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Inspiration is for amateurs

Thanks to Tim Ferris for this quote today:
“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will, through work, bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea’.” -Chuck Close, American artist who achieved fame as a photorealist through massive-scale portraits

Today is life

Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto -Dale Carnegie

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Respect the quiet

Can’t say amen to this enough.

Effective remote CEOs understand how quality work happens: People need quiet, uninterrupted time to get things done. That’s how people get into a state of “flow,” which is crucial to thinking creatively or building something from scratch -Claire Lew

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Ideas are mostly worthless on their own

Ideas are pretty useless in and of themselves. Everyone has ideas! I have to repress a cringe whenever someone says to an author, “I have a great idea for a book—say, maybe you could write it!” as though writing the book were a formality, and what was really needed was someone to come in and supervise with great Ideas.

— David W Brown



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Confession Time

One of my biggest personal problems is sitting back when it gets easy. I’ve never ever ever experienced anything good because of this personal habit. Just a reminder to myself as we start a new month to never be content. 

There’s more to do than can EVER be done and I can’t think of anything MORE exciting than that.

Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.

— Louis L’Amour US novelist of westerns (1908 – 1988)
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The luxury of being ordinary

Enriched by a singular event that is larger than life, I no longer have the luxury of being ordinary. To stand on the lunar surface and look back at our Earth creates such a personal sense of awe that even Alan Shepard wept at the view. Trying to exist within the paradox of being in this world after visiting another may be why some Moon voyagers tend to be reclusive.

— Eugene Cernan

Don’t aspire to mediocrity

Don’t be mediocre. Don’t aspire to mediocrity. Even if you fail, try to be awesome. At something. Anything. It doesn’t matter. Just try to be awesome. Try to do something as best you possibly can. Or better than anybody else. -Anthony Bourdain