“Success leads to the greatest failure, which is pride. Failure leads to the greatest success, which is humility and learning. In order to fulfill yourself, you have to forget yourself. In order to find yourself, you have to lose yourself.” –David Brooks (The Road to Character)
Happy Christmas Eve!
This week, we wrote about how our successes should align with our eulogy virtues and how our high measures for success are often impossible to summit. There’s a Failogue story on It’s a Wonderful Life and our thoughts on Rosie Revere, Engineer, a children’s book with a great message for adults. Plus some words on our tendency to overload and some tactics to get past our cycles of negative self-talk.
Here are some things we thought were worth sharing this week:
- ‘The psychology of “more opportunities later” impairs our present moment decisions. How often has the promise of later made you neglect a present opportunity?’ Stephen Guise on why tomorrow is not your friend.
- Because it’s almost Christmas, give The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry a read. It’s a beautiful story on the nature of sacrifice, giving, and love with the classic O. Henry surprise ending.
- Maria Popova on how a telescoping view in helpful in living in turbulent times.
- Do you use Medium? Every week, we’ll be posting a few articles there!
- “Start small, start now” over start big, start later. This is why we advocate sharing something every day.
- Favorite book lists this week: Austin Kleon’s reading year, along with his past twelve reading years. We added Montaigne by Stefan Zweig and How to Think by Alan Jacobs based on his recommendations!
- The Creative Independent, one of the best sources for interviews with creatives, asked their readers what makes starting a new project challenging.
- There are many things that we can learn from the failures and imperfections of the people we admire from history. This is why we created the our Failogue series.
- Our favorite byte this week. Every day, we post a byte on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or you can check out our searchable collection of quotes.
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Thanks to For the Interested for article ideas!