“Self-improvement và success occur together.

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But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the same thing”/3

“You are constantly bombarded with messages lớn give a fuck about everything, all the time.Give a fuck about a new TV.Give a fuck about having a better vacation than your coworkers.Give a fuck about buying that new lawn ornament.Give a fuck about having the right kind of selfie stick.Why? My guess: because giving a fuck about more stuff is good for business.”/5

“We have so much fucking stuff và so many opportunities that we don’t even know what to give a fuck about anymore”/8

“The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience”/9

“If you find yourself consistently giving too many fucks about trivial shit that bothers you. Your ex-boyfriend’s new facebook picture, how quickly the batteries die in the TV remote, missing out on yet another two-for-one sale on hand sanitizer-Chances are you don’t have much going one in your life to lớn give a legitimate fuck about. Anh that’s your real problem. Not the hand sanitizer. Not the TV remote.”/18

“Life is essentially an endless series of problems, Mark” The panda told me. He sipped his drink và adjust the link pink umbrella. “The solution khổng lồ one problem is merely the creation of the next one”/30

“True happiness occurs only when you find the problem you enjoy having and enjoy solving”/32

“Everything comes with an inherent sacrifice-whatever makes us feel good will also inevitably make us feel bad. What we gain is also what we lose. What creates our positive experiences will define our negative experience”/36

“Values underlie everything we are và do. If what we value is unhelpful, if what we consider success/failure is poorly chosen, then everything based upon those values-the thoughts, the emotions, the day-to-day feelings-will all be out of whack”/72

“Why bởi they feel such a need lớn be rich in the first place? How vị they choosing lớn measure success/failure for themselves?”/73

“Because when you give better fucks, you get better problems.

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Và when you get better problems, you get a better life.”/89

“Do, or vị not; there is no ‘how’”/113

“The comedian Emo Philips once said, “I used khổng lồ think the human brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this””/123

“And it’s in these moments of insecurity, of deep despair, what we become susceptible to an insidious entitlement: believing that we deserve to cheat a little to lớn get our way, that other people deserve to be punished, that we deserve lớn take what we want, và sometimes violently”/134

“The more something threatens your identity, the more you will avoid it”/136

“When we let go of the stories we tell about ourselves, lớn ourselves, we không lấy phí ourselves up lớn actually act (and fail) và grow”/139

“The narrower & rarer the identity you choose for yourself, the more everything will seem lớn threaten you. For that reason, define yourself in the simplest and most ordinary ways possible”/140

“If it feels like you versus the world, chances are it’s really just you versus yourself”/146

“If every project I started failed, if every post I wrote went unread, I’d only be back exactly where I started. So why not try?”/148

“Instead of a broke và unemployed twenty-two-year-old with no experience, I’d be a broke & unemployed twenty-five-year-old with no experience. Who cares?”/149

If your metric for value “success by worldly standards” is “Buy a house and a nice car”, and you spend twenty years working your ass off to lớn achieve it, once it’s achieved the metric has nothing left lớn give you. Then say hello to your midlife crisis, because the problem that drives you your entire adult life was just taken away from you. There are no other opportunities lớn keep growing và improving, and yet it’s growth that generates happiness, not a long danh mục of arbitrary achievements./152

Don’t just sit there. Bởi something. The answers will follow./160

Action isn’t just the effect of motivation; it’s also the cause of it./160

“When you’ve never left your home country, the first country you visit inspires a massive perspective shift, because you have such a narrow experience base lớn draw on. But when you’ve been khổng lồ twenty countries, the twenty-first adds a little. And when you’ve been to fifty, the fifty-first adds even less.”/187

I said something like, “I’m sorry you died.” He laughed. I don’t really remember what his words were, but he said something like, “Why bởi you care that I’m dead when you’re still so afraid khổng lồ live?” I woke up crying./193

“When i came to lớn the startling realization that if there really is no reason to do anything, then there is also no reason khổng lồ not vị anything; that in the face of the inevitability of death, there is no reason to ever give in khổng lồ one’s fear or embarrassment or shame, since it’s all just a bunch of nothing anyway.”/194

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”/204