Good read for me at the moment I read it. I found the intro and earliest moments to be the most interesting, with the back half of the book becoming a little monotonous. Biggest takeaway are the other books, subjects, and philosophies mentioned in the opening chapters which I want to explore in the future.
Find canvases for other people to paint on. Be an anteambulo. Clear the path for the people above you and you will eventually create a path for yourself.
Anteambulo - one who clears the path.
you’re the least important person in the room—until you change that with results.
"Say little, do much" Be lesser, do more.
Let the others take their credit on credit, while you defer and earn interest on the principal.
the person who clears the path ultimately controls its direction, just as the canvas shapes the painting.
A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts, so he loses touch with reality and lives in a world of illusions.
J. D. Salinger really did suffer from a sort of self-obsession and immaturity that made the world too much for him to bear, driving him from human contact and paralyzing his genius. John Fante struggled to reconcile his enormous ego and insecurity with relative obscurity for most of his career, eventually abandoning his novels for the golf course and Hollywood bars. Only near death, blind with diabetes, was he finally able to get serious again. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy’s first book, came only after he’d conquered his almost teenage indolence and existential crisis, which lasted alarmingly into his forties.
Real people preferring to live in passionate fiction than in actual reality.
“imaginary audience.” - David Elkind, psychologist
There’s no one to perform for. There is just work to be done and lessons to be learned
Don’t live in the haze of the abstract, live with the tangible and real, even if—especially if—it’s uncomfortable
“Act with fortitude and honor. If you cannot reasonably hope for a favorable extrication, do not plunge deeper. Have the courage to make a full stop.” - Alexander Hamilton
aspiring, succeeding, or failing are all transitory states occurring in a looping cycle, not a reflection of your value as a human
“He who fears death will never do anything worthy of a living man,” Seneca