Building Things and Raising Children

"The most important thing, above all else, is to set your priorities."

"There are 24 hours in a day, and we always love to say that’s not enough. I don’t agree, I think that’s plenty. But, you’ve got to find where your pockets of time are. And, if there aren’t any, well — that’s honestly okay too. I’ve been there."

"Try to put things down. It’s so, so true that you’ll be even more excited to get back to them once they’ve been put away for a bit."

The lure of technocracy

"The 19th century was dominated by a belief in the power of human reason and its ability to advance science and technology for the betterment of life. But after World War I and the Great Depression, it got harder to believe in the rationality of humanity or in the predictability and controllability of the world."

Deep Roots

"The point is that every event creates its own offspring, which impact the world in their own special ways."

"The absurdity of past connections humbles your confidence in predicting future ones."

"The craziest events – good and bad – happened because little events, each of which was easy to ignore, compounded."

Boring is a State of Mind

"Life becomes exhilarating, not when we do those things which are interesting, but rather when we find interest in things we once considered boring."

"The next time you are tempted to be bored with a task, try being curious instead. Don’t ask, “Is this interesting?” Ask instead, “How is this interesting?” Assume interest."

The Monday Mindset

"Mastering small failures means that you become comfortable with the fact that sometimes you will slip up."

Everything is a Practice

"Every difficulty that comes up is simply something to practice with."

You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy

"Life is hard for most people most of the time. Don’t wait for life to get easy before you decide to enjoy it."

Stop Waiting and Choose Your Own Talent

"Natural ability is insignificant compared to years of hard work and experience."

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