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“Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity” -will.smith

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Building Blocks

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“Where are you from?” is a heavy question to throw around as casually as we do. On the first day of class; to strangers at bars or parties; in job interviews. Every time I am asked, I pause and think about which answer I want to give.

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Time, (And Timing)

“Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time’ try saying ‘it’s not a priority,’ and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: ‘I’m not going to edit your resumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.’ ‘I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.’ If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.” -wall.street.journal

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Purposeful Wandering

“Ultimately–but not initially, or even much before he got to where he was going–Boone was able to establish a clear destination and a route that worked to get him there. Boone thus had a strategy of purposeful wandering, and it is true that he was not exactly lost; rather, he was working at finding himself where he wanted to be. So wandering with a purpose is an important aspect of strategic planning, in which thinking, acting, and learning clearly matter the most.” – my strategic planning textbook, strangely enough

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All Too Much and Not Enough

“It’s not that I can’t fall in love. It’s really that I can’t help falling in love with too many things all at once. So, you must understand why I can’t distinguish between what’s platonic and what isn’t, because it’s all too much and not enough at the same time.” -jack.kerouac

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