Notes on getting good


  • It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time. (Julia Cameron)
  • “Man’s life was purposeful motion…” (from Atlas Shrugged)
  • “Success is not a destination. Success is a decision you make on a daily, hourly, and even moment-to-moment basis.” (Nicolas Cole)
  • “Each person’s task in life is to become an increasingly better person.” (Leo Tolstoy)
  • I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. (Henry David Thoreau)
  • Progress is realizing that fixating on what happened cannot change the past, but a calm mind can certainly help your future. (Yung Pueblo)
  • Don’t guess about the future. Shape it. (James Clear)
  • “I’m world-class at only a couple of things. And every hour I’m not doing those things, I am doing a disservice to myself and the world.” (Will Smith)
  • Motivation often comes after starting, not before. Action produces momentum. (James Clear)
  • If you are not deciding the rules of engagement and making deliberate choices about who you are spending time with, then you need to take back that control. (The Inner Circle)
  • “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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