The next 2 hours could change the momentum of your entire week.

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Its 9:30pm.

And you’re staring down the barrel of a lackadaisical day.

Perhaps you never really managed to show up to your work today. Or maybe you neglected someone that you needed to have been there for as a friend, relative or partner.

The day has been slipping you by…

And why we’re terrible at choosing what to read.

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If you know how to read, odds are you feel like you’re not reading enough.

Like with exercise, most of us recognise the wonderful impact of reading more. We just can’t get ourselves to do it.

Life’s distractions don’t help our cause. But there’s something we do that directly contributes…

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“When the winds of change rage, some build windmills while others build shelters”

- Chinese Proverb

On its own, building shelters seems reasonable. If you’re expecting catastrophic weather, isn’t that the responsible thing to do? Yet, windmills remind us there’s a whole other possibility: we can see opportunity in crisis.

Really, this whole article is four quotes — and one book recommendation at the end.

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The Rational

“If there is a cure, what good is discontent?

If there is no cure, what good is discontent?”

- Santideva, 8th Century Buddhist Monk

The Purposeful

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

The Zen

“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.


Siddharth Chatterjee

Writer-philosopher. I use first-principles to understand how we can live more creative, masterful and fulfilled lives.

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