Thursday, May 26, 2011

Great quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just come across this great quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), an American lecturer, essayist and poet.

"To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, —that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost,— and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment. Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milton is, that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another."

Here is the Chinese translation.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Great tool for writers - Netspeak

Thanks to Seth who recommends this cool tool in his blog:


For example, not sure you should write a meeting is "scheduled for" or "scheduled on" a date?  Try using this site.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Do the work - notes

Thanks to Ivana Sendecka who created this wonderful Do the Work notes deck.  The notes together with the pictures make the key points of the book very easy to be absorbed.  Of couse, it is highly recommended to read the original book. 

I also highly recommend Ivana's website at

Monday, May 2, 2011

Do the work

This is new book from author Steven Pressfield on recognizing and overcoming resistance while you are going great works. 

Go get the Kindle version fast as it is now free for a limited time only.

There is no need to own a Kindle to read Kindle books.  For example, here is the Kindle for PC which allows you to read Kindle books on PC.