mosque. Without the search for truth, society soon decays.
Sciences may be learned by rote, but wisdom not.
There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.
If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments.
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done.
History is filled with tragic examples of wars that result from diplomatic impasse. Whether in our local communities or in international relations, the skillful use of our communicative capacities to negotiate and resolve differences is the first evidence of human wisdom.
The wisdom and experience of older people is a resource of inestimable worth. Recognizing and treasuring the contributions of older people is essential to the long-term flourishing of any society.
What if, for starters, instead of constantly trying to prove how much smarter we are than others, we look for the intelligence in what others do.
We learned in World War II that no single nation holds a monopoly on wisdom, morality or right to power, but that we must fight for the weak and promote democracy.
I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.
To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal.
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains.
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly.
The wisdom of age: don't stop walking.
Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
The wise man does not grow old, but ripens.
Action should culminate in wisdom.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Wisdom comes only through suffering.
He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
When you have success, be extra wary. When you are angry, take no action. When you are fearful, know you are going to exaggerate the dangers you face.
Advice for nearly everything: start slowly and maintain traction.
The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.
If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible.
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Only in recent history has working hard signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse and, mostly, sprezzatura.
Give me a lever long enough, and a place to stand, and I will move the earth.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.
You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out.
In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.
Done is better than perfect.
Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.
To build a great company, which is a CEO's job, sometimes you have to stand up against conventional wisdom.
Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction.
The wisest men follow their own direction.
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
Though wisdom is common, yet the many live as if they had a wisdom of their own.
Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.
Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.
The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world.
If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.
Cleverness is like a lens with a very sharp focus. Wisdom is more like a wide-angle lens.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try.
The animal acts and does not reflect. The indecisive man reflects and does not act. The average man reflects after he acts. The wise man reflects before he acts.
Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.
Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
The clouds may drop down titles and estates, and wealth may seek us, but wisdom must be sought.
The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true.
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.
Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.
Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target... which others cannot even see.
Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them.
Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know.
What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.
It's wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.
We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
The small wisdom is like water in a glass: clear, transparent, pure. The great wisdom is like the water in the sea: dark, mysterious, impenetrable.
We can't really digest food unless there's hunger. So we can't really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it.
Innocence dwells with wisdom, but never with ignorance.
If you have the insight of non-self, if you have the insight of impermanence, you should make that insight into a concentration that you keep alive throughout the day. Then what you say, what you think, and what you do will then be in the light of that wisdom and you will avoid making mistakes and creating suffering.
Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
Who is wise in love, love most, say least.
Life is about execution rather than purpose.
Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.
There's a beauty to wisdom and experience that cannot be faked. It's impossible to be mature without having lived.
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
Putting is like wisdom - partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.
You can't be wise and in love at the same time.
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.
If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit.
Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. It's not something you do just to advance in life. Wisdom acquisition is a moral duty. As a corollary to that proposition which is very important, it means that you are hooked for lifetime learning. And without lifetime learning, you people are not going to do very well. You are not going to get very far in life based on what you already know. You're going to advance in life by what you learn after you leave here.
The good and the wise lead quiet lives.
It is necessary to take what is common as our guide; however, though this logic is universal, the many live as if each individual has his own private wisdom.
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living, which are to be desired when dying.
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in a firmness of mind and mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as talk; and to make our actions and words all of a color.
Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.
Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.
The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss.
No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.
The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it.
There is no happiness where there is no wisdom.
The wise are cheerful and content with their lot in life.
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal.
I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things.
Let us be silent, content in our little corner, meek and gentle like them. That is the wisdom of life.
Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
Complexity is enemy of execution.
People don't need more stuff, they need more wisdom.
The most complicated skill is to be simple.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.
Fools ignore complexity. Geniuses remove it.
The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.
The harder you ask for something, and work for it, the better your chances of getting it. The question is, are you working hard and asking for it?
A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
The doors of wisdom are never shut.
The greatest ideas are the simplest.
To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom.
Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.
Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.
If we believe in a God at all, we must surely ascribe to him perfection of wisdom and perfection of goodness; we are then forced to conceive of Him - however strange it may sound to those who believe, not only without seeing but also without thinking - as without will, because He must always necessarily pursue the course which is wisest and best.
