Welcome to my Tumblr! This will be a bucket for creative musings of all types. You can find my latest thoughts and discoveries on fitness, minimalism, entrepreneurship, creativity, writing, art, personal growth and spirituality. In essence, its an eclectic potpourri of high impact thinking.
The action implications should be plain. Go for quality rather than quantity. Spend your time and emotional energy reinforcing and deepening the relationships that are most important.
Richard Koch, from The 80/20 Principle
“Self-actualizing people have these especially deep ties with rather few individuals. Their circle of friends is rather small. The ones that they love profoundly are few in number. Partly this is for the reason that being very close to someone in this self-actualizing style seems to require a good deal of time. Devotion is not a matter of a moment… One subject expressed it like this: ‘I haven’t got time for many friends. Nobody has, that is, if they are to be real friends.” - Abraham Maslow
- What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
- What if I fail — how will I recover?
- What if I do nothing?
- What if I succeed?
- What’s truly worth doing, whether you fail or succeed?
- In this failure, what went right?
Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance and creator of the magnificent Good Life Project, proposes six questions that help overcome the fear of failure. Pair with Fields on how to make your own luck, then see this invaluable read on creativity and the gift of failure.
FEAR mist be acknowledged, or multiply it will.
Dokkōdō: Miyamoto Musashi, the Greatest Samurai ever, 21 Life Precepts:
The “Dokkōdō”, “The Path of Aloneness”, “The Way to Go Forth Alone”, or “The Way of Walking Alone” is a short work written by Miyamoto Musashi, a week before he died in 1645. “Dokkōdō” expresses a stringent, honest, and ascetic view of life. For the most part Dokkōdō’s philosophy resonates with me; it is short and has a lot to offer to wisdom seekers. Musashi’s earlier short book “Go rin no sho” (The Book of Five Rings) has been adopted as a bible by Japanese business executives in discussion of conflict and finding the advantage to be relevant in their work. Miyamoto Musashi was a master-less, self-taught Japanese samurai. Based on what I have learned, he was the only samurai who fought with two swords simultaneously and some claim he was one of the greatest warriors to ever live.
Dokkōdō, “The Path of Aloneness”, Precepts 1-10
1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment & complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
Dokkōdō, “The Path of Aloneness”, Precepts 11-21
11. In all things, have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice w/ weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor.
21. Never stray from the way.
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