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Is It Really That Serious?

I have a colleague who sends handwritten “thank-you” notes for nearly anyone who does him a big favor.

I have a colleague who’s no less than 10 minutes early for every single meeting.

I have a colleague who always makes it a point to tell someone “great job” and “I appreciate it” when someone completes a task for him.

I don’t know anyone who’s ever been fired for failing to do the above things.

These things are, strictly speaking, unnecessary. And that’s why they’re so valuable.

The less it’s demanded, the more it’s appreciated.

If you want to create extraordinary results, make the things that are unnecessary for most people the things that are necessary for you.

The greatest opportunities lie in doing the little things that you don’t technically have to do.

Meaning: Manufactured By You

“Meaning,” as in “I want a job that has meaning” or “I want a relationship that has meaning” isn’t a single nirvana experience you get to hold onto forever simply by finding the right job or the right partner.

Meaning emerges from a pattern of thinking, observing, processing, learning, and creating that has to be cultivated over time.

Circumstances and conditions matter, but they aren’t enough to supply meaning.

Meaning is a participatory phenomenon.

Good opportunities can make things easier, but there will always be a level of meaning that has to be manufactured.

Are Your Dreams Keeping up with You?

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Whenever you follow a dream, it leads to new observations, discoveries, and relationships.

These experiences will modify your sense of what is possible and what is preferable.

To chase after a dream is to undertake a surprising and challenging process of personal transformation.

It’s impossible to act on your dreams while remaining identical to the person you were when you took the first step.

For this reason, dreams need to be upgraded in order to account for the evolution we undergo when dreams are pursued.

Who we are is always changing. Why should our dreams remain the same?

Follow your dreams, but don’t forget to let your dreams follow you.

You’re Beautiful for Owning That Mistake

One of the best ways to promote the pursuit of truth is to not be melodramatic when people make mistakes and sincerely own them.

“We all make mistakes” > “Ha, I told you so”

“What matters is that you understand where you went wrong and how to fix it” > “You just got owned”

Praise people for being honest instead of bashing them for having flaws and imperfections that they need to be honest about.

Discovering our errors is a beautiful thing. How beautiful would it be if we didn’t make people feel ugly about that?

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