I’m a big fan of good advice, motivational content, self-help books and the likes.
Here’s a little collection of wisdom nuggets I want to keep. Some of it is paraphrased.
Action cures fear
- David J. Schwartz
Mathieu Ricard introduced me to this French word.
It means: to know what’s best for yourself but not doing it for lack of self-control or willpower. Some easy examples: smoking, drinking, choosing the unhealthy food, not exercising, not meditating, etc… Aren’t we all guilty?
Motivation is like washing your armpits
I’ve noticed that people can be quite snobby about books like this. So-called ‘self-help’ books. They can be just as mocking of the people who read them or go to motivational talks.
Their main criticism of the kind of books and talks that motivate and inspire people is that the impact is often fleeting - that the effects of the book or talk don’t last.
My response is to say: of course it is fleeting, of course it is temporary. But so are the effects of washing your armpits - that’s why you should wash them every day!
- Bear Grylls
Overnight successes are usually years in the making
- Tom Clancy, Jeff Bezos and others
Sleep is like heroin; you’ll never feel like you’ve had enough. Just get up.
- unknown. (I think I read that as a YouTube comment somewhere 🤔)
Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to remove.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I found this quote particularly relevant when doing video editing.
We are a way for the universe to know itself.
- Carl Sagan
You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
- Jim Carrey
No matter what I do, I ask myself three questions: What do I want? Why do I want it? And how do I get it?
[…] know why you’re doing it. And know why it must be done. […] Because when it gets hard, when it gets tough, when your friends walk away from you, when your supporters forget you, when you don’t win your first race – if you don’t know why, you can’t try again.
- Stacey Abrams
If you have a problem and there is a solution, why worry? If you have a problem and there is no solution… why worry?
- The Dalaï Lama