We’re always learning, always improving and being our own worst critiques. In my opinion that’s the way it should be.
People ignore design that ignores people
I was always seeking to affect the lives of millions of people – not through politics or entertainment but through design. I strive to raise the bar a few inches, taking the commonplace and improving it.
You are responsible for the things you help put in the world. If you do not think something should exist in the world, do not participate in it.
The best designers draw from personal experiences
You need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. ‘You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,’ he said.’I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.’ He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. ‘You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.’
Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.
— Brandon Mull
If all else fails, [working harder than anyone else] is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.
John C Jay
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
Whatever you are, be a good one!
I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.
Don’t ignore your dreams; don’t work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.
Those who really love, love in silence, with deeds and not with words.
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking they can do things
Norman Vincent Peale
We are so wrong about people so much of the time. It’s so easy to assume something negative if somebody is a little frigid the first time you meet him or you read an email wrong. So I always try to remind myself to assume the positive.
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