Daily Learnings

I read books and articles often and I fear that the best quotes and clips from them just slip right through my fingers. I want to also start doing book reviews, but that’s another topic. I needed a place to collect quotes, tips and anything else that was distilled down to 1 or 2 lines.

I set up a Google Form that asks,

What did you learn or would like to remember?

I set up this form to be a bookmark on my Chrome browser bookmarks bar, so it’s always available. I also made it a widget shortcut on my phone’s home screen, so I can grab it from there too. The key here is to make it very, very easy to record things, otherwise I won’t do it.

I started doing this on January 3 and I’ve collected 46 things. Here they are:

“A man never steps in the same river twice. For he is not the same man and it’s not the same river.” — Heraclitus
“The sea gets deeper as you go deeper into it.” — Venetian Proverb
We are all investors; the currency at our disposal is time and energy.
You’re here to cross the swamp, not fight all the alligators.
“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to losing, for a very long time, of the shore.“ — Andre Gide
The practice of deep listening consists of keeping compassion alive in your heart the whole time you are listening. You do not listen in order to judge, criticize, or evaluate. You listen for one reason alone: to offer the other person a chance to express himself.
Argue like you’re right and listen like you’re wrong.
What makes the fire burns is the space between the logs. — Judy Brown
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” — Viktor Frankl
“On matters of style, swim with the current, but on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get.” — Ray Bradbury
“The modern stoic sage is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into information, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Sit sit, walk walk, don’t wobble. — Zen Proverb
A happy person is someone who can enjoy the scenery on the detour.
Stop searching for the right answers and start asking the right questions.
“Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.” — Stephen Covey
Cultivate a diligent approach towards ruthless prioritization.
When the student is ready, the teacher appears. — Zen proverb
“People and things play the role they need to play for us to become who we need to become.” — Tony Robbins
“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been.” — Marcus Aurelius
“It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” — Epictetus
“Don’t treat others the way you want to be treated, treat them the way they want to be treated.” — Chris Voss
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”- Jayson Gaignard
“If you have one ass you can’t sit on two horses” — Hungarian proverb
“The sea gets deeper as you go further into it.” — Venetian proverb
It’s not about what you know, it’s about what you do consistently. — Tony Robbins
“No life worthy of the name consists of anything more than the continual series of struggles to develop one’s character through the medium of whatever one has chosen as a career.” — Juan Belmont
“External things can’t fix internal issues.” — James Altucher
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
“Some people when they hear your story, contract. Others upon hearing your story, expand. And this is how you know” — Nayyirah Waheed
“Provided we have the right type of rigor, we need randomness, mess, adventures, uncertainty, self-discovery, near-traumatic episodes, all these things that make life worth living.” – Nicholas Nassim Taleb
It is our duty to ourselves, our loved ones, and the world at large to retain mindfulness when life challenges us with chaos, anger and indulgence.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Gandhi
“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” – Epictetus
“You shouldn’t give circumstances the power to rouse anger, for they don’t care at all.” – Marcus Aurelius.
You can only run your own race. Oprah
There are only two emotions, love and fear. Oprah
“You always get out of life exactly what you tolerate.” – Tony Robbins
You need to tolerate the little, bad things to get to the large, great things.
“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” – Albert Einstein
“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.” – Seneca
“In prosperity it is very easy to find a friend; but in adversity it is most difficult of all things.” – Epictetus
We can do more than we think we can. — Wim Hof
“The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your own two feet. Enjoy your problems.” — Shunryu Suzuki
“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” – Tim Ferriss
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius

I want to keep this up and review it periodically, or take one and reflect on it for awhile.  These things contain a lot of power, but not without periodic reflection.

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