juicy tidbits

May 27

“The counterintuitive secret to getting things done is to make them more automatic, so they require less energy.” — The Only Way to Get Important Things Done

May 25

“It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.” — Benjamin Elijah Mays

May 08

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool that I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

” — Steve Jobs

(Source: jonathanfields.com)

May 07

“Don’t be small because you can’t figure out how to get big. Consider being small because it might be better.” — Seth’s Blog: Economies of small

“The brilliance of Facebook management is encouraging everyone to take initiative, take risks, and wear as many hats as you can.” — Joe Hewitt

May 06

“Simple systems are harder to design, because you have to decide what to discard, but they are easier to build. And because they are smaller, they have fewer points of failure.” — Metamarkets Blog » Blog Archive » Four Lessons for Building A Petabyte Data Platform

May 02

“Lesson: Humans love stories. Tell yours on your website. Make it personal.” — Six Startup Marketing Lessons in Six Photos | Software by Rob

Apr 26

“It’s such a funny thing. Threats—like hurricanes and rectal exams—are only scary until they arrive. Once they’re over, they’re just the basis for funny stories. But, you do nearly always survive them.” — Cranking

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.” — Albert Einstein

Apr 18

“The world is full of people who are grabbing and self-seeking. So the rare individual who unselfishly tries to serve others has an enormous advantage. He has little competition.” — How to Win Friends and Influence People

“I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement. There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticisms from superiors.” — Charles Schwabb

“When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity.” — How to Win Friends and Influence People

Apr 03

“The most important quality in a startup founder is determination. Not intelligence— determination.” — The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn

“What you should fear, as a startup, is not the established players, but other startups you don’t know exist yet. They’re way more dangerous than Google because, like you, they’re cornered animals.” — The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn

“As with exercise, improvements beget improvements. If you run every day, you’ll probably feel like running tomorrow. But if you skip running for a couple weeks, it will be an effort to drag yourself out. So it is with hacking: the more ideas you implement, the more ideas you’ll have. You should make your system better at least in some small way every day or two.” — The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn