Chris Matakas Quotes

Chris Matakas Quotes

When your words enter the material world in the form of ink or on screen, you are immediately afforded the opportunity to judge their worth.

I envision a world in which the vast majority of us are actively striving toward our potential by serving others through mediums we are most passionate.

Deep down I believe each of us is a well-spring of understanding and wisdom, but we simply never allow the space or time for this understanding to rise to the level of conscious thought.

The knowledge you acquire in an area of study is accompanied by an incalculable ignorance. The farther we get into anything, we learn that we have even farther to go.

I do not begin to think that I could possibly understand its inner-workings and the deepest truths of the cosmos with the 28 years that I have lived in Central New Jersey of the United States of America.

Everyone, no matter how historically famous or modernly praised, has no idea about the ultimate truth of what it means to be human.

All of the great writers and sages we are so quick to quote have simply given their interpretation of what it means to be human.

Self-improvement is generally a removal of a vice rather than an acquisition of a virtue.

So by being created, you are automatically made manifest within a system in which you are directly associated with your creator, and it is this association that we define as a relationship.

But, objectively, beyond the level of thought, the drunk on the street corner is equally a child of God.

We will never be capable of true relationships with others if we continue to view them as others.

The more closely two organisms depend upon each other the harder it becomes to tell where one organism ends and the other begins.

If something’s existence is contingent upon the existence of another entity, can we truthfully call them separate beings?

A man has only so much life, and must diversify his efforts according to his values.

I would more appropriately define mastery as the technical ability possible within the constraints of your particular existence. It must be noted that this is a subjective definition, and that this degree of mastery would be individual to each of us.

As a human being, I know of no greater example of success than someone who is self-sustaining through using his passion in the service of others.

You have become more and therefore expect more, but never become too purpose-driven to step back and realize just how far you have progressed.

You are never as good as you think you are, and you are never as bad as you believe yourself to be.

Your job as a young adult is to become as valuable to the marketplace as you can. Your job as a human is to do so without working a day in your life.

If you do not define success for yourself, you may unknowingly adopt someone else's definition along the way.

Your potential for growth is directly proportionate to the degree to which you are willing to make mistakes.

Mastery, to whatever degree your circumstance allows, is determined by a handful of choices repeated daily.

The major events in our lives receive the entire spotlight, but ultimately your life will be defined by the same handful of choices you make each day.

The great men of all areas of humanity’s activities never tried to be a better version of someone else. They simply brought to the table a full life's cultivation of their particular skill sets, experiences, and passions, and we must do the same.

Choosing to forgo the small rewards of society now will lead to the monumental rewards of becoming a person of value later.

Nowhere in the history of man has there existed someone with your particular set of experiences and skills, which means there exists a mode of play that you are unequivocally predestined to succeed in more than any other.

We are just too busy trying to appear smart to realize how intelligent we actually are.

It is important to realize that we so often define ourselves by what is in opposition to ourselves.

The more we have outside ourselves the harder it is to get inside ourselves.

This constant mental diatribe and the frustrations, worries, insecurities and muscular tension that ensues are the self.

That nagging state of constant thought that exists somewhere between the ears and behind the eyes is the self.

You are the space in which these thoughts arise, but not the thoughts themselves.

Society is a collection of selves perpetuating their myth.

We tend to view ourselves as this, lying in contradiction with everything that is not ourselves, that.

Language has created a barrier that prevents us from seeing existence as it truly is.

The very fact that you can observe this thinking mind is proof that you are not this thinking mind.

This is what it means to be mindful. To watch the thoughts as they come and go without judgment while completely accepting what arises in the present moment.

For many of us, especially being so fortunate to live in a first-world country, the vast majority of pain we experience is due to the seriousness with which we identify with our thoughts.

We see that the vast majority of our suffering is needless, and simply arises from the misidentification with our thinking mind.

Who you are as a person far outweighs what you do in an athletic arena.

We are now forced to actively pursue our struggles. If we do not go out of our way to stretch our comfort zones and grow, no one nor nature will do it for us.

I use my understanding of jiu jitsu as a road map to learn other activities. I look for the similarities between the two, and use jiu jitsu as an allegory for whatever my new practice may be. I truly believe once you have learned one thing, you have learned all things because you have learned how to learn.

I train jiu jitsu because I love jiu jitsu. But I also train knowing that my practice in this art will allow me better practice in any art. If you have learned one thing, you have learned all things, because you have learned how to learn. I can think of no more worthwhile pursuit of education.

In mastering one thing, you have mastered all things because you have learned how to learn.

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