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”
“I was so afraid. I was afraid of losing you."
"Never, my love. We will always be together.”
“No one had figured out any of the other murders he’d done, had they? They got John Wayne Gacy, Jr., after over thirty murders in Chitown. Jeffrey Dahmer went down after seventeen in Milwaukee. Gary had murdered more than both of them put together. But no one knew who he was, or where he was, or what he planned to do next.”
“I said alone!”
He nodded in agreement. “Aye, you usually say that, and I still stay. It’s our way.”
“The long drizzle had begun. Pedestrians had turned up collars and trousers at the bottom. Hands were hidden in the pockets of the umbrella-less - umbrellas were up. The street looked like a sea of round, black-cloth roofs, twisting, bobbing, moving. Trucks and vans were rattling in a noisy line, and everywhere men were shielding themselves as best they could.”
“ You don't know what you want Livvie, and what you think you want, you've been brain-washed into wanting”
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