A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.
— design manager
"Not long after I first met Warren Buffett back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. He didn’t miss a beat: “It’s Business Adventures, by John Brooks,” he said. “I’ll send you my copy.” I was intrigued: I had never heard of Business Adventures or John Brooks.
Today, more than two decades after Warren lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read. John Brooks is still my favorite business writer. (And Warren, if you’re reading this, I still have your copy.)”
I forget everything and behave like a madman
— "the germ of a future composition comes suddenly and unexpectedly. If the soil is ready, if the disposition for work is there — it takes root with extraordinary force and rapidity, shoots up through the earth, puts forth branches, leaves, and, finally, blossoms. The great difficulty is that the germ must appear at a favorable moment, the rest goes of itself. It would be vain to try to put into words that immeasurable sense of bliss which comes over me directly when a new idea awakens in me and begins to assume a definite form. I forget everything and behave like a madman." - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
“What’s so great about being a minimalist?” I usually answer with one word: freedom. This mindset when applied to product design is also informative. Imagine the focus one could have by following these principles.
You are but a tiny blip on a giant radar. Our whole lives we’re told were special. Starting at home, continuing into our school years, and even into college, parents, teachers, friends, and work colleagues all do their best to remind us just how important we are. It can be painful at first, but travel will knock that right out of you. Travel humbles you; it makes you truly realize just how small you are in this great big world. You are a mere speck in an infinite universe. Accept it: You’ll see it’s not so bad.
Why cynicism is, above all, a disservice to our own happiness.