Eric Zorn – 50 things in 50 years

Grâce aux chouettes liens de Somebaudy, j’ai découvert l’article de d’Eric Zorn, « 50 things I’ve learned in 50 years, a partial list in no particular order ».

Voici celles qui me parlent particulièrement et ce pour de multiples raisons (concision, simplicité, inspiration ou évidence savoureuse) :

  • Keeping perspective is the greatest key to happiness. From a distance, even a bumpy road looks smooth.
  • Don’t waste your breath proclaiming what’s really important to you. How you spend your time says it all.
  • Candor is overrated. It’s hard to unsay what you’ve said in anger and almost impossible to take back what you’ve written.
  • It’s never a shame when you admit you don’t know something, and often a shame when you assume that you do.
  • Anyone who judges you by the kind of car you drive or shoes you wear isn’t someone worth impressing.
  • If you’re in a conversation and you’re not asking questions, then it’s not a conversation, it’s a monologue.
  • In everyday life, most “talent” is simply hard work in disguise.
  • The store-brand jelly, cereal, paper goods, baking supplies and pharmacy products are good enough.
  • The 10-minute jump start is the best way to get going on a big task you’ve been avoiding. Set a timer and begin, promising yourself that you’ll quit after 10 minutes and do something else. The momentum will carry you forward.
  • All the stuff you have lying around that you’ll never want, need, wear or look at again? It just makes it harder to find what you do want, need or intend to wear. File it, donate it or throw it out.

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