Golden Nuggets

Hey guys,

Hope everyone is doing well.

Today I just wanted to share with you some “nuggets” of wisdom I have picked up over the years from various sources.

I keep a journal and gather these from various books, podcasts, and videos, etc.

So without further ado, here are the nuggets:

  • “Each finest day of life for wretched mortals is ever the first to flee.”-Seneca

  • “The sun does not measure its light by the shadow that it cast.”-Jordan Peterson

  • “Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.”

  • Pareto’s Principle: 80% of  output comes from 20% of input.

  • “Why not take your 10 year plan and try to accomplish it in 6 month?”-Peter Thiel


  • “Be curious about others, learn their dynamics. Broken industries can be the biggest opportunity.”

  • “Let your decisions be dictated by your internal music rather than external noise.”-Joshua Waitzkin (chess player)


  • “Meditation: Coming back to your breath, single most important habit.”-Joshua Waitzkin

  • “Make decisions from a present state rather than a state of trying to maintain a past advantage.”-Joshua Waitzkin

  • “Never choose someone who does not choose you.”-David Deida


  • “The more desparately you want something from someone the less likely you will get it.”

  • “Breaking norms equates to large success. The greater the things you are doing the more criticism you will recieve.”

  • “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”

  • “Throw away your books and go directly to the sea of knowledge.”

  • “You don’t control the world around you, you only control your response to the world.”

  • “The problem is not having wealth, but when wealth has you.”

  • “Not to waste time on nonsense”-Aurelius 

  • “Optimism through adversity…not whining about your job.”-Aurelius 

  • “Unwavering adherence to decisions once he made them.”-Aurelius 

  • Always sober, always steady.”-Aurelius 


  • “When I wake up in the morning today, the people I deal with will be ungrateful, dishonest, meddling, jealous, arrogant….none of them can hurt me or implicate me in ugliness.”-Aurelius

  • “There is a limit to the time assigned to you…if you don’t use it to free yourself, it wil be gone and never return.”-Aurelius 

  • “You cannot lose another life than the one you’re living now or live another one than the one you’re losing.”-Aurelius

  • “The present is the same for everyone, it’s loss is the same for everyone…you can’t lose the past or the future.”-Aurelius 

  • “We need to hurry, not just because we move daily closer to death, but also because of our understanding…our grasp of the world maybe gone before we get there.”-Aurelius 

  • “Choose what is best…best is what benefits me, and follow through.”

  • “It is only by being bold that you get anywhere.”

  • “The longer you think about something the more negative thoughts come in.”

  • “Focus on one task at a time to completion.”


  • “We are all born with two lives, the 2nd life begins when you realize you only have one.”-Confucius

  • Three powerful morning habits: 1. Meditation. 2. Journal. 3. Make bed

  • “The world’s greatest secrets will reveal themselves to only the most relentless pursuers.”

  • “How you do something is how you do everything.”

  • “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

  • “Shame is a choice. Shame can’t be forced on you, it must be accepted.”

  • “The greatest gain is to give to others, the greatest loss is to recieve without gratitude. Patience is an invulnerable armor; wisdom is the best weapon.”

  • “Resentment is like holding a piece of burning coal and expecting it to burn someone else.”

  • “Boredom is lack of attention.”


  • “People are disturbed not by things, but the views which they take of them.”-Epictetus

  • Mental trick: imagine impulses (sweets, sex, distraction) as something other than they are (something w/ less charge) “Man or woman I cannot say, but a bag of bones passed this way.”

  • “Make decisions and own them…quit looking to the experts.”

  • “If you are depressed you are living in the past, if you are nervous you are living in the future, if you are at peace you are living in the present.”-Lao Tzu

  • “In every action let your own self-approval be the sole aim both of your effort and your intention; bearing in the mind that the event itself which prompted your action is a thing of no consequence to either of them.”

  • “One man can do it, you can do it.”

  • “Don’t overthink the details.”

  • “The benefits and the rewards do not come to the person who sits and waits for them to come, the benefits and the rewards come to the person who goes out and gets them.”

  • “Earn with your mind, not your time”-Naval

  • “All greatness comes from suffering.”

  • “It’s good not to follow the herd. Go the other way.”

  • “Always prioritize your health and well-being no matter what your business goals. Because without these you have nothing.”

  • “Bold is the surgeon with the steady hand who operates on himself.”

  • “The qualities of your friends will spread to you.”

  • Pygmalion effect: when you expect great results great results happen.

  • “Catalog your mistakes and understand them.”-Ray Dalio

  • When you think you’re finished you’re only 40% complete.”

  • “Nothing happens to the wise man against his expectation…nor do all things turn out for him as he wishes but as reckoned—and above all he reckoned that something would wreck his plans.”-Seneca

  • Life principle: when you understand that the way people treat you is grounded in a relationship with themselves you react less. 

  • Law of power: Demonstrate do not explicate.

  • Love for women is power, for man enslavement.”-Vilar

  • We have been conditioned as men to believe that sexuality and intercourse are synonymous…not true.”

  • “The zest in life is in the roll of the dice”-Pook

  • Comfort as a road to waste.”-Cato

  • Heuristic: People lend the most to those who need them the least.

  • “Trading five days for two is an unfair trade”

  • “Ridicule is a tribute paid to genius by the mediocrities.”

  • “People with too much smoke and complicated tricks and methods in their brains start missing elementary things.”

  • “Hard work will pass fast and the good will remain, shameful acts will result in pleasure…pleasure passes fast and shame remains.”

Those are all the nuggets I have for you today.

I need to start adding to the journal again.

Hopefully some of these hit you in the right way.

It’s my opinion that every man should keep a journal with the gold nuggets of wisdom he acquires throughout life.

Otherwise he may lose them forever.

There are more in my journal….perhaps I will share the rest of them with you soon.

Bye for now.


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