in Musings

Quotes, May 2014

Interesting quotes and passages from texts I’ve read this month.

The best way to get good at something is to practice. You probably already knew that. Here’s the twist: The best way to practice is to do it publicly. Musicians become professionals by playing a hundred live shows. Likewise, writers become authors by publishing a lot of bad work (until it’s no longer bad). -Jeff Goins

Your income can grow only to the extent that you do. -T. Harv Eker

No thought lives in your head rent-free. It will either be an investment or a cost. It will either move you toward happiness and success or away from it. It will either empower you or disempower you. That’s why it is imperative you choose your thoughts and beliefs wisely. -T. Harv Eker


The statement that people end up where they deserve does not imply any moral judgment, nor does it imply any form of entitlement. In particular, it’s not meant in the modern marketing sense, that people “deserve” anything they can imagine. Rather, it means that attitudes combined with actions lead to habits which, over time, tend to deliver certain deserved outcomes. -Jacob Lund Fisker

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. -Marcus Aurelius

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. -Marcus Aurelius

Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity-minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems. -Stephen R. Covey

Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious. -Paul Graham

When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again. -Steve Jobs

We live in a culture where one of the greatest social disgraces is not having an opinion, so we often form our “opinions” based on superficial impressions or the borrowed ideas of others, without investing the time and thought that cultivating true conviction necessitates. We then go around asserting these donned opinions and clinging to them as anchors to our own reality. It’s enormously disorienting to simply say, “I don’t know.” But it’s infinitely more rewarding to understand than to be right — even if that means changing your mind about a topic, an ideology, or, above all, yourself. -Maria Popova

Create something. Most people buy the life that others created for them. Build something beautiful instead of accepting something average. -James Clear