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Month: August 2014

Quotes August 2014

Quotes August 2014

“You get pseudo-order when you seek order; you only get a measure of order and control when you embrace randomness.” – Nassim Taleb

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” – Nassim Taleb

“The boxer Leon Spinks once said when asked what he does for a living: ‘I knock motherfuckers out.'” – Tim Grover

“Don’t ever kid yourself: to promise something without doing the work to deliver, unless there’s unexpected forces in the mix, it’s the definition of fraud. It’s easy to sell, but it requires professionalism to deliver.” – Carlos Miceli

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says “I’ll try again tomorrow.”” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

“A book with proper margins says a number of things. It says, we care about the page. It says, we care about the words. We care so much that we’re going to ensure the words and the page fall into harmony. We’re not going to squish the text to save money. Oh, no, we will not not rush and tuck words too far into the gutter.

A book with proper margins says, We respect you, Dear Reader, and also you, Dear Author, and you, too, Dear Book. […]

It says: we may not have had the money to print on better paper, but man, we give a shit. Giving a shit does not require capital, simply attention and humility and diligence. Giving a shit is the best feeling you can imbue craft with.” – Craig Mod

“Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you.” – Lao Tzu

“The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong. 2) I feel badly that I hurt you. 3) How do I make this better?” — Randy Pausch

“Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.” – Adlai Stevenson

“What on Earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?” – Anthony Trollope

“Einstein’s reference to “a lot of strenuous work” emphasizes an important reality: accomplishing important things is really, really hard. […] It’s not obvious how to prepare yourself for really hard things. What should you expect? What changes are necessary to the way you approach your life and work? How do you know when to persist?” – Cal Newport

“Not “this is not so bad”, but “I can make this good.”” – Carlos Miceli

“Everything is more amateurish than you think, even after accounting for Wallach’s law.” – Wallach’s Law

“I have this theory that if we had the chance to observe the 15 seconds that occur before and after every photograph is taken, we would all live better. You can glamorize a frame and make it seem perfect, but it’s hard to glamorize 30 full seconds of living. Normality and relatedness sets in.” – Carlos Miceli

“The biggest achievements your life are rarely going to be those someone forced you to do. They’ll be the things you undertook from your own initiative. Execution is a skill and it is cultivated through practice. Side projects are valuable because they instill this habit of making your ideas a reality.” – Scott Young

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” – John F. Kennedy

“Leadership is not about forcing your will on others. It’s about mastering the art of letting go.” – Phil Jackson

“Just as a well-filled day brings blessed sleep, so a well-employed life brings a blessed death.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“Suffering produces insight, and that it is only at the point when suffering becomes nearly unbearable that transformation takes place.” – Larissa Macfarquhar

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” — Jim Rohn

“Two things you can’t put a price on during your learning years: fundamentals and a solid master.” – Carlos Miceli

“The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development.” – Jim Rohn

On Credentials

On Credentials

Only credential that matters is people (customers, employees, partners, bosses) that can say good things about you AFTER having skin in the game in you. Only trust those that had something to lose and still can speak well.

Everything else, every award, every title, every presentation, every press mention, every online profile, every recommendation… It can all be subject to politics, manipulation, polishing, knowing the right people. And in most cases, it is.

I don’t mind the show, and I don’t expect to stop it since it entertains a big majority that would rather hold an illusion of competence or success instead of doing the work of having happy customers, employees, partners, bosses.

There’s no limit to how far people will delude themselves in order to avoid doing the hard things in life and business.

However, we should always remember this when it’s time to invest our time/money on someone or something. In a world booming with credentials with no skin in the game behind them, frauds are everywhere.

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