Slamet Hendry

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Everyday epiphanies

“While we focus on results, fulfillment is found in the process.”

“The greatest gift you’ll ever receive is who you eventually become.”

“Happiness is only found by pursuing something else.”

“You only find what matters by giving up what doesn’t.”

~ David Gipson, Seven Surprises

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Legacies

“When we think of legacies, we often think of some major act, or series of acts, that affect people on a large scale. But ... by investing in one person, by sharing our knowledge, or something as simple as a book, we may set in motion a series of events that will leave a legacy long after we are gone.”

~ Joe Byerly, “From the Green Notebook”, The Sunday Email

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Not in spite of but because of

“What I'm thinking about now aren't all the ways I can try to hang on to my youth or all the seconds ticking by in some kind of morbid countdown to death, but rather how I keep becoming someone I always hoped I could be.

If I'm lucky one day a very old face will look back at me from the mirror, a face I once shied away from. I will love that old woman ferociously, because she has finally figured out how to live a life of purpose—not in spite of but because of all her mistakes and failures.”

~ Jann Arden, “If I Knew Then”

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Perspective on life

“The days are long but the decades are short.” Sam Altman

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Remember to wander

“Remember to wander. Let curiosity be your compass.” Jeff Bezos

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Being right

“Just because you’re offended, doesn’t mean you’re right.” Ricky Gervais

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Perfection

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman's Odyssey

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Endings and beginnings

''Before you can begin something new, you have to end what used to be. Before you can learn a new way of doing things, you must unlearn the old way. Beginnings depend on endings. The problem is, people don’t like endings'' – Wiliam Bridges

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Saying no

“We don’t want a thousand features. That would be ugly.

Innovation is not about saying yes to everything. It’s about saying NO to all but the most crucial features.”

~ Steve Jobs

“[Innovation] comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”

~ Steve Jobs

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Passing and failing at the same time

“I passed, didn't I?” I once said to the headmaster who had complained of my lack of effort.

“Passed, yes,” he said. “But you failed yourself.”

~ Charles Handy, “Beyond Certainty”

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Lesson learned: Be the best that you can be.