10 quotes to motivate you in 2019
Good quotes are powerful catalysts for positive actions.
- Quotes can be good reminders that we're not alone in our struggles.
- The most powerful quotes remind us that while failure is not optional, how we treat it is.
- Fail well and learn from it, the most successful figures remind us again and again.
Good quotes are adrenaline shots, catalysts for perspective, reminders that as locked into our own thoughts as we sometimes become, others are walking the path right along with us. I like quotes that remind me that being uncomfortable is an indicator growth is occurring, provided I institute the right mindset and actions to roll with the punches and come out the other end stronger.
A few quotes below remind us of the necessity of failing, but more importantly, of learning and growing from failure. Hopefully you gain enough perspective in the process to incentivize you not to repeat your mistakes and, in the words of Ray Dalio, to practice "radical open-mindedness." This means listening to opposing viewpoints and coming to well-rounded conclusions, something often lost in the social media age.
We live in a time of monologues, many untethered from shared reality. Yet our technologies afford us incredible opportunities to connect, provided we remember we're part of a larger conversation and not just a voice screaming into the void. Using our digital identities in such a way as to bring us closer to one another will be one great challenge in the coming generations.
Whatever you're aiming for, striving itself matters most. Results are quick and fleeting; the journey is where you'll spend most of your time. Fail often, fail well, succeed, and keep moving forward. Stagnation is no good in the blood or in the wild, and definitely not in our minds. Hopefully these tiny catalysts will motivate you for some epic marches ahead.
Extraordinary goals require extraordinary effort
If the pursuit of excellence was easy, everyone would do it. In fact, this impatience in dealing with frustration is the primary reason that most people fail to achieve their goals. Unreasonable expectations time wise, resulting in unnecessary frustration, due to a perceived feeling of failure. Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process.
Christopher Sommer, in an email to Tim Ferriss, published in Tools of Titans
The challenges you face will test and strengthen you. If you're not failing, you're not pushing your limits, and if you're not pushing your limits, you're not maximizing your potential.
Ray Dalio, Principles
And fail in new ways
When in doubt, work on the deficiencies you're most embarrassed by.
Tim Ferriss, Tools of Titans
Meaning behind it all
Purpose is a goal toward which we are always working. It is the forward-pointing arrow that motivates our behavior and serves as the organizing principle of our lives.
Emily Esfahani Smith, The Power of Meaning
Meaning means action
This quote needs context. There are many criticisms that we are too busy as it is. So much of that "busyness" is distraction and inattention. What McGonigal is hinting at is being busy with purpose.
People are happier when they are busier, even when forced to take on more than they would choose.
Kelly McGonigal, The Upside of Stress
More on attention
If you give your mind something meaningful to do throughout all your waking hours, you'll end the day more fulfilled, and begin the next one more relaxed, than if you instead allow your mind to bathe for hours in semiconscious and unstructured Web surfing.
Cal Newport, Deep Work
Get outside (without a device)
Many people nowadays live in a serious of interiors — home, car, gym, shops — disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
The wheel doesn't need reinventing
To do original work: It's not necessary to know something nobody else knows. It is necessary to believe something few other people believe.
Marc Andreessen on Twitter
Don't forget to play
The artist seeks the challenge, the difficult thing to do; for his basic approach to life is not of work but of play.
Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By
And don't take it all too seriously
On the way to love, the true conquest of hate, you must reach the haven of unshakable tolerance. First, you must come to the conclusion that anger and hate serve no useful purposes. Then you must deeply resolve to eliminate anger's ability to take control of you.
Robert Thurman, Inner Revolution
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Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
Research has shown that men today have less testosterone than they used to. What's happening?
- Several studies have confirmed that testosterone counts in men are lower than what they used to be just a few decades ago.
- While most men still have perfectly healthy testosterone levels, its reduction puts men at risk for many negative health outcomes.
- The cause of this drop in testosterone isn't entirely clear, but evidence suggests that it is a multifaceted result of modern, industrialized life.
Michael Dowling, Northwell Health's CEO, believes we're entering the age of smart medicine.
- The United States health care system has much room for improvement, and big tech may be laying the foundation for those improvements.
- Technological progress in medicine is coming from two fronts: medical technology and information technology.
- As information technology develops, patients will become active participants in their health care, and value-based care may become a reality.
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