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August 12, 2011

Be who you are, as hard as you can.

Once upon a time, I said, Be here now.

And then I restedinterconnected.

And I said, Be excellent.



And then I read,

You is kind, you is smart, you is important.

Somewhere in there, rakeshlobster tweeted

Great career advice from @sv_troutgirl to @joshelman:
Be who you are, as hard as you can.

So I tweeted

I believe “Be who you are, as hard as you can” originated from @naval.

And Rocky thanked Naval and so did Josh

That was the most meaningful advice I’ve had in a long time.

So I tweeted

Be who you are, as hard as you can” is so easy to say and so hard to do. It takes courage.

And Naval reminded me

Easiest when you are cast out and have no choice.

The key word in everything I’ve said till now: COURAGE.

It takes courage to grow up 
and become who you really are.
      ~ e.e. cummings

See, there’s always a tension between being and becoming.

We’re wetware on all fours, searching profoundly for four11‘s.

Once you are who you are, as hard as you can, you can focus on learning more and continually improve yourself.

How can you continually improve yourself?

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    Comment by Anonymous — September 14, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

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  3. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.~ Dr. Seuss, US author & illustrator (1904 – 1991)

    Comment by Anonymous — September 20, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

  4. Let your life be a testimony to your truth. Every day be an uncompromisingly true witness to your authentic self. The world needs no more dull carbon copies, folks shrinking from their truth. One stubborn soul, ignited from within, despite the crushing darkness of circumstance, can illuminate the world. We must illuminate the world. We must be brilliant. ~ @CoryBooker (via Lili Balfour)http://www.facebook.com/adam.rifkin/posts/289748641042218

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  5. "Remember what it was to be me: that is always the point." ~ Joan Didion, "On Keeping a Notebook"

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  6. One of the quotes I always keep pinned to the side of my computer monitor is by my favorite writer, Joan Didion, from her terrific essay, ???On Keeping a Notebook???:"I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind???s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were."http://allthingsd.com/20110923/from-cradle-to-well-you-know-the-creepy-factor-of-facebooks-timeline/

    Comment by Anonymous — September 25, 2011 @ 6:04 am

  7. Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.~ Picassohttp://www.facebook.com/adam.rifkin/posts/10150306668040415

    Comment by Anonymous — September 27, 2011 @ 5:05 am

  8. One???s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.~ Henry Millerhttp://www.facebook.com/adam.rifkin/posts/10150305026465415

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