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21 ridiculous self-improvement quotes

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As far as I c an tell from my limited social media use, people love self-improvement quotes. I think they’re a load of s***. So in lieu of reading my full argument, here are 21 of the most ridiculous self-improvement quotes around.

Caveat: there are things I like about each of these writers. I’m not trying to criticise them per se, just some of their output.

Ridiculous James Clear quotes

James Clear quote on Twitter: "Entrepreneur’s mind.
Athlete’s body.
Artist’s soul."

Richard Branson’s head

on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body

with Van Gogh’s tortured soul?

James Clear quote on Twitter: "Working on a problem reduces the fear of it. 

It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow.

Action relieves anxiety."

Tell that to someone who’s got to fight a grizzly bear

James Clear quote on Twitter: "Not taking things personally is a superpower."

Wouldn’t make a good movie though, would it?

James Clear quote on Twitter: "There are 3 primary drivers of results in life:

1) Your luck (randomness).
2) Your strategy (choices).
3) Your actions (habits).

Only 2 of the 3 are under your control.

But if you master those 2, you can improve the odds that luck will work for you rather than against you."

Your privilege?

Ridiculous Shane Parrish quotes

Shane Parrish quote on Twitter: "Failing at things that matter is better than succeeding at things that don't."

Not if you’re a surgeon whose just performed a heart transplant

Shane Parrish quote on Twitter: "The best in any field share: attention to detail, a commitment to perfection they will never attain, and a relentless drive."

Privilege, again

Shane Parrish quote on Twitter: "Studying ethics doesn't make you ethical."

Does make you feel superior though 🙂

Shane Parrish quote on Twitter: "You don't want a job where someone new can do it as effectively as you with 6 months of training."

Sometimes you need the cash, Shane

Ridiculous Naval Ravikant quotes

Quote by Naval on Twitter: You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity - a piece of a business - to gain your financial freedom.

Guess I wasted my time ‘hacking’ my paper round?

Quote by Naval on Twitter: When specific knowledge is taught, it’s through apprenticeships, not schools.

Or playing Championship Manager for 14 hours a day in your teens

Quote by Naval on Twitter: Don't partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling.

Or smelly people. Their BO is room-fulfilling.

Quote by Naval on Twitter: Embrace accountability, and take business risks under your own name. Society will reward you with responsibility, equity, and leverage.

I embraced selling sweets in school. I was rewarded with a suspension.

Ridiculous Tim Ferriss quotes

Quote by Tim Ferriss on Twitter: “Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” — Bruce Lee

Low aim and failure is worse

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Quote by Tim Ferriss on Twitter: “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” — Søren Kierkegaard

If only I’d read this before I got COVID…

Tim Ferriss quote on Twitter: “To a disciple who was forever complaining about others, the Master said, ‘If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.’” — Anthony de Mello

Have you ever been to Manchester, Master? Your slippers would be soaking.

Tim Ferriss quote on Twitter: “The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence.” — Tom Robbins

Tell that to people with depression

Tim Ferriss quote on Twitter: "We don't rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training." — Archilochus

We don’t rise to the level of doing some work, we fall to the level of quotes on Twitter.

Ridiculous Ryan Holiday quotes

Ryan Holiday quote on Twitter: “To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.” — Winston Churchill

Too bad Churchill didn’t change his mind about letting 3 million people starve in Bengal

Ryan Holiday quote on Twitter: "The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood." — Voltaire

Another good one for those suffering from depression

Ryan Holiday quote on Twitter: Here's my morning routine: 

- Wake up around 6am
- 3 mile walk with the kids
- Journal for 15 minutes
- Read one thing that makes you wiser
- Write for 3 hours
- Don’t eat before 10am
- Don’t touch phone for first 1 hour awake

-Tweet something a famous person said to make myself sound smart

A ridiculous Sahil Bloom quote

Sahil Bloom quote on Twitter: You can go far in life by just being someone that people enjoy having around.

There are countless multi-millionaires who never built anything of note—they were just around people who did and created value in unassuming ways.

Sometimes it really does pay to be pleasant and kind.

Reckon Sahil will give me a few mil if I follow him on Twitter?

So what to do about it?

I appreciate reading this article isn’t going to change your life. It’s intended more as a nudge away from trying to improve yourself by following self-improvement gurus on social media, and towards putting in the considered and consistent graft required. To help you along the way, you can subscribe to my weekly newsletter to stay up to date with my latest articles.

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