Quotes July 2014

Quotes July 2014

“Pursuing philosophy and a deep understanding of what it means to be human has given me more business ideas than any business book, course or event.” – Carlos Miceli

“The person who says that there is zero merit in learning a foreign language because they can just get things translated, is a bit like a person who says there’s no reason to visit a place because the pictures are detailed enough.” – Scott Young

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” ― Mike Tyson

“The intelligent have plans; the wise have principles.” ― Raheel Farooq

“Professional communication is extremely dicey territory with high stakes.” – Kevin Roose

“Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.” – Bruce Lee

“The reason why we love metaphors so much is because they connect different parts of our brain that were never connected before. They are the birthplace of new discoveries. Metaphors are not what create new ideas. They are what creates a meeting of two old ideas to create something new.” – Tim Kenny

“Impatience is a form of pride, and taking our time to take care of the important things is a form of vulnerability. It’s accepting we can’t make the world go at our pace just so we feel we can do everything. It’s accepting that life involves other people, and we have to think deeply about them if we want to do things with them.” – Carlos Miceli

“Be skeptical of models that pretend to provide all the solutions.” – Carlos Miceli

“The biggest problem of success is that the world conspires to stop you doing the thing that you do, because you are successful. I looked up and realised that I had become someone who professionally replied to email, and who wrote as a hobby.” – Neil Gaiman

“If you don’t like where you are, change it. You’re not a tree.” – Jim Rohn

“When you overcome effort shock for a non-trivial learning project and get through it anyway, despite doubts about whether it is worth it, you can end up with very unexpected rewards that go far beyond what you initially thought you were earning. This is because so few people get through effort shock to somewhere worthwhile that when you do it, you end up in sparsely populated territory where further gains through continued application from the earned skill can be very high.” – Venkatesh Rao

“Feeling lonely or isolated usually isn’t the problem — it’s a very good and valid warning sign that you need to broaden and expand the people you associate with. That might be hard. You might need to make significant changes to how you run your life to do that. You might need to develop skills you don’t have. You might need to become more like the type of person who high-character people want to associate with. […] Confusion is certainly a deep blessing; it indicates that there’s an area where gradually reasoning through it could produce gains. It’s a flag that you need to think harder.” – Sebastian Marshall

“Vulnerability is the highest form of courage.” – Carlos Miceli

“If you can change your context, that’s your first step towards clarity. And if you can’t, at least resist the urge to let it dictate your conclusions about yourself or others.” – Carlos Miceli

“Preparing us for marriage is, ideally, an educational task that falls on culture as a whole. We have stopped believing in dynastic marriages. We are starting to see the drawbacks of Romantic marriages. Now comes the time for psychological marriages.” – Alain de Botton

“Of all variants of vulnerability the one most difficult is the revealing of some imperfection, problem, neurosis, sin, or failure—all of which tend to be subsumed under the heading of “weakness” in our culture of rugged individualism. It is a ridiculous cultural attitude, because the reality is that, as individuals or nations, we are all weak. We all have problems, imperfections, neuroses, sins, failures. And to attempt to hide them is a lie. […] It may seem strange in our culture of rugged individualism that this transformation begins to occur precisely when we begin to “break down.” As long as we look out at each other only through the masks of our composure, we are looking through hard eyes. But as the masks drop and we see the suffering and courage and brokenness and deeper dignity underneath, we truly start to respect each other as fellow human beings.” – Scott Peck

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