wisdom for making decisions and the future



Though they are unrelated (and have very different tones),these passages below from The 4-Hour Workweek and The Alchemist have both struck me as wise and worthy to share.


A kind, but firm, decision-making smack down by Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek

“But you really don’t understand my situation. It’s complicated!”

But is it really?

Don’t confuse the complex with the difficult. Most situations are simple – many are just emotionally difficult to act upon. The problem and the solution are usually obvious and simple.

It’s not that you don’t know what to do. Of course you do. You are just terrified you might end up worse off than you are now.

I’ll tell you right now: If you’re at this point, you won’t be worse off. Revisit fear-setting and cut the cord.


How to approach worry and the future by Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When people consult me, it’s not that I’m reading the future; I am guessing at the future. The future belongs to God (the Universe), and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances.

How do I guess at the future? Based on omens of the present. The secret is here in the present.

If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.

Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God (the Universe) loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.


A few salty and sweet nuggets o’ wisdom for the day!


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  1. I haven’t read “4 Hour Work Week” but I re-read Alchemist annually and find new wisdom with each reading. Thank you for sharing such a great passage from this book of seemingly timeless wisdom.

  2. Sarah van Loon

    Love all of this. The whole thing!

  3. Missy Graves

    Definitely a smack down. I needed to hear it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. eunice

    That smack-down totally spoke to me. I have been saying those exact words to everyone whom I seek advice from *guilty*

    1. I’m glad you liked the smack down quote. It does put things in perspective, doesn’t it?

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