“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.”
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.
I don’t believe in circumstances.
The people who get on in this world
are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want.
And if they can’t, make them.”
George Bernard Shaw
“People who say it cannot be done
should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”
“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
Henry Ward Beecher
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”
Latticework: The New Investing by Robert G. Hagstrom is not only a book about investing but how to become a much better thinker in acquiring worldly wisdom. He brings together such diverse subjects as biology, physics, sociology, psychology and even literature in showing the reader how they can be put together and used in our decision-making process. This is not an in-depth work but a summary of all these subjects which whets the appetite of those of us who wish to pursue this further.
Even though he speaks primarily on investing, the reader can use these same principles in other fields as well.
Some interesting quotes from the book include:
“Investment decisions are more likely to be correct when ideas from other disciplines lead to the same conclusions.”
“Those who strive to understand connections are well on the way to worldly wisdom.”
“How does one achieve worldly wisdom? The first is a matter of educating yourself; the second is a matter of learning to think and see differently.”
“We do not learn new subjects because we have somehow become better learners, but because we have become better at recognizing patterns.”
I am really excited about rereading this book and taking some extensive notes in which to share with you. Here is a video from the author about the book. Even though this book was written in 2000, I believe that it contains pearls that we need to be patient and harvest.
“If I paint a wild horse, you might not see the horse… but surely you will see the wildness!”
“Never surrender your hopes and dreams to the fateful limitations others have placed on their own lives. The vision of your true destiny does not reside within the blinkered outlook of the naysayers and the doom prophets. Judge not by their words, but accept advice based on the evidence of actual results. Do not be surprised should you find a complete absence of anything mystical or miraculous in the manifested reality of those who are so eager to advise you. Friends and family who suffer the lack of abundance, joy, love, fulfillment and prosperity in their own lives really have no business imposing their self-limiting beliefs on your reality experience.”
Anthon St. Maarten
“He who looks through an open window sees fewer things than he who looks through a closed window.”
“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.”