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Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy

I read Deep Work by Cal Newport on 2017. I found this quote rereading my notes:

Two Core Abilities for Thriving in the New Economy

  1. The ability to quickly master hard things.
  2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.

-- Cal Newport, Deep Work. (p. 42)

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Everywhere I have sought peace…

In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro. – Thomas a Kempis

Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.

Each of us needs to put ourselves, physically, in the position to do that kind of deep work. We need to give our bodies, as Virginia Woolf put it, a room of our own—even if only for a few stolen hours—where we can think and have quiet and solitude. (…) It’s hard to make that time. It’s hard (and expensive) to get away. We have responsibilities. But they will be better for our temporary disappearance. We will carry back with us the stillness from our solitude in the form of patience, understanding, gratitude, and insight. – Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key (p. 218)

Focus on the habits that precede results

James Clear on goals:

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Your goal is your desired outcome. Your system is the collection of daily habits that will get you there. This year, spend less time focusing on outcomes and more time focusing on the habits that precede the results.

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