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I think greatness is something you do, not something you are

I'm really lucky to have the friends I have. (Well, luck doesn't exist, but I'm very... blessed/fortunate/something...)

My friend Brendon and I correspond pretty regularly, keep each other on track with goals/projects, share ideas, share science papers/books. He taught me how to play Go and how to sysadmin a Linux box, and we've had lots of great chats about business, philosophy, martial arts, combat, science, learning, winning, lots of stuff. I told him my book is almost done and though isn't imperfect in some ways, it's close enough, I'm going to finish it up, and that'll free me to work on my next book, on art, on business and entrepreneurship, etc. I could re-write this sucker 3 or 4 times over the next 10 years and it'd get better each time, or I could write a book or two per year and each book I'd improve in skill. I'm going the latter route.

Still, I'm nervous and uneasy over this to some extent, actually to a very large extent, and I'm not too shy to say that. Bren wrote this to me in an email:

Incredibly exciting. Given your commitment to keep writing, I think pushing it out is a great move. The victory of achieving that will be tremendously inspiring, and you can start to get your ideas in front of people to see how they react with no further delay. Enjoy the push across the finish line. You're a great man with a great mind full of great ideas. You will do great good, which will be greatly rewarded, as greatness is all too rare a gift in this world. You will achieve great scorn, which will be promptly forgotten, as there are far too many things for a Hater to Hate in this world.

First, man, I'm so fortunate to have such great friends. Thanks, man. Intellectually I understand most of what you write, but doing it in the real world is something else entirely. Thank you for the encouragement, you couldn't possibly know how valuable it is to me and how even a few words like that help make me stronger and keep me going

The 3 Keys to Success: What You Need To Know To Be More Successfull

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Over the last few days I read (and participated in) a very interesting discussion on what qualities were necessary for success. There was talk of several, among them: attitude, perseverance, patience, humility, etc. I agree in principle that all of these virtues can be part of someone's of success and they can even facilitate the work of achieving it, however, I think we can delve deeper and go straight to the essence of what it takes to have all the success you want. First, let's define what is the success, according to the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language: Success. (From lat. exĭtus outlet).

I like this definition, but I think it falls a little short because the focus is directed to business. I think we should include the results over the course of one's personal life. Also, I believe that each one should define exactly what it means to be "successful" for them. It is likely that what I would regard as success, you might not or vice versa. What's more, someone could be successful in their business but be a failure in their personal life. How many times have we seen someone famous that seems to have "have it all" professionally, then their personal life is a disaster? Once again, here we would have to see how to measure "disaster". What do you consider being a disaster? And if they don't consider themselves a disaster, are they? Well, one of the participants of the discussion considers that there are three main virtues necessary for success: attitude, patience and humility. We should first define each one of them to see how to fit them into the definition of success : Attitude. (From lat. * Actitūdo).

I love the part "moods expressed in some way" and fits perfectly with my perception of what "attitude" is. How does it fit into your vision? Patience. (From lat. patientĭa).

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