1. People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.
2. Lack of time is lack of priorities.
3. The most important actions are never comfortable.
4. A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.
5. Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.
6. If you let pride stop you, you will hate life.
7. Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.
8. The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”
9. It is possible to become world-class, enter the top 5% of performers in the world, in almost any subject within 6-12 months, or even 6-12 weeks.
10. The most fulfilled and effective people I know – world-famous creatives, billionaires, thought leaders, and more – look at their life’s journey as perhaps 25 percent finding themselves and 75 percent creating themselves.
11. In a world where nobody really knows anything, you have the incredible freedom to continually reinvest yourself and forge new paths, no matter how strange. Embrace your weird self.
12. Audio engineers will never be fully satisfied with your audio, but 99.9% of listeners will be happy if you’re intelligible and loud enough.
13. Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic.
14. While the world is a gold mine, you need to go digging in other people’s heads to unearth riches. Questions are your pickaxes and competitive advantage.
15. Get good at being a troublemaker and saying sorry when you really screw up.
16. If not now, when? If left at the status quo, what will your life and stress look like in six months? In one year? In three years? Who around you will also suffer?
17. I recommend to all people, even if they don’t plan on being a writer per se, that if they want to tighten up their thinking and have it improve everything else, they should focus on short-writing exercises with people who can edit their work. And the person who edit’s their work, for let’s say extra fluffy language, doesn’t have to be a great writer, they have to be a good thinker.
18. The best results in life are often held back by false constructs and untested assumptions.
19. The best results in life are often held back by false constructs and untested assumptions.
20. The goal is to find your inefficiencies in order to eliminate them and to find your strengths so you can multiply them.
21. Doing less is not being lazy. Don’t give in to a culture that values personal sacrifice over personal productivity.
22. Time is wasted because there is so much time available.
23. Don’t confuse the complex with the difficult. Most situations are simple — many are just emotionally difficult to act upon.
24. I believe that life exists to be enjoyed, and that the most important thing is to feel good about yourself.
25. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
26. It’s far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor.
27. For all their bitching about what’s holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they’re being held from.
28. If you ran into an asshole in the morning you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole.
29. It’s amazing how someone’s IQ seems to double as soon as you give them responsibility and indicate that you trust them.
30. If you don’t regularly appreciate the small wins, you will never appreciate the big wins. They’ll all fall through your fingers like sand as you obsess on the next week, the next to-do, the next thing to fix.
31. People don’t want to be millionaires — they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy.
32. When You Complain, Nobody Wants to Help You.
33. Ours is a culture where we wear our ability to get by on very little sleep as a kind of badge of honor that symbolizes work ethic, or toughness, or some other virtue—but really, it’s a total profound failure of priorities and of self-respect.
34. The secret to winning any game lies in not trying too hard.
35. The easiest way to distinguish yourself is to ask yourself how you can be different, and not just better.
36. Your network is your net worth.
37. To “fix” someone’s problem, you very often just need to empathically listen to them. Even.
38. Money doesn’t change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice.
39. Age doesn’t matter: an open mind does.