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WARRIOR QUOTES

54c - Warrior

 

“If Man Works Hard the Land Will Not Be Lazy.”

Chinese Proverb

  

“Persistence is the mother of personal change.”

Robin Sharma

 

“Obsessed” is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”

Russell Warren

 

“Don’t Practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”

Michael Jordan

 

“The key to my success is perseverance, the virtue of the less brilliant”

Santiago Ramon y Cajal

 

“Every arrow that hits the bull’s-eye is the result of one hundred misses.”

The Sages of Sivana 

 

“Your I CAN is more important than your I.Q.”

Malika Chand

 

“What the victim calls luck, the hero calls relentlessness.”

Robin Sharma

“Success is the result of persistence, stubbornness and willingness to strive for several minutes to understand something that would take most people to give up after a few seconds.”

Malcolm Gladwell

 

 “Failure is not having the courage to try.”

Robin Sharma

 

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.”

William Saroyan

 

 “Try again, fail again… Fail better”

Samuel Beckett

  

“As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”

Winston Churchill

  

“The ones who sweat more in practice bleeds less in war.”

Spartan warriors

 

“You never fail until you stop trying”

Einstein

  

“If I don’t fear mistakes it’s because I am always ready to fix them.”

Bento de Jesus Caraça

  

“How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.”

Robert Brault 

 

“I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.”

Yogi Raman

 

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful.”

Charles Barkley

  

“I’m always feeling like I’ve got to be better”

Stephen Curry (NBA’s 2015 & 2016 MVP) 

 

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”

Coco Chanel 

 

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

Chinese Proverb

  

“Be the player, not the chess piece.”

Ralph Charrel

  

“Master being different. One day you will be recognised because you are different.”

Shaquille O’Neal

 

“All you have in life is your reputation: you may be very rich, but if you lose your good name, then you’ll never be happy. The thought will always lurk at the back of your mind that people don’t trust you.”

Richard Branson

 

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”

Henry Ford

 

“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.”

Dan Reeves

  

“Life is a battle. If you fight with anger you’re the problem. If you fight with joy you’re the solution.”

Santana 

 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”

Martin Luther King Jr.

  

“You have to make a stand because when you are really good people don’t like you.”

Charles Barkley

 

“Be the best, and prepare to be attacked. Only mediocrity is safe.”

Paulo Coelho

  

“Impose yourself as a person who challenges, consistently, the status quo and most people will learn how to avoid defying you.”

Tim Ferris

 

“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

Aristotle

  

“Make ambition errors, not indolence. Develop the ability to do bold things, but not to hold back.”

Nicolau Maquiavel

  

” Fighting for the truth may put you all alone against the whole world.”

Osho

  

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

  

“Some people don’t understand you and some will become your opponents because your truth will destroy their lies. Their lies are their comfort, and their hope. Your truth is too dangerous.”

Osho

 

“They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know that we were seeds.”

Mexican Proverb

 

“Respect belongs not to the critics, the person in the bleachers or the audience. Respect and admiration belongs to the person in the arena who has the dream, who has the vision, who rolls up the sleeves and has the guts to have the vision done.” Theodore Roosevelt

  

“The thousand-mile journey begins by taking that first step.”

Robin Sharma

  

“Biologists often speak of the ‘ecology’ of an organism: the forest’s tallest oak is not the tallest just because it originated from sturdier fruit. It is also taller because no other tree blocked the sunlight in its direction, because the ground around it was deep and fertile, because no rabbit gnawed its shell when it was still new, because no woodcutter brought the tree down before it was fully developed. We all know that successful people originate from resistant seeds. But do we have enough information about the sunlight that warmed the soil where they laid their roots and the rabbits and lumberjacks of whom managed to escape?”

Malcolm Gladwell

  

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow-man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

Ernest Hemingway

 

“The job of a leader is to grow more leaders.”

Robin Sharma

 

“Work ethic eliminates fear.”

Michael Jordan

  

“Small wins lead to large victories.”

Robin Sharma

 

“When spider webs unite, they tie up a lion.”

African proverb

 

“Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you.”

Wil Rose

  

“The thing that is really tough is to have worked so hard to be as good as I can be and to be so misperceived by so many people as such a selfish, arrogant, internally focused person.”

