At the end of the day, we’re all humans. Tiny, flawed, limited humans.
No one can change the world alone — let alone in a day — so always remember there’s much more you don’t control than you do, and that’s both normal and okay.
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Intelligent people allow themselves to get bored too easily.
Everything worthwhile takes years of dedicated focus, but if you’re busy chasing new idea after new idea because hey, “you’re so good at everything,” you’ll never get the satisfaction of seeing something all the way through to the end.
The final and worst kind of self-sabotage is trying too hard to blend in.
Self-sabotage is sneaky but not impossible to sniff out and turn off.
No one wants to always be alone forever.
Smart people often feel misunderstood because they crave fewer but deeper connections.
Some people make themselves more of an outsider than they actually are — there’s always common ground to be found if you look for it, and for smart people, this is actually quite easy to do.
This “me-against-the-world” mentality leads to other, even more destructive behaviors.
The problem is if we consider happiness to be some complex product of many factors, in the long run, we’ll start valuing those factors over happiness itself.
As a smart person, you probably don’t believe in coincidence, and so, maybe, you should start believing in this: You can be smart, and you can be happy. Intelligence and happiness are not mutually exclusive, and it’s not a tradeoff either.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, and don’t give up until you’ve cracked your unique happiness puzzle.
Overthinking comes in endless flavors, but the three most common ones might be ruminating on the past, worrying about the future, and obsessing over solutions to present-day problems.
Unfortunately, there’s not as much need for it as you would like. This may be hard to accept, but once you do, you can focus on doing other things that’ll ultimately make you happier.
Most people do not get to spend their lives doing whatever it is they love .
Instead, they do what they are told they should do, or what their parents or town or friends or peers suggest that they do. Or they simply pursue nothing close to their heart at all.
But if you want to “do what you love,” you need to see that as a privilege, not an expectation.
The worst-case scenario thinking is troublesome because it causes the very problem we're trying to prevent - an unpleasant or difficult situation.
How often does a negative thought turn into catastrophic thinking? A spot on your face becomes a cancerous tumour. Your child not attending a specific school spirals into him not getting a good job. From just entertaining an idea, it quickly turns into a worst-case scenario.
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