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Something Mighty and Sublime

Rest not!Life is sweeping bygo and dare before you die.Something mighty and sublime,leave behind to conquer time.— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Goethe once wrestled with the desire to accomplish great things while enjoying the comforts of a bourgeois lifestyle. By all accounts he succeeded in transcending the ordinary with his writing. And what of us?…

Philosophy | Lifestyle | Stoicism

The Very Best Day of All

“Let us therefore set out whole-heartedly, leaving aside our many distractions and exert ourselves in this single purpose, before we realize too late the swift and unstoppable flight of time and are left behind. As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all, and make it your own possession. We must…

Culture | Lifestyle | Personal Growth | Philosophy

No Regrets

The Regret Minimization Framework is simple. The goal is to minimize the number of regrets in life. So when faced with a difficult decision:(1) Project yourself forward into the future.(2) Look back on the decision.(3) Ask “Will I regret not doing this?”(4) Act accordingly.— @SahilBloom This Regret Minimization Framework business seems a bit hokey, doesn’t…

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Haze Be Damned

“No one cares about your potential if you never deliver.” — @orangebook There are many moments when we don’t feel like doing whatever it is we must do. The last two days were filled with a few examples for me. Ultimately we’ve got to follow through on our obligations if we’re ever going to achieve…

Career | Productivity

The Value of Work

“Understand the superior value of getting what you want through hard work.” — @robertgreene Want a bit of perspective on work? Spend a weekend digging holes for fence posts, raking the yard, hauling bags of cement or other manual labor. That was my weekend, and I’m grateful for the reminder of what can be done…

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The “What’s Our Fire” Exam

“Proper examination should ruin the life that you’re currently living. It should cause you to leave relationships. It should cause you to reestablish boundaries with family members and with colleagues. It should cause you to quit your job.” — @naval We march through our day-to-day life without serious thought about the big picture. What really…

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Feed the Spark

“Again, we are daily forced to choose between depression and anxiety. Depression results from the wounding of the individuation imperative; anxiety results from moving forward into the unknown. That path of anxiety is necessary because therein lies the hope of the person to more nearly become an individual. My analyst once said to me, “You…

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A Commitment to Transformation

“A person susceptible to “wanderlust” is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation.” ― Pico Iyer As I write this a cardinal is singing in the window, driving the cat a bit insane, and distracting me with questions: “What are you doing in your nest? Shouldn’t you be flying?” “I’m busy leaving…