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Quotes March 2015

Quotes March 2015

“The weak cannot be sincere.” – La Rochefoucauld

“It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual, than to labor diligently for the salvation of the masses.” – Dag Hammarskjöld

“If you nag people enough, work is the course of least resistance.” – Steven Covey

“Imagine walking a mile in someone else’s headline.” – Monica Lewinsky

“I got into the popular success literature and I went back for 200 years. The basic finding of this entire study was this: for the first 150 years, almost the entire focus of the popular success literature was on character. That is, on principles. What we might call the “character ethic;” attributes such as integrity, fidelity, courage, compassion, contribution, responsibility, justice, service – and then because of many, many societal forces, as well as moving from the agriculture into the industrial age – the emphasis gradually shifted in the early 1900’s, particularly in the 20’s and 30’s, away from the character ethic to what we might call the “personality ethic,” which focuses more on techniques and technologies than on principles. On how to appear to be, rather than on how to truly be.” – Stephen Covey

“To be, rather than to seem.” – Motto of the state of North Carolina

“What you are shouts so loudly in my ears that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The way that you wind up getting what you want is by being really smart and being willing to lay rocks.” – Sebastian Marshall

“The most painful part of travel: the more you do it, the more “what ifs?” you are forced to let die. Even if you made all the right decisions, looking back at your past becomes a reel of your many lives that shall remain unlived.” – Carlos Miceli

“People have always been saying it’s 20 years away. They were saying it’s 20 years away in 1955 and they’re saying it now. People always think it’s just around the corner. The joke in the field is that if you say 20 years away, you can get a grant to do it. If you say it’s 5 years away, you’d have to deliver it.” – Gary Marcus

Travel Heuristic

Travel Heuristic

A common attitude I see in some of my most impressive allies is how comfortable and willing they are to get on a flight without too much planning, only to go see someone or something.

No deep analysis.
No second-guessing.
No looking at flight costs first.

Someone worth seeing, BOOM, tickets purchased. Already knowing it will be worth it.

That’s what a mindset of abundance looks like.

I’ve done this myself multiple times, getting in buses and planes to go to places where I knew almost no one, only to arrive and benefit of the untapped and unpredictable opportunities. The rewards, while unclear at first, have been 10x or 100x the cost of the flight and the time abroad. I’ve done this going to China, Chile, the US, Iceland, and more.

Most people never do this because they want to know what the reward is, the utility behind the cost. And that’s why opportunities never come their way. They let their lack of clarity define their future, as opposed to embracing that the future is the result of our actions.

It’s become a very simple heuristic for me to understand if a person believes in scarcity or abundance; when was the last time they traveled without knowing exactly what was going to happen when they arrived?

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