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“People ask ‘What is the meaning of life?’ on the assumption ‘meaning’ is something they should look for and find. But maybe meaning in life is something you create for yourself and others.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson


“It’s not what you will get out of the books that is so enriching. It’s what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life.”

Robin Sharma


A young boy travelled far from his home to study under a great teacher. When he met the wise old man, his first question was:

– “How long will it take me before I am as wise as you?”

The response came swiftly:

– “Five years.”

– “This is a very long time” – the boy replied – “How about if I work twice as hard?”

– “Then it will take ten”, said the master.

– “Ten! That’s far too long. How about if I studied all day and well into the night, every night?”

– “Fifteen years”, said the sage.

– “I don’t understand” – replied the boy – “Every time I promise to devote more energy to my goal, you tell me that it will take longer. Why?”

– “The answer is simple. With one eye fixed on the destination, there is only one left to guide you along the journey”.


“The harder you try, the longer it will take you to reach your aims.”

Robin Sharma


“You can’t be thrilled with life if you are too much full of knowledge.”



If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”

Isaac Newton


“In a community, we are all everybody’s teachers.”

John Kabat-Zynn


“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Antoine De Saint Exupéry


“Don’t accumulate. Eliminate.”

Bruce Lee


“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”

Isaac Newton


“There is never nothing going on.”

Peaceful Warrior


“The hallmark of expertise is figuring out what information is important.”

David Epstein


“The person who chases two rabbits catches none.”



Ask yourself this question: “What would I do today if today was my last?”

Robin Sharma


“Learn to look at people as they really are and not as you would want them to be.”

Sonny Carroll


“You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”

Harper Lee


“If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”



“As long as you believe compliments, you will also believe in insults.”

Noah Elkrief


“Every communication is either an extension of love or a call for love.”

A Course In Miracles


“Some people will love you, not knowing how to express their love, and we understand their shyness as indifference.”

Paulo Coelho


“The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in a state of boredom.”

Viktor Frankl


“Purify your heart before you let love into it, for even the sweetest honey sour in a dirty container.”



“The moment you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”

Neil Gaiman


“What you don’t know can’t hurt you”

Japanese Proverb


“It takes two of us to discover truth: one to utter it and one to understand it.”

Khalil Gibran


“We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.”

Carl Sagan


Does an “I” exist?

Does a “world” exist besides “me”?

Do “I” cease to exist on bodily death?

Does the “world” cease to exist on my bodily death?

Erwin Schrodinger


“I am an artist at living. My work of art is my life.”



“If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are now”.

Zen Proverb 


“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

Bruce Lee


“The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master”.

Robin Sharma


“The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts”

Winston Churchill


“No man is free who is not a master of himself.”



“Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself.”

Yogi Raman


“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” Chinese Proverb


There are three mirrors that form a person’s reflection:

  1. The first is how you see yourself;
  2. The second is how others see you;
  3. The third mirror reflects the truth. Know yourself. Know the truth.

Chinese Proverb


“Wisdom without proper tools for its application is no wisdom at all.”

Robin Sharma


“People grow the most when they enter the Zone of the Unknown.”

Yogi Raman


“You will always feel a little discomfort when you are installing a new habit. It’s sort of like breaking in a new pair of shoes.”

Robin Sharma


“Pain is a great teacher.”

Yogi Raman


“To transcend pain, I had to first experience it. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”

Julian Mantle


“We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh.”

William James


“Too many people are dreaming of some magical rose garden on the horizon rather than enjoying the one growing in our back yards.”

Robin Sharma


“I’m no longer in the world. The world is in me.”

Julian Mantle


“What would the child you once where think of the adult you have become?”

Robin Sharma


“What really distinguishes the stories of these people is not their fantastic talent, but the extraordinary opportunities they had. All outliers we reviewed so far have been favoured by some unusual opportunity.”

Malcolm Gladwell


We rarely admit it (or even realize it), but our behaviours are often a simple response to the environment we find ourselves in.”

James Clear


“Extraordinary achievements derive more from opportunities than talent.”

Malcolm Gladwell


“Success depends on many factors: Resistance, motivation, encouragement, reward, fun activities and also the good old discipline.”

Malcolm Gladwell


“The whole self-esteem movement taught us erroneously that praising intelligence, talent, abilities would foster self-confidence, self-esteem, and everything great would follow. But we’ve found it backfires. People who are praised for talent now worry about doing the next thing, about taking on the hard task, and not looking talented, tarnishing that reputation for brilliance. So instead, they’ll stick to their comfort zone and get really defensive when they hit setbacks.”

Carol Dweck


So what should we praise? The effort, the strategies, the doggedness and persistence, the grit people show, the resilience that they show in the face of obstacles, that bouncing back when things go wrong and knowing what to try next. So I think a huge part of promoting a growth mind-set in the workplace is to convey those values of process, to give feedback, to reward people engaging in the process, and not just a successful outcome.”

