Vlad Zachary · 100 pages
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“Don’t be stuck in a storm. Be the storm. Godspeed,”
“The battle has many faces and most of them we can see in the mirror!”
“When we want to reach higher we cannot do much about our nature. We are who we are—born with a predetermined collection of genes. We have our particular history, our upbringing, and our education. They are in the past and we cannot change them. We can’t do much about luck either, other than prepare for it. At the end of the day, all we can really affect is ourselves. We can choose to practice more, practice better, and always do the right thing. When we find the way to build ourselves up, we hope our nature finds a way to adjust and our luck follows.”
“One of the sources of success is our ability to change. It is our ability to recognize when it matters and take active steps to adjust, to move our own cheese. This is how we succeed—no matter what we define success to be. We succeed by learning to use “uncomfortable” and live with it, not by avoiding it. The”
“The main source of success is excellence, and excellence depends more on our internal circumstances. Grit, determination, and the discipline to put in the hard work as a matter of habit, and not a matter of need, are crucial.”
“To become really good at something, we need to build a habit of paying attention while doing the boring practice stuff. The hard part is keeping the focus on how to make the small changes, the improvements in what we already know. These are the small steps that bring us closer to perfection. A life of excellence, therefore, is a life of paying attention and a life of deliberate, continuous change. The need for continuous change is at the center of the idea of the Excellence Habit, and it also might be the hardest one to accept.”
“We have to master our ability to deal with adversity and to use it. A fulfilling life requires embracing rather than running from difficulty. The best way to do this is to discover and build our own Excellence Habit. Success”
“Success is about results. Excellence, on the other hand, is about the process. It is about how we do the work. It is about how much we do every day. It is about the road we take to reach our destination.”
“Simplistic as it may seem, if we wanted the best results from high achievers, we need to make sure they think of their assignments as serious and important. And when we want to get low achievers to outperform themselves, then it is best to structure their assignments around the concept of fun. This”
“Miranda was shocked to hear Nicholas speak of slavery in glowing terms, as an efficient agricultural system. This wasn't the South! Yet as she surveyed her employer's strong dark profile in secret from beneath her long lashes, she was forced to conclude that the role of master suited Nicholas Van Ryn perfectly. Even when she closed her eyes, the impression of cruelty and power remained. But it was herself she saw as the darky slave, stripped of her free will and trembling at her master's approach.”
“Moving forward quietly to Jerott’s side, Adam Blacklock had heard. ‘Don’t you understand? The authorities are afraid of them both,’ he said gently. ‘Why do you supose this cordon is here, which only an unarmed girl was allowed to pass through? Lymond, loyal to Scotland, might be a threat to French power greater than even Gabriel, one of these days—Philippa!’ And a wordless shout, like a cry at a cockfight, rose among the stone pillars and sank muffled into the old, dusty banners above the choir roof. For Philippa Somerville, who believed in action when words were not enough, had leaned over and snatched the knife from Lymond’s left hand.”
“He wonders if words aren't an essential element of sex, if talking isn't finally a more subtle form of touching, and if the images dancing in our heads aren't just as important as the bodies we hold in our arms. Margot tells him that sex is the one thing in life that counts for her, that if she couldn't have sex she would probably kill herself to escape the boredom and monotony of being trapped inside her own skin. Walker doesn't say anything, but as he comes into her for the second time, he realizes that he shares her opinion. He is mad for sex. Even in the grip of the most crushing despair, he is mad for sex. Sex is the lord and the redeemer, the only salvation on earth.”
“I was good at digging holes. It was the rest of life I sucked at.”
“Umm. Wow. Did it grow? Because it looks bigger."
"Kissin' your red-hot love flower made this stem grow big and hard just for you, baby doll."
AJ managed to meet his eyes. "Love flower?"
"Thought maybe you wanted some kinda sweet-talkin' love words first.”
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