Brainpickings put me onto this timeless wisdom from famous eccentric James T. Mangan’s 1936 book You Can Do Anything! 14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: PRACTICE Consider the knowledge you already have — the things you really know you can do. They are the things you have done over and over; practiced them so often that [...]
And so we became friends. This happened in October. The better I got to know Nagasawa, the stranger he seemed. I had met a lot of strange people in my day, but none as strange as Nagasawa. He was a far more voracious reader than I, but he made it a rule never to touch [...]
“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” — Via Chris Guillebeau I run a weekly digest of brain food. If you’re not reading it, you’re missing out.
And something very similar from the Talmud: Pay attention to your thoughts, because they become your words. Pay attention to your words, because they become actions. Pay attention to your actions, because they become habits. Pay attention to your habits, because they become your character. Pay attention to your character, because it is your fate. [...]
“Even if you don’t completely buy (Nassim’s) argument, it will lead you to questions.” Daniel Kahneman Listen to the entire conversation between Nassim Taleb & Daniel Kahneman at the New York Public Library (mp3). Why do people have such a hard time computing probabilities? Well you know, there is a cognitive difficulty in thinking about [...]
Some more wisdom from Rudyard Kipling: If … If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being [...]
I wanted to share with you some wisdom from Sharon Lebell’s contemporary interpretation of Epictetus’ The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness. Blame Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom understand that the impulse to blame something or someone is foolishness, that there is nothing to be gained [...]