"Picasso had a saying: ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas…I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world."
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
"[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
— Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.
"My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people."
— Interview with 60 Minutes, 2003
I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
Love is the answer to all questions dear ones. Love poured through any situation will begin to heal it. Do not allow illusion to persuade you that you are any less a human than you are and equally do not allow illusion to persuade you that you are above any other human. Humans were created equally and will ascend equally. Many will reach out to others to give them truth when in essence they need to search and find their own truth. Remember this dear ones, you do not help a human who merely asks for a truth to be enlightened. Enlightenment comes from your own search for truth that means your own journey into your heart. To circumvent this does not help another human, it furthers the illusion that they are not equal to the rest of the human race. This is not truth dear ones. Do not allow illusion to help you spread that message for it is not a message of love to give someone your truth. The message of love is to give someone the tools to find their own truth. That is love. No other human can live the life you have been given this life experience so why would your truth be equal to their truth? You are not they and they are not you, do our words resonate with you dear ones?
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The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson says: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” What is ‘too scary’ to write about? Try doing it now.
None of the things that would be too scary to write came across. But, there was 1 thing I was too scared to do: I was supposed to write a letter to my friend, tell him about my situation, and basically, tell him that the status of our relationship is changing from friends with benefits, to friends, or none at all.
Now I did it. I wrote that e-mail finally! I feel relieved! It took me 3 months!!!
What was I waiting for? What was I afraid of?!?! Stupid! I mean… this just shows how I am capable to let the time past. To linger. Avoid doing things that are awkward or inconvenient.
What was I afraid of? letting go of the “security” of our relationship? What security? We are miles apart. We never talk anymore.
What did I want to keep? The idea that I have somebody? “have”??? The idea that I can feel a void when I want to feel like I am in love… But I haven’t done that since the summer. He was no longer my joker card anyhow.
The idea that I have someone to meet up somewhere in Europe? But I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to meet with him, even though I wanted to go to Barcelona so badly!
No, the main reason is my laziness.
Habit of putting things off.
Like things are gonna get sorted out just by themselves?
This is the habit I want to get rid off. It’s no use to me.
There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?
Hm… this is really an interesting one… :)
to the one I was 5 years ago:
"Dear 28 year old I.,
I know this is the worst thing you could here but here it is, the truth, straight to your face: he is not the One. He’s just not. And yes, you will break up. Soon.
I’m sorry I had to be the one to tell you, but you were just to stubborn to read all the signs or to hear everyone else around you. You are just not compatible enough. He is beautiful. You are beautiful. But you are just not made for each other. I am sorry. Please get over him as soon as you can. Sooner you do it, sooner we will both have a chance to enjoy what awaits!
He still is one of the most beautiful people that you will meet in the years ahead. But he is not the only one. Believe me! There are man with the same inner beauty, that you can not see right now, but you will. There are. That’s one thing.
The other is… Please please please focus on loving yourself. This is the only thing that matters right now. Be persistent. Find a way. But just do!
And yes, whatever you do… I will still love you…
Your wiser self.
"Dear 38 year old I. ,
I hope by now you have discovered what it is that you truly like to do. Please give me a hint if you did. Please help me avoid all the stumbling and indecisiveness.
What’s that thing people have always commented on about you – since you were a kid?
What’s that quality that everyone find so annoying about you because you do it so well?
What is it that you do that no one else can do the way you can?
What compliments make you light up like a Christmas tree?
How do you most enjoy helping others?
When people tell you what you “should” do, what is the thing they’re trying to get you to NOT do? For example, my Mom wanted me to get a degree in music education instead of becoming a rock star. (“Something to fall back on” she said.)
Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.
A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” - Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.
Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.
The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?
Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.
Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual “always something better” spiral?
If we live truly, we shall see truly. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?
1. weekend in Berlin: a taste of contemporary art scene of Europe
2. a week in NYC: a taste of the City and it’s beat
3. a month or 2 in South America: the nature and the people
That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? … Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Identify one of your biggest challenges at the moment (ie I don’t feel passionate about my work) and turn it into a question (ie How can I do work I’m passionate about?) Write it on a post-it and put it up on your bathroom mirror or the back of your front door. After 48-hours, journal what answers came up for you and be sure to evaluate them.
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,Self-Reliance
The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?