If you know you can’t do a good job, don’t take it on. If it’s going to distract you from doing work that really matters, don’t do it.
If you’d be unhappy to see it printed in the paper, reconsider.
If it creates a habit that hurts you in the long run, don’t start.
If it doesn’t move you towards what really matters, walk away.
‘Urgent’ seems really important at the time, and it causes us to say ‘yes’ to things that we would be best to say ‘no’ to. How often have you been ‘flat out busy’ yet felt like you achieved nothing?
Don’t fool yourself with the urgent/important matrix; if it’s urgent it’s probably because you neglected the important.
Passion is killed by saying ‘yes’ to the unimportant because it fills our lives with things that don’t move us forward.
Happiness is found in progress, and progress is created when we are conscious of what we say ‘yes’ to and what we say ‘no’ to.
When we want something, we are taught to visualise that thing, to focus on that image, until we have it.
There’s almost never a completely clean run.
Sometimes wonderful things take you by surprise, they open a new door.
Have you ever moved into a new house and seen something that needed fixing and thought “I’ll get on to that soon”?
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.