Nuggets of Wisdom I Like

A monkey sitting on a rock at sunset, looking like its thinking deep thoughts.
Photo by Vivek Sharma on Unsplash

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

Acrasie

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


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