Tools of Titans
An investment that produces a massive financial ROI but makes me a complete nervous mess, or causes insomnia and temper tantrums for a long period of time, is NOT a good investment.
“Ours is a culture where we wear our ability to get by on very little sleep as a kind of badge of honor that symbolizes work ethic, or toughness, or some other virtue—but really, it’s a total profound failure of priorities and of self-respect.”
“This should be a cardinal rule of the Internet (and of being human): If you don’t have the patience to read something, don’t have the hubris to comment on it.”
It doesn’t matter how small or big you start. If you want to be tougher, be tougher.
Life is a full-contact sport, and the black swans will come visiting sooner or later.
Perfectionism leads to procrastination, which leads to paralysis.
“I remember reading Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. That’s good fodder for a young man. It sets these bold, stark characters—you could even call them Christ figures—and you think to yourself, ‘I want to be that.’
We read about and admire the people who did things that were basically considered to be impossible. That’s what makes the world a better place to live.
“To blame someone for not understanding you fully is deeply unfair because, first of all, we don’t understand ourselves, and even if we do understand ourselves, we have such a hard time communicating ourselves to other people. Therefore, to be furious and enraged and bitter that people don’t get all of who we are is a really a cruel piece of immaturity.”
By preemptively using the language of a critic, I remove some of their potential weapons.
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” —Mark Twain.
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
“Robustness is when you care more about the few who like your work than the multitude who hates it (artists); fragility is when you care more about the few who hate your work than the multitude who loves it (politicians).”