If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequence.
From a withered tree, a flower blooms. ~ Buddha
“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” ~ Virginia Woolf
“We have almost no consideration for profit and I think that’s why we are highly profitable. I just don’t care. People always told me over the years: ‘You have such a mind for business and marketing.’ That’s hilarious because I never ever think about it. I’ve never chased after hits and I’ve never chased after people’s attention. Third Man Records stands for a lot of things and when you stand for things, people come to you.” ~ Jack White
A lake is something limited. Water is inexhaustible. A lake can contain only a definite amount of the infinite quantity of water; this is its peculiarity. In human life too the individual achieves significance through discrimination and the setting of limits. Therefore what concerns us here is the problem of clearly defining these discriminations, which are, so to speak, the backbone of morality. Unlimited possibilities are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless. To become strong, a man’s life needs the limitations ordained by duty and voluntarily accepted. The individual attains significance as a free spirit only by surrounding himself with these limitations and by determining for himself what his duty is. ~ The I Ching
Baseball players say they don’t have to look to see if they hit a home run, they can feel it.
~ Aaron Sorkin
“When in doubt, do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain
I learned to delegate from a young age. Actually removing myself from the office has helped me look for the next big venture. I try to exercise every day. Manage the BlackBerry, don’t let it manage you. The key is to do it in bursts and not to let it dominate your day. Speak to people – I do get a lot of emails every day and try to answer as many as I can; but I also believe that you need to speak to people. It can save you and them a lot of time. And write it down – I carry notebooks wherever I go to jot down thoughts and notes. You can’t beat pen and paper.
~ Richard Branson
Ashtanga yoga – for 75 minutes, once a week – restores calm and order.
~ Robert Peston, BBC
One major goal at a time is enough. If you try to do too many things at once, you’ll end up failing on several fronts. I try to focus on big decisions and eliminate trivialities. The other thing I believe in is delegation. You have to trust the talented people you hire to do their job and take responsibility.
There’s something about the rhythm of walking, how, after about an hour and a half, the mind and body can’t help getting in sync. I have written most of my melodies walking and I feel it is definitely one of the most helpful ways of sewing all of the different things in your life together and seeing the whole picture. I have to say, hiking in cities doesn’t do the same trick for me. It has to be rural.