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Month: June 2011

Quotes June 2011

Quotes June 2011

 “Love should be treated like a business deal, but every business deal has its own terms and its own currency. And in love, the currency is virtue. You love people not for what you do for them or what they do for you. You love them for the values, the virtues, which they have achieved in their own character.” – Ayn Rand

“Those three things – autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward – are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“Wise people don’t talk.” – Erica Goldson

“You know who never gets interrupted? The guy on the sidewalk jacking off, talking to a knife.” – Dana Gould

“All the problems in the world—repeat, all the problems in the world—can be traced to what fathers do to their sons.” – George Carlin

“Not regretting it later is the reason I’ve done at least three quarters of the best things in my life.” – Cheryl Strayed

“On the outside, be like everyone else: indolent and unsure and drifting. On the inside: none of these things.” – Ryan Holiday

“Wisdom is a love affair with questions. Knowledge is a love affair with answers.” – Julio Olalla

“Never have I grown interested in a thing because someone said it was good, no matter the someone’s credentials or the superlative of ‘good’.” – Colin Marshall

“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.” – Michel de Montaigne

“When history looks back, it will prove what I’ll die knowing.” – Jack Kevorkian

“Golden rule of successful long-term relationships: never make a decision about ending the relationship while in an unresourceful state.” – Duff McDuffee

“If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And, if I can persuade you to laugh at a particular point that I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge it as true.” – John Cleese

“Any one who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory. Good culture is born of a good disposition; and since the cause is more to be praised than the effect, I will rather praise a good disposition without culture, than good culture without the disposition.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Inspiration vs. Motivation

Inspiration vs. Motivation

“Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment — the moment when a man knows forever more who he is.” – Jorge Luis Borges

Prompting others to act is something I approach very carefully, because I don’t believe in a standard method. Not even the “trust yourself” adage. Trusting yourself can be good for some people, helping them accomplish great things. However, for every person I’ve met that follows that philosophy, I’ve met other over-achievers who prefer to look for motivation outside of themselves, and let hard work and real-life results guide them.

Still, there’s one thing where I’d like to encourage action, and that is self-exploration. Mistakes. What my mentor calls The Experimental Mind-set. After some life-changing experiences in the last couple of months, I truly believe now that any sort of hierarchy of messages or philosophies of action is the wrong approach to inspire others. Not only that, but Eric Schiller proposed another theory:

“I now strongly believe that excess inspiration serves to cripple people, and actually prevent them from doing anything out of fear of not living up to case studies.”

The point then is to let your own experience define you, and not feel pressured to act or behave in a certain way. Trusting yourself is not a decision or a quality that some people have. It’s a consequence of introspection and humanity. It’s the understanding that as long as you are willing to learn about yourself and the world, no one can have a better clue of what the best path might be for you.

The only thing that I let myself tell others now is “get to know yourself.” Anything that you do, once you know that it’s you choosing it, and it’s your personal philosophy of motivation what fuels you, is valid.

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