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Month: March 2014

Quotes March 2014

Quotes March 2014

“Silent stream splits the mountain.” – Serbian Proverb

“I believe that love that is true and real creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And when the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face like some rhino hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave, it is because they love with sufficient passion to push death out of their minds. Until it returns, as it does to all men. And then you must make really good love again.” – Midnight in Paris

“Never hire 4.0 GPAs.” – Tom Peters

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.” – Plato

““Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.” That’s the whole point—you figure it out by doing. So none of this nonsense about “being ready.” This is both the simplest and hardest way to separate yourself from your peers. Why? Because while everyone else is studying, you’re working. What makes it hard is that we’ve been told our whole lives is that you need a degree, you need prerequisites, you need to be properly trained.” – Ryan Holiday

“Don’t wait to be paid for it either. The opportunity is the payment. You want a good job for purely selfish reasons here—you want a place where you can experiment with your ideas and theories.” – Ryan Holiday

“You can read the best books, have the best teachers and go to the best schools in the world, but compared to people who do things for a living, you’ll still be a fool.” – Ryan Holiday

“The more someone has “learned” about entrepreneurship, the worse entrepreneur he/she is.” – Carlos Miceli

“Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.” – Albert Camus

“The internet brought immediate information and worldwide connectivity. However, it also brought the frequent and repetitive need to unlearn and update our skill sets and understanding of the world’s fast-paced changes. No longer we can surf for decades the decisions we made in our early 20s.” – Carlos Miceli

“There is yet one leverage point that is even higher than changing a paradigm. That is to keep oneself unattached in the arena of paradigms, to stay flexible, to realize that no paradigm is “true,” that every one, including the one that sweetly shapes your own worldview, is a tremendously limited understanding of an immense and amazing universe that is far beyond human comprehension. It is to “get,” at a gut level, the paradigm that there are paradigms, and to see that that itself is a paradigm, and to regard that whole realization as devastatingly funny. […] If no paradigm is right, you can choose whatever one will help to achieve your purpose. If you have no idea where to get a purpose, you can listen to the universe.” – Donella Meadows

“When reflecting on how the education system does or does not prepare students, we should pay special attention not just to areas where school under-prepares students for the real world (more statistics! more engineering!), but where school actively misprepares. Where an entire framework of “how to be successful” has to be unlearned and replaced by something else.” – Ben Casnocha

“There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed OK at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing better is useless.” – John Green

“I think one of the quests of life is finding someone nice. Someone who one can be nice, not to, but with.” – Carlos Miceli

Work Ethic vs. Discipline

Work Ethic vs. Discipline

Work ethic is a habit, a mindset one gets in when something specific needs to be accomplished. It’s what one needs to have in order to make things happen.

It’s what one utilizes to go from “undone” to “done.”

Work ethic is rare, but you can find good work ethic in almost any environment. In sports, in the arts, in university students, in corporate employees… There’s always people that work hard to do what they have to do.

Discipline, however, is more rare still.

Discipline is about forcing yourself to think beyond. It’s about scheduling the pain now, in order to reap the rewards later. It’s about having the humility and ambition of knowing that one can always do better.

Discipline is what one needs to go from “survival” to “success.” Being disciplined is being committed to excellence. In fact, it’s almost by definition being committed to never think ” I did what I had to do.”

Discipline is about never trusting that the world will collaborate. It’s about knowing that bad things will happen, the unexpected will occur, and one has to do everything one can all the time in order to beat the world into submission.

Finally, Discipline has absolutely zero to do with outside forces. No one can make you disciplined. You need the internal fire, and no one can (nor will) light it for you.

This is why being a true entrepreneur demands immense discipline (and work ethic too, of course). Because one needs to always be thinking “what else can i do to make this vision happen?”

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