September Pointers (7th of 8 posts)

zzz patternsHere’s the 7th of 8 posts this September highlighting five random pointers or ideas I’ve come across over the years.

They’re from print or are things I’ve overheard. Each one stands alone and they aren’t in any order of importance. I feel that without attributions, each pointer is more impactful and useful. Because they ring true, they don’t need a known name for validation, plus I’ve often modified the wording to make it more clear to me.


– Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, said when asked what the main aim of his life had been: “To be a good ancestor.”

– Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement.

– Our minds tend to put off the habit we want to create. So make it so easy you can’t say no. Actually doing the habit is much more important than how much of it you do. If you want to start exercising, just do three pushups every other day. It’s so dumb and easy you can’t not do it, and after two weeks or so the habit will be set and you can add on to your “routine.” Establish a habit first then add in volume.

– It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.

– “It comes down to trustworthiness.” Trust is a prerequisite for happiness. Trust not only of your government, of institutions, but trust of your neighbors. Several studies found that trust – more than income or even health – is the biggest factor in determining our happiness.