Think about myself less to be happier

  • Crichton essay: “if you want to be happy, forget yourself. Forget all of it—how you look, how you feel, how your career is going. Just drop the whole subject of you. People dedicated to something other than themselves are the happiest people in the world.”
    • CS Lewis: Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking of yourself less.
  • “Isolation is not safety, it is death. If no one knows you’re alive, you aren’t… I’m not saying you’ll find the meaning of life in other people. I’m saying other people are the life to which you provide the meaning to.” -Neil Hilborn
  • “Happiness often lies in the temporary suspension of our ego’s desire to explain and control everything.” - Tom Morgan
  • "Mom's job is never sacrifice. It's a duty done with love". — My mother’s gracious response when I tried to describe her parenting as 'sacrifice'
  • Business applications of this idea:
    • From David Senra: Henry Ford: "I feel sorry for these soft and flabby men that can only do great work when they feel like it." Henry Ford's point was a business exists to serve other people. There's going to be days where you get out of bed and you cannot wait to get to work, and that's great. There's going to be days when you don't want to go to work, and that is irrelevant because the business is not about you. The business does not exist for your pleasure. The business exists to serve other people. [Kris: which is why you should probably care about the customers]
    • George Mumford (via Tim Ferriss interview) I’m excited about the fact that I get to do what I was put here to do and be a service and just show up…to show up and to be myself, which in my case is I want to be loving. I want to be compassionate, but I want to be helpful. “So whatever is coming can I embrace it and create a container to hold it?” And at the same time generate, okay, how can I relate to this in a way that inspires, motivates moves is helpful.