William H. McRaven

Reset Your Life In An Hour
by John Nagl
Make Your Bed
by William H. McRaven

If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle, because you can’t accomplish much on your own.

Embrace your failures, because every life has them, and what you learn will make you stronger.
Dare greatly, because life is a struggle, and without challenges, you’ll never know the limits of the possible.

University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven
Texas Exes
May 19, 2014

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Neil Gaiman Turns His Grad Speech Into ‘Good Art’
May 14, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/05/14/183950906/author-neil-gaiman-on-making-good-art

0:32 I got out into the world and wrote, and I became a better writer the more I wrote, and I wrote some more.

On the advice he got from horror writer Stephen King:
the most important piece of advice I was ever given, came in 1992 from Stephen King:
‘This is really wonderful, this is special. You should enjoy this. Just make a point of enjoying it.’

9:11 GAIMAN: And that feeling of just having created something, it’s a very, very real thing, that being able to look around and go, I’ve just improved the world by something that wasn’t there before

The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.
18:43 Someone asked me recently how to do something she thought it was going to be difficult. In this case recording an audiobook.
I suggested she pretends that she is someone who could do it. No pretend to do it, but pretend she was someone who could. She put up a note to this effect on the studio wall and she said it helped.
So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom.
And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave as they would.
[related: Shonda Rhimes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGMC6WjhldM]

Now go and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules, leave the world more interesting …

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Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
Jun 2005
http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html

04:00 It was beautiful. Historical. Artistically subtle, in a way that science can’t capture. And I found it fascinating.

08:15 Sometimes life’s gonna hit you in the head with a brick . Don’t lose faith.

09:07 If you live each day as if it were your last, some day you will almost certainly be right. It made an impression on me.

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Steve Jobs building NeXT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHsHKzYOV2E

Steve Jobs in 1987, as he left Apple and set out to create his next great computer empire, NeXT. A revealing portrait of the man millions would later come to recognize as the most influential mind of the 21st centuty.

reality distortion field
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_distortion_field

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