Kobe Bryant

 

“People are not brave enough to accept their own ignorance.”

Osho

 

“The best defense is a good offense.”

Dan Gable

  

Tell me and I forget.

Teach me and I remember.

Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

 

 

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. 

 

Mistakes are the proof of hard work and living in the edge of your abilities.

 

Confidence is not about if “they will like you”. Confidence is about “you’ll be fine if they don’t.”

 

Fortune favours the bold.

  

If you’re going to make a mistake, make a wild one.

 

If unpopularity is the price you pay for your principles than it’s a small price.

 

 Week people revenge, strong people forgive, intelligent people ignore.

  

Adversity does not create character; reveals it.

 

If Nature had been comfortable, mankind would never have invented architecture.

                       

The warrior who sets out to battle thinking the war is lost and does nothing to change it, surely, will come back defeated.

 

Inspiring is the average person doing extraordinary things.

 

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

 

Misunderstood is the price ambition pays to become legendary.

  

Confrontation might be scary, but it will separate out your true friends from your false ones.

 

Sometimes in life, you need to fight back to earn some respect.

  

From struggle comes strength.

  

Courage gives you the self-control to persist where others have failed.

  

Courage allows you to do whatever you want to do because you know that it is right.

 

What comes easy won’t last long, and what lasts long won’t come easy.

 

How hard do you play when no one is watching?

 

Practicing key habits when we don’t want to is the most key habit of all. 

 

Consistency is the mother of mastery.

  

It took me 20 years to become an over night success.

 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

  

I have learned that nothing is impossible and that almost nothing is easy.

 

If I have seen farther than others, it is simply because I have stood on the shoulders of great teachers.

 

And that’s a wrap.  Have yourself a merry little Christmas. And a Happy New Year too 🙂  With all my love, respect and admiration, I hope to see you soon.  2017, here we go!

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PEACE QUOTES

53 - Peace

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace”

Robert Sawyer

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”

Lao Tzu

“If you will always want more than you have, how can you ever be happy?”

Robin Sharma

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

Henry David Thoreau

“If one wish only to be happy, this could be easily accomplished. But we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.”

Montesquieu

“Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Your brain needs to let go of the worry and relax so it could rise to the realm of genius.”

Robin Sharma

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

Mark Twain

Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” 

Criss Jami

“Creativity needs a space to present itself. If your mind is full of worry then there’s no space for the muse – the creative goddess – to show up with your game changing ideas that you can then act on to get you to world-class.”

Robin Sharma

“Only someone who has Surrender has spiritual power.”

Eckhart Tolle

“Your environment explains your results.”

Robin Sharma

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

Khalil Gibran

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting”

Joyce Meyer

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Ancient Indian Saying

 

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”

Goethe

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Lao Tzu

“Love between big and small is possible, if the big is not aware that it is big. The tree did not know it was big; only man has that kind of knowledge. The big always has the ego as its prime concern, but for love, nobody is big or small. Love embraces whomsoever comes near.”

Osho

“Love is ever ready to bow; the ego is never ready to bend. If you approach the ego, its branches will stretch upwards even more; it will stiffen so you cannot reach it.”

Osho

“Love is always happy when it can give something; the ego is always happy when it can take.”

Osho

“One becomes like a king when the flowers of love are there, but one becomes poor and miserable when the thorns of the ego are present.”

Osho

“Love is happy when it gives comfort to someone; the ego is only happy when it gives discomfort.”

Osho

“Love is sad when it cannot share; love is sad when it cannot give. Love is grateful when it can share. When it can surrender, totally, love is the happiest.”

Osho

“The man who becomes big, whose ambitions grow, finds less and less time for love.”

Osho

“The ego is always motivated. Only if there is some purpose to be served will the ego come. But love is motiveless. Love is its own reward.”

Osho

“Getting broken also makes love happy, but even after getting, the ego is not happy. The ego always desires more.”

Osho

“The ego sees love as madness, as a childish fantasy.”

Osho

“Love is giving; love is ever ready to give.”

Osho

“The ego only goes where there is something to gain. The ego is an eternal beggar, in a continuous state of demand, and love is charity. Love is a king, an emperor!”

