Principles & Truths

This is a list of the few things in life I am almost sure are true. Not stuff like 2+2=4, but principles and mindsets to live life in accordance to.

Focus 100% on the moment & what you’ve devoted it to

When Julius Caesar was little more than a rebel against the Roman Republic, he faced near certain ruin against Pompey’s great international armies.

The night before the final battle, outnumbered more than 2 to 1, Caesar ordered his army: “Pull down your own ramparts and fill in the ditch, so that if we fail to win we shall have nothing. And the enemy shall see that we lack a camp, and that necessity compels us to make our quarters in theirs.”

The took the battle with no hope of retreat. The only two options were win or die.

They won.

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When you are doing a thing, any thing, do it 100%. Be it sex, eating, reading, writing, drawing, thinking, meditating, washing dishes… anything. When you do it, let it encapsulate your whole existence.

In the same vein, focus on no more than 2 major things in your life at a time.

Hard is Easy

“This is a good plan for life in general. If you have two choices, choose the harder. If you’re trying to decide whether to go out running or sit home and watch TV, go running. Probably the reason this trick works so well is that when you have two choices, and one is harder, the only reason you’re even considering the other is laziness. You know in the back of your mind what’s the right thing to do, and this trick merely forces you to acknowledge it.” – Paul Graham

“Maximum effort!” – DeadPool

One must know what matters, and cease to be affected by all else. Aka Stoicism.

The rule: Ask whether this affects you, and whether you can affect it. If the answer to either is no, do not let yourself care about it.

“Let that which does not matter, truly slide” – The Narrator

“Hakuna Matata”

There’s nothing to fear but fear itself. 

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert

“When you accept the fact that – like it or not – you’ll lose everything, a strange ecstasy shows up at your door. Being ready to die at any moment gives greater intensity and beauty to all of your actions…without fear, I am liberated. Without attachment, everything makes me smile and the joy of being alive shines unspoiled by worries, hopes, and expectations” – Danielle Bolelli

Emotions Move Faster Than Thought

“We defeat emotions with logic, or at least that’s the idea. Logic is question and statements. With enough of them, we get to root causes (which are always easier to deal with).” – Ryan Holiday

“A person is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.” – Seneca

“Does getting upset provide you with more options?” – Ryan Holiday

The Truth Will Out