Book excerpt from “606 Days Without Renting”

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  • Perhaps the real communication barrier is not language, but inner self-defense. You can’t deny yourself before being denied by others.
  • People who work the most seriously are not because they are self-disciplined, but because they are solving real problems, and the process of solving problems makes them energetic every day.
  • Drew’s life credo to the graduates is “tennis,” “circle,” and “thirty thousand days.” “Tennis” represents the things we are passionate about. If you throw a tennis ball out, the puppy will run wildly chasing the tennis ball. It means that people should pursue the career they love and fight for it. The meaning of “circle” is that everyone will be influenced by the five people who have the closest contact with them. These five people are your circle, so spend more time with people who inspire you. And there are only “30,000 days” in life. We are never ready for that day, so just do whatever comes to mind.
  • There is a message in my diary: “The best work is the time you spend.
  • Having experienced a prosperous life, he said: “A rich spiritual world is more important than material things.”
  • Regarding my confusion about whether to stay in Silicon Valley or engage in freelance work next, he said: “Chen Yu, if you want to make your dreams come true, the first step is to figure out what you want; the second step is to express your needs concisely and work hard. Fight for it. You have too many fears. If you succeed once, you will become more and more confident.”
  • Donovan said to me: “Chenyu, courage is to do something in fear.”
  • After leaving, I kept thinking silently in my mind the three words he sent me: 1. Let go of the fear of rejection. (Let go the fear of rejection.) 2. As long as you succeed once, you will become more and more confident in the future. (Confidence is built on top of success.) 3. Know what you want and take the initiative to get it. (Know what you want and ask for it.) After Burning Man, I received an email signed “Your new friend Donovan.”
  • Breakfast is no longer a meal, but a way to open up a conversation and resolve the feeling of strangeness, while also bringing with it a sense of “just right” boundaries. Breakfast is not as grand as dinner, and the length is just right, making it easy for guests to participate without crossing the line.
  • A captain with 25 years of flying experience, wisdom from three lifetimes in life
  • I asked him: “What word would you use to define yourself?” He answered without hesitation: “Dreamer.”
  • For most people, the older they get, the more they crave companionship. And his rich life experience has cultivated Carl’s firm heart, which blocks the noise from the outside world and allows him to be calm and peaceful in the spiritual world.
  • There are more than just casinos in Las Vegas, and not all blondes are vases
  • If it weren’t for work, it would be hard for me to find a reason to come here again, but I remembered the words of my mentor: “If you feel uncomfortable, it means you will learn more. If you feel afraid, that’s when the opportunity comes.” time.”
  • When I left Las Vegas, I no longer thought of it as a psychedelic city filled only with depravity and sin. After tearing off the labels given to it by tourists, this city revealed to me its rustic and life-oriented side. Maybe it takes a little more time to understand that everyone has another interesting side just like this city. Only by putting aside stereotypes can we have the opportunity to discover what is special about them.
  • Work is only one dimension that defines people, and it may limit the perspective from which we view strangers. Krista may be ordinary, but she has spiritual pursuits beyond ordinary people. When she reaches middle age, she challenges the same job and chooses to help people who have made mistakes change their ways. Her kindness has changed my understanding of Sin City. She has the worries of high financial pressure, but she also pursues quality of life and is very hospitable. Although Krista and I are completely different in appearance and career, when we open up and communicate, we find that our tacit understanding far outweighs our differences. In fact, everyone has a garden hidden in his heart, waiting for you to explore.
  • The 82-year-old “Renaissance” female painter works every day
  • As a professor in the art department, Toby is very rigorous in her work. She has also published a book – “The Artists’ Survival Manual: A Complete Guide to Marketing Your Work”. If I forgot to put a date and name on a painting, she would remind me: “You forgot to write the copyright information again.” A few minutes later, she sent an email with an attachment titled “How Painters Manage Intellectual Property,” from A chapter in a book.
  • Come with me to Burning Man
  • When arriving at Black Rock City, participants will receive a “Burning Man Manual” which reads: As a citizen, you can have nothing in this city, but you need to abide by 10 principles. Radical Inclusion Gifting Decommodification Radical Self-reliance Radical Self-expression Community Effort Civic Responsibility Leave no trace Leaving No Trace) Actively Participate (Participation) Live in the Moment (Immediacy) As Isa told me on the phone, in addition to material preparations, it is more important to adjust your mentality and always remember “sharing, gratitude and self-expression”
  • Burning Man made me suddenly enlightened and made many impossible things possible. Just as I saw a sentence on an art installation: “Look within, you can find all the answers.” (Everything you need is within you.)
  • I am reminded of what the fox said in “The Little Prince”: “Rituals are the often forgotten things that make one day different from other days and one moment from other moments.”
  • Life is originally ordinary, but people give it a specific meaning. The Jewish dinner reminded me of the art installation at Burning Man that depicts a pair of eyes with the words: “We may not be able to change the world, but we can change the eyes through which we see the world.”
  • Perhaps this is what Haruki Murakami said, “Those who meet will meet again.”
  • We meet many people in life, and they become WeChat contacts through a casual encounter. Maybe one day in the future, when you encounter difficulties, they will reach out to help you without asking for anything in return, just like an umbrella on a rainy day or a bottle of water on a hot summer day. Every effort in the circle of friends is a help in times of need, which warms and inspires me.
  • Taking advantage of work breaks to leave as soon as possible is not for the sake of being free and unrestrained, but comes from the enthusiasm for life and a little “greedy”.
  • Compared to a result-oriented “career”, staying in a 365-day B&B is my way of understanding the world – the personality and small flaws of each B&B tell the story behind each door. The “hardship” of living in a Mexican painter’s family seems to be a “price”, but it is also a gain. Rather than looking at paintings under spotlights in an art gallery, I prefer to be surrounded by the artist’s works and intuitively experience the artist’s living conditions.
  • Many times, I stared at my favorite B&B for a long time. My mouse stayed on the booking page, but I couldn’t press the “book” button. I could only silently save the property to my wish list. I often think: “It would be great if money is not an obstacle to this project.” At this time, I will realize that only by working harder can I persist in the life of “working 9 to 5 and traveling around the world” Life.
  • Learning to ask questions is another kind of interaction. When you encounter a topic you don’t understand, don’t talk nonsense. You can ask questions humbly, let the other person talk more, and be a good listener. Keep an open mind, try and accept new things, and don’t be afraid to hit a wall, and you will gain a pleasant communication experience.
  • The American abstract expressionist art master Hans Hofmann once said: “The ability to do subtraction means eliminating unnecessary things and letting the necessary things speak.” My understanding is that the process of subtraction is actually addition. Cut out unnecessary things and allocate time and energy to truly important things like improving personal cultivation and enriching life experience. A simple material life gives me more time to think, learn and listen. Perhaps this is the wisdom I gained from minimalist travel.

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