• There is a realization from which all potential personal growth emerges. This is the realization that you are responsible for everything you do in your life, no matter the external circumstances.

    — William James

  • When you have money, it’s always smart to diversify your investments. That way if one of them goes south, you don’t lose everything. It’s also smart to diversify your identity, to invest your self-esteem and what you care about into a variety of different areas — business, social life, relationships, philanthropy, athletics — so that when one goes south, you’re not completely screwed over and emotionally wrecked.

    — Tim Ferriss

  • If our Thinking Mind starts obsessing about reaching level 30 in Diablo or the last episode of Mad Men, our Observing Mind is helpless to reign it in. The same goes for emotions. And that’s actually where most of our suffering comes from – not from the negative emotions themselves, but from the fact that we’re helpless from getting sucked into the negative emotions.

    Mark Manson — Your Two Minds

  • “Simplicity is what happens when you make things clearer, faster, and more accessible. Minimalism is the illusion of simplicity, mostly achieved by doing the opposite.”

    — Unknown

  • The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning.  The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. … The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.  This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.

    — Tasio Orate

  • “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

    — Confucius

  • “The bad news is that time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

    — Michael Altshuler

  • “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”

    — William Arthur Ward

  • “The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.”

    — Winston Churchill

  • “Remember, more is not better… better is better.”

    — Joshua Becker