Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Seven life hacks for 2017

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I am very behind with my blog and if I owe you a New Year's Message it is this.


2016 was a year of revolutions like 1848 and 1989. Dryden, on the eve of the 18th century in 1699, said it well:

'Tis well an old age is outAnd time to begin a new.

The 18th century didn't go well, but that is the human condition. At least the British Empire expanded, despite American treason. Happy New Year everyone.



Garry Kasparov on New Year's Day on Facebook quoted an entry from Tsar Nicholas II's diary exactly 100 years earlier.

"The cursed year of 1916 is finally over. 1917 will surely be better!" 

Here are seven so-called 'life hacks'.

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut

"No man can please others who does not please himself." Frederic Harrison

"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as either a blessing or a curse." Carlos Castaneda

"Life is difficult. This is one of the greatest truths because once we truly get it- we transcend it. Once we accept this, then life is no longer difficult. Because once we accept it, the fact that it is difficult no longer matters." Scott Peck

"Things can be done. The people in life who get them done are the ones who know that, and the ones who don't are the rest." Tony Hawks

"The self-bound individual always forgets that his self would be safeguarded better and automatically the more he prepares himself for the welfare of mankind, and that in this respect no limits are set for him." Alfred Adler
 "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody in the room." General George 'Mad Dog' Mattis




7 comments:

  1. I also have one: "We are not (necessarily) what we think we are but what others think we are". It does not come from any particular wise-man. However it is one of the main drivers of our lives.

    Best,

    Calin Danilescu

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  2. This was the one that was the most practical and one that speaks the loudest

    "Life is difficult. This is one of the greatest truths because once we truly get it- we transcend it. Once we accept this, then life is no longer difficult. Because once we accept it, the fact that it is difficult no longer matters."
    Scott Peck

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  3. Ah me... treason is it? Didn't one of you limey fella's have something to say about treason and it's "prospering"?

    I am hoping, really hoping, that I can take the advice from this gentleman I noted below.
    “Take away the complaint, ‘I have been harmed,’ and the harm is taken away,”
    Marcus Aurelius’s “Meditations”

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  4. I also have one: "We are not (necessarily) what we think we are but what others think we are". It does not come from any particular wise-man. However it is one of the main drivers of our lives.
    Best,
    Calin

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  5. Wonderful list of quotes Paul. Here are a few to add. Have a great holiday season. Mike Miles in Canada
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. Lily Tomlin

    I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much. - Mother Teresa

    If things go wrong, don't go with them. Roger Babson

    You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain

    It is difficult to get a person to understand something when their salary is dependent on their not understanding. Sinclair Lewis

    “I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act.” Edward Snowden

    “Everything will be alright in the end … if its not alright, then its not the end!!!” Sonny in The Grand Marigold Hotel

    "The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place” GB Shaw

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  6. I will bear the comments in mind, though some make more sense than others, while one or two
    seem quite cracker barrel, and im surprised that your quoting that old fraud carlos castenets. no accounting for taste.
    Allan

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  7. Great stuff. Some good ones in the comments as well. I like the Mattis one in this dangerous world: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody in the room." That's how Trump works as well. Tit for tat - which game theory tells us is the optimal strategy for the best outcome all round. Play nicely as long as everybody else plays nicely, but if they cheat, retaliate instantly and proportionately. Nevertheless, allow them to resume playing nicely when they have had enough of your alpha male masterfulness.
    Caroline

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