15 Insights for a life of Acute Brilliance

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1. The great call on our lives is to do our part to make other lives better.

2. Get enough rest. It’s a key factor in high performance + longevity.

3. Focus on how far you’ve come versus how far you still have to go.

4. Make the time to thank those who have encouraged you along the way.

5. Remind yourself relentlessly that mastery comes from going to your edges rather than clinging to what’s known.

6. Do more things that make you happy.

7. Practice removing complaint from your vocabulary (bonus tip: complaint is often frozen anger).

8. See your work as your craft. And devote yourself to knowing more about what you do than anyone who has ever done what you do.

9. Remember that creativity + peak productivity are seasonal: there’s a time to plant and a time to harvest.

10. Be kind to strangers. You just might save a life this way.

11. Regularly rewrite how you will have wished you will have lived on the last day of your life in your journal. This heightens your focus on doing what counts. And trains your brain to get it done.

12. Read for an hour a day. This ritual opens up frontiers that will make you a better producer, a deeper thinker and a richer human.

13. Walk into the situations that terrify you. This is how bravery grows. And the finest way I know of to take your power back.

14. Know that internal power, cultivated via years of inner work (reading + visualizing + contemplating + affirming + journaling + discussing + meditating + going to conferences etc.) is exponentially more valuable (and fulfilling) than external power (titles/status/cash)…a strong character always beats a large bank account…and decency lasts longer than fame.

15. When you stumble, just say “I am sorry”.


Reproduced with kind permission from Robin Sharma


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