KEY REMINDERS OF LIFE
Ask yourself: What might be an optimistic way of viewing this situation?
Meditate on if this situation is a way to improve my character/integrity.
Remember to uncouple pure love from desirous attachment of a person/object/habit.
What can you be grateful for at this moment?
Breathe in. Breathe out. If there is life in you, there is something you can be grateful for.
List down the 5 gifts that you have been given without your permission.
On mental turbulence
Hunt for the good.
Find inspiration. Read self-help literature.
Find simple joys of life.
Go on a retreat to the nature. Your mind needs to marvel a bit in the universe that is beyond your current situation.
Talk to good-hearted people who will remind you of your best traits.
Remember that you are both a masterpiece and also a work in progress.
The climb up the mountain is supposed to be tough not easy. When you have mental clarity, it becomes simple but still will need the effort and work. (10,000 hrs rule!)
Life is supposed to be hard and suffering (for brief periods) is inevitable.
On others' success
Be genuinely happy for them. Don't fall in this mirror trap.
The whole world might not care about your story but for one person today your story might make a difference.
Write like you are speaking to a your own self from 5 or 10 years ago. When you teach, you learn twice.
Quit vanity metrics. Have gutsy goals but don't micro-manage them.
QUOTES THAT INSPIRE ACTION
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” ― Mark Twain
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." ― Buddha
"Document, don't create. Just showing up (on the internet!) for people who might need your work is a massively underrated strategy." ― Gary Vaynerchuk
“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." ― Theodore Roosevelt