Osho

“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.”

Yogi Raman

“Why do you feel that you have to do things the same way as everyone else? Run your own race.”

Robin Sharma

“Wisdom can’t be shared. Shared wisdom sounds like madness.”

Hermann Hess

“Laughter opens your heart and soothes your soul. No one should ever take life so seriously that they forget to laugh at themselves.”

Yogi Raman

“If you understand, chop wood and carry water. If you don’t understand, chop wood and carry water.”

Old Zen Saying

“Everyday the wind and the sea clean up the footsteps of those who crossed the beach.”

Khalil Gibran

“A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.”

Ancient Chinese Proverb

There is power in silence and in stillness. Stillness is the stepping-stone to connecting with the universal source of intelligence that throbs through every living thing.

 

Lasting happiness comes from steadily working to accomplish your goals and advancing confidently in the direction of your life’s purpose.

  

Meditate.

 

Enrol on a non-alcohol diet.

  

Engage on an absence of complaints.

 

Experience masturbation abstinence.

  

Control your mind. Do not allow to be controlled by it.

 

Don’t Worry. Relax. Let go.

 

Meditation is simply exercise for your brain. It’s a proven technique for preventing the voice in your head from leading you around by the nose.

 

When Bruce Lee was worried he dumped his mind in a piece of paper and then set it on fire. This trick clear out the worries out of his mind so he could focus on what’s most important.

 

Stop majoring in minor things. Enjoy your life.

 

Do what is right for you.

 

Stop trying and surrender.

 

Look at the pain of your past as a wise, old teacher.

 

Let the work “work” for you.

 

MANTRA = In Sanskrit, ‘MAN’ means ‘mind’ and ‘TRA’ means ‘freeing.’ So a mantra is a phrase which is designed to free the mind.

 

Regret is not an activity for which I have any time. Every dawn is a new day to the enlightened one.

  

By putting out positive thoughts & correcting your mistakes, you can heal your problems.

  

We can’t control people. We can only control what’s in our mind.

 

To decide whether you are doing something in the right way ask yourself, “Am I maintaining my peace while doing this?”

 

Silence speaks a thousand words. 

 

When you choose to forgive those who have hurt you, you take away their power.

  

The wounds of honour are self-inflicted.

  

Clean up the people around you who seem to have a problem for every solution. Negative energy depletes our trust and confidence tanks.

 

I am yet to destroy a good relationship. It seems I’m only able to vanquish bad ones.

 

How much pain has cost us the evils which have never happened?

OPTIMIZATION QUOTES

 52 - Optimization

“It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer.”

William Of Occam

 

“Expensive words mask imprecision. A clear writing derives from clear thinking. Think simple. “

Tim Ferris

 

“If I had more time I would have written you a shorter letter.”

Blaise Pascal

  

“When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles (generally three to twelve of them) that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various combinations of the core principles.”

John T. Reed

 

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

James Taylor

 

“The things that get schedule are the things that get done.”

Robin Sharma 

 

“Lack of time is, in fact, lack of priorities”

Tim Ferris

  

“The person who chases two rabbits catches neither.”

Confucius

 

“When you spend your time and precious mental energy focusing on the meat, you have no time to waste on the fat.”

Robin Sharma

  

The way to be successful is to learn how to do things right, then do them the same way every time.”

Pat Riley

 

“The best time to plant a tree was forty years ago. The second best time is today.”
Divea

 

“Talk to those who can make you better than you are.”

Seneca

 

“Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you higher.”

Oprah

  

“If something isn’t help you to be stronger, then it is weakening you.”

Tim Ferris

 

“Silence is the place productive people go to think.”

Robin Sharma

 

“The man who grasps principles can successfully handle his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”

Woodrow Wilson

  

“Taking out the bad does not create the good. It just leaves a vacuum.”

Tim Ferris

 

“The potential you don’t express today turns into pain tomorrow”.

Robin Sharma

 

“Did we not know that the human mind seldom arrives at truth upon any subject till it has first reached the extremity of error.”

Benjamin Rush

 

Regardless of the fucked up acts of others, we have to reach within ourselves and grow.”

