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Welcome to TANQ.

FASTER TO MASTER‘s library of Thoughts, Anecdotes, Notes and Quotes.

TANQ is a growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes and quotes that I come across during my life and learning. It was originally inspired by Ryan Holiday’s excellent article on “How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book“.

As time goes by I’ll be developing TANQ to make it easier to explore, filter and share its contents right here on FASTER TO MASTER.

For now, here’s a snapshot from the inside:

Latest Entries

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for.

— Socrates

“The absence of understanding does not indicate an absence of explanation”

— Arthur @ WWH

“My favourite definition of a careful writer comes from Joe DiMaggio, though he didn’t know that’s what he was defining… A reporter once asked him how he managed to play so well so consistently, and he said ‘I always thought that there was at least one person in the stands who had never seen me play, and I didn’t want to let him down.'”

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

“Writing well means believing in your writing and believing in yourself, taking risks, daring to be different, pushing yourself to excel. You will write only as well as you make yourself write.”

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

“If you would like to write better than everybody else, you have to want to write better than everybody else. You must take an obsessive pride in the smallest details of your craft.”

— William Zinsser, On Writing Well

Random Entries

Never make a first offer when purchasing. Flinch after the first offer (“$3,000!” followed by pure silence, which uncomfortable salespeople fill by dropping the price once), let people negotiate against themselves (“Is that really the best you can offer?” elicits at least one additional drop in price), then “bracket”. If they end up at $2,000 and you want to pay $1,500, offer $1,250. They’ll counter with approximately $1,750, to which you respond: “I’ll tell you what, let’s just split the difference. I’ll overnight FedEx you a check, and we can call it a day”. The end result? Exactly what you wanted: $1,500.

— Timothy Ferriss, The Four Hour Work Week

“The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.”

— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“Eureka moments are not lightning bolts from the blue, but tidal waves that erupt following deep immersion in an area of expertise.”

— Matthew Syed, Bounce

“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Eat That Frog!

Interest and energy are cyclical.
Humans are built to respond to change.
You can’t have too much of a good thing.
You can have too much at once.