Instead of pursuing many-sided mediocrity and calling it well-roundedness, a definite person determines the one best thing to do and then does it. Peter Thiel
It is impossible to enjoy a tennis game, a book, or a conversation unless attention is fully concentrated on the activity.
Few things are sadder than encountering a person who knows exactly what he should do, yet cannot muster enough energy to do it. He who desires but acts not," wrote Blake with his accustomed vigor, Breeds pestilence.
Competition is enjoyable only when it is a means to perfect one’s skills; when it becomes an end in itself, it ceases to be fun.
Any specialization or expertise that one finds enjoyable and where one can improve one’s knowledge over time. The important thing, however, is the attitude toward these disciplines. If one prays in order to be holy, or exercises to develop strong pectoral muscles, or learns to be knowledgeable, then a great deal of the benefit is lost. The important thing is to enjoy the activity for its own sake, and to know that what matters is not the result, but the control one is acquiring over one’s attention.
It is when we act freely, for the sake of the action itself rather than for ulterior motives, that we learn to become more than what we were.
Competition is enjoyable only when it is a means to perfect one’s skills; when it becomes an end in itself, it ceases to be fun. The key to flow is to pursue an activity for its own sake, not for the rewards it brings. Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
Whatever you are pushing against, you are stuck to.
Your power is a function of velocity, that is to say, your power is a function of the rate at which you translate intention into reality. Most of us disempower ourselves by finding a way to slow, impede, or make more complex than necessary the process of translating intention into reality.
What gives people superiority at a task is true intention. That makes you attuned to everything.
Consider that all accomplishment is constituted by a series of resolved breakdowns.
Opportunity: it's not really scarce. It's everywhere. If you really were any good, you'd be overwhelmed by it.
Just like the front and the back of the hand, being and action are distinct yet inseparable.
Success is never accidental. Werner Erhard
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
There is the silence of the mind which is never touched by any noise, by any thought or by the passing wind of experience. It is this silence that is innocent, and so endless.
When there is this silence of the mind action springs from it, and this action does not cause confusion or misery.
You cannot reconcile creativeness with technical achievement. You may be perfect in playing the piano, and not be creative. You may be able to handle color, to put paint on canvas most cleverly, and not be a creative painter...having lost the song, we pursue the singer. We learn from the singer the technique of song, but there is no song; and I say the song is essential, the joy of singing is essential.
When the joy is there, the technique can be built up from nothing; you will invent your own technique, you won't have to study elocution or style. When you have, you see, and the very seeing of beauty is an art.
You can only be afraid of what you think you know. Jiddu Krishnamurti
If you need inspiration, don't do it.
No, I don't ever give up. I'd have to be dead or completely incapacitated.
One of the really tough things is figuring out what questions to ask. Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy
If something is important enough, you should try even if the probable outcome is failure.
I don't create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done. Elon Musk
Action is the foundational key to all success.
What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.
You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.
Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do them.
My hand tells me what I’m thinking. Pablo Picasso
All really great things are happening
in slow and inconspicuous ways.
Anyone who is engaged in really important things is very simple because he does not have time to create unnecessary things.
Your actions should be determined not by the desire of the people around you, but by the needs of all mankind.
If you can see all of the consequences of your actions, then your actions are of no use.
If you feel that you are not free, look for the reason inside you. Leo Tolstoy
Act without expectation.
Do nothing through acting. Do everything through being.
You are -- your life, and nothing else.
Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.
The way to do is to be.
Let life ripen and then fall, force is not the way at all.
By letting go it all gets done.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
An affluent industrialist said to the Master, “What do you do for a profession?” “Nothing.” said the Master. The industrialist laughed scornfully. “Isn’t that laziness?” “Heavens, no. Laziness is mostly the vice of very active people.” Later the Master said to his disciples. “Do nothing and all things will be done through you. Doing nothing really takes a lot of doing — try it!” Anthony de Mello
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