“Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do,
and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou

(via @tbc_nyc)

Big Juicy Creative Life

“What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?”
– Anne Lamott

(via brain pickings)

The Habit of Reading


Lovely quote on this Habit of Reading screenprint.

Enthusiasm and contempt

“Someone who shows up with enthusiasm made a decision before she even encountered what was going on. The same thing is true for the guy who scowls with contempt before the customer opens his mouth.

It’s a choice.

This choice is contagious.

This choice changes what will happen next.

This choice is at the heart of what it takes to be successful at making change or performing a service.

More than you imagine, we get what we expect.”

Seth Godin

Being Defined by What the Create

“We have to stop being defined by what we own, and start being defined by what we create.”
— Mark Stevenson

Watch the CreativeMornings talk this quote is from.


“No one has ever become poor from giving.”
Anne Frank


“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”
– William James

Ben Chestnut’s 5 Rules for a Creative Culture

There’s not many CEOs I admire as much as MailChimp Co-founder Ben Chestnut. I keep reminding myself of his 5 rules for a creative culture:

1. Avoid rules. Avoid order. Don’t just embrace chaos, but create a little bit of it. Constant change, from the top-down, keeps people nimble and flexible (and shows that you want constant change).

2. Give yourself and your team permission to be creative. Permission to try something new, permission to fail, permission to embarrass yourself, permission to have crazy ideas.

3. Hire weird people. Not just the tattoo’d and pierced-in-strange-places kind, but people from outside your industry who would approach problems in different ways than you and your normal competitors.

4. Meetings are a necessary evil, but you can avoid the conference room and meet people in the halls, the water cooler, or their desks. Make meetings less about delegation and task management and more about cross-pollination of ideas (especially the weird ideas). This is a lot harder than centralized, top-down meetings. But this is your job — deal with it.

5. Structure your company to be flexible. Creativity is often spontaneous, so the whole company needs to be able to pivot quickly and execute on them (see #1).

If you enjoyed this, I’d recommend you watch Ben’s CreativeMornings talk. I guarantee you it’s 40minutes well spent.


“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
– Jack Canfield


“There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy… the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul… the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos.”
– Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman on the Nine Kinds of Silence

A Teen’s Take on Social Media

“Facebook is something we all got in middle school because it was cool but now is seen as an awkward family dinner party we can’t really leave.”

You’re a parent or simply interested in how teenagers and young adults use Social Media? Read this post. It’s written by Andrew Watts, a 19 year old. Such insights. Fascinating!

(via Mark)

Elevated Game

Steve Quote

My favorite quote from Steve Larosiliere’s CreativeMornings talk.

Home Organization Advice from Marie Kondo

“Ms. Kondo’s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not “spark joy,” after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment — your home already has all the storage you need.”

Kissing Your Socks Goodbye, by Penelope Green


The world needs more MUDITA, the opposite of schadenfreude.

Mudita is word from Sanskrit and Pali that has no counterpart in English. It means sympathetic or unselfish joy, or joy in the good fortune of others.”

(via Austin Kleon)

Mac Premo on being a parent

“I don’t raise children, I raise adults.”
Mac Premo

Send The Elevator Back Down

“If you’ve done well, it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down.”
– Kevin Spacey

From this interview over on

Those who were seen dancing…

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

The problem with problems

“There are always limits, and there are always opportunities. The ones we rehearse and focus on are the ones that shape our attitude and our actions.”
– Seth Godin

The problem with problems.

Dead Fish

“The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.”
– Jim Hightower

On Candor

“As a leader my responsibility is to tell hard truths to my team and to my CEO. I can only do that when folks truly believe that I have their best interests at heart and my intention is to push them to being their better selves.”
– Jesse Hertzberg

In his most recent blog post, Jesse Hertzberg, former COO of Etsy and Squarespace, shares some of his principles on how to build a culture centered around speaking the truth: On Candor.

If this is your thing, make sure to also read his older posts On Recruiting, On Feedback and On Walking and Talking.

Journeys are the midwives of thought

“Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do.”
Alain de Botton

What We Love

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”
– Goethe


The Things You Do Often

“For many things, your attitudes came from actions that led to observations that led to explanations that led to beliefs. Your actions tend to chisel away at the raw marble of your persona, carving into being the self you experience from day to day. It doesn’t feel that way, though. To conscious experience, it feels as if you were the one holding the chisel, motivated by existing thoughts and beliefs. It feels as though the person wearing your pants performed actions consistent with your established character, yet there is plenty of research suggesting otherwise. The things you do often create the things you believe.”
– Benjamin Franklin

From this Brain Pickings post.

Respectful Communcation

“Respectful communication under conflict or opposition is an essential and truly awe-inspiring ability.”
– Bryant McGill