Maria Popova – Nine Life-Learnings


For nine years now, the wonderful Maria Popova is sharing with us her Brain Pickings. I have received infiinite joy and wisdom from reading her pieces and sometimes digging further into the ‘wells’ she takes us to. Tis is truly life-changing for me. Thanks a lot, Maria.

Here are nine life-learnings that Maria is sharing with us after these years of intellectual and spiritual delight.


  • Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
  • Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
  • Be generous.
  • Build pockets of stillness into your life.
  • When people tell you who they are, Maya Angelou famously advised, believe them. Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
  • Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
  • “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.”
  • Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
  • Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.


Read HERE what she means by these nine things. Enjoy!

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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