August 14, 2020

Reinvent Yourself

Simply copy/pastes or notes from chapters of personal interest.

(10) Create, “do the work”

  • Barbara Cortland: In 1983 at age 82 she wrote 23 novels; she wrote her last at age 97; altogether, she wrote 723 published novels.
  • Picasso: 50,000 works of art in his life. 
  • Jimi Hendrix: 70 albums before he died at age 27.
  • Mozart: composed over 600 pieces in his lifetime.
  • Charles Schulz: made 17,897 Charlie Brown strips before he died.

(11) How To Find Your Calling

  • What five adjectives do you want to describe your life, or the objects you create, or your relationships?
  • Write down 10 ideas a day.

(18) Elon Musk

  • “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
  • “Going from PayPal, I thought: ‘Well, what are some of the other problems that are likely to most affect the future of humanity?’ Not from the perspective, ‘What’s the best way to make money?”
  • “If you go back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic—being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago.”
  • On his favorite book when he was a teen, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “It taught me that the tough thing is figuring out what questions to ask, but that once you do that, the rest is really easy.”

(28) Community

  • Science fiction authors Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein, the “big three” of science fiction were all friends who challenged each other, competed and cultivated decades-long companionship.
  • Burroughs, Kerouac, and Ginsberg also formed a bond that turned into the Beat Generation.
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