Don’t Tell Anyone Anything

Does it matter if anyone knows what you’re up to?

No. Simply no.

It does not matter.

Stay the course, keep at it. Keep grinding. Not everyone needs to know you’re up to big things, by telling them you’re up to big things.

They say simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. I couldn’t agree more.

So, heed my warning- don’t tell anyone anything.

Only bad things happen quickly,…Virtually all the happiness-producing processes in our lives take time, usually a long time: learning new things, changing old behaviors, building satisfying relationships, raising children. This is why patience and determination are among life’s primary virtues.

-Gordon Livingston

I understood that the most beautiful, dangerous, adventurous and gratifying journeys of all is the one inside yourself, whether you’re sitting in the living room or under a canopy here in Budelli. That’s why staying at home and doing nothing can be really hard for many.

-Mauro Morandi

It will be said that, while a little leisure is pleasant, men would not know how to fill their days if they had only four hours of work out of the twenty-four. In so far as this is true in the modern world, it is a condemnation of our civilization; it would not have been true at any earlier period. There was formerly a capacity for light-heartedness and play which has been to some extent inhibited by the cult of efficiency. The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.


— Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“The point is, it’s in that What if? that we, paradoxically, find exquisite utility in the useless beauty. In those moments when we put the constant demands of life on hold, just for an hour or so, and allow the dust to settle, we can find that the most meaningful things in our lives are the ones that we loved as children but have shelved. On a long enough timescale, all of our works will diminish. Even the immortal works we produce will turn to dust –– all the art, music, literature, science will one day, be gone. So meaning, true meaning and purpose, are found in the now. The complete immersion and engagement with what you are doing in the moment. And it’s often when we connect back to the now, to the active engagement in something that is deemed useless that we find purpose, drive, excitement and perhaps the next great artwork or startup.”

-John Couch