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#784 Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay

#784 Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay
What is perseverance, you might ask? The dictionary says:
“Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”
And let me tell you, the delay will feel eternal and the difficulties will show up one after another.
By Pachi Carlson

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From the archives (2017)

199/365 At the end of the breath

199/365 At the end of the breath
At the end of a breath, notice that the breath is over. Gone. As a sound fades away, notice when it is over. Gone. At the end of a thought, notice that the thought is over. Gone. At the end of an experience of emotion—joy, anger, sadness, or anything else—notice it is over. Gone.

From "Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within"
by Chade-Meng Tan

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198/365 Integration / individuality

198/365 Integration / individuality
A self that is only differentiated—not integrated—may attain great individual accomplishments, but risks being mired in self-centered egotism. By the same token, a person whose self is based exclusively on integration will be connected and secure, but lack autonomous individuality. Only when a person invests equal amounts of psychic energy in these two processes and avoids both selfishness and conformity is the self likely to reflect complexity.

From "Flow: The Psychology of Happiness"
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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197/365 A rarified approach to your work

197/365 A rarified approach to your work
Throughout most of human history, to be a blacksmith or a wheelwright wasn’t glamorous. But this doesn’t matter, as the specifics of the work are irrelevant. The meaning uncovered by such efforts is due to the skill and appreciation inherent in craftsmanship—not the outcomes of their work. Put another way, a wooden wheel is not noble, but its shaping can be. The same applies to knowledge work. You don’t need a rarified job; you need instead a rarified approach to your work.

From "Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World"
by Cal Newport

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196/365 Flooded with gratitude

196/365 Flooded with gratitude
Only after the task is completed do we have the leisure to look back on what has happened, and then we are flooded with gratitude for the excellence of that experience-then, in retrospect, we are happy.

From "Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life"
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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195/365 To live means to experience

195/365 To live means to experience
To live means to experience-through doing, feeling, thinking. Experience takes place in time, so time is the ultimate scarce resource we have. Over the years, the content of experience will determine the quality of life. Therefore one of the most essential decisions any of us can make is about how one's time is allocated or invested.

From "Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life"
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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