Quote-unquote #7

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Hello! I had a different topic in mind for this week, but my mind had other ideas — it went blank. Hoping to write in the middle of a creative rut, I started skimming some of my favorite authors to get some motivation. Here are some quotes that I came across.

"In life, there isn’t a single person that knows everything and there is no person that knows nothing. It’s not too late to learn because you just need to develop that interest, talk to people, share with them what you have and learn from them. There is no breakthrough in this world if you are isolated, you can only make a breakthrough by talking to people." — Marie-Christine Gasingirwa.

A director at the Ministry of Education in Rwanda reminds us that knowledge is a shared experience.

"Do not confuse things that are hard with things that are valuable. Many things in life are hard. Just because you are giving a great effort does not mean you are working toward a great result. Make sure that mountain is worth climbing." — James Clear.

"Almost everybody can stay excited for 2 or 3 months. A few people can stay excited for 2 or 3 years. But a winner will stay excited for 30 years or however long it takes to win." — Art Williams.

Author and Entrepreneur Art Williams said this during his famous "Just Do It" motivational speech.

"You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you." — Robert Anton Wilson.

"None of us know what will happen. Don't spend time worrying about it. Make the most beautiful thing you can. Try to do that every day. That's it." — Laurie Anderson.

"Relying on craft and routine is a lot less sexy than being an artistic genius. But it is an excellent strategy for not going insane." — Christoph Niemann.

"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"The phone gives us a lot but it takes away three key elements of discovery: loneliness, uncertainty, and boredom. Those always have been where creative ideas come from." — Lynda Barry.

I never ask if "I like it" or "I don't like it." I think "this is what it is" or "this is what it isn't." — Richard Feynman.

"The combinatorics of human DNA and experience are staggering. You will never meet any two humans who are substitutable for each other."— Naval Ravikant.

I hope you resonated with some of these quotes. What is your strategy to get out of a rut? I'd love to know what works for you. Thanks for reading. Peace out!

Vivek Arvind

Vivek Arvind

Santa Clara, CA