Tim Ferriss

 

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”

Theodore Roosevelt

  

“You have to take a look in the mirror and say – how can I get better? – All players think is somebody else’s fault. But when you’re a great player, your job is to make the lesser players better.”

Charles Barkley

 

“If nothing comes into my head (while improvising), I just start playing. I start to play a scale. I start to play something. And as I play, I know something is going to come to me”.

Robert Levin

 

“Practice is not what a person does when it becomes good at something, but what it does TO become good at something.”

Malcom Gladwell

 

“Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control. They come to see themselves as in control of their success. Emphasizing natural intelligence takes it out of the child’s control, and it provides no good recipe for responding to a failure.”

Carol Dweck

 

“We discovered that those who think that innate intelligence is the key to success begin to discount the importance of effort. I am smart, the kids’ reasoning goes; I don’t need to put out effort. Expending effort becomes stigmatized. It’s public proof that you can’t cut it on your natural gifts.”

Carol Dweck

  

“A person who grows up getting too frequent rewards will not have persistence, because they’ll quit when the rewards disappear.”

Robert Cloninger

  

Replace “more work” to “work smarter.”

 

Learn to say “No”.

 

If it’s not important, don’t waste time on it.

 

 Let the little bad things happen and look for great things to materialize.

 

A lot of missteps were undertaken by doing nothing.

  

Extremism in the pursuit of excellence is not a vice.

  

Confidence is what turns thoughts into action.

 

Confidence is a belief in one’s ability to succeed.

 

Ambition mistakes come from a decision to act. But the mistake of indolence implies doing nothing, i.e., refuse to change a bad situation for fear.

  

You can either choose to be creating or to be consuming.

  

High levels of self-confidence can be a result of “Dunning-Kruger Effect” which essentially means you can’t recognize your own ignorance.

  

Spaced practice = smaller number of repetitions spaced several times through the course of a day, week or month.

 

Interleaved practice = Re-order your topics and subjects in a random fashion. This way you’ll prevent yourself from boredom and continuously trigger your brain to new things.

  

Varied practice = multiple variations of the same exercise, whether in time, speed, rhythm, posture, fingering or anything it comes to mind.

 

Visualization helps you get better, faster. Visualize your fingers, scale patterns, phrasing, articulation, melodies, transcriptions and ideas of your own.

 

Mindful practice: When playing your instrument apply deliberate attention to every detail: your breathing, the fingers, the strings, the soles of your feet, the sound of the wood… literally everything!

  

Eliminate every possible source of disruption from your practice sessions: phone calls, texting, messaging, Facebook, shopping lists… Oh, and your ego, also!

 

Reverse the fallacy that stands for “If I work hard I’ll be successful and then I’ll be happy”. The truth is that if you grow stronger to be happy you will be successful and that will make you want to work harder!

 

Focus on being productive and not on being busy.

 

EFFICIENCY = Acting on what bring us closer to our goals.

  

PARETO’S LAW (Law 80/20), 80% of results come from 20% of effort and time.

 

PARKINSON’S LAW:

  1. A) The less time you have to accomplish a task, the less time is wasted and higher concentration will flow to important things.
  2. B) Higher shortage of time is equivalent to greater objectivity, which increases productivity.
  3. C) The higher the shortage of time, the less waste of concentration.

 

Shorten your working time to narrow tasks to its fundamentals.

  

TIME is wasted in proportion to the amount available.

 

Divided attention for several simultaneous activities causes more frequent interruptions, fatigue and lapses in concentration.

 

More information equals less attention. Make sure you’re on an “information diet” (= Cultivate selective ignorance).

 

GROUP WORK – be sure that people around you stay focused instead of socialize, complain or ramble.

 

Use “DO NOT DISTURB” signs when at work.

 

Be objective. Say NO!

 

Being efficient does not mean being serious all the time.

 

More options lead to more indecision.

  

Think about your goals. Without them, your mind will create problems to solve.

 

Keep building your strengths and relax on your weaknesses.

 

GO TO THE POINT in order to MAKE THINGS DONE.

  

Being busy does not equals being productive.

  

Brain exercises are a must: Speed, memory, attention, flexibility and problem solving.

