Here’s your weekly dose of timeless ideas to sharpen your mind, make smarter decisions, and live better.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
― Theodore Roosevelt
Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.
― Charles Kettering
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
― Alan Kay
Abiding means letting everything be as it already is – no matter what it is. If you're feeling good, let that be as it is. If you're feeling bad, let that be as it is. No matter what your emotional, physical, or mental state, let it be as it is and don't wish it to be otherwise. If you want it to be different from what it is, you're not abiding; you're picking and choosing and trying to control your experience.
Adyashanti in The Impact of Awakening: Excerpts From the Teachings of Adyashanti
What does responsibility mean? Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Having accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then means the ability to have a creative response to the situation as it is now. All problems contain the seeds of opportunity, and this awareness allows you to take the moment and transform it to a better situation or thing.
Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams
Investing in yourself is the most important investment you’ll ever make in your life. . . . There’s no financial investment that’ll ever match it, because if you develop more skill, more ability, more insight, more capacity, that’s what’s going to really provide economic freedom. . . . It’s those skill sets that really make that happen.
Timothy Ferriss in Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Articles Worth Reading
Judith Grisel | Aeon
The brain is more cart than horse. It seems increasingly likely that our inability to explain, prevent and treat substance use disorders stems from having too narrow a scope, one that myopically views the brain, as the critical causal element.
Sacha Golob | Psyche
Stupidity is a very specific cognitive failing. Crudely put, it occurs when you don’t have the right conceptual tools for the job. The result is an inability to make sense of what is happening and a resulting tendency to force phenomena into crude, distorting pigeonholes.
Aaron Hirsh | Nautilus
Epidemics have a way of making one wonder about death. To put it plainly, in the raw form it takes as it first rises from our hearts: Why? Why on Earth does it have to be this way?