The mean in life, we must never forget, is punctuated bursts of violence and destruction and someone else’s whim.
Good stuff is the ultimate scarcity. And the market for it is basically infinite.
Very few people wake up and think “I need philosophy.” This is perfectly understandable. But of course, everyone has their own problems and are dealing with the difficulties of life in some way or another.
Books last because they have a unique voice, solve a common problem, and stand the test of time, not because of something as ephemeral as a trending topic.
“A book should be an axe to break the frozen sea within us.” – Kafka
Being really good at one thing is incredibly hard. Being really good at two things seems impossible. But being good at several things can actually make things easier.
People say that visiting and living in New York City are very different things. I’ve found that they are exactly the same and that’s why it is a bad place to live.
That’s why you didn’t update your blog for but twice this year? Why you had to take a sabbatical from work but you still haven’t release that album yet? Is that why your thesis isn’t finished yet?
“Do you have time to meet for coffee?” A “kick-off conference call?” “A sales pitch?” Conferences built around buzzwords and charlatans? No thanks man.
Books are an investment. I understand they cost money upfront…but that’s how an investment works.