Foundation Is Everything

I’m taking a break from big writing to do some reading and to ponder ideas.

In the meantime here are some thought pills from my journal to keep you thinking:


…therefore the full-grown man takes his stand upon the solid substance and not upon the mere husk.
— Lao Tzu

Why do you do what you do? For power? Contribution? Kindness? Morality? All such things are mere husks.

Ground yourself in your nature, it’s the only sustainable way… and probably the only real way to do any of those things aforementioned.


…upon the fruit and not upon the flower.
— Lao Tzu

Results. Truth. Core.

Focus on the essence, not anything fancy around it… Forget achievements, forget recognition, forget success, forget ego.

Go straight for truth.


That's it.

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P.S. After 10 years of experience with skating and acrobatics I’ve pieced together a philosophy that governs optimized practice and long term growth in physical skills like music and athletics. If you’re interested in ideas like optimized learning, mastery and creativity, you should DEFINITELY read this.

Jackson xo.