Some of my favorite quotes that I’ve stumbled across in the last month:
“In some cases, things are inevitable. The hard part is that you don’t know how long it might take, but you know it will happen if you’re patient enough.
Ebooks had to happen. Infrastructure web services had to happen. So you can do these things with conviction if you are long-term-oriented and patient.
…we’re stubborn on vision and flexible on details.”
– Jeff Bezos via 6 Things Jeff Bezos Knew Back in 1997 That Made Amazon a Gorilla
“People want to be part of an opportunity, not a problem.”
– Ben Rodgers, President of Children’s Cup on how to approach story telling and communication in a non-profit world (found here)
“There aren’t shortcuts.
Merely direct paths.
Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us.
Things that look like shortcuts are usually detours disguised as less work.”
– Seth Godin
“…the right talent can transform a company from good to great, and can change a job into a family.”
– Jenn Hyman
“It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.”
– Eric Hoffer
“This world is filled with money. The global economy is over $50 trillion dollars. You only need a tiny speck of that to have the freedom to quit your nine to five job where you are totally exploited, so that you can then take a breather, live a long healthy life, and pursue the things that really make you happy.”
– James Altucher via I Was Blind But Now I See
“Sometimes the best thing that can happen to you is not getting what you want.”
– Dave Trott via Fail Upwards
“Why do we assume that simple is good? Because with physical products, we have to feel we can dominate them. As you bring order to complexity, you find a way to make the product defer to you. Simplicity isn’t just a visual style. It’s not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. For example, to have no screws on something, you can end up having a product that is so convoluted and so complex. The better way is to go deeper with the simplicity, to understand everything about it and how it’s manufactured. You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.”
– Apple Designer Jony Ive
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