Extreme busyness, whether at school or college, kirk or market, is a symptom of deficient vitality; and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity. There is a sort of dead-alive, hackneyed people about, who are scarcely conscious of living except in the exercise of some conventional occupation. Bring these fellows into the country, or set them aboard ship, and you will see how they pine for their desk or their study. They have no curiosity; they cannot give themselves over to random provocations; they do not take pleasure in the exercise of their faculties for its own sake; and unless Necessity lays about them with a stick, they will even stand still […] This does not appeal to me as being Success in Life.
I want you to pull those bad thoughts from your head and never listen to ‘no.’
Find the superstar who’s just a bit less experienced than your job req suggests and give them the chance to step up. […] Often I don’t want to bet on someone who has done the job before, but someone with the headroom and capacity to do this job and beyond.
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness, whereas happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life
And purpose and meaning doesn’t just come from “loving your job”, as I’ve written about before. Finding meaning and purpose takes hard work, and a lot of uncomfortable moments of growth along the way, but is ultimately what keeps our spark alive for the duration of our lives.
As more stores go from exclusively online to brick-and-mortar, the online beauty subscription company Birchbox is aiming at a full-blown store in SoHo.
I have to say, I am not at all surprised that Birchbox is opening a physical retail store; I would even go as far as to argue no online retailer or brand can strictly live online anymore, since my generation and all those below it are digital natives to whom “online” is simply life as we know it. Face-to-face, physical interaction with the technology DNA of the company, will be the new experience. And the experience itself is the new luxury.