Old-school snobs ! by Seth Godin

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Two centuries ago, shoemakers in England were called snobs. (It sort of rhymes with cobbler).

Good ones combined care with quality. They put in the effort to make a shoe that exceeded expectations, and leaned into the possibility of their craft. The others were simply hacks, trying to get by with little effort.

In an ironic and cruel twist, the term “snob” was taken from these committed craftspeople and used to describe someone who looked down on others, particularly those with fewer resources. A hard-working cobbler was viewed with disdain, because they had no silver spoon. It was also used to describe someone who gave those with more money or caste a persistent benefit of the doubt that they might not deserve.

And for a century the term was been pushed beyond cultural economics to describe someone who is a defender of scarcity and the status quo. A wine snob, for example, insisted on an expensive vintage, preferably from certain parts of Europe.

The circle comes around, as it often does. The best kind of snob is a throwback to that original cobbler and their customers, someone who can see past appearances or the traditional approaches and instead looks for care and quality. Which can happen regardless of where someone comes from. It’s not enough to be a cobbler. You need to be one who cares.

Effort and good judgment lead to good taste and cultural leadership.

We shouldn’t settle.

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15 Quotes to Inspire Self-Love | Inspiring Quotes

At this moment, you are seamlessly flowing with the cosmos. There is no difference between your breathing and the breathing of the rainforest, between your bloodstream and the world’s rivers, between your bones and the chalk cliffs of Dover.
— Deepak Chopra

I’m in love with my future, can’t wait to meet her…
I’m in love but not with anybody else; just wanna’ get to know myself.
I know, supposedly, I’m lonely now,
know I’m supposed to be unhappy without someone
but aren’t I someone?
— “My Future,” Billie Eilish (written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell)

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence; it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
— Audrey Lorde

It’s about waking up in the morning and saying that I’m worthy of love, belonging, and joy. It’s about engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
— Brené Brown

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
— Mary Oliver

The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is that I’m the only one.
— A.A. Milne

I figured out I gotta be my own type… It’s a me, myself kinda attitude.
‘Cause I’m my own soulmate, I know how to love me.
— “Soulmate,” Lizzo (written by Lizzo, Sean Douglas, and Warren Felder)

May I be happy, may I be well.
May I be kind toward my suffering.
May I cultivate more kindness within my heart.
May I cultivate more peace within my heart.
— Traditional Buddhist Metta (loving kindness meditation)

The sky could fall down, the wind could cry now,
the strong in me, I still smile.
I love myself.
— “i,” Kendrick Lamar (written by Ernie Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley, Marvin Isley, Christopher Jasper, Kendrick Lamar, and Rahki)

No matter what troubles have befallen you or what difficulties you have caused yourself or others, with love for yourself you can change, grow, make amends, and learn… Real love does not encourage you to ignore your problems or deny your mistakes and imperfections. You see them clearly and still opt to love.
— Sharon Salzberg

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
— St. Paul, the Bible

All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff.
— Carl Sagan

The way to get kindness with(in) yourself is spending time being nice to yourself, spending time getting to know and (dare I say it!) getting to love yourself… Loving yourself helps you love other people.
— Jeffrey Marsh, American writer, activist, and social media personality

No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity
because the greatest love of all is happening to me.
I found the greatest love of all inside of me…
Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all.
— “Greatest Love of All,” Whitney Houston (written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed)

I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is… We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.
— Alice Walker


Hope springs from the knowledge that there is light even in the darkest of shadows.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. (Desmond Tutu)
If you wish to change the world all you need to do is start.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. (Anne Frank)