Carol Dweck


Give someone a lick and you keep them busy in the shed for an hour. Teach them how to practice, develop their own vocabulary and achieve their own musical goals and you empower them to pursue music for a lifetime.”

Chris Cooke


 Do not speak unless it improves on silence.


Change is the only constant in life.


Are your surroundings making you feel happier or more depressed?


The world around us shapes our behaviour.


We often create what we fear by spending time and energy fretting over our actual and potential mistakes.


If someone is causing us discomfort in any way, it has nothing to do with them. It has to do with how we perceive them. 


Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength.


Most people are not just comfortable in their ignorance but hostile to anyone who points it out.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Until you change the way you look at things, those things you look at will never change.


There are 2 types of pain in this world: Pain that hurts you, and pain that changes you.


Whatever problem you don’t solve today you’ll get to re-address later in the same form or a different one entirely, internally or externally. Either way, it’s best to understand the true nature and purpose of conflict than to try to avoid it.


He who listens the truth has the same merit of he who speaks it.


The ability to improvise is much more vital than investigation.


Listen to your intuition. Too much deliberation will absorb your time.


Freedom implies responsibility.


Intelligence can be developed.


The brain is a muscle. Giving it a harder workout makes you smarter.


Luck = preparation + opportunity


Self-knowledge is the stepping-stone to self-mastery.


The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.


It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is important is what you say to yourself.


Only those who seek shall find.


SATORI = Japanese word meaning instant awakening.


If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever know when you get there?


When you run faster to be somewhere you’ll miss half the fun of getting there.


You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see.


Praise, self-esteem, and performance rise and fall together.


Intimacy is not the search for something that is missing. It is the expression of something already found.


 When you experience anxiety there is no life or death situation, there is just feelings and you’re feeling them all at once.


Instead of devoting yourself to your instrument practice, try practicing EVERYTHING.


About Self-Compassion: Stop lying to yourself that you’re so awesome. Instead, focus on forgiving yourself when you’re not. 


Fatigue is a creation of the mind. Fatigue dominates the lives of those who are living without direction and dreams.


People who study others are wise but those who study themselves are enlightened.


We store information in terms of meaning, not according to a sensory mode (visual, auditory or kinesthetic). Memory is linked to meaning. Therefore we remember better what has bigger meaning to us.


Those things which are most important should never be sacrificed to those things which are the least important.


What lies behind you and what lies in front of you is nothing when compared to what lies within you.


There is a huge difference between making a lot of money and making a lot of life.


When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.


Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to and because you know it is the right thing for you to do.


A book is the best friend of the wise.


Some people learn from the errors others have made. They are the wise.


If youth only knew… If age only could…


Why dragging your butt to the gym can be so hard? If you go because you feel you have to or you should, well, it’s not really a voluntary decision. Your brain doesn’t get the pleasure boost. It just feels stress. And that’s no way to build a good exercise habit. Interestingly, if you are forced to exercise, you don’t get the same benefits, because without choice, the exercise itself is a source of stress. (The Upward Spiral)


Where there is Freedom there is Responsibility.


Dunning-Kruger effect” (the impostor syndrome) explains this phenomenon: Inept people don’t have enough experience to properly evaluate how little experience they have, so they think they’re brilliant when they’re not. On the other hand, experienced people realize how often they’ve been wrong in the past and will sometimes second-guess themselves (even when they’re right).


There’s nothing more expensive than free.


CREATIVITY is something:

1 – useful.

2 – original.

3 – Able to change your working Domain.


If you don’t follow a Master, become one. 



49 - Humor

I’ve been cleansing things that matter from things that don’t matter in my life. Just like cleaning a house , refreshing the Internet browser or organizing computer files in an external drive, there’s something liberating about focusing (and keeping close to you) all of real importance and value.  I’ve found that there are 6 areas I’m particularly fond about:

1 – Humor.

2 – Consciousness.

3 – Social Interactions.

4 – Optimization.

5 – Peace.

6 – Warrior.

All of these subjects are covered in Maximizing Performance. Over the next weeks I’ll focus on those specific categories and summarize it in some thought-provoking, mind bogging, über inspiring quotes. Let’s get down to it!

“People think it must be fun to be a super genius but what they don’ t understand is how difficult it is to put up with all the idiots of the world.”

Bill Watterson – Calvin & Hobbes


“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.”

Oscar Wilde


“A mere friend will agree with you, but a real friend will argue.”

Russian Proverb


“The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.”

Bill Watterson – Calvin & Hobbes


“A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.”

Oscar Wilde


“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 


“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually turn out to be the boss and work 12 hours a day.”

Robert Frost


“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

Oscar Wilde


“Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.”

Calvin Coolidge


“A hypocrite is a person who – but who is not?”

Don Marquis


“Only the dumb envy the talkative.”

Khalil Gibran


“The envious praise me unknowingly.

Khalil Gibran


Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde


“Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”

Winston Churchill


“He was not clever enough to have enemies”

Oscar Wilde


“Con artists are greedy hucksters who sell us dreams that never come true.”

