#1

Surprise yourself.

Source: Mise Mé Féin
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      #2

      Embrace boredom.

      Source: Mise Mé Féin
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          #3

          Read slowly & re-read.

          Source: Mise Mé Féin
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              #4

              There is always an excuse.

              Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                • Counter bad / convenient excuses with better reasons.
                #5

                Minimize distractions.

                Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                  • Ruthlessly unsubscribe.
                  • Control the flow (e.g. configure devices to only manually retrieve e-mail, only check email at certain times, etc.
                  • Disable 90% of alerts, especially on peripherals.
                  #6

                  Live somewhere awesome.

                  Source: Jason Custer
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                      #7

                      Maximize retention.

                      Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                        • (Almost) always take notes.
                        • Spaced repetition.
                        • Deliberate practice.
                        #8

                        Optimize investment of time.

                        Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                          • Avoid time sucks (parallels control the flow).
                          • Train yourself to automatically disengage from marketing materials.
                          • Skip introductions - or read them last.
                          • Ignore and do not consume media with partisan, misleading, or click-bait titles...unlessing you're actively working to debunk misinformation.
                          #9

                          Trust that it will all come together.

                          Source: Mise Mé Féin
                          Justifications:
                          • All knowledge is unified (see above): it just takes time (and mental preparation) to make the connections.
                          Concrete Applications:
                          • Reject AEP hyper-competitive conditioning: it's not about speed it's about retention.
                          • You are smarter and more capable than you think.
                          #10

                          Be sure you understand the text / author first, then try to move beyond it / them.

                          Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                              #11

                              Curb and question your impulse to "stockpile" books, music, and other media.

                              Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                              • Reinforces rule regarding optimizing time and avoiding time sucks.
                              • Buying / having is not the same time as understanding, appreciating, or doing.
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                              • Capture and track these sorts of tasks in a tool and tackle at a set time for spaced intervals.
                              • Aim to eventually automate as many of these tasks as possible.
                              #12

                              Program or be programmed.

                              Blue Twitter icon. Source: Douglas Rushkoff
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                                  #13

                                  When you're feeling self-pity, envy, sadness, or anger ACT.

                                  Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                  • Action is the antidote to these feelings.
                                  • Action is what changes and improves your situation over time.
                                  • "Anger is an energy."
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                                    #14

                                    Write it down now because you won't remember it later.

                                    Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                        #15

                                        Learn more now, as patiently and thoroughly as possible, in order to do more, as skillfully and gracefully as possible, later.

                                        Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                            #16

                                            Ask for help the right way when you need it.

                                            Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                              • Be clear and concise.
                                              • Include all relevent details in your "ask".
                                              #17

                                              To avoid an achievement plateau, discipline must increase, not diminish, with success.

                                              Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                  #18

                                                  Prioritize sources of information with high analytic and intellectual value.

                                                  Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                    • Morozov's The Syllabus
                                                    • Intriguing parallels here that may lead to additional rules: food, nurtrition, exercise.
                                                    #19

                                                    Create systems, not goals.

                                                    Blue Twitter icon. Source: Steven Handel
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                                                        #20

                                                        Recognize your biases and avoid them; it's easier than eliminating them altogether.

                                                        Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                            #21

                                                            First see the circle.

                                                            Blue Twitter icon. Source: Scott Young
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                                                                #22

                                                                Discover music through tracks but appreciate music through albums.

                                                                Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                  • Never engage in this kind of online behavior myself!
                                                                  #23

                                                                  Systematically ignore or mute posts in my feeds with words like 'thrilled', 'blessed', 'passionate', 'so excited', 'amazing' etc.

                                                                  Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                  • I will know about significant milestones in my friends' and family members' lives long before they're posted on social media.
                                                                  • Everything shared by everyone else is (almost) always variations on the BetterLifeThanYoursbook approach to "sharing" online. Focusing on any of this invariably knocks me off task.
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                                                                    #24

                                                                    There's always more you can read, listen to, consume, absorb, etc.

                                                                    Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                      • Accept this fact.
                                                                      • Curate and consume wisely.
                                                                      • Be humble.
                                                                      • Be skeptical about the value of short-form writing.
                                                                      • Move on!
                                                                      #25

                                                                      Avoid things that appear learned but are, in fact, journalistic.

                                                                      Blue Twitter icon. Source: Nassim Taleb
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                                                                        • Explore robust series of facts rather than outsized personalities, famous biographies, or accounts of great events.
                                                                        #26

                                                                        Hope with your body if you cannot hope with your mind.

                                                                        Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                          #27

                                                                          Remember that you are no longer "back there" and that there are other ways forward, especially now.

