“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends, and spirit… and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls — family, health, friends, and spirit — are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same.”
If you want to live an exceptional and extraordinary life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of a normal one.
So, do you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret?
“To begin you must study the end. You don’t want to be the first to act, you want to be the last man standing.”
A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought — they must be earned.
Career success is not about finding the right solution to problems. It’s about finding the right problems to solve.
Don't compare yourself to others. Just make sure you're improving everyday. Compound interest is the most powerful thing in the universe.
Suffering is a moment of clarity, when you can no longer deny the truth of a situation and are forced into uncomfortable change. I’m lucky that I didn’t get everything I wanted in my life, or I’d be happy with my first good job, my college sweetheart, my college town. Being poor when young led to making money when old. Losing faith in my bosses and elders made me independent and an adult. Almost getting into the wrong marriage helped me recognize and enter the right one. Falling sick made me focus on my health. It goes on and on. Inside suffering is the seed of change.
Tribe of Mentors
Find three hobbies: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to keep you creative.
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Self-belief is immensely powerful. The most successful people I know believe in themselves almost to the point of delusion.