"…the most important trait of survivors is a “nonself-conscious individualism,” or a strongly directed purpose that is not self-seeking. People who have that quality are bent on doing their best in all circumstances, yet they are not concerned primarily with advancing their own interests. Because they are intrinsically motivated in their actions, they are not easily disturbed by external threats. With enough psychic energy free to observe and analyze their surroundings objectively, they have a better chance of discovering in them new opportunities for action."

– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

On desire and success.

Tree Of Desire [Explored #136]

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. -Plato

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream… -Annon

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained… -William Blake

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your fullest potential, these are teh keys to unlock the door to personal excellence. - Confucious  

Perhaps focus comes not just from tapping into reserves of self-control, self-denial, and will power, but rather from possessing a clear and compelling desire that triumphs over all other desires. The key is more desire, not less of it. Tenacity and persistence are not the product of an emotionless reckoning of ‘desired states’, but the purest form of desire itself. - James Shelley

Life hit list.

Laugh. 

Explore.

Observe.

Listen to your life.

Doubt your doubts.

Challenge the impossible. 

Scream if you need to. 

Ask smarter questions.

Take bigger risks. 

Give it all away.

Learn to receive. 

Say “Thank you.” 

Say “I don’t know.”

Know nothing is forever.

Know you are good enough.

Know you are loved. 

Say “I am loved!” 

Feel love.

Feel it all.

"Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours."

Dale Carnegie

We made it!

Everything you are Everything you were Everything you’ve been Is not everything you’ll be We’re really all the stars that burst In the universe Of our alienation 

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

– Gospel of Thomas

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, do it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

– Goethe

"When the buses open, I get asked where I get my inspiration from…and that seems like such a redundant question when you’re alive to be asked that because there’s so much going on everywhere! There’s so many things to react to. Just…just…life’s inspiring! You know you’ve got this chance to do stuff, to be creative…and experiment." 

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

– Leo Buscaglia

Getting unstuck.

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"All we have in life is our time. People struggle after success. They hunger for fame, fortune, and power. But in all of these things, the same question exists — what will you do with your time? How do you want to spend your days? As Annie Dillard reminds us, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.”

from Navigating Stuckness by Johnathan Harris

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"When I learn something new — and it happens every day — I feel a little more at home in this universe, a little more comfortable in the nest."

-Bill Moyers via BrainPickings

From Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

From Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

"Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice. To love someone is to put yourself in their place, we say, which is to put yourself in their story, or to figure out how to tell their story. Which means that a place is a story, and stories are geography, and empathy is first of all an act of imagination, a storyteller’s art, and then a way of traveling from here to there."

– Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby via lisbettmctague

Love this band.