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stolen wisdom

things we wish we'd have said (to) ourselves.

on Authenticity 

  • Brené Brown “True belonging never asks us to change who we are. True belonging requires us to be who we are.”

  • Albert Camus “But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.”

  • James Hollis “We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide exempla for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves.”

  • Brené Brown "Being ourselves means sometimes having to find the courage to stand alone, totally alone".

  • Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit “Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.' - 'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit. 'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt'. 'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'. 'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”

on Growth

  • Tom Bilyeu " “Humility finds me every day".

  • Carol Dweck “In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow".

  • Thomas Leonard "Opportunities don’t knock, they whisper. So shut up and listen". 

  • Abraham Maslow "I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail".

  • Plutarch "Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly".

  • Jodie Webster "It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up".



on Happiness

  • Tom Bilyeu “Don’t let joy be an accident. Create it.”

  • Goldie Hawn "The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are"

  • Margaret Bonanno "It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis."

on Integrity 

  • Jordan Peterson "When you don't know what to do, tell the truth". 

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