Quote of the Day

May 15, 2007

I’ll play it first and tell you what it is afterwards.

- Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter extraordinaire

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Quote of the Day

May 1, 2007

What big companies do instead of implementing features is plan them. At Viaweb we sometimes ran into trouble on this account. Investors and analysts would ask us what we had planned for the future. The truthful answer would have been, we didn’t have any plans. We had general ideas about things we wanted to improve, but if we knew how we would have done it already. What were we going to do in the next six months? Whatever looked like the biggest win. I don’t know if I ever dared give this answer, but that was the truth. Plans are just another word for ideas on the shelf. When we thought of good ideas, we implemented them.
The Other Road Ahead by Paul Graham

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Quote of the Day

March 21, 2007

In particular, he sought to restore to his life several qualities he had shunned as a businessman — spontaneity, patient acceptance of the uncontrollable, and an uncluttered awareness of each moment. To his surprise, this new mindset seemed to slow time down. Rather than rushing through life fixated on goals, he gained a richer perspective from savoring the present, especially uncluttered small, everyday times.

- Maggie Jackson, columnist for the Boston Globe, in a review of Eugene O’Kelly book, “Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life.” O’Kelly, former head of the accounting firm KPMG, wrote his memoirs during his last few months before passing away from brain cancer.

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Quote of the Day

March 9, 2007

It stands to reason that if we direct all our efforts towards reaching a goal, we stand in grave danger of losing everything on which we have based our daily activities. For when a goal is superimposed on an activity instead of evolving out of it, we often feel cheated when we reach it… If we are trained only for success, then to gain it we must necessarily use everyone and everything for this end; we may cheat, lie, crawl, betray, or give up all social life to achieve success. How much more certain would knowledge be if it came from and out of the excitement of learning itself.

- Viola Spolin, Improvisation for the Theatre

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Quote of the Day

February 6, 2007

Creativity is just having enough dots to connect… connect experiences and synthesize new things. The reason creative people are able to do that is that they’ve had more experiences or have thought more about their experiences than other people.

Steve Jobs, CEO Apple Inc.

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Quote of the Day

December 26, 2006

Instead of working back from a goal, work forward from promising situations. This is what most successful people actually do anyway.

In the graduation-speech approach, you decide where you want to be in twenty years, and then ask: what should I do now to get there? I propose instead that you don’t commit to anything in the future, but just look at the options available now, and choose those that will give you the most promising range of options afterward.

Don’t worry if a project doesn’t seem to be on the path to some goal you’re supposed to have. Paths can bend a lot more than you think. So let the path grow out the project. The most important thing is to be excited about it, because it’s by doing that you learn.

From: What You’ll Wish You’d Known by Paul Graham

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Quote from Paul Graham

December 6, 2006

“Treating a startup idea as a question changes what you’re looking for. If an idea is a blueprint, it has to be right. But if it’s a question, it can be wrong, so long as it’s wrong in a way that leads to more ideas.”

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From: Ideas for Startups by Paul Graham

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Michael Gelb Quote

December 5, 2006

Michael Gelb, an endorser of Goal-Free Living, has a wonderful perspective on organizational effectiveness.

In many of the organizations I work with, people tell me that they’re afraid to be playful for fear of being dismissed as not serious. They point out that a tense and miserable demeanor gives others the impression that hard work is being done. Instead work smart. Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking people who are seriously committed to mastering high performance are secure enough to lighten up – create an environment where it is safe to be serious about the importance of play.

From A Creative Genius by Michael Gelb

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Quote on Uncertainty

December 4, 2006

“In American culture, we are expected to be decisive about the direction of our careers and it is generally unacceptable to be unsure about what we want to do with our lives. The importance we place on being “decided” in our society can make those who are uncertain about their future career feel as if something is wrong with them. However, an undecided person who is actively exploring and learning about career opportunities may very well find themselves following an unexpected, but fulfilling, career.”

From: Career Choices: The Importance of Chance by Kathie Sindt

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Quotes of the Day

December 2, 2006

“If you can’t solve a problem, it’s because you’re playing by the rules.” – Paul Arden

“High creativity is responding to situations without critical thought…If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” – John Cleese (the comedian best known for Monty Python)

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