“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?
“If you perceive the universe as being a universe of abundance, then it will be. If you think of the universe as one of scarcity, then it will be. … I always thought there was enough of everything to go around-that there are enough ideas in the universe and enough nourishment.”
— Milton Glaser
(via Maira Popova’s TOC Keynote, very end)
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
- Andy Warhol
(via this isn’t happiness)
“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
(via the Happiness Project)
6. “Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.”
- Amelia E. Barr
9 Rules for Success by British Novelist Amelia E. Barr, 1901
“You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening — everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, “I did that.’”
- Ricky Gervais
From this Ricky Gervais Interview.
(via Mighty Girl)
“The best way to honor someone who has said something smart and useful is to say something back that is smart and useful. The other way to honor them is to go do something with what you learned.
Good listeners get what they deserve–better speakers.”
- Seth Godin on How to Listen
‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’
- Steve Martin
(via this excellent post over on Michael’s blog)
“What we learned from conversation with high achievers is that challenging our assumptions, objectives, at times even our goals, may sometimes push us further than we thought possible.”
Secret Ingredient for Success, by Camille Sweeney
“Avoid compulsively making things worse.”
- Debbie Millman
Debbie was interviewed in The Great Discontent. Read it here.