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.
  1. 1.
    Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  2. 2.
    Do nothing for prestige or status or money alone.
  3. 3.
    Be generous.
  4. 4.
    Build pockets of stillness in your life.
  5. 5.
    When someone tries to tell you who you are, don't believe them.
  6. 6.
    Presence is a far more intricate and rewarding art than productivity.
  7. 7.
    "Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time".
    Quoted from Debbie Millman, host of the Design Matters podcast.
  8. 8.
    Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
  9. 9.
    Don't be afraid to be an idealist.
  10. 10.
    Don't just resist cynicism —fight it actively.
  11. 11.
    Note from Juan 1
    You 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.
  12. 12.
    Note from Juan 2
    Maria 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.