“You have to work hard in the dark to shine in the light.” – Kobe Bryant

An obvious observation in the context of professional sports, not so obvious in every other facet of life (but still true). 

The rules in life are looser in definition than the NBA, which is why the practice metaphor often gets lost. 

But the thread of truth is this: expecting to excel in anything without consistent practice is the easiest way to lose. 

“We win games in practice. We learn and follow the fundamentals of our game better than anyone. All of our games are won in practice.” — Vince Lombardi

"Experience is the comb that nature gives us after we are bald." – Belgian Proverb

Over long periods of time, building and betting can both be positive-sum games.

We are present when we can experience reality without being consumed by what has already been or what might be.

Learning is like climbing an infinite ladder.

We're conditioned to think of a single percentage point as an almost non-consequential gain. In conventional wisdom investing, 1% would be laughed at.

How long it takes to learn something is a better proxy for how valuable something is than how long it takes to do something.

It's comforting to think that hitting a certain target or achieving a definable milestone will bring us lasting comfort.

If you make $10,000 or $1,000,000 and spend 100% of it, the outcome is the same.