Write

The challenge of writing Is to see your horribleness on page

To see your terribleness

And then to go to bed

And wake up the next day

And take that horribleness and that terribleness

And refine it

And make it not so terrible and not so horrible

And then to go to bed again

And come back the next day

And refine it a little bit more

And make it not so bad

And then to go to bed the next day

And do it again

And make it maybe average

And then one more time If you’re lucky

Maybe you get to good

And if you’ve done that

That’s a success

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Try

It is not the critic who counts;

not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,

or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,

whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;

who strives valiantly;

who errs,

who comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;

but who does actually strive to do the deeds;

who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;

who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,

and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,

so that his place shall never be with those cold and timing souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Teddy Roosevelt

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Grit

“To do anything really well, you have to overextend yourself”, to appreciate that, “in doing something over and over again, something that was never natural becomes almost second nature,” and finally, that capacity to do work that diligently “doesn’t come overnight.”

Years of hard work are often mistaken for innate talent, and that passion is as necessary as perseverance to world-class excellence.

Angela Duckworth

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Death

“Death anchors us in the truth. It’s the signpost that takes away all illusions.

Believe that you have control, and death will shatter your illusions.

Associate too much with the physical world, and death will remind you that everything physical falls apart.

Be proud of your knowledge, and the mystery of death will keep you puzzled.

Try to slow down the decay of life, and death will crush your sense of time.

When you accept the reality of death, there will be nothing left to fear. ” 

Mo Gawdat, Solve for Happy

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