This post is somewhat off-topic and not directly chess-related. I do believe, however, that the better a person is (or becomes) the better the quality of his or her life. And that, eventually, will also lead to better chess.
The text below is taken from my newsletter, from time to time I send my readers inspirational quotes like the ones below. They do help me, so I hope they also help my readers. Just to remind you, if you like what you’re reading, please feel welcomed to enter my Inner Circle by using the yellow form on the right.
I’ve just finished reading a book by my favourite non-fiction writer. I’ve mentioned him and his books before, Tim Ferriss and his The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef.
His latest books are called Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors. I rarely buy books, mostly because I have already too many of them that are still waiting to be read, but these two I bought. Yesterday I finished Tools of Titans. The book is basically life-advice on various topics by people who have “made it”. You have writers, artists, sports people, enterpreneurs, CEOs, doctors, singers, actors, all walks of life really. When I read books like these I like to take notes so here I’d like to share some of them as I think they may be useful and they also nicely fit in the Inspirational Quotes category. So this time it is less chess, more inspiring and thought-provoking life advice! Enjoy!
Calm is contagious.
I’m either ready or not. Worrying is not going to change that. – Floyd Mayweather
The best plan is the one that lets you change your plans. (said by a non-chessplayer)
Standard pace is for chumps.
Busy = out of control. Lack of time = lack of priorities.
Being buys is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.
Being busy is often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.
Doing something well doesn’t make it important.
You are suffering because you’re focused on yourself.
When you are grateful, there is no anger, no fear.
Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option.
Be a meaningful specific rather than a wandering generality.
Keep track of the times it worked, not of the times it didn’t.
Losers have goals. Winners have systems.
No need to play with the cards you’ve been dealt, change the table!
Amplify your strengths rather than fix your weaknesses.
When you complain nobody wants to help you. – Stephen Hawking
Don’t find time, schedule time.
Inspiration is for amateurs. Just show up and get to work.
When given a choice, take both.
Those who work much, don’t work hard.
Discipline equals freedom. Whatever freedom you want, you can only achieve it by discipline.
If you want to be tougher mentally, it’s simple: Be Tougher. It’s a decision to be tougher.
Work will work when nothing else will work.
What we most fear doing is what we most need to do.
In any situation you have 3 choices: change it, accept it, leave it.
Always choose courage over comfort.
Luxury is feeling unrushed.
Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.
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