Two economic tragedies: 1. Refusing to acknowledge any forms of value that don’t make money. 2. Resenting markets for not rewarding all the things we value in terms of money.
Instead of pressuring yourself to discover and defend new dogmas, focus on exploring and experimenting with new mental models. Self-improvement is an adventure, not a religion.
Abundance doesn’t just mean “having a lot of things.” It means “having a lot of ways to think about things.”
In design thinking, there’s a process known as “Proof of Concept.” This is when you create a pilot version of a project in order gauge your idea against the feedback of some real world experience. This works not only for developing products, but also for developing your self.
You don’t have to be rich to start practicing the mindset. Generosity is the willingness to share what you have to offer with confidence that someone will be enriched even by your smallest contribution.
If everyone was inspired and irked by the same things as you, there wouldn’t be much of a need for you. You can despise the differences that exist between yourself and others OR you can embrace those differences as evidence for the existence of a unique contribution that you’re here to make.
There’s no mentor, teacher, coach, or professional contact who’s good enough to help you advance your life without your willingness to be receptive.
Never participate in a contest over who’s the most disadvantaged. Everyone loses in that scenario. If someone is fighting with you to achieve the status of “person with the hardest life,” let them win.
If you know you’re going to feel resentful because of an unmet expectation, translate your expectation into a request. Then proactively solicit the other party’s agreement.
“Meaning,” as in “I want a job that has meaning” or “I want a relationship that has meaning” isn’t a single nirvana experience you get to hold onto forever simply by finding the right job or the right partner.