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Motivation and Discipline

Lessons about productivity, energy, motivation, decision making, control, progression, inspiration, discipline, and encouragement.

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If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.

— Greg McKeown, Essentialism

Discipline equals freedom.

— Jocko Willink

Those who possess self-discipline have the ability to determine what they do with their life. Those who lack self-discipline will have the path they take through life determined by someone or something else, and as a result, there is a very real danger that they will mislive.

— William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life

Remote work doesn’t necessarily mean always working at home. You can still spend some time in the office; possibly in the afternoons or on certain days of the week. You can work from co-working spaces, from cafés, or from a beach, if that works for you. It’s a change of scenery, or at least a possibility of it, that’s what’s so great about remote work. Routine has a tendency to numb your creativity, so changing things up can do wonders.

— Jason Fried and Daniel Heinemeier Hansson, Remote

Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.

— Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Getting fired is the best thing that could happen to any of us. That way, we’d quit treading water and do something with our lives.

— Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

You can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf.

— Jon Kabat Zinn

Your energy level is affected by posture; if you lay down in your bed, you’ll feel tired. If you slouch on the couch, you’ll feel lazy and put the tv on. To work, you need a productive posture to keep your energy levels up.

Many people look up and see the mountaintop, but they don’t see the mountain. They don’t perceive that the gap between what they have and what they want is filled with work; work punctuated with intermittent and painful failures. So they sit at base camp, seeking praise for brewing a perfect pot of kombucha, waiting for the helicopter to take them up, instead of climbing.

— Simon Sinek

If you really want to change something, the only way to do it is to start changing this very moment.

— Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things

No matter what you want to do in life, higher energy will help you get there.

— Scott Adams, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Chance only favors the prepared mind.

— Louis Pasteur

Don't reflect on something if the reflection takes longer than the task.

If there really is no reason to do anything, then there is also no reason to not do anything.

— Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck