“…the difference between people who are successful and not are that those who are successful seemed to know from the age of 7 or 8, maybe older, they’re very in tune with what they love. I compare it to a voice inside their head, not literally a voice but something that says “you really are drawn to this subject” and they hear it throughout their lives. For me it was writing and books, since I was a kid. At any time I deviated from that love and went into something else, I was just so unhappy and I knew that I wasn’t doing the right thing. It’s just this voice that keeps drawing you back to what you really, really love.”
- Robert Greene
Found the above quote via this blog post, feed your head + find your soul, by Justine Musk. Something I think about a lot, hoping I’ll be able to help my kids find what they really, really love.
“I don’t want to be afraid to say what I haven’t yet figured out or to give realistic projections of what we can deliver when. As a designer, I never promised a client anything I couldn’t deliver, and I won’t start now as a founder.”
Pitching Like a Girl, by Ellen Johnston
“You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true…The only way to start being asked to do something you want to do is to start doing that thing on your own.”
- Jonathan Harris
Beautiful feature in The Great Discontent
Love this thought snippet by Malcolm Gladwell on criticism. I recommend you read (and listen) to this entire Brain Pickings post.
“…Tribes thrive when they connect and coordinate and synchronize. They work when they create a cultural connection. But they can’t thrive when they merely embrace (or deny) the reality of the world around them.
As you organize and lead your tribe, then, the opportunity is to be crystal clear about what you stand for, but to give the alert observers within your clan the ability to stick with you and what they believe without having to pretend that the world outside doesn’t actually exist.”
The panda and the bicycle, by Seth Godin
“I was already at my desk on my first day of work when Massimo arrived. As always, he filled the room with his oversized personality. Elegant, loquacious, gesticulating, brimming with enthusiasm. Massimo was like Zeus, impossibly wise, impossibly old. (He was, in fact, 49.) My education was about to begin.”
Michael Bierut remembering design legend Massimo Vignelli
Today Jason Fried and his team at Basecamp launched THE DISTANCE, an online magazine that celebrates interesting private businesses that have been in business for 25 years or more.
Read Jason’s blog post about it and the first issue of THE DISTANCE featuring Chicago’s Last Tannery.
“Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.”
The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact, by Robyn Scott
Novelty: Something new
Creation: Something new and valuable
Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful
Horace Dediu explains innovation.
A true gem discovered by John Maeda in this PDF; What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial? by Saras D. Sarasvathy
Excellent long read: The Crossroads of Should and Must, by Elle Luna
Loved this Business Insider article on cultural communication patterns. As someone who grew up in Switzerland and then moved to the USA at 26, I can attest that there are clearly different communication styles at play.
British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted communication patterns as well as leadership styles and cultural identities in his book, “When Cultures Collide“.
Read the Article.
Made in the Future is an effort to capture IDEO’s musings about what a not-so-distant tomorrow might look like. They broke their findings into five themes: Meaning Economy, Outer Skills, Making Exchanges, Raw Systems and New Matter.
Some fascinating food for thought.
“At the core of criticism, there should always be an intent to assist.”
Inspire or stifle? Reconsider the purpose of criticism, by Sean Minogue
“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
“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
“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.
(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.
“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.
“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 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.