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Entry from June 11, 2018
“Keep your goals away from the trolls”

"Keep your goals away from the trolls” is a saying that has been printed on many images. American self-help author Peter McWilliams (1949-2000) wrote in Love 101: To Love Oneself Is the Beginning of a Lifelong Romance (1995):

“My suggestion: keep your goals away from the trolls. People don’t like to see others pursuing their dreams — it reminds them how far from living their own dreams they are.”


Wikipedia: Peter McWilliams
Peter Alexander McWilliams (August 5, 1949 – June 14, 2000) was an American self-help author who advocated for the legalization of marijuana.

Google Books
Love 101:
To Love Oneself Is the Beginning of a Lifelong Romance

By Peter McWilliams
Los Angeles, CA: Prelude Press
1995
Pg. 319:
My suggestion: keep your goals away from the trolls.

People don’t like to see others pursuing their dreams — it reminds them how far from living their own dreams they are. In talking you out of your dreams, they are talking themselves back into their comfort zone. They will give you every rational lie they ever gave themselves — and add a few more. If you don’t believe the lies with the same degree of devotion the trolls do, get ready for Big Time Disapproval. Why bother? Consider your Dream a fragile seed. It’s small now. It needs protection and lots of nurturing. Eventually, it will be strong — stronger than the slings and arrows of outrageously limited people. When you’ve obtained your goal, then tell them about it.

10 November 1996, The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL), “For adult and even teen-ager readers: A book about loving, caring for yourself” by Sharon Gilfand, pg. E5, cols. 3. 5:
There are books, too many books in this world with too many sentences that say very little.

This ain’t one of ‘em. “Love 101: To Love Onself is the Beginning of Lifelong Romance” by Peter McWilliams is the kind where a yellow marker is practically a necessity to note all the REALLY good paragraphs the first time through.
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Even some of the chapter titles are good reads, such as “A Brief and No Doubt Terribly Inaccurate History of Romantic Love” and “Keep Your Goals Away From The Trolls.”

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More Quotable Quotes from James
James D. Milton
6/7/98
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“Keep your goals away from the trolls.”—Peter McWilliams

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Commencement Quotations??
singerson
3/7/99
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Keep your goals away from the trolls.
Peter McWilliams

Twitter
Dwight Silverman
@dsilverman
fortune cookie from Ming’s: Keep your goals away from the trolls.
8:50 PM - 20 Apr 2007

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Sidris Phipps
@sidrisphipps1
Keep your goals away from the trolls.
~Unknown
#quote
via @RomanJancic
4:33 AM - 11 Jun 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, June 11, 2018 • Permalink