Steve Jobs Quotes

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.  You have to trust that somehow the dots will connect in your future.  You have to trust that somthing: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever; because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference.”

sometimes lifes gonna hit u in the head with a brick. don’t lose faith, i’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going is that I loved what I did.  You’ve got to find what you’ve loved and that is as true for work as it is for lovers. your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work and the only way to do great work is to love what you do, if you haven’t found it yet keep looking and dont settle. as with all matters of the heart youll know when you find, and like any great relationship it just gets better and better as the years roll on.  so keep looking, don’t settle.

Excerts from Sun Tzu – The Art of War

These are some excerpts that I found interesting from Sun Tzu The Art of War

I. Laying Plans

18. All warfare is based on deception.

19. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

II. Waging War

6. There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.

19. In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

20. Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people’s fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.

III. Attack by Stratagem

2. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

8. It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy’s one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if twice as numerous, to divide our army into two.

17. Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. (2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. (3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. (4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. (5) He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.

18. Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

IV. Tactical Dispositions

2. To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

3. Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy.

4. Hence the saying: One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.

11. What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.

12. Hence his victories bring him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage.

13. He wins his battles by making no mistakes. Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.

14. Hence the skillful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy.

15. Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

V. Energy

7.There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

8. There are not more than five primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

9. There are not more than five cardinal tastes (sour, acrid, salt, sweet, bitter), yet combinations of them yield more flavors than can ever be tasted.

10. In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack–the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of maneuvers.

11. The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle–you never come to an end. Who can exhaust the possibilities of their combination?

VI. Weak Points and Strong

27. All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

28. Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.

VII. Maneuvering

15. In war, practice dissimulation, and you will succeed.

16. Whether to concentrate or to divide your troops, must be decided by circumstances.

17. Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest.

18. In raiding and plundering be like fire, is immovability like a mountain.

19. Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.

20. When you plunder a countryside, let the spoil be divided amongst your men; when you capture new territory, cut it up into allotments for the benefit of the soldiery.

21. Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.

22. He will conquer who has learnt the artifice of deviation. Such is the art of maneuvering.

28. Now a soldier’s spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is bent only on returning to camp.

29. A clever general, therefore, avoids an army when its spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return. This is the art of studying moods.

30. Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:–this is the art of retaining self-possession.

31. To be near the goal while the enemy is still far from it, to wait at ease while the enemy is toiling and struggling, to be well-fed while the enemy is famished:–this is the art of husbanding one’s strength.

32. To refrain from intercepting an enemy whose banners are in perfect order, to refrain from attacking an army drawn up in calm and confident array:–this is the art of studying circumstances.

VIII. Variation in Tactics

12. There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: (1) Recklessness, which leads to destruction; (2) cowardice, which leads to capture; (3) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; (4) a delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame; (5) over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble.


X. Terrain


16. When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is insubordination. When the officers are too strong and the common soldiers too weak, the result is collapse.

17. When the higher officers are angry and insubordinate, and on meeting the enemy give battle on their own account from a feeling of resentment, before the commander-in-chief can tell whether or no he is in a position to fight, the result is ruin.

18. When the general is weak and without authority; when his orders are not clear and distinct; when there are no fixes duties assigned to officers and men, and the ranks are formed in a slovenly haphazard manner, the result is utter disorganization.

19. When a general, unable to estimate the enemy’s strength, allows an inferior force to engage a larger one, or hurls a weak detachment against a powerful one, and neglects to place picked soldiers in the front rank, the result must be rout.

22. He who knows these things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them not, nor practices them, will surely be defeated.

23. If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight even at the ruler’s bidding.

24. The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.

25. Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.

31.Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.

XI. The Nine Situations

19. Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy’s unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and attack unguarded spots.

23. Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve. Officers and men alike will put forth their uttermost strength.

24. Soldiers when in desperate straits lose the sense of fear. If there is no place of refuge, they will stand firm. If they are in hostile country, they will show a stubborn front. If there is no help for it, they will fight hard.

29. The skillful tactician may be likened to the shuai-jan. Now the shuai-jan is a snake that is found in the ChUng mountains. Strike at its head, and you will be attacked by its tail; strike at its tail, and you will be attacked by its head; strike at its middle, and you will be attacked by head and tail both.

33. How to make the best of both strong and weak–that is a question involving the proper use of ground.

34. Thus the skillful general conducts his army just as though he were leading a single man, willy-nilly, by the hand.

56. Bestow rewards without regard to rule, issue orders without regard to previous arrangements; and you will be able to handle a whole army as though you had to do with but a single man.

