Day #608:The World according to Einstein

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.
I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism.He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.

Albert Einstein ( 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time.

Day #607:Killing our Dreams

The first symptom of the process of our killing our dreams is the lack of time. The busiest people I have known in my life always have time enough to do everything. Those who do nothing are always tired and pay no attention to the little amount of work they are required to do. They complain constantly that the day is too short. The truth is, they are afraid to fight the Good Fight.

The second symptom
of the death of our dreams lies in our certainties. Because we don’t want to see life as a grand adventure, we begin to think of ourselves as wise and fair and correct in asking so little of life. We look beyond the walls of our day-to-day existence, and we hear the sound of lances breaking, we smell the dust and the sweat, and we see the great defeats and the fire in the eyes of the warriors. But we never see the delight, the immense delight in the hearts of those who are engaged in the battle. For them, neither victory nor defeat is important; what’s important is only that they are fighting the Good Fight.

And, finally, the third symptom of the passing of our dreams is peace. Life becomes a Sunday afternoon; we ask for nothing grand, and we cease to demand anything more than we are willing to give. In that state, we think of ourselves as being mature; we put aside the fantasies of our youth, and we seek personal and professional achievement. We are surprised when people our age say that they still want this or that out of life. But really, deep in our hearts, we know that what has happened is that we have renounced the battle for our dreams – we have refused to fight the Good Fight.

When we renounce our dreams and find peace, we go through a short period of tranquility. But the dead dreams begin to rot within us and to infect our entire being.
We become cruel to those around us, and then we begin to direct this cruelty against ourselves. That’s when illnesses and psychoses arise. What we sought to avoid in combat – disappointment and defeat – come upon us because of our cowardice.

And one day, the dead, spoiled dreams make it difficult to breathe, and we actually seek death. It’s death that frees us from our certainties, from our work, and from that terrible peace of our Sunday afternoons.

Taken from Paulo Coelho’s blog

Day #606:Is Your Social Circle Helping You?It Should.

 Let’s face it, we all have things we’d like to improve about ourselves. Maybe it’s exercising more, cutting back on alcohol consumption, or being more confident in the workplace. Perhaps you want to tap into your creative side instead of letting your analytical brain have its way.

Now, think about whether or not you know people who are already doing these things well. Chances are, you do. And the road to self-improvement might just start by spending more time with them!

Author of The Personal MBA, Josh Kaufman, says that if you want to develop a particular trait, you should spend time with people who already have it. Why? Over time, we adopt the tastes, worldviews, and interests of those closest to us. Here’s the breakdown:

Groups of people tend to naturally adopt their own set of norms. If someone within the group deviates from that norm, he’ll be subtly pressured to realign his beliefs. Since humans are sensitive to differences, we experience a constant pressure to adjust to group norms. This changes our behavior and values as time goes on.

Take this example: you don’t smoke, but most of your friends do. As you spend more time with them, you begin to realize how mush you are missing out from the cool smoking stories they share between themselves every time you are with them.Soon you start thinking of taking a puff, then another, and then you buy your fast cigarette. Pretty soon, you become a heavy smoker.

What’s the lesson here? Choose your company wisely.

Since you already know you’ll be influenced by those around you, it’s up to you to choose the group that will help change you for the better. For example, if you want to learn how to be more assertive, spend time with your friends who speak up. Keep them as your role models, and their positively extroverted behaviors will seep into your psyche over time.

Next time you’re stressing about changing bad habits or improving your mindset, look at your army of allies. A way to ensure you’ll change is by making sure your social circle is helping you be a better you.

Day #605: Today is iSteve Day

Today February 24, would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday. I wrote a post yesterday on what Steve stood for and how that can help you grow your career. Here are some of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes and moments.

1.“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

2.“the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

3.“I want to put a ding in the universe” – Steve Jobs

4.”Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me” (Steve Jobs)

5.”Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected”.– Steve Jobs

6.“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ―Steve Jobs

7.“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”-Steve Jobs

8.“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” ―Steve Jobs

9.”You have to have a lot of passion for what you are doing because it is so hard… if you don’t, any rational person would give up”.– Steve Jobs

10.“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” – The line he used to lure John Sculley as Apple’s CEO, according to Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple, by John Sculley and John Byrne

One of Steve’s most quotable moment is his Stanford 2015 address. The video is added here.

And here a video tribute to Steve Jobs.

Day #604:Career Advice From Steve Jobs!!

Tomorrow February 24, would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday. Steve’s contribution wasn’t invention.

Technology breakthroughs didn’t come out of his basement the way they did from Land or Tesla. Instead, his contribution was to have a point of view. To see something and say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. To not only have a point of view, but to change it when the times demanded.

Most of all, to express that point of view, to act on it, to live with it.

Steve really didn’t set out to change the world, he only wanted to make products that were ‘insanely great’. In doing so, he revolutionized multiple industries. If we think of Mother Theresa’s words’ ‘“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”  Steve obsessed about the little things, the product pack, the way the motherboards looks inside the computer even though customers will never see them.

Think of your job as your art,your statement to the world and contribution you will leave behind if you are not here anymore. Steve passed away 4 years ago, yet generations will remember his contributions. Just because he cared about the little things.

In Steve’s words:

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it”.

Day #602:On Solitude

For those who are not frightened by the solitude that reveals all mysteries, everything will have a different taste.

In solitude, they will discover the love that might otherwise arrive unnoticed. In solitude, they will understand and respect the love that left them.

In solitude, they will be able to decide whether it is worth asking that lost love to come back or if they should simply let it go and set off along a new path.

In solitude, they will learn that saying ‘No’ does not always show a lack of generosity and that saying ‘Yes’ is not always a virtue.

And those who are alone at this moment, need never be frightened by the words of the devil: ‘You’re wasting your time.’
Or by the chief demon’s even more potent words: ‘No one cares about you.’

The Divine Energy is listening to us when we speak to other people, but also when we are still and silent and able to accept solitude as a blessing.

And in that moment, Its light illumines everything around us and helps us to see that we are necessary, and that our presence on Earth makes a huge difference to Its work.