The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it.
The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.
There is no such thing as human wisdom; all is the providence of God.
This fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven.
As you walk in God's divine wisdom, you will surely begin to see a greater measure of victory and good success in your life.
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.
Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool.
Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
Everything comes in time to him who knows how to wait.
A lot of wisdom is just realizing the long-term consequences of your actions. The longer term you're willing to look, the wiser you're going to seem to everybody around you.
A weak reaction is to rush things. A strong reaction is to go slow and steady.
Never say no twice if you mean it.
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.
Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools. Wisdom cannot be passed from one having it to another not having it. Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible of proof, is its own proof.
Stronger by weakness, wiser men become.
Be there a will, and wisdom finds a way.
Reality - Dreams = Animal Being. Reality + Dreams = A Heart-Ache . Reality + Humor = Realism (also called Conservatism). Dreams - Humor = Fanaticism. Dreams + Humor = Fantasy. Reality + Dreams + Humor = Wisdom.
Do now what your future you will thank you for.
Fast thinking looks cool but it's deep thinking that makes all the difference. And deep thinking is always slow thinking.
Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.
He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason.
Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, which is the ending of fear.
Do what you will, withdraw to the mountains, sit in a forest, you cannot live in isolation. You can live only in relationship, and as long as relationship is not understood, there can be no right action. Right action comes in understanding relationship, which reveals the process of oneself. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom, it is a field of affection, warmth, and love, therefore a field rich with flowers.
First of all, to understand truth you must stand alone, entirely and wholly alone. No Master, no teacher, no guru, no system, no self-discipline will ever lift for you the veil which conceals wisdom. Wisdom is the understanding of enduring values and the living of those values. No one can lead you to wisdom.
Our concern in meditation is to know oneself, not only superficially, but the whole content of the inner, hidden consciousness. Without knowing all that and being free of its conditioning, you cannot possibly go beyond the mind's limits. That is why the thought process must cease, and for this cessation there must be knowledge of oneself. Therefore meditation is the beginning of wisdom, which is the understanding of one's own mind and heart.
Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of wisdom.
Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.
If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
One part of wisdom is knowing what you don't need anymore and letting it go.
Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.
Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence, how to live by dying.
True wisdom listens more, talks less and can get along with all types of people.
To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.
Seek wisdom along with knowledge. Knowledge is words. Wisdom is silent. Knowledge is understanding what is seen. Wisdom is knowing what is not seen. Without knowledge, one could not play the violin. Without wisdom, one could not play the music.
We're all going to change. Otherwise, it's boring.
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
True wisdom is remembering that in the end, no matter what, everything will be fine.
Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Every journey that is successful has culs-de-sac and speed bumps. I carry a wisdom gene through my life through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
There is a universal, intelligent, life force that exists within everyone and everything. It resides within each one of use as a deep wisdom, an inner knowing. We can access this wonderful source of knowledge and wisdom through our intuition, an inner sense that tells us what feels right and true for us at any given moment.
Seek your own reality, that is what a wise man should do.
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
One principle eliminates a thousand decisions.
Don't even try to become, just be.
Wisdom begins at the end.
Wise it is to comprehend the whole.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Wisdom never lies.
Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.
The wisest of the wise may err.
Knowledge is marvelous, but wisdom is even better.
Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth.
No man was ever wise by chance.
It is wiser to find out than to suppose.
Wisdom is knowledge which has become a part of one's being.
Kindness is wisdom.
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
The beginning of wisdom is to desire it.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.
The wise are those who know the Self.
The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension.
As one grows older,Â one becomes wiser and more foolish.
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen.
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.
If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
The 'wisdom of the crowds' is the most ridiculous statement I've heard in my life. Crowds are dumb.
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.
I am thinking of taking a fifth wife. Why not? Solomon had a thousand wives and he is a synonym for wisdom.
In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool.
It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.
He was a wise man who invented beer.
I tweet, therefore my entire life has shrunk to 140 character chunks of instant event and predigested gnomic wisdom. And swearing.
Gray hairs are signs of wisdom if you hold your tongue, speak and they are but hairs, as in the young.
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom.
Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.
I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.
Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom.