Be inspired by the people who truly changed the world for the better, and learn lessons from the writers and thinkers who have deeply studied the topics and personalities and problems of the past.
Most people are not strategic. They are reactive.
Sure, it’s OK to have a job that you hate, but it is not OK to just give up on your dreams altogether.
“The worst thing in life that you can have is a job that you hate, that you have no energy in, that you’re not creative with and you’re not thinking of the future. To me, might as well be dead.” — Robert Greene
There are few people that I look up to in life, but Ryan Holiday is one of them.
Freud has said that our two goals in life are human connection and achievement.
Strategy isn’t something that’s taught well in school. Hell, most people probably couldn’t tell you the difference between “strategy” and “tactics” (or even know there is a difference.)
Just do it.
I’ve felt with a few old school publicists and marketers myself and look occasionally they’ll surprise me with the ability to call up some old friend and place some story and I’ll think, “Wow I wish I had that power,” but I don’t. I don’t think many people do anymore.
Expect your friends to let you down. They all say they are going to give notes but few actually will (and a lot of those notes will suck)