I am a bestselling author at 26. I have a column with a major newspaper […] Everything that is good in my writing came from risks I took outside of school, outside of the “craft.”
Reading must become as natural as eating and breathing to you. It’s not something you do because you feel like it, but because it’s a reflex, a default.
Talking about what you’re going to do makes you a lot less likely to actually do it. Keep your plans to yourself.
Emotions that are supposed to peak in 8th grade, stays with them and becomes an enormous part of their identity and ultimately, their narcissism.
If you want to be able to run 10 miles, what to do about it is fairly simple: Start by running one mile.
Forget answering: my salary is ________. This is about all the little things that you think are your preferences but were actually given to you like gifts.
Think about where you want to go, back out your decisions from there.
“You can’t do the biggest things in this world unless you handle men; and you can’t handle men if you’re not in sympathy with them; and sympathy begins in humility.”
Or so the efforts to suppress his influence would have us believe. (The USSR, for instance, cleared out Khan’s homeland in Mongolia and forbade any mention of him.) But I’m here to tell you that we can learn more about leadership and getting things done from Genghis Khan than just about any other historical figure. Because almost everything you know about him is wrong…
An essay is a lot like a military operation. It takes discipline, foresight, research, strategy, and, if done right, ends in total victory.