57. Confront your soldiers with the deed itself; never let them know your design. When the outlook is bright, bring it before their eyes; but tell them nothing when the situation is gloomy.

58. Place your army in deadly peril, and it will survive; plunge it into desperate straits, and it will come off in safety.

59. For it is precisely when a force has fallen into harm’s way that is capable of striking a blow for victory.

60. Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy’s purpose.

65. If the enemy leaves a door open, you must rush in.

66. Forestall your opponent by seizing what he holds dear, and subtly contrive to time his arrival on the ground.

XII. The Attack by Fire

16. Hence the saying: The enlightened ruler lays his plans well ahead; the good general cultivates his resources.

17. Move not unless you see an advantage; use not your troops unless there is something to be gained; fight not unless the position is critical.

18. No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out of pique.

19. If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are.

20. Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content.

21. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.

22. Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. This is the way to keep a country at peace and an army intact.

XIII. The Use of Spies

4. Thus, what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.

5. Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, nor by any deductive calculation.

6. Knowledge of the enemy’s dispositions can only be obtained from other men.

15. Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity.

16. They cannot be properly managed without benevolence and straightforwardness.

17. Without subtle ingenuity of mind, one cannot make certain of the truth of their reports.

18. Be subtle! be subtle! and use your spies for every kind of business.

19. Rapidity is the essence of war: take advantage of the enemy’s unreadiness, make your way by unexpected routes, and attack unguarded spots.

Excerpts from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art Book One: Resistance defining the Enemy

Ive recently purchased the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I was introduced to the book by a wise man Aubrey Marcus, who was introduced to this book by Joe Rogan. These are some excerts from Book One: Resistance Defining the Enemy, however, I still strongly encourage you to go out and get this book and stop fighting your resistance to do things that need to be done.

Book One: Resistance Defining the Enemy

  • Resistance arises from within.  It is self-generated and self-perpetuated.  Resistance is the enemy within.
  • Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work.
  • Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.
  • Resistance can not be reasoned with.
  • Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.
  • Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.
  • The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.
  • We feed Resistance with power by our fear of it.  Master that fear and we conquer resistance.
  • The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight.  At this point, Resistance knows we’re about to beat it…The professional must be alert for this counterattack.  Be wary at the end.
  • Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.
  • The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.
  • Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize.
  • The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit
  • Never Forget this very moment we can change our lives.
  • We get ourselves in trouble because it’s a cheap way to get attention.
  • Anything that draws attention to ourselves through pain-free or artificial means is a manifestation of Resistance.
  • Cruelty to others is a form of Resistance, as is the willing endurance of cruelty from others.
  • Creating soap opera in our lives is a symptom of Resistance.
  • Instead of applying self-knowledge, self-discipline, delayed gratification, and hard work, we simply consume a product.
  • Casting yourself as a victim is the antithesis of doing your work.  Don’t do it.  If you’re doing it, stop.
  • The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident.  The real one is scared to death.
  • Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
  • The more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul.
  • If your paralyzed by fear its a good sign.  It shows you what you have to do.
  • Grandiose fantasies are a symptom of Resistance.
  • Rationalization is Resistance’s right-hand man.  Its job is to keep us from feeling the shame we would feel if we truly faced what cowards we are for not doing our work.
  • Instead of showing us our fear, Resistance presents us with a series of plausible, rational justifications for why we shouldn’t do our work.
  • Defeating Resistance is like giving birth.  It seems absolutely impossible until you remember that women  have been pulling it off successfully, with support and without for fifty million years.

Predicting the Future

Predicting the future.  Isn’t this what everyone is after?

Where is the stock market going to go tomorrow?

Who is going to win this sports game?

Where is my relationship going to be in a year?

What if you could predict the future with 100% certainty?

What if I told you that you can….However, this future only applies to your own life.  You can predict the future for your own life, and it will become a reality.  You can’t predict the future of things that are out of your control with 100% certainty.

I can’t guarantee you that the Yankees will beat the Oakland Athletics tomorrow, however you have to put up $26 to win $10 on the Yankees.  Now if you knew with 100% certainty that the Yankees would win tomorrow would you be willing to bet it all on the Yankees?

