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"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
"We need randomness, mess, adventures, uncertainty, self-discovery, near-traumatic episodes, all these things that make life worth living."
The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander
"Radiating possibility begins with things as they are and highlights open spaces, the pathways leading out from here."
"The happiest and most successful people are those who have figured out ways to exploit their Tendency to their benefit and, just as important, found ways to counterbalance its limitations."
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
"Enjoying your work with all yourheart is the only truly subversive position left to take as a creative person these days."
"After studying Blue Zones for nearly a decade, the big aha for me is how the agents of longevity reinforce one another for the long term. If you want people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, you need to build an ecosystem around them. As soon as you take culture, belonging, purpose, or religion out of the picture, the foundation collapses."
Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
"It's often easier to make progress when you're really ambitious. Since no one is willing to try those things, you have no competition. And you get all the best people because the best people want to work on the most ambitious things."
Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher
"My first instinct is to say no. Much more value is created when I do the things I enjoy, when I work on my own creativity and continue to build the foundation for health."
Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
"If you aren't experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders especially, this strategy - trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it - dooms you to fail."
"If we want to reignite innovation and passion, we have to re-humanize work."
“Knowing how you want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.”
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
"Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter."
"Success is messy. Career visions spill into lifestyle choices, mash into spiritual paradigms, and ride on top of relationships. It's all interconnected and paradoxical. And promising."
Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Sega
"Think on your own and question authority. Authority is a short-lived phenomenon. It's who is in charge now, but that doesn't mean that they are right."
"Here is what is truly at the heart of Wholeheartedness: Worthy now. Not if. Not when. We are worthy of love and belonging now. Right this minute. As is."
"There are no shortcuts to knowledge, especially knowledge gained from experience. Following conventional wisdom and relying on shortcuts can be worse than knowing nothing at all."
"We must avoid the caricature that science means formula or lack of humanity in work. In fact, science is one of humanity's most creative pursuits. I believe that applying it to entrepreneurship will unlock a vast storehouse of human potential."
Mastery by Robert Greene
"At your birth a seed is planted. That seed is your uniqueness. It wants to grow, transform itself, and flower to its full potential. It has a natural, assertive energy to it. Your Life's Task is to bring that seed to flower, to express your uniqueness through your work. You have a destiny to fulfill."
Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy
Resilience is "the capacity of a system, enterprise, or a person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances."
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
"When you don't know what you believe, everything becomes an argument. Everything is debatable. But when you stand for something, decisions are obvious."
StandOut 2.0: Assess Your Strengths, Find Your Edge, Win at Work by Marcus Buckingham
"We each have specific areas where we consistently stand out, where we can do things, see things, understand things, and learning things better and faster than 10,000 other people."
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
"people have several times more potential for growth when they invest in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies."
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
"The core of the matter is always about changing the behavior of people, and behavior change happens in highly successful situations mostly by speaking to people's feelings."
Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
"The fact is that solving problems is hard. If a given problem still exists, you can bet that a lot of people have already come along and failed to solve it. Easy problems evaporate; it is the hard ones that linger."
"You are your most important capital!"
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
"Don't lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don't have a career. You have a life."
Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright
"The tribe is always more powerful than an individual, no matter what title is on his business card."
The Truth about Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
"By believing in yourself and in your capacity to lead, you open yourself up to hearing the call. You open yourself to making a difference in the world."
"At the core of who you are, more than anything else in the Universe, is a creator."
"Being a founder doesn't mean starting a new company. It is within anyone's grasp to be the founder and culture-creator of their own team."