Once the ego inflates it will only come back to earth through some jarring failure.
People around you, constantly under the pull of their emotions, change their ideas by the day or by the hour, depending on their mood. You must never assume that what people say or do in a particular moment is a statement of their permanent desires.
Do not grow to fond of your ideas or too certain of their truth.
Do not leave your reputation to chance or gossip; it is your life's artwork, and you must craft it, hone it, and display it with the care of an artist.
If you are afraid to learn from your mistakes, you will more than likely keep repeating them.
Never waste valuable time, or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others—that is too high a price to pay.
Our levels of desire, patience, persistence, and confidence end up playing a much larger role in success than sheer reasoning powers.
Let go of the past.
Focus on your greater goal, your destiny.
Skeptical, cynical attitudes can actually cut us off from so many interesting questions, and from reality itself.
Never trust the version that people give of themselves — it is utterly unreliable.
The greatest danger we face is the mind going soft.
Never whine, never complain, never try to justify yourself.
Over the centuries, people have placed a wall around mastery. They have called it genius and have thought of it as inaccessible…But that wall is imaginary. This is the real secret: the brain that we possess…was designed to lead us to mastery.
Never make this mistake of thinking that you elevate yourself by humiliating people.
Train yourself to take nothing personally.
Do not waste time on things you cannot change or influence.
To learn requires a sense of humility.
Gandhi was a deceptively clever strategist whose frail, even saintly appearance constantly misled his adversaries into underestimating him.
Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you… The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live.
You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear.