Category Archives: Quote of the Week

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 7/7/18

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“The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.”
-Samuel Beckett

Like the world, we are not the same from one day to the next. Each day brings with it new adventures, obstacles, successes, and failures. Therefore, as we experience these events, we are changed by them.

In Mediations, Marcus Aurelius reminds us of how important it is to embrace the moment we are in. He states:

“Give it the whole of your attention, whether it be a material object, an action, a principle, or the meaning of what is being said.”

By holding onto the present moment, in the action we are performing or the event going on around us, we embrace the experience on a deeper level. By doing this, we learn and grow from the experiences that life presents to us.

Like the world ever changing around us, we too are every changing. We are acting and reacting to our environment, our friends and family, the actions we take.

Be sure to stay present within all and by doing so, we will continue to grow.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 6/30/18

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“…what keeps the whole world in being is Change: not merely change of the basic elements, but also change of the larger formations they compose. On these thoughts rest content, and ever hold them as principles.”
-Marcus Aurelius

Change.

It is a fundamental part of life. Our bodies change, our friendships, our family, lives, character. Throughout the events of our days and years, the world around us changes, often times, this will cause ourselves to change, to grow.

A big theme of today’s environment is growth, a constant state of progression and change. James Altucher talks about reinventing yourself. He has even formed a movement out of it. James states reinventing yourself never stops and that in order to progress or start over in life, we will need to reinvent ourselves. Why is this important? Because stagnation equals death.

Thousands of years ago, we as primitive creatures relied upon nuts and berries to survive. With the invention of fire, we were able to cook meat, and the innovations of mankind for the betterment of society continued to grow and advance from there.

Think for a second about everything that came because of a change in our thinking and actions. Would we as a civilization be where we are or would we still be foraging for nuts and berries?

Change is inevitable. Change is necessary.

It is what keeps the world spinning. As long as there is man, there will be growth and change. At times, this can be scary. For example, over the next 20 years, what is going to happen to those whose jobs are going to be replaced by automation? What will happen when we have self-driving cars and self-serving restaurants?

You are looking at a workforce out of commission. A change. How will we react to this? We must change in order to keep moving forward.

Save money. Build new skills. Find a way to become irreplaceable. As James Altucher says, we must reinvent ourselves.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 6/23/18

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Self-Reliance is one of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous essays.

This quote, taken from the essay, holds within it a very stoic presence. How often do we become wrapped up in what others say? What others do? How often do we look to the future to see what lie ahead? Or turn to the past to see the mistreatment of our lives?

We must learn to always be present, in this moment, for that is all we have.

Emerson later goes on to say:

“But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time.”

We must stay present. In the moment that is before us. We must remember that what we have to our left and right, in this moment, is all we have. The previous moment is gone. The next moment is unpredictable. Therefore, we have nothing but right now.

Keep your eyes and heart on the now.

Let your pains of the past go.

And leave your worries of the future for another time.

Be here now.

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Self-Reliance: And Other Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 6/1/18

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You may break your heart, but men will still go on as before.
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

We must build ourselves up so that we may overcome our obstacles, those that are put in front of us, whether through individuals or situations.

We must build inner strength. From within, we can push through external forces that try to shift our balance.

We must stay true to ourselves.

If one can maintain truth in themselves and balance from within, then they can conquer what this world throws at them.

We must maintain this balance.

The world will continue, whether our heart and spirit is broken. Therefore, we must forge strength and maintain our balance.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK 5/29/18

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Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.
-Marcus Aurelius

Simple and direct. Stop making excuses. If you want something in your life to change, make it happen.

If you want to be a better father, husband, employee, whatever it is, make the decision to be. Reflect upon how you haven’t been, what improvements you yourself can make in your life, and pivot to be the best you can be.

Stop saying you ‘want’ to be something.

Go and be it.