“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Learning means letting go of yesterday’s identity.
Let others try to hold us to who they think we are. Who we genuinely may have been for a moment. It’s up to us to decide who we are in the present.
Resisting change makes life difficult.
Action is change.
We bound ourselves with lists of what’s good about inaction. Focusing on what’s bad about taking action.
These lists aren’t wrong, yet incomplete.
List the downsides of inaction. See the upsides of action frees us. Make for a simpler life.
“This is your life now. This is not school. There is no assignment that you are supposed to be turning in. You are supposed to set the curriculum yourself." Mike Steib
“This is your life now. This is not school. There is no assignment that you are supposed to be turning in. You are supposed to set the curriculum yourself. "That’s a big change a lot of people don’t make. "In your school, you’re told: this is your assignment. Turn it in by this date. If you do what was asked, you get an A. Life doesn’t give out As. You have to have your own plan that you are executing. And executing well. "It will often not make sense to other people. By definition, you have to do things that ... Read more
"Upholders value self-command and performance. Questioners value justification and purpose. Obligers value teamwork and duty. Rebels value freedom and self-identity." Gretchen Rubin, The Four Tendencies “The happiest, healthiest, most productive people aren’t those from a particular Tendency, but rather they’re the people who have figured out how to harness the strengths of their Tendency, counteract the weaknesses, and build the lives that work for them.” Gretchen Rubin, The Four Tendencies — Revelations on myself I got from the book The Four Tendencies on the second listen through: Questions are often heard as belligerent, hostile, or annoying. Even when they’re not ... Read more