Secret Ingredient for Success

“The successful people we spoke with — in business, entertainment, sports and the arts — all had similar responses when faced with obstacles: they subjected themselves to fairly merciless self-examination that prompted reinvention of their goals and the methods by which they endeavored to achieve them.”

Secret Ingredient for Success, by Camille Sweeney

(via Joe)

On Owning It

“… Every time you use waffle words, back off from a clear statement of values and priorities and most of all, think about what’s likely instead of what’s possible, you are selling yourself out. Not just selling yourself out, but doing it too cheaply. Own your dreams. There is no better way to make them happen.”
Seth Godin, On Owning It

The Curse of Email

“The only way we will avoid being crushed by the weight of the hundreds or thousands of emails we receive every day is to free ourselves from the need to treat each one like it matters and like it merits a response. The only way we will avoid being emotionally crushed by having other people not respond to our emails is to stop expecting a response. If we can adapt our expectations to fit the realities of this new paradigm, we will all crawl out from under the weight of the curse of email. Email will prove a blessing.”

Taken from this blog post: The Curse of Email by Tim Challies

Creativity

“You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom, and it blossoms in play.”
– Kyung-Hee Kim

The play deficit, by Peter Gray. If you’re a parent, please read this.

(Via Tinybop)

How not to say the wrong thing

nottosaythewrongthing(Illustration by Wes Bausmith / Los Angeles Times)

How not to say the wrong thing by Susan Silk and Barry Goldman, an insightful and important read.

Party Etiquette

“The biggest tip I can give you to up your introducing skills is to always assume that whoever you’re talking to knows nothing about you or your work. No matter how big of a deal you are, if you abide by this rule, you win at life.”

Amen to this. Jessica Hische packed some really good tips into this Non-Creepy Networking: Party Etiquette article.

I Want to Be a Millennial When I Retire

“Max gets up when he likes and does what he loves. He avoids most of the things that most of us numerically successful people complain about all the time: racing from one unreasonable deadline to the next, sitting in unproductive meetings and watching simple things made complicated by committees.”

Beautiful article: I Want to Be a Millennial When I Retire, by Jim Sollisch

Be Generous.

“Be generous with your time and your resources and with giving credit and, especially, with your words. It’s so much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. Always remember there is a human being on the other end of every exchange and behind every cultural artifact being critiqued. To understand and be understood, those are among life’s greatest gifts, and every interaction is an opportunity to exchange them.”
– Maria Popova

Taken from Maria’s very personal post: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living

New York City

“New York City does not hold our former selves against us. Perhaps we can extend the same courtesy.”

The Way We Live Now: 11-11-01; Lost and Found, By Colson Whitehead

(via Anna Raff)

Online Community

“Each online community decides what it is going to be, and in the end, reflects the people that participate in it. The internet is made of people. Like Anne Frank, I believe that, despite all evidence to the contrary, people are good at heart. And always, on the internet, I am astounded by people’s insistence on being generous, compassionate and kind.”
– Caterine Fake

Caterina Fake on Online Communities.

Play

“The word sugru is the Irish word for play and that’s what it’s all about—getting people to have a playful attitude toward life and to know that they can do something about their problems without having to wait around on others.”
– Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh

A quote from this interview with Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh, the inventor and CEO of sugru over on The Great Discontent.

The Real Value of Stock Options

“I’ve generally explained to each of them why stock options are nice, but are worth much less than may think. I don’t persuade them against accepting the offer because I think you should be willing to take a pay cut to learn and do more at a startup than you would learn and do at a big company. I just tell my friends that they should never optimize for options, but optimize for an experience. “- Benjy Boxer

The Real Value of Stock Options, by Benjy Boxer.

(via Khoi)

Experience

“What an industry needs is people who have no idea on how it operates. People that don’t know that there are any rules. While it is good to break rules and to push boundaries, it’s much better to just never know that any rules exists. So, when an agency boasts that they have years of experience in the field that your company is working in. Run the other way, cause that only means that they know the rules. You need someone who doesn’t.”

Experience Slows You Down, by Nils Sköld

Moving upstairs

“A few years ago, a friend shared with me his strategy for decluttering his home. He and his wife lived in a duplex and decided to gather every single thing they had and put it in the bottom level of the duplex. They moved upstairs, lived in just the top level, and as they needed something, they would go downstairs, find it, and bring it up. Little by little, they repopulated their life with only what was necessary.”

Moving Upstairs, by Jack Cheng

Explore Create Repeat

Explore Create Repeat

Explore Create Repeat is an online magazine for the creative community published weekly by 4ormat. Fantastic!

Type Designers

“Don’t have a favorite font. Do have a favorite type designer.”
– Jessica Hische

Excellent read: Upping Your Type Game, by Jessica Hische

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout, by Gretchen Reynolds

McDonald’s Theory

“I call it the McDonald’s Theory: people are inspired to come up with good ideas to ward off bad ones.”
-Jon Bell

An interesting post by Jon Bell in What I learned Building on Medium.

(Thanks Rusty)

Be Kind

“Being kind isn’t always easy. Or convenient. But it has the potential to change everything.”
– Cap Watkins

Be Kind, by Cap Watkins

The Death of Upcoming.org

“In hindsight, selling Upcoming to Yahoo was a horrible mistake. Selling your company always means sacrificing control and risking its fate, and as we now know, online communities almost always fail after acquisition. (YouTube is the rare exception, albeit one with billion-dollar momentum.) But Yahoo was a particularly horrible steward for the community.”
– Andy Baio

Read Andy’s full post, The Death of Upcoming.org

The Art Of The Email Introduction

Chris Fralic wrote a much needed article on the Art Of The Email Introduction. The first rule, The Ask, is the most important in my book:

“Sometimes it makes sense to just make the introduction when asked, but in most cases I think it’s a best practice to ask for and receive permission before an introduction is made. This makes it a choice for the recipient and doesn’t create an obligation.”

Introduction: 10 Rules For Emailing Busy People, by Chris Fralic

An acquisition is always a failure

“An entrepreneur is someone who, almost artistically, designs a living entity which embodies the values, beliefs, and ambitions of the creator. It’s impossible for a larger entity to swallow a smaller one without completely reshaping it. When this process begins, a wild visionary – the entrepreneur type – is the most toxic, indigestible actor imaginable. And this is why I roll my eyes when a new acquisition is announced: Because I don’t see it as a triumphant graduation but a sacrifice to an industry that is afraid to dream big.”
– Jake Lodwick

An acquisition is always a failure, by Jake Lodwick

(via Michael)

Graceful Exits

“We’re not trying to save the world. We’re just trying to save some recipes.”

The FictiveKin crew just posted this blog post, explaining the frustrating experience of wanting to help forner Punchfork users save their data. In their post they tell the story of Punchfork’s less than graceful exit and how it inspired ‘Open Recipes’.

What their blog post shows is that there needs to be a web builder ethics manifesto. We need to take content ownership and our users seriously.

Children Should Be Allowed to Get Bored

“When children have nothing to do now, they immediately switch on the TV, the computer, the phone or some kind of screen. The time they spend on these things has increased.

But children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them.”

Dr. Teresa Belton

(via Kottke)