Discover

“… When you do something that basically is guaranteed to succeed, you’re closing the possibility for discovery.”
- Milton Glaser

Legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser on art and the meaning of life.

The Things To Do

“The things to do are: the things that need doing: that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done — that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed
by others on the individual.”

- R. Buckminster Fuller

Uncertainty

“Uncertainty is a signpost of possibility.”

Good Life Project “Living Creed

Work Without Love

“Work without love is slavery.”
― Mother Teresa

Kindness

“The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.”
- Anita Roddick

A company

“I want to work for a company that contributes to and is part of the community. I want something not just to invest in. I want something to believe in.”
- Anita Roddick

Attention

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”.
- Simone Weil

New York City

“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)

Always Do Right

“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
— Mark Twain

Upside down Funnel

Ben chestnut on funnels

“I told my friend that we discovered this “upside down funnel” approach in the early days, and never really grew out of it (because it’s worked). When you see our strange billboards that don’t even say our name, or when you see our random “high five” shirts, vinyl toys, or hear ridiculous radio ads, just know that they defy logic because they’re for our existing customers. We’re not going for new leads, let alone conversions or whatever they teach you in Marketing 101. We’re going for customer service. Which, by the way, leads to leads.”
- Ben Chestnut, Co-Founder Mailchimp

Read Ben’s full post. It’s wonderful.

Silence

“Sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”
- Dalai Lama

(via Moo Luxe)

Trust

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”
- George MacDonald

Jokes

“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.”
— David Ogilvy

(via quotesondesign)

Vacation

“Not that she didn’t enjoy the holidays: but she always felt—and it was, perhaps, the measure of her peculiar happiness—a little relieved when they were over. Her normal life pleased her so well that she was half afraid to step out of its frame in case one day she should find herself unable to get back.”

- Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver

And, I am back from my trip to Europe!

Pursuing what you love

“If everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionary and brilliant. … If you got to spend every day of your life doing what you love, you can’t help but be the best in the world at that. And you get to smile every day for doing so. And you’ll be working at it almost to the exclusion of personal hygiene, and your friends are knocking on your door, saying, “Don’t you need a vacation?!,” and you don’t even know what the word “vacation” means because what you’re doing is what you want to do and a vacation from that is anything but a vacation — that’s the state of mind of somebody who’s doing what others might call visionary and brilliant.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the secret of genius

Ideas

“One should not be too distracted by definitions. Ideas transcend definitions.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

(via)

Culture

“Cultures aren’t so much planned as they evolve from that early set of people.”
― Jeff Bezos

History

“Work Hard, have fun, make history.”
― Jeff Bezos

Mental Bandwith

“Before internet connectivity poured from the sky, I was able to get on a train, plug in my Mac and have nothing to do for four hours but write. And so I wrote. I once bought a round trip ticket to nowhere just to eliminate every possible alternative… pure, unadulterated mental bandwidth.”

“Do you have three minutes?” The conservation of mental bandwidth, by Seth Godin

Storytelling Tips

Good stories are about challenge or conflict. Without these elements, stories aren’t very interesting. The compelling part of a story is how people deal with conflict–-so start with the people and the conflict.

10 Storytelling Tips to be more persuasive

The Moon Does Not Fight.

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”
- Deng Ming-Dao

Feeling Safe

“Leadership is about making people feel safe. When someone feels heard, they feel safe.”
- Simon Sinek

To Be Authentic Is To Be Imperfect

“Authenticity is about imperfection. And authenticity is a very human quality. To be authentic is to be at peace with your imperfections. The great leaders are not the strongest, they are the ones who are honest about their weaknesses. The great leaders are not the smartest; they are the ones who admit how much they don’t know. The great leaders can’t do everything; they are the ones who look to others to help them. Great leaders don’t see themselves as great; they see themselves as human.”
- Simon Sinek

Time Enjoyed Wasting

Time Enjoyed Wasting

Time Enjoyed Wasting is not Wasted. Beautiful lettering by Patrick Cabral found over on Jessica Walsh’s and Timothy Goodman’s 40 Days of Dating Experiment Site.