Victory awaits him who has everything in order, luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time, this is called bad luck.
— Roald Amundsen, My Life as an Explorer
Serenity and stability are results of your choices and judgement, not your environment. If you seek to avoid all disruptions to tranquility — other people, external events, stress — you will never be successful. Your problems will follow you whenever you run and hide. But if you seek to avoid the harmful and disruptive judgements that cause those problems, then you will be stable and steady wherever you happen to be.
— The daily stoic by Ryan Holiday
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite…. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague, indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
— Henry David Thoreau
We do our best to hire people who have a proven aptitude for learning, and then do everything we can to help them grow as fast as they can. Making sure our people are developing is not a luxury. It’s essential for our survival. But the fundamental concepts we’ve had to evolve make up a language that translates to just about any company.
— Work Rules! – Bock, Laszlo
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.
— From The Writing Life by Annie Dillard