Motivational Quotes

“The only real impediment to [mastering a skill] is yourself and your emotions—boredom, panic, frustration, insecurity.  You cannot suppress such emotions—they are normal to the process and are experienced by everyone, including Masters.  What you can do is have faith in the process.  The boredom will go away once you enter the cycle.  The panic disappears after repeated exposure.  The frustration is a sign of progress—a signal that your mind is processing complexity and requires more practice.  The insecurities will transform into their opposites when you gain mastery.  Trusting this will all happen, you will allow the natural learning process to move forward, and everything else will fall into place.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“Jason once told me that eye contact is the most intimacy two people can have — forget sex — because the optic nerve is technically an extension of the brain, and when two people look into each other’s eyes, it’s brain-to-brain.” ~ Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!

“True intimacy is a human constant.  People of all types find it equally hard to achieve, equally precious to hold.  Age, education, social status, make little difference here; even genius does not presuppose the talent to reveal one’s self completely and completely absorb one’s self in another personality.  Intimacy is to love what concentration is to work:  a simultaneous drawing together to attention and release of energy.” ~ Robert Grudin

“Can the purpose of a relationship be to trigger our wounds? In a way, yes, because that is how healing happens; darkness must be exposed before it can be transformed. The purpose of an intimate relationship is not that it be a place where we can hide from our weaknesses, but rather where we can safely let them go. It takes strength of character to truly delve into the mystery of an intimate relationship, because it takes the strength to endure a kind of psychic surgery, an emotional and psychological and even spiritual initiation into the higher Self. Only then can we know an enchantment that lasts.” ~ Marianne Williamson, Enchanted Love: The Mystical Power Of Intimate Relationships

“It is a simple law of human psychology that your thoughts will tend to revolve around what you value most.  If it is money, you will choose a place for your apprenticeship that offers the biggest paycheck.  Inevitably, in such a place you will feel greater pressures to prove yourself worthy of such pay, often before you are really ready.  You will be focused on yourself, your insecurities, the need to please and impress the right people, and not on acquiring skills.  It will be too costly for you to make mistakes and learn from them, so you will develop a cautious, conservative approach.  As you progress in life, you will become addicted to the fat paycheck and it will determine where you go, how you think, and what you do.  Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“In essence, when you practice and develop any skill you transform yourself in the process.  You reveal to yourself new capabilities that were previously latent, that are exposed as you progress.  You develop emotionally.  Your sense of pleasure becomes redefined.  What offers immediate pleasure comes to seem like a distraction, an empty entertainment to help pass the time.  Real pleasure comes from overcoming challenges, feeling confidence in your abilities, gaining fluency in skills, and experiencing the power this brings.  You develop patience.  Boredom no longer signals the need for distraction, but rather the need for new challenges to conquer.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“People who do not practice and learn new skills never gain a proper sense of proportion or self-criticism.  They think they can achieve anything without effort and have little contact with reality.  Trying something over and over again grounds you in reality, making you deeply aware of your inadequacies and of what you can accomplish with more work and effort.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process. The pain is a kind of challenge your mind presents—will you learn how to focus and move past the boredom, or like a child will you succumb to the need for immediate pleasure and distraction?” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“The road to mastery requires patience.  You will have to keep your focus on five or ten years down the road, when you will reap the rewards of your efforts.  The process of getting there, however, is full of challenges and pleasures.  Make your return to the path a resolution you set for yourself, and then tell others about it.  It becomes a matter of shame and embarrassment to deviate from this path.  In the end, the money and success that truly last come not to those who focus on such things as goals, but rather to those who focus on mastery and fulfilling their Life’s Task.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“In dealing with your career and its inevitable changes, you must think in the following way: You are not tied to a particular position; your loyalty is not to a career or a company.  You are committed to your Life’s Task, to giving it full expression.  It is up to you to find it and guide it correctly.  It is not up to others to protect or help you.  You are on your own.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“The misery that oppresses you lies not in your profession but in yourself!  What man in the world would not find his situation intolerable if he chooses a craft, an art, indeed any form of life, without experiencing an inner calling?  Whoever is born with a talent, or to a talent, must surely find in that the most pleasing of occupations!  Everything on this earth has its difficult sides!  Only some inner drive—pleasure, love—can help us overcome obstacles, prepare a path, and lift us out of the narrow circle in which others tread out their anguished, miserable existences!” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, via Mastery

 

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