“We all like to think we’re right about what we believe about ourselves and what we often believe are only the best, most moral things. We like to pretend that our generous impulses come naturally. But the reality is we often become our kindest, most ethical selves only by seeing what it feels like to be a selfish jackass first.” – Cheryl Strayed
“There’s two kinds of people in the world: people that don’t believe in coaching, and consistent top performers.” – Carlos Miceli
“The best thing about market research consultants? They are easy to blame and fire when they are wrong.” – Eric Schmidt
“Me against my brother; me and my brother against our cousin; me, my brother and my cousin against the stranger.” – Bedouin proverb
“I personally think altruism is overrated. We don’t need a world in which we all live for each other. I think things ARE already moving toward a world in which young people want a sense of purpose, rather than just to be rich (which was the top goal when i graduated from college in 1985). I think a world of striving, in which people are striving for goals and achievements that end up indirectly helping others, is the best we can do. All around me at NYU-STern, students are trying to think of something that other people need or want. That’s great. Their goal isn’t just to get rich — its to DO something, create something, that others want. And many of them are interested in social enterprise.” – Jonathan Haidt
“Focus is the new I.Q.” – Cal Newport
“I question the edge a tool can provide once it has become a standard.” – Alex J. Mann
“It’s weird, but if you can survive until 25 without losing your curiosity or building up too much identity to change directions, you are in amazing shape. Most people will fuck up in one of those two directions.” – Zach Obront
“Virtuous people can’t just conform to the expectations of their society. Everyone has at least a modest moral obligation to perform “due diligence” – to investigate whether their society’s expectations are immoral. And whenever their society fails to measure up, virtuous people spurn social expectations and do the morally right thing.
Second, anyone in a position of political power has a greatly elevated moral obligation to perform this due diligence. Yes, with great power comes great responsibility. If you’re in a position to pass or enforce laws, lives and freedom are in your hands. Common decency requires you to act with extreme moral trepidation at all times, ever mindful of the possibility that you’re trampling the rights of the morally innocent.
Until they calmly recuse themselves from their society and energetically weigh a wide range of moral arguments, they have no business lifting a political finger. How much time and mental energy does the average politician pour into moral due diligence? A few hours of year seems like a high estimate.” – Bryan Caplan
“Status Malfunction: the more attractive an option looks in terms of status, the more likely it is to have significant drawbacks or pitfalls (given extreme competition for that status), and the more likely we are to ignore or undervalue those drawbacks and pursue that option anyway.” – Josh Kaufman