Think about these old sayings.  They will help you to become more focused.  Pick three favorites and  then repeat them to yourself throughout the day, and especially whenever doubt and fear arise.

Success is 99% failure.   Soichiro Honda

Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. Norman Vincent Peale

It’s common for Men to give 6 pretended Reasons instead of one real one.  Benjamin Franklin

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.  Samuel Johnson

Lost time is never found again.  Benjamin Frankin

The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer.  Henry Clay

Sometimes fear is just the birth pang of courage.  Anon.

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.  Benjamin Frankin

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.  Jules Renard

Be bold – and mighty forces will come to your aide.  Basil King

A good plan, violently executed today, is infinitely better than a perfect plan tomorrow. General George Patton

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.  Frederick Douglass

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.  Abraham Lincoln

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.  Abraham Lincoln

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.  Abraham Lincoln

Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.  Victor Frankl

Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.  Victor Frankl

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.  Victor Frankl

A vital part of the happiness formula is self-discipline. Whoever conquers himself knows deep happiness that fills the heart with joy.  Norman Vincent Peale

If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be.  Dale Carnegie

Measure everything of significance.  Anything that is measured and watched improves. Bob Parsons

Ennui has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.   Buddah

Many a false step has been made by standing still.  Fortune Cookie

It is rare that we need to be taught anything new, but it is very common that we need to be reminded of something that we already know.  Anon.

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.  Julius Caesar

The fact that there are people who are willing to die (or to kill) for a certain cause has never been a good way to measure the actual merit of a cause.   Anon.

Good medicine tastes bad.  Anon.


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36 Responses to Medicine

  1. full_time_80 says:

    I am not content with my failure. Why should I be? Furthermore, I don’t have the heart to let down a friend who believes in me. If success is 99% failure, I’m off to a great start.

  2. full_time_80 says:

    My three favs are ‘Success is 99% failure.’ Soichiro Honda, Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.’ Norman Vincent Peale, and ‘Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.’ Samuel Johnson

  3. full_time_80 says:

    I am sitting here reading the medicine quotes from your website. My girlfriend loves the quotes by Benjamin Franklin like “laziness moves so slow that poverty soon overtakes you” so much that she wants to print them out and post them in our house.

  4. Some good ideas says:

    It’s like saying: if u want to get the work done then u don’t actually have to do the work – u just have to take the MEDICINE – and then the work will practically do itself …

  5. Anonymous says:

    It is rare that we need to be taught anything but it is very common that we need to be reminded of what we already know.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Blaming the Victim

    Do victims sometimes take steps that contribute to their victimhood? Do people who r victims of poverty sometimes help to cause their own poverty by being lazy?

  7. Ideas says:

    The main task is not to see what lies dimly in the distance but rather to do what lies clearly at hand.

  8. Nine says:

    Poor self discipline – a behavioral disease

    • Nine says:

      Really alot like what helps 12-type folks – the recognition that there is a diseased cycle – rse then lse then suffering then struggleto reestablish rse? Hmmm.

      A Diseased Cycle – that is a good idea

  9. RSE says:

    Rse – that is the solution. So how do u specify the target? It means a schedule for one thing. At least in most cases. For most people, RSE occurs within the context of someone *else’s* framework. So they (the boss) sets the schedule and specifies the goals. But most GHGA ppl r going to b unemployed and not in school. We r back to the I-am-my-own-boss problem.

    So let’s just brainstorm a wishlist schedule – and here we r assuming that an overseer will eventually b found. So what is on the schedule?

    It would b hauntingly similar to a regular “work” schedule. Early to bed early to rise. Start work at 7:30 or 8:00 or 9:00. Be dressed shaved and showered and fed. Then put in eight hours working on the career (in sales and learning phases.).

    Hour for lunch, two coffee breaks (all off the clock.). One u finish yr eight hours you are off.

  10. RSE says:

    Why do businesses have no marijuana rules? Is it bcz they want to limit the personal freedom of their employees during their off-hours? Or is it bcz they want to protect their business processes from accidental damage due to an intoxicated (or partially intoxicated) employee?

  11. RSE says:

    Grief and Sloth

    Pausing to rest and greive seems like a natural and healthy reaction to loss. But if it goes on for too long it can become like a sickness. When the “loss” is a loss of opportunity (perhaps due to a deteriorating economic environment) then, does it still make sense to devote some of one’s time, resources and energy to grieving?

  12. 20B says:

    A man who is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.

  13. Kyle says:

    I like this quote for keeping motivated:

    Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford

  14. PAL says:

    Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead! Admiral Farragut

  15. PAL says:

    “Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.” – Joan Rivers, Comedian

  16. Shame 1 causes shame 2 …. Causes fear 3 causes shame 4 …

  17. I have a lot of hopes and dreams and goals and plans. But none of them at going to happen unless I put in the footwork. I have accomplished many worthwhile things in my life. But as I look back over my life I can see that many valuable and worthwhile things have not gotten done because I have way too often gone for the easy way out. A habit of low self exertion.

  18. Bible: the ant is a self-starter! That is why it works for him.

  19. Cartoon for SBIY: person is looking at themselves in mirror and ordering themselves to do a task. But the person refuses in the mirror and says “go ahead and try to fire me”. You can’t do it because I am connected and I know people … actually, it would be easier for you to just do the work yourself than to try to get me to do it. But it is really the same person just talking to themselves! Brechtian cartoon.

  20. It Helps To Talk About It

    Does it really help? Certainly in some cases it helps to talk about it. But are there some cases in which it is better not to talk about it? Alternatively, is it best to talk about it only with certain people? Or only when the “talk” follows certain specific guidelines?

