Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.
Ignorance isn’t only bliss, but also a privilege.
No single thing abides; but all things flow.
Fragment to fragment clings—the things thus grow
Until we know and name them. By degrees
They melt, and are no more the things we know.
Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything.
They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.
Why do entrepreneurs exist?
A CEO whom I particularly admire, puts Entrepreneurship as a form of Jehad - blatant, irrational and dogged (religious) warfare. It’s not about being right/wrong, better/worse or rudimentary/outstanding. It’s an existential question.
The fatigue amongst readers with Steve Jobs quotes notwithstanding, this one hits the nail right on.
I think most creative people want to express appreciation for being able to take advantage of the work that’s been done before us. I didn’t invent the language of mathematics I use. I make little of my own food, none of my own clothes. Everything I do depends on the other members of our species and the shoulders that we stand on. And a lot of us want to contribute something back to the flow. It’s about trying to express something in the only way that most of us know how—because we cannot write Bob Dylan songs or Tom Stoppard plays. We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings, to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us.
That’s what has driven me.
— Steve Jobs, in “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson.
Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
I think programming is finally being seen as it should be - as the literacy of the 21st century.
— Zach Sims
The Blow Your Mind Law:
“At an year’s end you should look back at your thoughts and opinions twelve months before and find them quaint. If not, you probably didn’t read or explore or work hard enough.
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.
Startup raises $5 million? Big news. Startup earns $5 million in revenue? Meh.
Something is broken here, people.