Thomas Pynchon in ‘Inherent Vice’ on the turntable

“What goes around may come around, but it never ends up exactly the same place, you ever notice? Like a record on a turntable, all it takes is one groove’s difference and the universe can be on into a whole ‘nother song.”

Thomas Pynchon

Life is tricky because it happens once and there’s no opportunity for A/B testing.

BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti

Inspiration x Action

Inspiration gets the blood flowing and the mind churning with ideas. All of a sudden, the mission becomes possible.

While inspiration is an impetus for action, it doesn’t get any of the hard work done. The grind is the most important part in finding and testing your legend.

Think big picture. Think about your overall contribution rather than your collection of achievements.

Gather sources of inspiration as a means of figuring it all out. And then pick something and pursue it. It may not be exactly what you want but you’ll learn a lot along the way and it’ll lead to something else.

Inspiration is for amateurs. Action is for professionals.

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An Interview with Ann Wroe, Obituaries Writer for The Economist

“I don’t think of dead as dead, that’s the thing, and therefore it doesn’t trouble me. It’s an absence, if you like. It’s not the end.” She notes how “I never mention how people die, because I don’t think that’s important at all. I think an obituary is a celebration of a life.”

Death as an “absence,” not an end. Now that’s a positive spin!


Silver Lining

Here’s my definition of optimism:

Optimism is the ability to persist through bouts of itching negativity while maintaining your equanimity.

What determines your outlook depends on how well you cope with bad and potentially disastrous experiences while keeping realistic expectations and preparing a proper mindset for the future. Thoughts and action usually go hand in hand.

“To succeed, you must persist through C. R. A. P. – Criticism, Rejection, Assholes, & Pressure.” – Richard St. John

In short, “You got to keep on keeping on.”


I like for things to change, just not having to do it.

Édouard Levé

I almost underlined every sentence or what Levé calls “fragments” in this article.