the resources that had the biggest impact on the way I view personal development/cultivation
→ the good life is not about the pursuit of pleasure, but rather the pursuit of “eudaimonia,” or flourishing. This kind of happiness does not come from without, but from within—from pursuing excellence, growth, meaning, and authenticity.
Rather than sticking to the script we assigned ourselves (or our structures and society assigned us), maybe we can imagine who we are, what matters to us, and what we need without focusing on “growing into” the next big thing. Maybe we can look at ourselves-as-is, rather than the ones we envisioned becoming. That’s the place everything else grows from, anyway.
That definition of success is entirely up to you. When the weight of the world feels particularly heavy, or I’ve taken on entirely too much, I remind myself that I’m spending my time exactly as I set out to. When you live a life entirely in line with your goals and values as a person, spending a single minute fantasizing about throwing in the towel feels like a poor use of time.
Act always as if the future of the universe depended on what you did,
while laughing at yourself for thinking that whatever you do makes any difference.