3 quotes for Feb 19, 2021

Ryan Holiday. Josh Kaufman. Charlie Munger.

The struggle against an obstacle inevitably propels the fighter to a new level of functioning. The extent of the struggle determines the extent of the growth. The obstacle is an advantage, not adversity. The enemy is the any perception that prevents us from seeing this.

– Ryan Holiday

You see this in sport. Sometimes, the competitors elevate themselves to another level. It can work for us as well when we get out of our comfort zone and fight through.

Easier said than done.


Eliminate unproductive context switching, and you'll get more done with less effort.

– Josh Kaufman

Going back to some simple rules I had set for myself during the lockdown has gotten my workweek to a much better state than last week. And with more free time than last week.

When I am working on something and I don't have a productive few minutes, or most often, I am not sure how to start - I get frustrated and open up the browser and go to Reddit or some such place. When I don't do this and sit impatiently and continue to chip away eventually, things seem to get done magically.


It’s bad to have an opinion you’re proud of if you can’t state the arguments for the other side better than your opponents. This is a great mental discipline.

– Charlie Munger

This seems sensible and profound. Doing this has been interesting.


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