Quotes

  1. To stop designers and engineers from using slightly off hex values, ensure that the spectrum is easier to reference than the eyedropper tool. Programs like Figma have made creating, maintaining and using color libraries easy.

  2. Let yourself really fail once in a while – not some tiny little mistakes here and there, but big, glaring, confidence-shaking, dark-night-of-the-soul-inducing failures. Understand that no one simply coasts from achievement to achievement. The most accomplished people in the world fail and fail big. That’s how they learn so much, grow so quickly, and become so interesting and wise.

  3. If you ask a surgeon for health advice, they will suggest surgery. If you ask startup brain for career advice, it will suggest scale. Instead of celebrating human-sized projects, startup brain only sees them as missed opportunities.

    But some of my favourite things on the internet are quirky, approachable and unashamedly imperfect – all qualities that disappear with scale.

  4. How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.

  5. The people you’re trying to influence spend 98% of their day overwhelmed by business as usual.

  6. I wonder whether the creator economy, as it matures, will resemble less of its original promise (a way for people to do the things they love), in favor of a ‘creator industrial complex’. Part of the problem is that creativity comes in fits and starts, and can’t always be tamed into a predictable routine. If you’re obligated to create something every day, rather than when it feels right, you’ll start putting things out there that aren’t very interesting in order to fill the space. … Preserving the ‘creator’ identity matters more than what is accomplished. …

    The ‘publish or perish’ model that nudges people to rack up more followers is not the pinnacle of creative freedom; it’s indentured spiritual servitude.

  7. The most successful people in work and life are those who have what psychologists call “an internal locus of control”, the belief that their actions have a direct effect on their outcomes. People with an external locus, on the other hand, are more likely to see daily events as dictated by external force.

  8. Being online did not make most people more aggressive or hostile; rather, it allowed a small number of aggressive people to attack a much larger set of victims. Even a small number of jerks were able to dominate discussion forums…

  9. Where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts.

  10. Now that these companies have grown up and scaled, nothing stops them from competing with major banks on their most profitable products; is there anything special that makes Chase so good at mortgages, that Chime could never learn? Maybe? But my guess is, companies like Chime and Cash App get good at mortgages and credit cards faster than Chase and BofA shed their branch footprints.

  11. The sweet spot lies somewhere in the middle between robot and human, because that’s exactly what a user interface is — the thing between the human and the robot.

  12. [Science fiction] is indeed ninety-percent crud, but that also – Eureka! – ninety-percent of everything is crud. All things – cars, books, cheeses, hairstyles, people, and pins are, to the expert and discerning eye, crud, except for the acceptable tithe which we each happen to like.

  13. Described as a “drab dark brown” and informally dubbed the “ugliest colour in the world”, [Pantone 448 C] was selected in 2012 as the colour for plain tobacco and cigarette packaging in Australia, after market researchers determined that it was the least attractive colour.

  14. There are certain patterns that emerge. As soon as you hit modernism, culture starts to go into these kind of, like, patricidal cycles where each generation that comes up tries to refute the past.

  15. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

  16. In the above [T-shaped] model, extending our expectation of breadth leads away from the assigned focus. We can argue that this thinking can lead to a binary understanding of subjects themselves — perhaps even a limited understanding of the self. Many creatives are asked “are you a ‘systems-thinker‘ or are you a ‘story-teller‘?” The choice can be excruciating and can limit the very core understanding of the interplay between these modes of thought. If we were to bend the metaphorical cross-bar of this “T” we might realize that varying levels of depth across a range of subjects result in unexpected combinations.

    We quickly realize in this example that a common binary, math vs. art, is just a perception and our linear understanding of subjects bends. Whether the ends meet and you see poetry in science is up to you. But be it circle or spiral, we no longer see ourselves as a T-shaped practitioner, but a concentric practitioner. This mirrors less the linear, destination-based growth we tend to adopt. Instead it allows us to mirror the rings on a tree. Staying ourselves at the core, but constantly adding, growing in wisdom.

  17. The often-cited 10,000-steps-per-day health recommendation is based on a marketing campaign by a Japanese pedometer manufacturer. The Japanese character for 10,000 (万) looks like a person walking and lent itself to selling pedometers. The actual health merits of that exact number have never been validated by research. While the benefits of walking are beyond doubt, the amount of steps that are useful to our health depends on our individual circumstances.
  18. We have enabled a state of nameless anonymity, bringing human people to a condition of isolation and disconnection, that philosophers have called ‘species loneliness’. Species loneliness – this deep, unnamed sadness – is the cost of estrangement from the rest of creation, from the loss of relationship.

  19. Don’t make code fast before it is good. Don’t make code good before it works. Don’t write code that would make a teammate curse your name. Don’t forget that future-you is a teammate.

  20. Directing “Batman” is a good example. I looked at it and thought, “I’m not going to be happy doing this. The person who does this should love it.” You’re supposed to always want these things, and I probably would have loved doing it at 32 or something. But it was the point where I started to realize it’s not worth it. It’s just a wonderful benefit of reorienting and recalibrating your priorities that once it started being more about the experience, I felt more at ease.