 

Your brain gets bigger, like a muscle, when it gets to think about something hard.

  

Set rituals. Don’t rely on willpower. Rely on those rituals.

  

The quality of your practice determines the calibre of your performance.

  

Good praise: “I like how you keep trying.”

  

To be effective, praise needs to be specific and sincere.

  

You remember things that ignite your imagination.

 

“Self-regulation” is the process that the most effective practitioners do to make sure they’re not being inefficient and simply banging their heads against a wall.

 

KAIZEN = Japanese word meaning constant and never-ending improvement.

  

Failing to plan is planning to fail. 

 

One day you’ll wish you had started sooner.

SOCIAL INTERACTIONS  QUOTES

 

51 - Social Interactions

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

Socrates

 

“We don’t have to defend what we know. Others opinions can never affect us in that way. We only feel the need to defend what we’re desperately trying to believe”

Noah Elkrief

  

You don’t get frustrated because of events; you get frustrated because of your beliefs.

Albert Ellis

 

“When you demand people to act a certain way, you threaten their autonomy, and so they naturally resist. When you let them arrive at a solution on their own (or with gentle guiding) they’re more likely to comply.”

Chris Voss

  

Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it

Naomi Wolf

 

“Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy”.

Isaac Newton

 

“Critics generally criticize the work they most wish they did.”

Robin Sharma

 

“What are they hearing that I am not hearing?”

Martin Taylor

 

“Some people’s idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like but if someone says anything back, that is an outrage.”

Winston Churchill

 

“Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.”

Norman Vincent Peale 

 

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

Charles Bukowski

  

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

Isaac Newton

 

“I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.”

Isaac Newton

 

“In true friendship, one can express anything and everything without feeling ashamed or afraid of being rejected”

Aparna Chatterjee

 

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.

Carl Jung

 

(Being a good teammate) “Is all about ENGAGEMENT. You start paying attention to what the other person needs and wants.”

Kenny Smith

 

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

Sonny Carroll

  

All that gifted children need is a community around to prepare them for the world. The lesson is simple. However, it is striking how often we ignore it. The myths of the best and brightest and self-made man say that to get the maximum human potential, just identify the most promising people. We look at Bill Gates and say, in a spirit of self-congratulation: “Our world allowed that 13 year teenager to become a tremendously successful entrepreneur.” But that’s the wrong lesson. The world only let a 13 years old person to access a time-sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had received a similar opportunity, how many other Microsofts exist today? When we misunderstand or ignore the real lessons of success, talents are wasted. If Canada created a second hockey league for children born in the second half of the year, the adult stars in this sport would double. Now multiply this lost potential for every field and profession. The world would be much richer than this where we settle.

Malcom Gladwell

  

Marita doesn’t need a brand new school, with sparkling facilities and a multitude of sports courts. She doesn’t need a laptop, a smaller class, a teacher with a Ph.D. or a bigger apartment. Also, doesn’t need a higher IQ or a mind as agile as Chris Langan. All these things would be great, of course. But none of it reaches the heart of the matter. Marita just needs a chance, because people in her world rarely get even a single opportunity to succeed in life. And look at what was given to her: someone took a little bit of rice fields to the South Bronx and explained to her the miracle of meaningful work.

Malcom Gladwell

 

  1. The Mastery-Approach: “It is important for me to perform as well as I can.”
  2. The Mastery-Avoidance: “I worry that I may not perform as well as I can.”
  3. The Performance-Approach: “It is important for me to do well compared to others.”
  4. The Performance-Avoidance: “I just want to avoid doing worse than others.

 

When children perceive that success is dependent on how they stack up relative to others, they worry about not being able to live up to these expectations. After all, they have no control over how others will perform, so this just adds to the uncertainty and stress of the situation. Performing up to their own abilities may not be a sure thing either, but at least it is more in their control.”

Noah Kageyama

 

Project Aristotle is a reminder that when companies try to optimize everything, it’s sometimes easy to forget that success is often built on experiences — like emotional interactions and complicated conversations and discussions of who we want to be and how our teammates make us feel — that can’t really be optimized.

 

How to give feedback without crushing someone’s confidence (Part I):

I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them (i.e. criticism + high standards + assurance of ability).

