You learn to sneak story in at the margins.— Austin Grossman
The leader, who advances without desiring fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, he is the treasure of the land.— Sun Tzu
There’s a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough.— @alaindebotton
There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.— Nelson Mandela
When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.— African proverb. Death is a disease; we must cure it.
“I don’t think you can last by meeting the contemporary public taste, the taste from the last quarterly report. I don’t think you can last by following demographics and carefully meeting expectations. I don’t know many works of art that last that are condescending. I don’t know many works of art that last that are deliberately stupid. You may be a geek, you may have geek written all over you; you should aim to be one geek they’ll never forget. Don’t aim to be civilized. Don’t hope that straight people will keep you on as some kind of pet. To hell with them; they put you here. You should fully realize what society has made of you and take a terrible revenge. Get weird. Get way weird. Get dangerously weird. Get sophisticatedly, thoroughly weird and don’t do it halfway, put every ounce of horsepower you have behind it. Have the artistic courage to recognize your own significance in culture!”
When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.— Ezra Pound
Small games with small dreams that players consume and then forget do not generally build communities. At best, they are fads. At worst, they simply aren’t worth talking about.— Dan Cook
He was never embarrassed about working hard, even if the results were failures. If someone as smart as Steve wasn’t ashamed to admit trying, maybe I didn’t have to be.— Mona Simpson
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.— Marcus Tullius Cicero, c. 40 BC
If you want to live forever, then don’t stop breathing.— Val Patterson
— Chris Sacca, via @maccman
The most important piece of advice I can give you on the path to happiness, is not just be yourself, but be your weird self. It takes too much energy to be other than your weird self. We spend so much of our lives living up to the expectations of others.
It’s our collection of screw ups, stories and idiosyncrasies, that make us weird and interesting. Weirdness is why we adore our friends. Weirdness is what binds us to our colleagues. Weirdness is what sets us apart and gets us hired. Be your unapologetic weird selves.