“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.” —Mortimer Adler
Fred Wilson makes the point in a short blog post:
There will always be new mistakes to make. It is best not to repeat the ones you’ve already made.
“Your relentless pursuit of wisdom postpones your actually possessing it. Quit chasing after tonics and new teachers. The latest fashionable sage or book or diet or belief doesn’t move you in the direction of a flourishing life. You do.”
Do less, do what you do better, don’t get distracted along the way.
Cal Newport, blogging about Michael Lewis’s podcast conversation with Tim Ferris
Sometimes, we assume that the person we’re engaging with knows exactly what we mean and want to express. But that assumption is often wrong, and a little redundancy can go a long way. – Seth Godin
Read the post here
A little over ten years ago, my father had an accident and it put him into a coma that lasted a month. He was intubated, and put in a ward where they parked people who were in various stages of vegetativeness. I spent a lot of time there, reading to him, watching out for him, and I got to know various people on staff in the hospital. I had thought these were some of the worst jobs in the world, but I got an impression that it was quite the opposite, so I checked it out, and they all said they loved their jobs. I had plenty of time to think, and I realized that in many jobs, esp the ones I have done, the way you help people can be kind of abstract, hard to visualize. But people who care for others as their job, see the result of their work every day, all the time.
“Half our standards come from our first masters, and the other half from our first loves.”
VC Fred Wilson, while writing about the importance of mentors, also suggests this:
The thing about mentors is you can’t really ask someone to mentor you. It kind of happens organically. Someone takes you under their wing. They see something in you and want to bring it out, develop it. That’s how the best mentor/mentee relationships happen. And they are so great.