Notes on getting good


  • “A focused mind has no room for anxiety or for the effects of an overactive imagination.” (Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War)
  • Forgive yourself for yesterday. Be better today.
  • “Patience is a competitive advantage. In a surprising number of fields, you can find success if you are simply willing to do the reasonable thing longer than most people.” (James Clear)
  • “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” (Joseph Campbell)
  • “The sins of others are always fascinating to human beings, but they are not always the best way to self-development or self-advancement.” (Thomas Sowell)
  • Be brilliant at the basics. (Pete Shankman’s journalism professor)
  • Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • When you focus all of your energy in one direction for an uncommonly long period of time, you develop talent. Results follow obsession. (Shane Parrish)
  • Don’t multi-task…with anything.
  • “What’s boring doesn’t get attention and what’s exciting doesn’t drive results. Most people are so focused on optics they forget that it’s the repetition of the boring basics that makes a difference.” (Shane Parrish)

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