James Surowiecki


“An excellent man: he who has no enemies and none of his friends like him”

Oscar Wilde


“Every great man nowadays has its disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.”

Oscar Wilde


Walt Disney’s CHICKEN LITTLE fable:

  1. To influence de masses aim first at the least intelligent.
  2. If you tell them a lie, don’t tell them a little one; tell them a big one.
  3. Undermine the faith of the masses on their leaders.
  4. By the use of flattery insignificant people can be made to look upon themselves as born leaders.
  5. “Run to the caaaave! 🙂


“There is nothing about an individual as important as his IQ, except possibly his morals.

Lewis Terman


“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

Bertrand Russell


“Practice is like raising a duck. If it grows fast or slow it’s the duck’s business not yours. Let go & just do your own work.”

Ajahn Chah


“It doesn’t take intelligence to be a jazz musician, there are dozens of prove of that around.”

Hal Galper


When you’re feeling bad about yourself, first check if ignorant people are surrounding you.


Procrastination is like masturbation. In the end you’re just fucking yourself.


There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.


Who wants to admit inferiority, and who wants to admit this as a reason to hate others?


Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.


I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.


Rather “Lucky” than “Good”… If you’re good you can still have no luck, but if you’re lucky its impossible not to be good.

I prefer to have a friend who calls me a motherfucker then a motherfucker who calls me friend.


Don’t worry about what other people think about you. They’re only too busy worrying about what others think of them.


Don’t worry about what others think. Most people don’t use their brain very often.


Some laugh cause they don’t understand… Others would cry if they do.


S.T.R.E.S.S = Shit To Remember Every Single Second.


H.O.P.E. = Hold on, Pain ends


P.A.I.N. = Positive Attitude In Negative Situation


I’m actually a very nice person, until you piss me off.


I’m a nice person. If I’m an asshole to you, you need to ask yourself why.


Love me or hate me, both are in my favour:

If you love me I’ll be in your heart.

If you hate me I’ll be in your mind.


I have learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is easy and fun as hell.

VII – Embrace The Present

48 - Path of Diamonds

The past is water under the bridge. The future is a distant sun on the horizon of your imagination. The most important moment is now. Learn to live in the Present and savor it fully. Being engaged in a pursuit that truly challenges you is the surest route to personal satisfaction. But remember: happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Stop spending so much time chasing life’s big pleasures while you neglect the little ones. Slow things down. Enjoy the beauty and sacredness of all that is around you. You owe this to yourself.

While (future) goals have the power to energize your life, you should never put off the things that are important for your well-being and satisfaction to a later time.

Today is the day to enjoy the fruits of your efforts. Today is the day to seize the moment and live a life that soars. Today is the day to harvest your dreams.

Don’t miss the forest for the trees. The best gift you could ever give is your love. Happiness is a journey. Enjoy the special moments that every day offers because today, this day is all you have.

 Stop spending money you don’t have,

To buy things you don’t need,

To impress people you don’t like!

Instead, practice the art of gratitude. We all have much to be thankful for. Think and write daily about what you are grateful for. And remember that life doesn’t always give you what you ask for, but it always gives you what you need.

Savor the special moments that fill your days. Explore the simple wonders of every stage of your life. Be Here Now. Stop sacrificing the present for the future and begin to live in the moment.

Awake to the gift of living. Stop putting off your happiness for the sake of achievement. Instead, why not enjoy the process? The journey is to be enjoyed. The road is just as good as the end.

Begin to live each day as if it was your last. Starting today, learn more, laugh more and do what you truly love to do. Do not be denied your destiny. For what lies behind you and what lies in front of you matters little when compared to what lies within you.

My cup is now empty.

Thank you Robin 🙂

VI – A Life Of Service

47 - Roses

Ask yourself a question: What good deeds have you performed through the course of this day?

The quality of your life will come down to the quality of your contribution.

There’s an Ancient Chinese Proverb that goes like this: "A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses." 

When you work to improve the lives of others, you indirectly elevate your own life in the process.

You must realize that, just as you entered the world with nothing, you are destined to leave with nothing. This being the case, there can be only one real reason for your being here: To give yourself to others and to contribute in a meaningful way.

Compassion and daily acts of kindness make life far richer. Take the time to meditate every morning on the good you will do for others during your day.

Here are some exercises for you to explore:

  • Use sincere words of praise to those who least expect it.
  • Offer gestures of warmth to friends in need.
  • Generate tokens of affection to members of your family.
  • Keep friendships in constant repair.

And here are some thought-provoking techniques to keep your drive:

  • Practice daily acts of kindness.
  • Give to those who ask.
  • Cultivate richer relationships.

Last, but not least, I offer you my deep respect and appreciation for your presence in my life, feedback, comments, likes and shares. You make me better, stronger, inspired, motivated and productive. Thank you.

With love and respect, see you next week!

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