“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 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)
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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
“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 is an online magazine for the creative community published weekly by 4ormat. Fantastic!
“Don’t have a favorite font. Do have a favorite type designer.”
- Jessica Hische
Excellent read: Upping Your Type Game, by Jessica Hische
“I call it the McDonald’s Theory: people are inspired to come up with good ideas to ward off bad ones.”
An interesting post by Jon Bell in What I learned Building on Medium.
“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
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 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
“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.
“When a free option is available in a market of paid alternatives, far more people will choose the free product, often by an order of magnitude or more. Asking people to pay unnecessarily is asking them to behave irrationally and against their own immediate best interests, even if it’s probably worse long-term.”
- Marco Arment
Free Works, by Marco Arment
(thank you Nate)
“If you spend your life doing what you love, the speed at which the world goes on and changes around you is irrelevant.”
- Milton Glaser
From conversation between Cool Hunting and the iconic Milton Glaser
“Learning to design is, first of all, learning to see. Designers see more, and more precisely. This is a blessing and a curse — once we have learned to see design, both good and bad, we cannot un-see. The downside is that the more you learn to see, the more you lose your ‘common’ eye, the eye you design for. This can be frustrating for us designers when we work for a customer with a bad eye and strong opinions. But this is no justification for designer arrogance or eye-rolling. Part of our job is to make the invisible visible, to clearly express what we see, feel and do. You can‘t expect to sell what you can’t explain.”
Learning to See, by Oliver Reichenstein
“The solution suggested by this research, as well as my own, is as simple as it is startling: Do less. But do what you do with complete and hard focus. Then when you’re done be done, and go enjoy the rest of the day.”
If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers
(via Michael Galpert)
“The Big Bore lurks inside us all. It’s dying to be set loose to lecture on Quentin Tarantino or what makes good ice cream. Fight it! Fight the urge to speak without listening, to tell a bad story, to stay inside your comfortable nest of back-patting pals. As you move away from boring, you will never be bored.”
- Scott Simpson
You are Boring, by Scott Simpson
“Every woman I know who feels like she “has it all”—and there are many—has done it in a unique way.”
- Sarah Lacy
Fantastic (and passionate) article by Sarah Lacy over on Pandodaily: In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality
“If my idea isn’t worth copying then it’s not a very good idea. If my product or business can’t handle a new competitor, then it’s not a very good product.”
- Nathan Kontny
From this interesting post on competition: Group email address. Did 37Signals Copy my idea?