Take Control

“Don’t plant your bad days.  They grow into weeks.  The weeks grow into months.  Before you know it you got yourself a bad year.  Take it from me.  Choke those little bad days.  Choke ’em down to nothin’.  They’re your days.  Choke ’em!” ~ Tom Waits, via Nitch

“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

“You must see your attempt at attaining mastery as something extremely necessary and positive.  The world is teeming with problems, many of them of our own creation.  To solve them will require a tremendous amount of effort and creativity.  Relying on genetics, technology, magic, or being nice and natural will not save us.  We require the energy not only to address practical matters, but also to forge new institutions and orders that fit our changed circumstances.  We must create our own world or we will die from inaction.” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery

“Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure.  But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it.  The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, via Mastery

 

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