Quotes I found and enjoyed over the last week:
“I would gladly (and have) trade half of my income for the freedom to work on what I want, where I want, when I want. You simply cannot compare working on your own stuff from a home office with working a salary job for someone else in an office.”
– Patrick McKenzie
“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them- wherever you go.”
– Anthony Bourdain
“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”
– Steve Jobs
“Ford will only sell cars to people that own horses” would have been a great idea.”
– Commenter on Hacker News referring to HBO requiring a cable subscription to buy a subscription to their app.
“The students that are successful look at that challenge, wrestle with feelings of inadequacy and stupidity, and begin to take steps hiking that mountain, knowing that bruised pride is a small price to pay for getting to see the view from the top.”
– Commenter on Reddit discussing education.
“I didn’t want to cut out the middleman, I just didn’t need one. There wasn’t any reason to have someone there. I just thought make this thing and put it up.”
– Louis CK
“When you get to the top, you want to stay at the top. The problem is that on the way to the top, you became big. Real big.
Big companies can’t maneuver well. An elephant can’t do acrobatics. They know they can’t compete head-to-head with smaller companies.
So big companies start to create artificial barriers to entry. They form partnerships (i.e. Google), they begin to advertise heavily (i.e. Superbowl), and they start to lobby the government (i.e. SOPA). All of these actions are there to create lasting relationships that will help a large company like GoDaddy compete with smaller, more maneuverable firms.
GoDaddy couldn’t give a damn about SOPA. They simply want to have a solid relationship with various members of congress, the senate, and parts of the executive branch. I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine down the road.
Also, although I don’t believe this is a significant motivating factor, SOPA would reduce legal costs for GoDaddy. Currently, if there’s a court order for a seizure or something along those lines, it has to go through a process in legal. One of the features of SOPA, is that it would take the process out of the courts, at least initially. No courts = no court orders to process.”
– Commenter on Hacker News
“People do not buy products. They buy benefits.”
– Brian Tracy
“The watch today is a defunct tool – we all have a mobile phone to check the time on, but the watch endures because it expresses something of our personality. Whilst many watches are a symbol of material wealth, Mr Jones Watches are concerned with ideas.”
– Crispin Jones, describing his line of watches (one which I own)