“After negotiating your contracts, you both will surely buy a house in an affluent suburb where no 22-year-old would be happy living. Your new neighbors will be rich as well, facelifted, lipo-sucked, Xanaxed and dripping in diamonds, simply delighted to welcome you to the neighborhood. You will commission an interior decorator, recommended by a neighbor, to furnish your home. This will guarantee it feels nothing like Home. And someday, when all of this is over, you’ll walk through and gaze upon the marble columns and the embroidered drapes like artifacts in a museum, wondering why you ever listened to that woman.” —Nate Jackson, in a letter to NFL rookies Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin
“I’ve never met an “expert” that wasn’t dead wrong about something. I’ve never met an “amateur” who couldn’t teach me something.” —CJ Chilvers
“When you smile at someone, you’re giving them a sign that you’re content, happy and that you have something to give. If you grimace at somebody, you give them the sign “Back off, I’m vulnerable” or “I’m in pain, stay away from me.” That simple gesture can transform a meeting, can transform a human relationship.” —by Platon regarding “making it”
“Life’s too short and novels are too long to waste time writing stuff for other people. Write the story you want to write. Not least of all because your passion for what’s on the page will bleed sticky onto the reader’s hands. It’s just one more reason to not chase trends — write what gets you geeked.” —Chuck Wendig, explaining the 25 things he learned while writing his latest (and first) novel, Blackbirds.
“I don’t like the phrase “reinvent yourself”….I think what really heappened is that when Alan got to England, whatever he found there allowed him to discover who he already was.” —Mr. Rabitto, speaking of the secret life of Alan Z. Feuer.
“It doesn’t just seem simple. It is simple. Life is simple. That is the beauty of it. Narratives define the relevance of antagonistic complexity and the centrality of that which is beautifully simple to us, that which in our universe has become tame to us. There is that which gives us each the kind of strength we need or wish for, and there is that in the world and our world we would do with that capacity if we could. Life is that simple, thankfully.” —R.E.F. Fishkin
“Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.” Kin Hubbard” —http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin_Hubbard
“We are not walking a path, but surfing a sea. Most people look at goal setting as picking a destination, then figuring out a path to get there. That assumes you’re walking on land that will change very little, and that while you will have unforeseen obstacles, you’ll be on stable ground and the destination won’t move. That’s not at all true — life is more like the sea, ever changing with no fixed paths or destinations, with swells and currents and waves that change everything at every moment. The ultimate skill, then, isn’t setting a destination (goal) or a path (plan), but surfing.” —I think that it is an interesting take on whether you should really make plans or not. And Leo is right here….things change and an evolution occurs in which even the best laid plans look totally different as they move along.
“The extraordinary success of Instagram is a tale about the culture of the Bay Area tech scene, driven by a tightly woven web of entrepreneurs and investors who nurture one another’s projects with money, advice and introductions to the right people.” —
It’s absolutely amazing to think how important networking is to someone’s success. When it comes to the tech world, this is extremely important.
“Once you’re a prisoner of your audience, you’re toast.” —Bob Lefsetz