Ten Learnings from Ten Years of Brainpickings
On October 23, 2006, Maria Popova sent her notes on things she had learned - "from Plato to pop art" - to seven co-workers. Now she sends a more sophisticated one to millions, including me, as Brainpickings turns 10. It's a message of constant inspiration.This is the wisdom she has acquired in that first decade with http://www.brainpickings.org.
- •Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
- •Do nothing for prestige or status or money alone.
- •Be generous.
- •Build pockets of stillness in your life.
- •When someone tries to tell you who you are, don't believe them.
- •Presence is a far more intricate and rewarding art than productivity.
- •"Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time".Quoted from Debbie Millman, host of the Design Matters podcast.
- •Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
- •Don't be afraid to be an idealist.
- •Don't just resist cynicism —fight it actively.
- •Note from Juan 1You can purchase the first seven learnings as a wonderful poster, or view them as an animated short, at the Brain Pickings website. Also, I urge you to subscribe to her newsletter. It's the best way to start a Sunday. Also donate to her if you can — this website is an entirely one person operation, and any help she can get is very much needed.
- •Note from Juan 2Maria Popova fills me with wonder. I share her hunger for knowledge and enlightenment and enrichment, but I am constantly staggered by the fact that she can read so much and still have time to write about it. I am simultaneously entranced and intimidated by her. I'd say I'm dying to meet her, but I have no idea how to have a conversation with her that I feel is worthy of her time. If you ever do meet her, tell Juan from Venezuela says hi.