Super Quotes #29 — Aristotle, Richard P. Feynman
The mastery of the old man, courage is the greatest, and how to explore life.
“Beware of an old man in a profession where men usually die young.”
Most people are easily attracted to the energy and bravado of youth. But the far more valuable qualities of wisdom and mastery are only possessed by the old. Experience is the best and only irreplaceable teacher.
So if you see someone who’s been in their line of work for a long time, especially in a profession that’s challenging to do well in, beware. More positively, try to learn from them. Modern examples:
Warren Buffett (investing)
Tom Brady (sports / football)
Stephen Hawking (formerly, science)
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”
If there is one quality that you must master in your life, it’s courage. Courage is the first thing you need before doing anything else because, without it, you’ll be too scared to even move. If you can’t push past your fears then you will never grow, and you will never get to anywhere you want to go.
“Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”
― Richard P. Feynman
There is no set path to a successful life. Anything, literally anything becomes really interesting once you dig into it. You can be passionate about science and math, or cooking, video games, fashion, gardening, or literally anything else in the world!
So experiment. Try as many things as you can. And when you land on something you really enjoy, go deep into it to find fulfilment.