Its crazy how much of our time we think about what is going to happen in the future.  You make money and eventually have enough of it, that you decide to start saving for retirement…thinking about the future.  You decide to put your money in Apples stock $AAPL.  You are predicting that the price of Apple is going to go up from the point that you bought it, until the time you decide to take it out for retirement.  If you didn’t believe this, then you would be better off  just keeping your money in cash under the bed, or just buying gold bars.  However, if you buy gold bars, then you are assuming that the price of Gold is going to go up.  I believe that the price of silver $SLV will go up more than the price of Gold $GLD in the next 6 months, but thats a totally different topic.

My point is, we don’t realize how much we sit and try and predict the future.  It takes away from what we should be doing which is living in the NOW.  Make the most of each day.  Don’t try and make the most of that day coming up 3 weeks from now, try and just live in the NOW.  That’s what is important.

If you live in the NOW, good things will happen, don’t worry about the past or the future concentrate on the NOW.

Legacy

Everyone leaves behind a legacy.  Everyone is currently making their own legacy right now.

What do you want your legacy to be?

Did Michael Jordan think when he was 16 that he would win 6 nba championships, leave the sport that he dominated, behind in his prime to play baseball for 2 years, just to come back to the NBA and win 3 more championships.  I don’t think he could’ve dreamed of it.  However he put in the effort everyday, and worked hard, so that in the end this is what his legacy is.

Lebron James desperately wants his legacy to be that he won 7 championships, but the problem is that he doesn’t put the work in that is needed.   He has been so gifted with natural ability that he hasn’t had to work that hard to fine tune his game, and to see the tiny nuances that are in the game.  Will he ever, that question is yet to be answered, however it seems to me that the sentiment around town is that Lebron is a little bitch ass pussy.  He’s a sore loser, and he always seems to disappear when the season is on the line. His full on legacy is yet to be determined, but this is just his legacy so far.

Enough about the basketball metaphors.  The point I’m trying to make is that we make our own legacy.  We create our own path in the forest of life.  Everyone’s path is a little bit different, however we all have these same basic rules of life.  Make as much money as you can, and raise a family.  However your legacy shouldn’t be that you had a shit ton of money, your legacy should be what you did to help each individual person in their everyday life with the money that you were able to acquire.

For example, Bill Gates started Microsoft, but he has since retired and works full time for the bill and Melinda Gates.  When Bill was 18 at Harvard did he think he’d build Microsoft?

Did Mark Zuckerberg think he would start facebook 8 years ago? Did he think that he would go on to build a 50 billion dollar company in just 8 years.  Plus his legacy is still growing facebook is still a very young company, and they have all our information and all our pictures of our lives, from the time i was 18 til the day I die.  It’s pretty crazy to think about.

 

What do you want your legacy to be?

Why do you want that to be your legacy?

How are you going to make it happen?

Do you think that your legacy will be what you want it to be?

If you had 1 billion dollars what would you do with it? 10 billion? 50 billion? 100 billion?

 

Perception

life is all about perception.
It doesn’t matter what you do, it matters how the other person perceives what you do.
It doesn’t matter how hard you work, it just matters what your bosses perception is about how hard you work.

My perceptions of a situation and your perception of the exact same situation can be completely different, even though the situation is exactly the same. Why is that?
Because we our brains interpret the situation differently.
Who’s perception is right?

How we perceive the universe is different than people that lived 100 years ago. But what changed in the universe?

Life is about perception so when you are doing somthing, don’t be doing it for yourself be doing it for whoever is perceiving it.

Goals vs. Dreams

Goals vs. Dreams

The difference between goals and dreams is that goals have a deadline

Goals:

Have $6,000 before u move to Naples. Which should be by Mid August.

Save $1500 a month at a minimum

Which would mean in 20 months you should have $30,000

Billy Cox says:

Beliefs  are the single most powerful driving force in the universe. They have the power to drive you to action and help you achieve more than ever before. On the other hand, negative beliefs can destroy your dreams and leave you wounded and on the sidelines of life.

Human performance is directly related to beliefs. What you do in any given situation is based on your belief that if you do a certain action, you get a certain results. If you believe in your dreams and you have hope in the future, then you will be energized to go the extra mile and  do whatever it takes to make your dreams a reality.

 

You must realize the greatest determining factor in your future is that today’s actions equal tomorrows results. Where you’re going in your life is a product of your attitude, beliefs thoughts, actions and reactions to the challenges you face.

The good news is, the more you accept responsibility for your life, the more powerful and confident you feel. Why? Because you’re in control! When you decide to stop blaming others and quit accepting your own excuses, you will see that you can create the future you desire.