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  • Wisdom lies in correctly discerning where we are free to mold reality to our desires and where we must accept the unaltered with tranquility.
    
    – Seneca
    by Alexander
  • Name your octopus. Hold it out, look at it, and put it down. Take a deep breath, and keep moving.
    by Alexander
  • Software engineer David Clarke on priorities:
    
    "20 years from now, the only people who will remember that you worked late are your kids." 
    by Alexander
  • High achievers push themselves through the discomfort and discontent rather than trying to escape it with distraction.
    by Alexander
  • Humans may be wired to pursue happiness, but we’re not too well equipped to experience it.
    by Alexander
  • Painter Vincent Van Gogh on pushing yourself:
    
    "I am always doing what I can't do yet in order to learn how to do it." 
    by Alexander
  • Don't wait to start writing until you have something to say. Start writing so you can find out what you have to say.
    
    You first idea is rarely your best idea. It can take a lot of reps before you discover something worth keeping.
    by Alexander
  • Elsewhereism is the urge to always seek a better elsewhere – whether that’s a different job, partner or continent. It’s what drives progress. But it can also lead to unhappiness. If someone is always looking for a better elsewhere, they are never appreciating the qualities of the here-and-now.
    by Alexander
  • hedonic treadmill: we’re always running toward what we think will make us happier, and always ending up back where we started.
    by Alexander
  • ‘It does allow people to escape from the oppressiveness of the “I”,’ says Seligman.
    by Alexander
  • "To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”.  - Napoleon Hill
    by Alexander
  • The point of wealth, after all, is optionality.
    by Alexander
  • “Be big enough to admit mistakes,
    smart enough to profit from them,
    strong enough to correct them.”
    -John C. Maxwell
    by Alexander
  • Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
    by Alexander
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
    
    — Mark Twain
    by Alexander
  • Happiness comes from contribution, not consumption.
    by Alexander
  •     “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” — Bette Davis 🥂
    
    
    by Alexander
  • i am building sandcastles for people who don't care
    by Alexander
  • Learn to let go, or be prepared to be dragged.
    by Alexander
  • The more we partake of each other’s presence, the more human we become, and remain.
    by Alexander
  • I love this description of addiction/compulsion: when you can’t get enough of the thing you don’t want.
    by Alexander
  • “Most people die at 25, we just don’t bury them until they’re 70.”
    by Alexander
  • “Multi-culture is the real culture of the world — a pure race doesn’t exist.”
    by Alexander
  • “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”
    
    — Richard P. Feynman
    by Alexander
  • Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
    by Alexander
  • Wherever your center lies, know it, name it, stick to it, and believe in it.
    by Alexander
  • being shy was merely thinking of oneself, rather than wanting to make other people happy.
    by Alexander
  • “The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ―Robert Greene, Mastery
    by Alexander
  • In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
    by Alexander
  • The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
    by Alexander