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"Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Some of these pieces have never been seen; others have been read by millions of people around the world. Regardless, each will leave you thinking: This idea changed my life."--provided by publisher.

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

Over the past few years, Brianna West has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Some of these pieces have never been seen; others have been read by millions of people around the world. Regardless, each will leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.

Why You Should Read This Book

The notion that thoughts create reality is more than just a nice idea; it's also a fact of evolution. Many of the world's "best" people understood that to change their lives, they had to change their minds. If you consciously learn to regard the "problems" in your life as openings for you to adopt a greater understanding and then develop a better way of living, you will step out of the labyrinth of suffering and learn what it means to thrive.

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Moods are Created by Our Habitualness

Psychologist Robert Thayer argues that moods are created by our habitualness: how much we sleep, how frequently we move, what we think, how often we think it, and so on.

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People Come and Go

It’s interesting to think about how we make people who used to be everything into nothing again. How we learn to forget. How we force forgetting. What we put in place of them in the interim.

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Your Mindset Is Everything

Your Mindset Is Everything

Every essay in this book emphasizes the importance of your mindset. How you see the world around you, how you view and deal with your problems and what attitude you have towards life and yourself dictates how you feel and act - and ultimately the quality of your life and experiences.

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Problems Are Blessings

Problems Are Blessings

Your problem is never the actual problem. The main problem you have is the way you look at it and how you deal with it. Your problems show you, what you need to work on and once you climbed that mountain, you will be much stronger and understand why things happened the way they did. Challenges lead to growth.

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Your Anxiety Shows What's Important To You

Your Anxiety Shows What's Important To You

Have you ever been anxious about something you didn't care about? Probably not. You are only anxious about the things that matter to you. See your anxiety as an indicator for what is really important to you.

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The Psychology Of Daily Routine

The Psychology Of Daily Routine

The Psychology of Daily Routine discuses The value of taking control of your life through established routines.

  • “You must learn to let your conscious decisions dictate your day-not your fear or impulses”
  • ”An untamed mind is a minefield. With no regulation, focus, base or self control, anything can persuade you into thinking you want something that you don’t actually”

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BRIANNA WEST

“Learning to craft routine is the equivalent of learning to let your conscience guide choices about what your day will be about guide you, letting all the other, temporary crap fall to the wayside”

BRIANNA WEST

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BRIANNA WEST

” it doesn’t matter what the routine consists of, but how steady and safe your subconscious mind is made through repetitive motions and expected outcomes”

BRIANNA WEST

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There are three primary forms of happiness, the happiness of pleasure, the happiness of grace and the happiness of excellence. The happiness of pleasure is largely sensory like a hug, a good meal when hungry or the smell of air after it rains. The happiness of grace is gratitude, its basically like taking inventory of what you do have. The happiness of excellence is like falling in love with the hike, the meaningful work and its flow, this builds character."

ÉRIC GREITENS

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Nobody-not one of us-knows "what we are doing with our lives." We can summarise the big picture, not yet. We don't know what we'll be doing in 5 years from now, and pretending that we can predict that isn't being responsible or ambitious, its cutting ourselves off and living according to our inner navigation systems as aooped to the narrative we once thought would be right.

BRIANNA WIEST

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Lots and lots of red won't make the color blue. Lots of pleasure won't make you whole.

101 ESSAYS PG 44

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Mindset is important for living, change it for the good by only a little input on your emotional reactions and how to cope with them.

Things More Worth Thinking About Than Whatever’s Consuming You

  • The fact that self love sometimes is admitting you don’t like yourself. So you come up with steps to change the things you know you can do better.
  • The fact that you don’t need to be exceptionally beautiful, talented or successful to experience the things that make life profound: love, knowledge, community.
  • The ways you have sincerely failed and how you commit yourself to doing better, not only for yourself but for the people who love an rely on you.
  • What you could honestly be defined by at this point, based on your consistent actions and interactions, and if that’s what you really want.

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Behaviors That Are Keeping You From Having The Life You Want

  • You try to change other people: Most negative emotional reactions are you identifying an aspect of yourself, as the things you love about others are the things you love about yourself and the things you hate about others are the things you cannot see in yourself.
  • You are constantly trying to decide on what’s going to be best for you in the future and then going after it: but choosing what you want for the future is just recreating a solution/ideal of the past. Living in the moment is key, as it is the only thing your brain can actually comprehend.

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What The Feelings You Most Suppress Are Trying To Tell You

At the end of the day, the worst thing that could ever happen, is just a feeling. And suffering is just the refusal to accept what is, so healing is letting yourself feel.

Numbness is not feeling nothing, it is feeling everything at once and not having learned to process it yet. You have to learn to lean into them and see what they are trying to tell you.

The feelings you most suppress are the most important ways to guide yourself.

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BRIANNA WIEST

"past did not prevent you from achieving the life you want, it facilitated it. This doesn’t mean to disregard or gloss overpainful or traumatic events, but simply to be able to recallthem with acceptance and to be able to place you in the storyline of your personal evolution"

BRIANNA WIEST

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DARIUS FOROUX

"If you’re the same person you were a year ago, something is wrong. That means you didn’t grow."

DARIUS FOROUX

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DRIUS  FOROUX

"Fear is the enemy within that stops us from achieving our goals and dreams. We think that achieving greatness is for the select few. We think that people have been lucky. But that’s not the case. People who achieved their goals decided that they can.

DRIUS FOROUX

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BRIANNA WIEST

The things you love about others are the things you love about yourself. The things you hate about others are the things you cannot see in yourself.

BRIANNA WIEST

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BRIANNA WIEST

"The things you love about others are the things you love about yourself. The things you hate about others are the things you cannot see in yourself"

BRIANNA WIEST

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Once people surpass the point

at which they think people will judge and

ridicule them for their success (as opposed

to praise them for it), they promptly cut

themselves off, or at minimum severely

downplay/minimize it so as to keep them-

selves in good standing with those from

whom they desire approval. (It's ultimately

not that people value ego and material over

love, but that they think those things will

earn them love.)

BRIANNA WIEST

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BRIANNA WIEST

I believe that the root of the work of being human is learning how to think.

From this, we learn how to love, share, coexist, tolerate, give, create, and so on.

I believe the first and most important duty we have is to actualize the potential we were born with—both for ourselves and for the world.

BRIANNA WIEST

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