My Favourite Quotes

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This will have a reason I like the quote, maybe where I found it, or just a simple story.

"It's all spin"

“It’s all spin.” Broadly equal to “this is bullsh*t we don’t need.”

Useful to quickly say we’re going down a rabbit hole, or we need to refocus on the objective.

Perfect if your team adds this to their lexicon, it then becomes a shared concept that exists.

The test of whether you really liked a book is if you reread it (and how many times); the test of whether you liked someone’s company is if you are ready to meet him again and again — the rest is spin, or that variety of sentiment now called self-esteem. -Nassim Taleb
Giving advice is a ego thing

I met someone around 10 years my senior at my company in 2021. He walked into my office and started giving me advice.

It was quite awkward, and I didn’t know how to reply. Why? Because 1) I wasn’t planning to stick with my company, so it was irrelevant, and 2) I already was well versed in the topic in which I was being advised.

It kept happening, and while I appreciated the sentiment behind the advice, I quickly grew frustrated. I wanted him to listen for just 5 minutes to my goals. I didn’t need the advice he kept giving.

After being frustrated for a few months, I realised I do the exact same thing. (Yeah, I’m a slow learner.) I wanted to live and refused to group similar situations or people into ‘advice categories’ like the person above.

It has been a journey, and I still get rushed and forget to listen first.

I’ve found the most toxic drug is believing in my own advice, because unfortunately that seems to prevent me from listening. I need to be able to take compliments or accolades for my advice, but not let that calcify me.

Getting complemented eventually creates a feedback loop, so regardless of the quality of my advice, I’m just giving it for my ego.

It’s ego-crushing to track your advice and people you’ve advised and see the true track record. What should your believability score really be? 😉

For stability, surround yourself with those who consume long form content

Our life is little more than a collection of minutes

https://youtu.be/s1kbeQB2ygk 2:35. This helped me, along with

to understand life in a different context. It’s very hard to visualise years drifting by, but I can understand minutes and meals.

Replace your attachment to being right with the joy of learning what is true

There’s a certain joy I’ve found in learning things, even if they are wrong. (Exemplified in this track: https://youtu.be/kMYIPNEua80?t=1554) If a lie creates joy, and does no harm, is that a bad thing? Is joy truth?

However, (avoiding that rabbit-hole) I find the journey of truth to be more of a journey of evolving knowledge. Even if it’s incorrect, learning anything can deepen an experience. More on that at

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. -Annie Dillard

Very similar to the quote above about our life being a collection of minutes. It seems so obvious, but this has stuck with me during the bad and good days. It helped me to start adding ratings

At 50, everyone has the face they deserve.

Progress is a trajectory, not just a destination

Replace your attachment to being right with the joy of learning what is true
Gaining open-mindedness should increase your confidence, because it increases your odds of being right.
Ask for money, get advice. Ask for advice, get money.
Don't tell your audience about your experiences, like you're reciting a resume. Tell them about your experiences, like you are reliving them with your audience along for the ride.
Show me your friends and I'll show you your future
Managing your problems can only make you look good. Building your opportunities is the only way to look great.
Mesmerized by my quest to create machines that thought like people, I had turned into a person that thought like a machine.
Culture eats strategy for breakfast
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.
The signature of mediocrity is not an unwillingness to change; the signature of mediocrity is chronic inconsistency.
Be strong, saith my heart. For I have seen worse sights than this. - Homer, from the Illiad
People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.
The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. -Adam Smith
Don’t introduce me to a lifestyle you can’t maintain
Pay attention to your mind, and the good ideas it gives you
You know, whatever your story is, I love it, man
Brain drain but for virtue -@WeftOfSoul
It's easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than think your way into a new way of acting.
The smallest of acts is better than the greatest of intentions
Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.

Not sure how I feel about this one…which certainly implies I need to think about it more.

And the most important quote of all...

Encountering you has...Complicated my existence.




Kanban board with my own time stamped answers here?

What advice would the happiest version of your 80 year old self give you now?

If you travelled back 5 years in time, what would you say to yourself?

What’s the last think you changed your mind about?