You are not born a winner. You are not born a loser. You are born a chooser.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

The voice we should listen to most as we choose a vocation is the voice that we might think we should listen to least, and that is the voice of our own gladness.

What can we do that makes us the gladdest? What can we do that leaves us with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace (which is much of what gladness is)?

Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone, or paint, or canvas? Or is it making something we hope like truth out of words? Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit?

I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly glad, then it is a good thing and it is our thing and it is the calling voice that we were made to answer with our lives.”

The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say “no” to almost everything.

Our whole role in life is to give you something you didn’t know you wanted and then, once you get it, you can’t imagine your life without it.

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.

Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Everything takes more time than you thought, everything costs more money than you thought, and almost everything turns out not quite as cool as you expected.

Merlin Mann
Interview (The Great Discontent, October 18, 2013)