  

How to giving feedback without crushing someone’s confidence (Part II):

I’m being critical because I have high standards” and “I’m holding you to these standards, even though they are challenging, because I believe that you have the potential to reach that level of excellence.” Doesn’t this feel more empowering?

  

If a resolution is not reached, you can both walk away knowing why you failed to compromise—you are being true to your individual values, and you simply haven’t found a way to make them intersect—for now.

 

When people are inadvertently hurtful, calling them on their behaviour will give them a chance to change their ways and to make amends.

  

Usually hardworking people get the most criticism.

 

Distance doesn’t ruin relationships. Doubt does.

  

In the best teams, members listen to one another and show sensitivity to feelings and needs.

  

Stop trying to impress people you don’t love.

 

If people try to bring you down it just means you’re already above them.

  

Kill them with kindness

 

Most of the times, aggression will drive your enemy to do something that you are trying to prevent.

 

When we deny people’s feelings, the logical parts of their brain literally shut down.

  

When a person can’t handle who you are, dumping you is really a sign that they know that they won’t be able to interact with you in the dysfunctional way they’d like to.

 

When people are deliberately hurtful or just don’t care, confronting them will bring out defensiveness or hostility, thereby revealing their true nature.

  

What has changed is that solidarity disappeared. When anyone was harassed, they got help from others, or at least their testimony. Nowadays they are alone before the harasser. This is particularly difficult to bear. Besides the fact of being harmed, they feel their friends’ betrayal. They suddenly discovered that their working friends are cowards who refuse to testify the damage. They start to avoid the harmed one and no longer want to talk to them. This is where it becomes difficult to get out of the well, especially for those who like their work and for the most professionally involved.

  

Listen to what your friends tell you because they can (and will always) tell you the things you don’t want to tell yourself.

  

A well-known principle of human behaviour says that when we ask someone to do us a favour we will be more successful if we provide a reason. People simply like to have reasons for what they do.” – The key word is “do this BECAUSE…

 

Getting together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

 

Transparency leaves less room for imagination that can easily create unnecessary drama.

  

Happiness is partly a choice to accept what you can’t control and take control of what you can. You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can always control your response to what happens to you. 

 

Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it.

  

“Potential Vs. Product” AND “Prodigy Vs. Hard Work”

People tend to look at a Prodigy as a continuous Potential (a.k.a: a Product to be); and Product as the result of Hard Work.

Actually, a Prodigy has already spent a lot of (unnoticed) Hard Work into his/her craft. In our minds eyes, the Prodigy is closer to an already final Product then the actual Hard Worker. He passed the Potential stage. And continuous Hard Work rings out in our psychological memory has a Potential unfinished product.

So, “Potential is to Hard Work” as “Prodigy is to Product.”

Also, from the psychological point of view, a Prodigy (like, let’s say, Michael Jordan) is more likely to be admired (instead of envied) since the distance he is from common people doesn’t allow us to relate to his achievements or abilities.

In the end, Hard Work builds Potential into a Product that we will, eventually, call Prodigy, the state of easiness that comes from mastering our craft.

 

CONSCIOUSNESS QUOTES

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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.”

Osho

  

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.”

Confucius

 

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.”

Goethe

 

“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.”

Pythagoras

 

“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.”

Suzuki

  

“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.”

Epictetus 

 

“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. 

HUMOR QUOTES

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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

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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

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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!

For more on the subject check Robin Sharma

V – Time as your most precious commodity

Close-Up Of Stop Watch

Remind yourself of your own mortality and the importance of living full, productive days while advancing your purposes. Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return. Time mastery is life mastery!

Learn to use time masterfully. Productive people are highly efficient with their time. Time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do and that are truly meaningful to you. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Guard time well. Remember, it’s a non-renewable resource.

To live in balance you must plan your week and manage your time creatively. Failing to plan is planning to fail:

  1. Take a moment before sleep to plan the next day.
  2. Take a Sunday hour to organize your entire week.
  3. Include your Goals (personal, social, spiritual, etc.) into your schedule.

Have the discipline to focus your time around your priorities. The most meaningful things in your life should never be sacrificed to those that are the least meaningful.

