Life is much too important to be taken seriously.
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment. Neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it…but it’s easier if you do.”
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams
“Don’t let anxious thinking replace vulnerable feelings.”
The key to success in many areas of life, be it entrepreneurship, innovation, relationships, business, personal… is asking the right question.
Egyptian novelist and 1988 Nobel Prize Winner, Mahfouz Naguib, put it this way, “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
In order to arrive at the right question, we have to remain open, curious, and receptive. Asking the right question helps us to focus on the right problem. If we’re feeling stuck for too long in a particularly unsatisfying situation, chances are we’re focusing on the wrong problem and asking the wrong questions.
As management guru Peter Drucker says, “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.”
Remain open and curious, folks.
The essence of being a star lies in your ability to make yourself as fascinating to others as you are to yourself.
Everyone must begin to trust their dreams because out of that trust is born the artist, and the artist is the role model for the entrepreneur we now need. – Ernest Hall
Creativity is one of the last remaining legal ways of gaining an unfair advantage over the competition.
“People take risks sometimes wildly unjustified both to prove themselves right and, more profoundly, to prove themselves.” – Erving Goffman