Valid Criticism

“Valid criticism does you a favor.”
Carl Sagan


“Nothing ever is. Everything is becoming”.


“Part of the problem seems to be that nobody these days is content to merely put their dent in the universe. No, they have to f***ing own the universe. It’s not enough to be in the market, they have to dominate it. It’s not enough to serve customers, they have to capture them.”

Fantastic (long) ready: Reconsider, by David Heinemeier Hansson.

A Living Thing

“A business is a living thing, a confluence of energies, each of which wants to see its own self-interest served first.”

From The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business

(via Michael)

Boldness Has Genius…

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.“

~ Partly by Goethe

Big thanks to my friend Steve Kroeter for sharing this powerful quote with me.


“It seems that the presence of an object is required to make its absence felt (or to make the absence of something felt). A kind of longing may have preceded their arrival, but you have to meet in order to feel the full force of your frustration in their absence.”
– Adrienne Rich

Why We Fall in Love, over on brainpickings


“Where focus goes, energy flows”.
– Tony Robbins.



“We are always in the position of beginning again.”
Michael Foucault


“People who want to change the world need to hang out with people who want to change the world!”
Maggie Doyne

The Secret to a Successful Network

Based on a decade of research developing detailed case studies on a range of successful networks, the authors of this article have identified a common pattern of factors that are essential to effective collaboration.

– focus on mission before organization;
– manage through trust, not control;
– promote others, not yourself;
– and build constellations, not stars.

Four Network Principles for Collaboration Success, by Jane Wei-Skillern

(via William Ury)

Outlasting The Critics

“Outlasting the critics feels like it will take a very long time, but you’re more patient than they are.”
Seth Godin


“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”
John Maeda


“If you can’t draw as well as someone, or use the software as well, or if you do not have as much money to buy supplies, or if you do not have access to the tools they have, beat them by being more thoughtful. Thoughtfulness is free and burns on time and empathy.”
Frank Chimero

Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

“You can say almost anything to someone if they feel safe. Likewise, you can hear almost anything, if you feel safe. Now let me be clear — I’m not suggesting negative feedback will make you feel giddy — but I am suggesting that if you feel psychologically safe you’ll be able to hear it, absorb it, reflect upon it.”

This article offers some fantastic insight in how to give and receive negative feedback.

(via Brian)

What is Essential

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint Exupery


“Stories are data with a soul.”
Brené Brown

Give A Damn

“There’s no line item on a balance sheet for ‘give a damn,’ but it’s the most valuable thing you’ve got in the business.”
Casey Gerald

Winning Strategy

Charles Eames

“Design is a full time job
It is the way you look at politics, funny papers, listen to music, raise children”

Notes of “Advice to students” by Charles Eames

On Email

In other words, we may despise our inboxes (and 99% of what’s in them), but we’re neurochemically compelled to make sure that there isn’t something potentially important or pleasurable lurking in there this time. And then five minutes from now. And then again. And again. “The internal stimulus is the one that gets you,” Rosen says. “On balance, [email is] maybe 10% pleasure and 90% fear of missing out.”

Great read on How Email Became The Most Reviled Communication Experience Ever


“Admire those who admire others!”
Simon Sinek

Dominant Thoughts

“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.”
– Soren Kierkegaard

(via The Book of Life)

The Email Signoff

“Forget what you’ve heard about first impressions; it’s the last impressions that count. Last impressions — whether they’re with customer service or a date — are the ones we remember. They’re the ones that keep us coming back. But there’s one kind of final impression that people seem to forget. The email signoff — that line that you write before you type your name — has been all but forgotten. …”

Great read: Second chance for a last impression, by Liz Danzico

End Goal

“I think all of our end goal is adventure.”
Jessica Lehrman