Reading prepares your mind, even helps you avoid foolish mistakes, but at the end of it all there must be the result of some action: a failure, maybe a success, or a lesson.
The purpose of education is to internalize knowledge but ultimately spark action and facilitate wiser decisions. Reading self-help books will, in that moment, make you feel inspired for a change. But are you following your principles when you have a troll, rude customer, or angry stranger in your face?
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Etymologically, “procrastination” is derived from the Latin verb procrastinare — to put off until tomorrow. But it’s more than just voluntarily delaying.
“It’s self-harm,” said Dr. Piers Steel, a professor of motivational psychology at the University of Calgary
I realize that everyday truly is an opportunity to improve, to learn to honestly appreciate what we are capable of achieving and how we are very responsible for the quality of our lives.
This makes our self-respect, work ethic, generosity, self-awareness, attention, and growth evermore important. The last thing any of us wants to do is die with regret, hence why following principles of Stoicism puts your life into perspective. It humbles you and should also deeply motivate you.
Whatever you do—create apps, draw portraits, write books, or make animation films—there are individuals that you can learn from. You can study their story, works, techniques, successes and failures.
What’s important to realize is that this isn’t an exercise of comparison.
How can you learn from your heroes? How are their teachings and principles helping you grow, learn, and create?
Everyone, no matter how successful they are, has heroes/mentors to look towards.
“Why, exactly, am I feeling this way?” Get to the bottom of that. Investigate it. Dissect it.
When you feel resistance, use that as a cue to go forward. The challenge, of course, is training yourself to think that way.
This isn’t about talent or some unconscious reflex. The practice of self-awareness—to think about your thinking—in how you think, feel, and behave is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes.
To be present as well as learning to be alone is a habit. Some people are really good at it because they make time to do it.
Take a few deep breathes, put your phone on vibrate so there’s no chance of interruption, and just reflect on the series of events that took place throughout your day.
Let your mind focus on the task at hand, what you’re trying to accomplish, and do it with diligence, patience, and care. Sooner, you’ll realize how much of an asset this is to your overall quality of life.
It is not outside forces that make us feel something, it is what we tell ourselves that create our feelings.
Many of us want to place blame and responsibility on external objects because it’s easy to do, but the truth remains that all conflicts start internally, in our minds.
The next time you run into an obstacle and feel resistance, don’t look at what’s around you. Instead, look within.
People who do excellent work, who master their craft, do so because of their ability to prioritize. They honor every hour of their day.
Although little breaks throughout our days are okay, we must be mindful of how we interact with our distractions (or is that addictions?).
A lot of spectating and flicking our finger on Guerrilla Glass is time that could be spent creating the stuff that people want to see.
Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.
You can spend months or even years on a project, only to watch it be criticized, or worse, ignored.
That’s what failure feels like when you share a part of you. But recovering from that failure is a practice, a mindset—in fact, the lessons that I internalized from that experience is helping me do better work. The thinking goes:
No failure, no growth.
Time is the most precious resource. Death gives a sense of urgency, as any moment could be your last. It humbles you and should also deeply motivate you to not spend your time thoughtlessly.
Every moment is an opportunity to improve, and to appreciate your capabilities and responsibility to do so.
"The world is a narrow bridge and the important thing is to not be afraid" - Hebrew prayer.
The world we live in is uncertain and full of risks and it's easy to get scared and look down instead of looking forward. But if you peer over to the side of the bridge, you lose the motivation to continue, you freeze up and stop making good decisions.
Stoicism is made up of conflicting writings, especially around God, determinism vs free will, happiness vs avoidance of pain etc. Today most Stoic fans are practicing a cafeteria approach: picking up the few useful bits, modifying others, discarding the rest.
But it’s important to know that this is what we’re doing. Because to the extent that we’re taking this approach, we’re not practicing Stoicism. We are abandoning it and relying implicitly on different (and often unidentified) philosophic ideas.
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