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On Life:

  • Figure out your purpose in life.
  • Have an undeviating steadiness towards that purpose.
  • Get in touch with your intuition.
  • You can be a rebel in the subtlest of your mannerisms, but a wild thing in your imagination.
  • Most of whom we know must die if we were to live truthfully.
  • Being yourself everywhere is both appalling and admirable.
  • Get this out of your mind: The idea of what and how others should be.
  • If something bad has happened to you, you’ve learnt a lesson. Learning isn’t such a bad thing.
  • The only thing that’s sustains life is the talent and diversity of all living beings.

 

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On Self-reflection:

  • You will never find a more meaningful relationship than with your own solitude.
  • Ask yourself what is preventing you from having a strong sense of wellbeing each day.
  • Read. You think you have it harder, read: Hunger by Knut Hamsun. You think you have existential angst, read: Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl. Religion is a man made calamity, read: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.
  • Renunciation is having passing thoughts about ice-cream but having no attachment and desire for it.
  • You can be as old as me and still be tense, urgent and uncertain about the future. 

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On Technology:

  • Media is trying to tell you that everything is wrong with the world. Kindly F it.
  • Go analog.
  • In this knowledge economy, find out how you can bring a different social capital to the table.
  • Entertaining yourself mindlessly on the Internet is living a life of existential risk.

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On Creativity:

  • Where you are extremely passionate, you are wildly resourceful.
  • Where your heart is you are boundless in aspiration.
  • If you are trying to make things work AND you’re not enjoying the process, it’s time to quit. Apply this to your job, your “passion” and your relationships.
  • Creativity comes from nature, isolation, sacrifice.
  • Be prolific.
  • So what if you’re not making money, you’re a writer and you love what you do.

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On Success:

  • Create a definition of happiness early on.
  • Happiness can just be a space that provides serenity where you’re doing an activity you’re passionate about.
  • Don’t fear social rejection. Just prepare yourself for overwhelming attention and learn to reluctantly ignore it.
  • Conspire with the universe to help your success.
  • Success is the coming together of self-discipline, talent, intelligence, strength and motivation.

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On Empathy:

  • It’s exhausting to be rude.
  • Be outrageously compassionate.
  • Humanism can be a religion.
  • Give others your undivided attention. Nobody usually needs much else.
  • Even the most confused mind can hear the three words, “I love you.”
  • Some people in the first world, have no likes on social media. Some people in the third world, have no food. Get some perspective.
  • If you want to receive, your hand must also be outstretched as if you’re giving out.
  • Be the one around whom people try a little harder to be their own self.

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On Change:

  • Keep a plant close to you and see it grow every day. Its radical what growth looks like.
  • Self acceptance is the prerequisite for change to occur.
  • Be intentionally extraordinary and different.
  • Revisit your narrative and if you are doing something easy; stop doing it.
  • Combat (your own) complacency.
  • Remember you are the master, not your desires, beliefs or expectations.

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On Self-preservation:

  • Say no often so that you self preserve.
  • Let your spirit be unknown, let the excitement of your quest be alive.
  • Don’t let your thoughts bind you. Be free.
  • Be resolute towards distractions and giving towards your cause.
  • Tell me a safer space for ambivalence and ambiguity than your heart.
  • Be a force of nature.

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