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The 4-Hour Workweek
- Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life. —JOHN F. KENNEDY
- This is hard for most to accept because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.
- Focus on being productive instead of busy.
- “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad.
- People—whether parents, partners, or bosses—deny things on an emotional basis that they can learn to accept after the fact.
- The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre.
- Lifestyle Design is thus not interested in creating an excess of idle time, which is poisonous, but the positive use of free time defined simply as doing what you want as opposed to what you feel obligated to do.
- Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. —BENJAMIN DISRAELI, former British Prime Minister
- There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens. —YVON CHOUINARD,7 founder of Patagonia