“People ask ‘What is the meaning of life?’ on the assumption ‘meaning’ is something they should look for and find. But maybe meaning in life is something you create for yourself and others.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
“It’s not what you will get out of the books that is so enriching. It’s what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life.”
A young boy travelled far from his home to study under a great teacher. When he met the wise old man, his first question was:
– “How long will it take me before I am as wise as you?”
The response came swiftly:
– “Five years.”
– “This is a very long time” – the boy replied – “How about if I work twice as hard?”
– “Then it will take ten”, said the master.
– “Ten! That’s far too long. How about if I studied all day and well into the night, every night?”
– “Fifteen years”, said the sage.
– “I don’t understand” – replied the boy – “Every time I promise to devote more energy to my goal, you tell me that it will take longer. Why?”
– “The answer is simple. With one eye fixed on the destination, there is only one left to guide you along the journey”.
“The harder you try, the longer it will take you to reach your aims.”
“You can’t be thrilled with life if you are too much full of knowledge.”
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
“In a community, we are all everybody’s teachers.”
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Antoine De Saint Exupéry
“Don’t accumulate. Eliminate.”
“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”
“There is never nothing going on.”
“The hallmark of expertise is figuring out what information is important.”
“The person who chases two rabbits catches none.”
Ask yourself this question: “What would I do today if today was my last?”
“Learn to look at people as they really are and not as you would want them to be.”
“You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
“If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”
“As long as you believe compliments, you will also believe in insults.”
“Every communication is either an extension of love or a call for love.”
A Course In Miracles
“Some people will love you, not knowing how to express their love, and we understand their shyness as indifference.”
“The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.”
“Purify your heart before you let love into it, for even the sweetest honey sour in a dirty container.”
“The moment you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
“What you don’t know can’t hurt you”
“It takes two of us to discover truth: one to utter it and one to understand it.”
“We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.”
Does an “I” exist?
Does a “world” exist besides “me”?
Do “I” cease to exist on bodily death?
Does the “world” cease to exist on my bodily death?
“I am an artist at living. My work of art is my life.”
“If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are now”.
“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”
“The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master”.
“The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts”
“No man is free who is not a master of himself.”
“Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself.”
“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” Chinese Proverb
There are three mirrors that form a person’s reflection:
- The first is how you see yourself;
- The second is how others see you;
- The third mirror reflects the truth. Know yourself. Know the truth.
“Wisdom without proper tools for its application is no wisdom at all.”
“People grow the most when they enter the Zone of the Unknown.”
“You will always feel a little discomfort when you are installing a new habit. It’s sort of like breaking in a new pair of shoes.”
“Pain is a great teacher.”
“To transcend pain, I had to first experience it. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”
“We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.”
“Too many people are dreaming of some magical rose garden on the horizon rather than enjoying the one growing in our back yards.”
“I’m no longer in the world. The world is in me.”
“What would the child you once where think of the adult you have become?”
“What really distinguishes the stories of these people is not their fantastic talent, but the extraordinary opportunities they had. All outliers we reviewed so far have been favoured by some unusual opportunity.”
“We rarely admit it (or even realize it), but our behaviours are often a simple response to the environment we find ourselves in.”
“Extraordinary achievements derive more from opportunities than talent.”
“Success depends on many factors: Resistance, motivation, encouragement, reward, fun activities and also the good old discipline.”
“The whole self-esteem movement taught us erroneously that praising intelligence, talent, abilities would foster self-confidence, self-esteem, and everything great would follow. But we’ve found it backfires. People who are praised for talent now worry about doing the next thing, about taking on the hard task, and not looking talented, tarnishing that reputation for brilliance. So instead, they’ll stick to their comfort zone and get really defensive when they hit setbacks.”
So what should we praise? The effort, the strategies, the doggedness and persistence, the grit people show, the resilience that they show in the face of obstacles, that bouncing back when things go wrong and knowing what to try next. So I think a huge part of promoting a growth mind-set in the workplace is to convey those values of process, to give feedback, to reward people engaging in the process, and not just a successful outcome.”
“Give someone a lick and you keep them busy in the shed for an hour. Teach them how to practice, develop their own vocabulary and achieve their own musical goals and you empower them to pursue music for a lifetime.”
Do not speak unless it improves on silence.
Change is the only constant in life.
Are your surroundings making you feel happier or more depressed?
The world around us shapes our behaviour.
We often create what we fear by spending time and energy fretting over our actual and potential mistakes.
If someone is causing us discomfort in any way, it has nothing to do with them. It has to do with how we perceive them.
Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength.
Most people are not just comfortable in their ignorance but hostile to anyone who points it out.
Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Until you change the way you look at things, those things you look at will never change.
There are 2 types of pain in this world: Pain that hurts you, and pain that changes you.
Whatever problem you don’t solve today you’ll get to re-address later in the same form or a different one entirely, internally or externally. Either way, it’s best to understand the true nature and purpose of conflict than to try to avoid it.
He who listens the truth has the same merit of he who speaks it.
The ability to improvise is much more vital than investigation.
Listen to your intuition. Too much deliberation will absorb your time.
Freedom implies responsibility.
Intelligence can be developed.
The brain is a muscle. Giving it a harder workout makes you smarter.
Luck = preparation + opportunity
Self-knowledge is the stepping-stone to self-mastery.
The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.
It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is important is what you say to yourself.
Only those who seek shall find.
SATORI = Japanese word meaning instant awakening.
If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever know when you get there?
When you run faster to be somewhere you’ll miss half the fun of getting there.
You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see.
Praise, self-esteem, and performance rise and fall together.
Intimacy is not the search for something that is missing. It is the expression of something already found.
When you experience anxiety there is no life or death situation, there is just feelings and you’re feeling them all at once.
Instead of devoting yourself to your instrument practice, try practicing EVERYTHING.
About Self-Compassion: Stop lying to yourself that you’re so awesome. Instead, focus on forgiving yourself when you’re not.
Fatigue is a creation of the mind. Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams.
People who study others are wise but those who study themselves are enlightened.
We store information in terms of meaning, not according to a sensory mode (visual, auditory or kinesthetic). Memory is linked to meaning. Therefore we remember better what has bigger meaning to us.
Those things which are most important should never be sacrificed to those things which are the least important.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you is nothing when compared to what lies within you.
There is a huge difference between making a lot of money and making a lot of life.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to and because you know it is the right thing for you to do.
A book is the best friend of the wise.
Some people learn from the errors others have made. They are the wise.
If youth only knew… If age only could…
Why dragging your butt to the gym can be so hard? If you go because you feel you have to or you should, well, it’s not really a voluntary decision. Your brain doesn’t get the pleasure boost. It just feels stress. And that’s no way to build a good exercise habit. Interestingly, if you are forced to exercise, you don’t get the same benefits, because without choice, the exercise itself is a source of stress. (The Upward Spiral)
Where there is Freedom there is Responsibility.
“Dunning-Kruger effect” (the impostor syndrome) explains this phenomenon: Inept people don’t have enough experience to properly evaluate how little experience they have, so they think they’re brilliant when they’re not. On the other hand, experienced people realize how often they’ve been wrong in the past and will sometimes second-guess themselves (even when they’re right).
There’s nothing more expensive than free.
CREATIVITY is something:
1 – useful.
2 – original.
3 – Able to change your working Domain.
If you don’t follow a Master, become one.