Stop living your life to gain the approval of others and start living according to your own values. Do what makes you happy. This is the only way to achieve success.

Never stop pursuing your dreams

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

– Gabriel García Márquez

The Shock of the Fall

The worst thing about this illness isn’t the things it makes me believe, or what it makes me do. It’s not the control that it has over me, or even the control it’s allowed other people to take.

Worse than all of that is how I have become selfish.

Mental illness turns people inwards. That’s what I reckon. It keeps us forever trapped by the pain of our own minds, in the same way that the pain of a broken leg or a cut thumb will grab your attention, holding it so tightly that your good leg or your good thumb seem to cease to exist.

– The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer


Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one.

You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Word of the day: Decide

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

decide –

[verb] come or bring to a resolution in the mind as a result of consideration

Stems from the latin ‘de’ meaning ‘off’, and ‘caedere’ meaning to cut’.

Make the decision, here and now, to live your dream. Cut out all things that are not part of this dream. Remove everything that distracts or prevents you from fulfilling your dream.

This is the essence of becoming truly great.

Joan Didion on Self-respect

Self-respect is a discipline, a habit of mind that can never be faked but can be developed, trained, coaxed forth.

– Joan Didion

I just read Joan Didion’s essay ‘Self-respect: its source, its power’. It’s a beautifully written piece that resonated with me so I wanted to share it. Continue reading

Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt’s “You learn by living”

It’s your life – but only if you make it so.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

I took a lot of insight from Eleanor Roosevelt’s book. Towards the end I lost interest a bit as she begins to focus more on politics, though her thoughts on this are worthy of a read – she makes some excellent points about our trend towards political apathy, something I am certainly guilty of.

I was surprised to find that the book offers a lot of advice on raising children and I wonder if it’s ever been recommended to people as a parenting book. It certainly has a lot of philosophical insight into raising children, if not practical information. Continue reading

My favourite Roald Dahl quotes

In honour of Roald Dahl Day, I’d thought I’d share some of my favourite Roald Dahl quotes. Some of them are about writing, others advice on how to have a great life, others are just funny.  Continue reading


You must appreciate that time is always against you. It is never kind or encouraging. It gnaws away invisibly at all good things. Therefore, if you have any desire to accomplish anything, even the simplest task, do it swiftly and with great purpose, or time will drag it away from you. 

– Tash Aw

Word of the day with a dash of wisdom

kakorrhaphiophobia – fear of failure

Interestingly I was so terrified of spelling this incorrectly that I looked up the spelling and definition in three different dictionaries before I felt confident enough to post this.

#DisplayingKakorrhaphiophobiaSymptoms #IThinkIHaveIt #HypochondriacWithKakorrhaphiophobia #ShouldEnterASpellingBee

Just remember:

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist