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We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
-- Harold Nicolson


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The way you look at life

It is not possible for you to experience everything in every way, so your experience is necessarily limited. And your limited experience can easily lead to limiting assumptions.

Just because some tool or idea or technique didn’t work for you one time, doesn’t mean it won’t ever work for anyone. Indeed, with different circumstances it might even work well for you.

Are there things you are certain about that you really have no business being certain about? That’s extremely likely.

Your assumptions can blind you to perfectly good possibilities. Though you wouldn’t want to abandon all your assumptions, it’s an empowering exercise to question them and look beyond them.

There exists a vast landscape of experience and knowledge that you currently know nothing about. Don’t let your current beliefs and assumptions prevent you from exploring that territory.

Allow those beliefs and assumptions to guide you, but not to imprison you. Be willing to update and improve the way you look at life, and you’ll find plenty of new ways to improve life itself.

— Ralph Marston

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