                                                                          Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                              #28

                                                                              It's OK to make mistakes; just don't make stupid ones.

                                                                              Source: Anonymous
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                                                                              • "A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in light of the information available until that point."
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                                                                              • "For the robust, an error is information."
                                                                              #29

                                                                              One day, this year or maybe the next, you'll be somewhere else. So enjoy yourself now.

                                                                              Source: Ron Swanson
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                                                                                  #30

                                                                                  Never leave a good time for a better one.

                                                                                  Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                      #31

                                                                                      Sometimes people change. Sometimes people don't. Regularly review your ideas about others to make sure you're in touch with who's really in front of you. When possible, desirable, and safe, give people an opportunity to change your mind about them.

                                                                                      Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                          #32

                                                                                          Listen more than you speak.

                                                                                          Source: Mo Seanathair
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                                                                                              #33

                                                                                              (Almost) never create a tool without hooking it into a process.

                                                                                              Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                  #34

                                                                                                  Move slowly. Notice things.

                                                                                                  Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                  • Contra Facebook and convention "wisdom" re: how best to organize life on and off the job.
                                                                                                  • Thought of this in connection with apps, web tools, etc. Taking the time to work through, observe the UX, explore features, and learn hacks around little problems (e.g. how to convert an e-mail to PDF without losing hyperlinks).
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                                                                                                    #35

                                                                                                    Whenever possible and ethical, look for or create and maintain processes that iterate and compound.

                                                                                                    Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                        #36

                                                                                                        Do the workout / exercise routine you like the least first.

                                                                                                        Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                        • Learned this the hard way through my core exercise routine!
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                                                                                                          #37

                                                                                                          Some part of your investment portfolio should align with products and services that you regularly use (e.g Lawry's salt, post-it notes).

                                                                                                          Source: The Motley Fool
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                                                                                                              #38

                                                                                                              Only use one delivery channel / vector for data unless you have a compelling reason to use more than one.

                                                                                                              Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                              • Reduces needless duplication, further optimizes investment of time, and minimizes process drag.
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                                                                                                              • Remember to think about and clarify why you're using a specific delivery channel.
                                                                                                              #39

                                                                                                              Whenever you become aware that your attention has been stolen, bring it back.

                                                                                                              Source: Fr. Martin Laird, OSA
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                                                                                                                • Awareness of breath, breath united with prayer word, sitting in awareness.
                                                                                                                • The practice is not trying not to be distracted.
                                                                                                                • Be careful with the thoughts that will attach to a recognition that you have been distrated. Do not pile thought upon thought!
                                                                                                                • The goal is the creation of a habitus: "an interior moment that gradually excavates the present moment."
                                                                                                                #40

                                                                                                                Live simply in order to live freely.

                                                                                                                Black pinterest icon. Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                    #41

                                                                                                                    If you're lucky enough to get rich, be wise enough not to tell anybody.

                                                                                                                    Source: Anonymous
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                                                                                                                        #42

                                                                                                                        Respect / appreciation how little you really know about your impact online, especially on social media.

                                                                                                                        Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                          • Never "shrug and share".
                                                                                                                          #43

                                                                                                                          The first thing you should do when you find yourself in a hole is stop digging.

                                                                                                                          Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                            • Applied this mostly to Personal Log backlogs, but I'm confident this can readily be applied in other contexts.
                                                                                                                            #44

                                                                                                                            Finish setting up processes, then document them.

                                                                                                                            Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                            • Documentation will help you see problems & bottlenecks, articulate & envision solutions.
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                                                                                                                            • Prepare rough outline sketch as you go.
                                                                                                                            #45

                                                                                                                            Only follow people on Twitter you like, respect, can learn from, are funny, or genuinely interest you.

                                                                                                                            Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                              • For everyone else there are lists .. and the mute button.
                                                                                                                              #46

                                                                                                                              Use it only when you need it.

                                                                                                                              Blue Twitter icon. Source: Sara Soueidan
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                                                                                                                                  #47

                                                                                                                                  Focus on the horizon, don't get lost in the foreground. Look through. Look beyond.

                                                                                                                                  Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                      #48

                                                                                                                                      Don't think about finishing; think about putting in the time.

                                                                                                                                      Source: B. Oakley
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                                                                                                                                          #49

                                                                                                                                          Dividends until the dogs have their day.

                                                                                                                                          Source: Jason Custer
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                                                                                                                                              #50

                                                                                                                                              Formatting comes at the end. Deciding what you will be formatting comes at the beginning.

                                                                                                                                              Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                  #51

                                                                                                                                                  Eat more food, fewer food-like products.