Being busy is no excuse. The real question is “what are you so busy about?”

Pareto’s Law states that 80% of the results you achieve in your life come from only 20% of the activities that occupy your time. Start focusing on your “high-impact” activities, those 20% of what you do that actually will have an influence on the quality of your life. Enlightened people are priority driven. This is the secret of time mastery.

Don’t let others steal your time. Be wary of time thieves. Learn to say no. Having the courage to say no to the little things in life will give you the power to say yes to the big things. The more you value your own time, the more respect you get from other people.

Regarding procrastination, remember that the most productive people in this world have cultivated the habit of doing the things that less productive people don’t like doing, even though they too might not like doing them.

Live a simple life. Don’t hurry or frenzy your pace. Look at nature’s easiness and naturalness. Never sacrifice accomplishments for peace of mind. And enjoy taking a nap in the afternoon, it will rejuvenate, refresh and energize your spirit.

Finally, stop acting like you have five hundred years to live… One day you will wish you had started a little sooner. Don’t waste a single grain of sand from your glass watch! “The best time to plant a tree was forty years ago. The second best time is today.” (Divea)

Start focusing on all the meaningful things that you have been putting off, and stop squandering time on all those petty things that have dragged you down into the quagmire of crisis and chaos.

Act as if failure is impossible, and your success will be assured. Wipe out every thought of not achieving your objectives. Be brave, and set no limits on the workings of your imagination. Never be a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.

Listen to your conscience. Let it guide you. It knows what is right. It will tell you that your calling in life is ultimately selfless service to others in some form or another.

Time’s up! For now 😉 See you next week.

For more on the subject check http://www.robinsharma.com

IV – The Power Of Discipline

45 - Wire Cable

The virtue of self-discipline is like a wire cable. It consists of many thin, tiny wires placed one on top of the other. Alone, each one is flimsy and weak. But, together, their sum is much greater than their constituent parts and the cable becomes tougher than iron.

Self-control and willpower are similar to this. To build a will of iron, it is essential to take small, tiny acts in tribute to the virtue of personal discipline. Routinely performed, the little acts pile one on top of another to eventually produce an abundance of inner strength.

Self-discipline will provide you with the mental reserves required to persevere when life throws you one of its little curves. Building self-control and discipline into your life will also bring you a tremendous sense of freedom.

Too many people are slaves to their impulses. They have grown reactive rather than proactive. But real freedom is to see the forest beyond the trees; the freedom to choose what is right over what seems pressing. Stop being a slave to your weaker impulses. Stop doing what everyone else tells you should be doing.

How to build discipline?

1 – Willpower: inspires you to do what is right in any given moment. It gives you the energy to act with courage. It gives you the control to live the life you have imagined rather than accepting the life that you have.

Lack of will power is a dangerous thing. Those who have a vicious temper will tell you, “I can’t help it, my father was the same way.” Those who worry too much will tell you, “It’s not my fault, my job is too stressful.” Those who sleep too much will say, “What can I do? My body needs ten hours of sleep a night.”

Through cultivating willpower, you have the power to be more than your environment. Similarly, you have the capacity to be more than a prisoner of your past. To do this, you must become the master of your will.

2 – Self-control (=mind control): Control every thought that you think. Developed the ability to discard all weak thoughts and focus only on those that are positive and good. Instead of being a slave to your habits, challenge them with more powerful thoughts. Eventually, weaker thoughts will see that they are unwanted and leave like visitors who know they are not welcome. If you don’t take the time to start controlling your thoughts, they will control you.

Here’s a Mantra for discipline:

“I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.”

And here’s some exercises for discipline:

  1. Start doing the things you don’t like doing. By getting into the habit of exerting your will, you will cease to be a slave to your weaker impulses.
  2. Take a vow of silence. Go an entire day without speaking, except in response to a direct question.
  3. Build Momentum. Start off small. Small victories excite you to take larger steps along the path to your highest self.

Decide to do the things you know you should be doing rather than walking the path of least resistance. Start to fight the gravitational force of your bad habits and weaker impulses just as a rocket rises above the force of gravity to enter the realm of the heavens. Push yourself. Keep setting the mark higher and raising your standards continuously.

For more on the subject check “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”