Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf

  • "Every single choice matters, no matter how small. Everything you choose to read, listen to, or look at. Everything you think about, dream about, or focus on. And especially your circle of friends can make all the difference in who you become." (9)
  • Focus on the process and control the controllables (18)
  • "Nothing is a test. Everything is an opportunity to learn and grow, because you are building your own house." (22)
  • "Uncomfortable isn't a choice, but where you experience it is." i.e. choose to control the times you feel uncomfortable (27)
  • "The grass is greener where you water it." (45)
  • "Goals allow you to shirk responsibility but mission is owned only by the person in the mirror." (73)
  • Take two minute gratefulness walks (77)
  • "In order to reach your greatest potential you must operate with a heart of gratitude, commit to the controllables, surrender the outcome, and trust the process." (78)
  • Avoid partially-controllable goals