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Mark Twain

“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” –Mark Twain

Elon Musk and Secular Faith

“If you can believe, all things are possible for him who believes.” -Jesus

I’ve seen nothing to suggest that Elon Musk believes in God, but he exemplifies a type of strong-willed determined faith that transforms impossible into possible by denying impossibility. He determines that something can be done, refuses to accept that it cannot be done – and makes it happen.

Best Way Out

“The best way out is always through.”
–Robert Frost

Shameless Persistence

One day Jesus’s disciples asked him how to pray—which is hilarious when you think about it: here they are talking with God (aka Jesus) asking him, ‘How should we talk with you?’

Remarkably, Jesus gives them the lay of land:

Here’s how it works, fellas: be stubborn, mule-headed and unstoppable in pursuing what you want. Be SHAMELESSLY PERSISTENT.

Jesus tell this story about a guy whose has guests arrive at midnight; he has nothing for the guests to eat (good planning, Jethro), so he hounds his next door neighbor to mooch some grub.

The neighbor says, “No, go away, I’m in bed.”

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Persistence and Habit

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”
― Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories

Kill your idols.

“People are not who you want them to be. Kill your idols. Sure there are things we can learn from people–but people aren’t going to be what you think they are–what they should be.

“People, even those people you have put up on a pedestal, are going to be faulted, weak, egomaniacal, condescending. They are going to be lazy, entitled, shortsighted. They will not be perfect. Far from it.

“That’s fine. Learn from their weaknesses. Of course: learn from their strengths and mimic and copy them in what they do well. But equally as important: Learn from their faults.

“See what not to do.

“Because you can’t control other people. You can’t make them what you want them to be. You can’t make them who you want them to be.

“The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want to be:

“Faster. Stronger. Smarter. More humble. Less ego.”

–from “Discipline Equals Freedom”, Jocko Willink

Let me tell you what to do

It’s easier to tell other people to persist than to do so yourself.

When you Hit a Wrong Note

“When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note you play that determines if it’s good or bad.” —Miles Davis

 

Being There

Journal entry from 2013

It was touching last night to see daughter Michelle laying in bed with my youngest son Casey watching a National Geographic program on sharks. They were cuddled up in bed and Casey what was beaming with satisfaction.

I lay down next to him for a bit; and when I got up to go, Casey looked at Michelle like, “Are you leaving too?” and Michelle said “No I want to lay here with you” and he nestled in happy. He just wanted to be present. Sometimes the best way to love someone is to Be There —I’ve no where to go,  I don’t want to go, this is exactly where I want to be: with you.

Write Your Own Book

“Write your own book instead of reading someone else’s book about success.”
-Herb Brooks

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