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    Medium | Jvnto | 9/21/16 | 22 min
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    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      2 weeks ago

      Learn all your life. Learn from your failures. Learn from your successes, When you hit a spell of trouble, ask “What is it trying to teach me?” The lessons aren’t always happy ones, but they keep coming. It isn’t a bad idea to pause occasionally for an inward look. By midlife, most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.

    • bartadamley
      Reading streakScout
      4 months ago

      Your identity is what you’ve committed yourself to.

      love this one! So many pieces of wisdom, and is truly a great read to have a fresh mindset for the upcoming week.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      5 months ago

      Yes! Lots to chew on here. I’m very glad I read this. The timing feels perfect for me, and I suspect many others will feel the same way as these are timeless topics.

      Self-preoccupation is a prison, as every self-absorbed person finally knows. Commitments to larger purposes can get you out of prison.

    • nomvulave5 months ago

      There's really no manual to life but this enriching speech might just border on becoming one. I'll definitely be coming back to this one.

      Nothing is ever finally safe. Every important battle is fought and re-fought. We need to develop a resilient, indomitable morale that enables us to face those realities and still strive with every ounce of energy to prevail. You may wonder if such a struggle — endless and of uncertain outcome — isn’t more than humans can bear. But all of history suggests that the human spirit is well fitted to cope with just that kind of world.

    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      5 months ago

      Excellent speech by John Gardner!

      If I may offer you a simple maxim, “Be interesting,” Everyone wants to be interesting — but the vitalizing thing is to be interested. Keep a sense of curiosity. Discover new things. Care. Risk failure. Reach out.

      The things you learn in maturity aren’t simple things such as acquiring information and skills. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You leant not to burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions, if you have any, which you do. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent, but pays off on character.

      1. Update (8/21/2020):

        Some more interesting reads: Raw Nerve - a series of pieces on getting better at life by Aaron Swartz