All posts under 365Project:2017

163/365 Find Your Torture

On the Howard Stern show, Jerry Seinfeld was explaining how it never gets easier. How it is all work. He joked that “your blessing in life is when you find the torture you’re comfortable with.” For me, that’s writing—I’m grateful that it’s so hard. That Allen Iverson clip: We’re talking[…]

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162/365 Creative work isn’t about pleasure

Creative work isn’t about pleasure. It’s not always fun. It’s about reaching something inside yourself—something that society and everyday life make extraordinarily difficult. This is one way to do it. from The Habitual Hustler: Daily Habits of 50 Self-Employed Entrepreneurs by Corey Breier

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161/365 You do have options

Completing this quest has two benefits. First, when you imagine the worst possible reaction you could have to adversity, you highlight your agency in the situation. You do have options. And as long as you’re not doing that worst possible, least helpful thing, you can challenge yourself to do something[…]

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160/365 Peace and joy

Peace and joy are the default states of mind. They don’t have to be created—they just need to be accessed. from Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within by Chade-Meng Tan

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158/365 Stretched to its limits

The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. from Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

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157/365 Over and over again

The brain learns and remembers best when focus is greatest. Video games focus attention and get us to repeat moves over and over, and so are powerful tutorials. That presents an opportunity for training the brain. from Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

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155/365 Familiar

The more the mind is in contact with any mental quality (such as calm or joy), the more familiar it becomes with it, and the more familiar the mind becomes with that mental quality, the more quickly and easily it gets it. Familiarization is the other key aspect of meditation.[…]

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154/365 And then you win the day after

History is earned. You win the day. And then you win the day after. And then you do the same thing every day until you’re dead. And you’re remembered not for the winning, but because you never lost. Francis Underwood, “House of Cards” (US) Season 5, Episode 8.

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