    Specifically, what is the best communication method to use when the problem is AMD? Is there a benefit in repeating the fact that you recognize that there has been a long-term cycle of AMD-inspired under-performance? Or does that just affirm the inability to ever change? Would the time that you spend talking about it be better spent in doing something about it?

  21. There are actually many different AP-type relationships in life. Boss at a job, bill collector, policeman, spouse, friends. In each case there are “tools” and messages at the disposal of the AP. They use these tools and messages to enforce/encourage certain behaviors and discourage others.

    Question: Why are we (roughly) okay with these tools and messages but not okay with those of a regular AP?

  22. A Good Report

    Being an AP means giving a report and giving feedback. A “good” report could have two different meanings. The first meaning is that “I did all of the stuff that I had committed to do”. The second meaning is that “I gave a report”. And that is the important part.

    Accepting that failure is part of the process. Not to self-exhult about the failure – but just to accept that it is part of the process. That means admitting to it, both to myself and to my community. Not that I want to stay there but at least to admit that that is where I currently am at. That admission is facing the shame that makes the whole thing work.

    What would life be like if it were not possible to feel shame? Let’s imagine a community in which everyone knows that everyone carries shame – because everyone publicly admits to it. “We have all been trapped.” From that starting point, how could the community members help one another? The nice thing about it would be that, at least, the crucial point is out in the open.

  23. PAL says:

    What is Responsibility?

    Responsibility means: You must make a decision. The decision means that you will have an outcome that depends on your exertion (or non exertion) and the specific way in which you exert. And no one else can make that decision for you. Life presents us with responsibilities all of the time, at every instant. A non-decision is a decision. The responsibility that always exists is: Where am I going to direct my thoughts? People who make poor decisions in this area (or who kid themselves by refusing to make a decision and therefore pretending to not make a decision) end up with very poor results. And “end up” does not mean that the result will be way off in the future. Some of the results will be immediate, but some will occur in ripples as we move into the future.

    This could be made into a nice chart with branches going in different directions. Actually more like a cone than a branch? At each exterior point there is another branch. This is similar to the multiverse idea.

    A Finer Clay

    Is it mathematically possible for a democracy to produce leaders who are of a finer moral clay than those that are led? I would think not. Libertarians would claim that the scum rises to the top by presenting itself as being more virtuous. Could this be demonstrated mathematically? If so, then that would be a fantastic result – because it would explain why limited government is the best – with total transparency.

  24. How Much Humility, Time and Energy Does it take to Acheive Due Diligence?

    Most people (not all, but most) view things in terms of “I am right, and those who disagree with me are wrong.” This is especially true when it comes to politics. And we view those who disagree with us as stupid (possibly willfully stupid) and / wicked. For example of the “wicked” case, we can imagine someone who is disingenuously benefiting from a fraudulent government program and who would, therefore, support candidates who support the continuity of fraudulent government program.

    For those who are wicked, there is not much that can be done. But for those who are “only” stupid, presumably, they do not wish themselves to be stupid and they would (from the perspective of their better selves) desire to be certain that they are not stupid.

    Three Questions of Due Diligence

    The following three questions are directed to people who view themselves as right and others as wrong and stupid:

    1. How much humility, time and energy would a stupid or brainwashed person need to invest in order to recognize and overcome their deficiencies and thus be able to see the truth that your candidate is, indeed the correct candidate to support?

    2. Have you, yourself made this investment already in your own life?
    3. If you have not made that investment, then how can you be certain that you, yourself, are not actually one of the stupid or brainwashed people?

  25. PAL says:

    I Could Do It, But I Don’t Do It. I Won’t Ask For Help To Do It,
    Because I Could Do It. So It Doesn’t Get Done. Which Is Crazy.

    What is this called? A person needs to accomplish some task, like fixing something in their house. The person looks at the task and says to themselves: “This task is not that complex. I could figure this out for myself if I just put a little effort into it.” Now, lets suppose that they are correct, that they could complete the task by just applying Reasonable Self-Exertion. But they don’t do it – because they are lazy.

    So, eventually they recognize that, at the rate that they are going, they will never do the task. Of course, this is discouraging for them. So they think about calling a builder to do the task for them. But that creates a problem, because they feel embarrassed about asking the builder to do the thing that they know that they could do for themselves. So, they dont call the builder. And eventually the problem gets much worse.

    What is that psychological dynamic called?

  26. How Much Non-Transferable Work Have You Done In The Last Year?

    Does everyone want to work?

    Does everyone divide their labor equally between TE and NTE?

  27. PAL says:

    Induction and the Principle of Missed Opportunity

    As I look back over my life, I believe that I can honestly say that, for every single year, there were wonderful opportunities that I missed due to my MBH-LSE. Thus, I look back ruefully and wish that I could go back in time and fix my errors.

    But, in this current moment, I do not intuitively sense that there are excellent opportunities available to me. I propose that my inability to intuitively sense that there are, currently, excellent opportunities available to me is a type of mental blindness.

    I propose to prove that I am currently suffering in mental blindness to my opportunities by referring to the principle of mathematical induction as applied to each of my previous years of life. In each of those years, from hindsight, I look back and ruefully conclude that I missed excellent opportunities. Now, if that rueful hindsight has been true of all past years of my life, then what is the likelihood that last year was indeed, the last instance of rueful hindsight that I will every experience? Answer: Very nearly zero. In fact, what is much more likely is that, one year from now, I will look back upon this very day with rueful hindsight.

    The take home message is that it is overwhelmingly likely that, in this current day, in this current moment, there are wonderful opportunities that I am overlooking and which, in the future, I will look back upon with painful regret. So find them today. Find them right now! And put in the effort to turn those opportunities into reality!

  28. Dinner Party says:

    He that is good at making excuses is seldom good anything else. Franklin

  29. Anonymous says:

    Our doubts are traitors and make us loose the good we oft might win for fear of trying.

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