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One of the most powerful life skills, and one of the most important to hone and develop for both professional and personal success, is creating clear outcomes. This is not as self-evident as it may sound. We need to constantly define (and redefine) what we’re trying to accomplish on many different levels, and consistently reallocate resources toward getting these tasks complete as effectively and efficiently as possible.

David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]

Hermetic quote Allen Getting Things Done creating clear outcomes define and redefine what we're trying to accomplish

A great many things await you; I hope you will meet the challenges. Our Castalia is not supposed to be merely an elite; it ought above all to be a hierarchy, a structure in which every brick derives its meaning only from its place in the whole. There is no path leading out of this whole, and one who climbs higher and is assigned to greater and greater tasks does not acquire more freedom, only more and more responsibilities.

Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]

Hermetic quote Hesse Glass Bead Game greater tasks not more freedom only more responsibilities

Mason opened the door, said, “Ground floor, ladies and gentlemen. Department of frame-ups just ahead of you—separate cells, phony confessions, telling the daughter her mother’s confessed, telling the mother the daughter’s confessed, throwing in stool pigeons and detectives as cell mates, and all the usual police traps, right this way!”

Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Lazy Lover [Bookshop, Amazon, Publisher]

Hermetic quote Gardner Case of the Lazy Lover ground floor all the usual police traps

I had no real idea what the people in HR actually did, apart from lose your confidential information, and practically want to know your blood group and who you are currently shagging when you fill in a form, just so they can all discuss you amongst themselves.

Parker Gordon, Parallel Lives [Amazon]

Hermetic quote Gordon Parallel Lives no real idea want to know discuss you amongst themselves