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How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love
by Maria Popova Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends. “Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.” But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery. Every few months, I rediscover and redevour Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham’s fantastic 2006 article, How to Do What You Love. What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. More of Graham’s wisdom on how to find meaning and make wealth can be found in Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age. His terrific 2009 TED talk offers a taste: 16. Later, MacLeod echoes Graham’s point about prestige above: 28.

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Anna Deavere Smith on Discipline and How We Can Learn to Stop Letting Others Define Us by Maria Popova “What you are will show, ultimately. Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.” “Discipline,” the late and great Massimo Vignelli wrote, “is the attitude that helps us discern right from wrong… Discipline is what makes us responsible toward ourselves [and] toward the society in which we live.” It’s a dimensional definition that touches, ever so gently, on the second meaning of discipline — not merely the act of showing up or the quality of “grit” that psychologists tell us is the greatest predictor of success, but the unflinching commitment to ourselves, to our own sense of merit and morality, to our own ideals and integrity.

How Turning My To-Dos into a Story Boosted My Memory and Solved My Procrastination Problem Very interesting, Thorin. I've been playing with the idea of transforming todos into stories, to give them some meaning and context, but I write notes about each todo. Sometimes I've tried to write stories about the todos, but it usually derives to the form of a diary, which is mostly boring, and not very useful, since it happens afterwards. Your approach has interesting differences: - third person point of view (you write as though you are not you) - you write before the day (and not after, as a log or diary)

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