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#Book 26: My name is Tani and I believe in miracles

“But it’s not really about just memory. If someone has studied you and you always play the same moves, then they know what you’re going to do. If you’re predictable then you’re vulnerable. They might set traps or change the style of the game so that it makes it really hard for you to play the kind of game that you want to play.”

That didn’t sound good at all. I liked winning, and most of the time I did it by playing the way I wanted to play. I didn’t like the idea of people not letting me play that way…

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#Book 25: Make time: how to focus on what matters everyday

Make Time is a framework for choosing what you want to focus on, building the energy to do it, and breaking the default cycle so that you can start being more intentional about the way you live your life. Even if you don’t completely control your own schedule—and few of us do—you absolutely can control your attention.

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#Book 24: The name of God is Mercy

It is like the sky: we look at the sky when it is full of stars, but when the sun comes out in the morning, with all its light, we don’t see the stars anymore. That is what God’s mercy is like: a great light of love and tenderness because God forgives not with a decree, but with a caress. He does it by caressing the wounds of our sin because he is involved in forgiving, he is involved in our salvation.’

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#Book 22: Can’t hurt me

Our culture has become hooked on the quick-fix, the life hack, efficiency. Everyone is on the hunt for that simple action algorithm that nets maximum profit with the least amount of effort. There’s no denying this attitude may get you some of the trappings of success, if you’re lucky, but it will not lead to a calloused mind or self-mastery. If you want to master the mind and remove your governor, you’ll have to become addicted to hard work. Because passion and obsession, even talent, are only useful tools if you have the work ethic to back them up.

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