Malcolm Gladwell “Outliers”

March 03, 2014

If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.


Ian Leslie

March 03, 2014

Montaigne tells a story about a philosopher advising a king. ‘What are you going to do now?’ asks the philosopher. ‘Conquer Italy,’ replies the king. ‘What are you going to do after that?’ asks the philosopher. ‘Conquer Africa.’ ‘And after that?’ ‘I’m going to conquer THE WORLD!’ ‘OK,” says the philosopher. ‘After the world is conquered, what then?’ ‘Then,’ says the king, ‘I will sit down and savour a good glass of wine.’ The philosopher says, ‘Well why don’t you just have that glass of wine now?’



McRaney

February 02, 2014

Pay attention to when the cart is getting before the horse. Notice when a painful initiation leads to irrational devotion, or when unsatisfying jobs start to seem worthwhile. Remind yourself pledges and promises have power, as do uniforms and parades. Remember in the absence of extrinsic rewards you will seek out or create intrinsic ones. Take into account [that] the higher the price you pay for your decisions the more you value them. See that ambivalence becomes certainty with time. Realize that lukewarm feelings become stronger once you commit to a group, club, or product. Be wary of the roles you play and the acts you put on, because you tend to fulfill the labels you accept. Above all, remember the more harm you cause, the more hate you feel. The more kindness you express, the more you come to love those you help.




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Jon Moy of Four Pin

November 11, 2013

I don’t understand people that freely admit to not caring about clothing. No one admits that they don’t care about food because you would sound like a f*cking psychopath. Just like eating food, YOU HAVE TO WEAR CLOTHES EVERY DAY WHETHER YOU WANT TO OR NOT. SH*T’S JUST ONE OF THE MANY QUIRKS OF MODERN SOCIETY. Why not make the most mundane part of your day the most radical?


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 David Brooks

October 10, 2013

Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.


 - Arthur Schopoenhauer

October 10, 2013

Taletn hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.