                                                                                                                                                  Blue Twitter icon. Source: What I've Learned
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                                                                                                                                                  • Japanese dietary habits.
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                                                                                                                                                    #1

                                                                                                                                                    It's often easier than I think it is ...

                                                                                                                                                    Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                      • This is the first part of a parallel fleshed out further in Assumption #20.
                                                                                                                                                      #2

                                                                                                                                                      The most difficult part of any project is maintaing discipline and enduring boredom.

                                                                                                                                                      Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                          #3

                                                                                                                                                          All knowledge is unified.

                                                                                                                                                          Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                              #4

                                                                                                                                                              There are no hard subjects, only missing prerequisites.

                                                                                                                                                              Blue Twitter icon. Source: Scott Young
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                                                                                                                                                                  #5

                                                                                                                                                                  Confusion is the sweat of learning.

                                                                                                                                                                  Blue Twitter icon. Source: Rhett Allain
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                                                                                                                                                                      #6

                                                                                                                                                                      The key to eating healthy is avoiding any food that has a TV commercial.

                                                                                                                                                                      Source: Dermot Curtin
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                                                                                                                                                                          #7

                                                                                                                                                                          Most people's ideas are not their own.

                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                          • People don't put in the hard work to learn key concepts, master primary texts, make connections, or generate insights.
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                                                                                                                                                                          • For non-current issues (i.e. whatever's not currently circulating in the media) this means that, if you can ID the sources of a personal's ideas, you're at an advantage.
                                                                                                                                                                          • For current issues this means that if you focus on collecting and reading articles, reviews, etc. you can position yourself to "Gordon Wood" interlocutors, peg people's go-to sources, gain mindshare, and by strategitically injecting your own insights, influence and persuade people of all political opinions.
                                                                                                                                                                          #8

                                                                                                                                                                          A good book gets better at a second reading, a great book at a third. Any book not worth re-reading isn't worth reading in the first place.

                                                                                                                                                                          Blue Twitter icon. Source: Nassim Taleb
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                                                                                                                                                                            • There is an obvious paradox here: unfortunately, there is no way way to know whether a book isn't worth re-reading until after you've read it.
                                                                                                                                                                            #9

                                                                                                                                                                            All online media with provocative quotes in the title are clickbait and not worth reading.

                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                #10

                                                                                                                                                                                Clicking is not the same as reading.

                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                    #11

                                                                                                                                                                                    Freedom and fear are always together.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: The Young Pope
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                                                                                                                                                                                        #12

                                                                                                                                                                                        One's inbox is not a place to collaborate or get things done.

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                icon. Source: Brian Cervino
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                                                                                                                                                                                            #13

                                                                                                                                                                                            What is possible is not always imaginable.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                #14

                                                                                                                                                                                                The only thing the probable makes certain is the emergence of the unlikely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    #15

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A fit & healthy body is the best accessory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        #16

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Watching successful people work is more effective than asking successful people how to succeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            #17

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Athleticism is just another form of intelligence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                #18

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's much easier to stay healthy than it is to heal from a problem or disease; and no amount of success or money can replace your health.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blue Twitter icon. Source: Bernard Marr
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    #19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In the end (and probably the beginning and middle as well) finance is about trade offs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blue Twitter icon. Source: Ben Carlson (Adapted)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        #20

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ... but it often takes more time to complete than I anticipated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Parallels & rounds out the sentiment expressed in Assumption #1.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          #21

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Unless I am careful to balance my accumulation of knowledge with my growth in love, learning more will not make me smarter. It will make me lonelier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #22

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Achievement is its own reward. Pride obscures it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Maj. Garland Briggs
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                #23

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Habits do not restrict freedom. They create it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    #24

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We often sacrifice success due to impatience. Some goals just aren't achievable in a few months - or even single digita years. Thinking on a 5, 10, 20 year scale, though difficult, is like moving from a game of checkers to a game of chess. It makes the universe of possibilities look quite different.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Blue Twitter icon. Source: Arianna Simpson
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        #25

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Má bhíom daoine súgach is má bhím sugach leo, ó cad é sín don té sin nach mbaineann sin dó?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #26

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Examining 11 examples of something is the beginning of real understanding. This pushes past the natural tendency to stop at a multiple of five. Knowledge lies in the places we aren't accustomed (sic.).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Blue Twitter icon. Source: Herb Gallow
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                #27

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A working prototype is preferable to a perfect model

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Mise Mé Féin
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    #28

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When you get old enough, risk and time management become worth something too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Jason Custer
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        #29

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fixing real life things is a lot like programming: read the docs, watch some videos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Blue Twitter icon. Source: Wes Bos
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            #30

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Source: Jean-Michel Basquiat
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