Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation — By Alasdair Gray (via Jez Brurrows in 8faces magazine)
Ideas don’t materialise in a vacuum. Without constant input, the outputs will inevitably remain the same. As such, it’s essential to maintain an inquisitive mind, ensuring a steady flow of new triggers and stimuli that enable your thinking to evolve. — http://24ways.org/2010/good-ideas-grow-on-paper
Good sense is the most fairly distributed commodity in the world, because nobody thinks he needs any more of it than he already has. — René Descartes. (via dailymeh)
The corporate conscience
There isn’t one.
Corporations don’t have a conscience, people do.
That means that every time you say, “It’s just my job,” or “My department has a policy,” or “All I do is work here,” what you’ve done is abdicated responsibility—to no one. — http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/08/the-corporate-conscience.html
The first symptom of the process of our killing our dreams is the lack of time. The busiest people I have known in my life always have time enough to do everything. Those who do nothing are always tired and pay no attention to the little amount of work they are required to do. They complain constantly that the day is too short. The truth is, they are afraid to fight the Good Fight. — http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2010/07/31/3-min-reading-killing-your-dreams/
When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story — http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S27/52/51O99/index.xml
When compromise brings what passes for success, compromise becomes indistinguishable from virtue. At that point, shadow becomes reality. Professionals, by contrast, evaluate things according to consistent, uncompromising, internal standards based on individual and professional responsibility; standards that can stand the bright light of day — http://www.andyrutledge.com/platos-cave.php
We don’t give answers. Unless we can explore your question. — From the Eden Spiekermann manifesto. Very inspiring! http://edenspiekermann.com/en/about/manifesto/
Are you doing work worth doing, or are you just doing your job? — http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/07/whats-the-point.html
Most successful people begin with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so. — David Brooks in an op-ed piece riffing against the premise of Outliers and talking about why control of attention is the ultimate individual power. Lost in the Crowd - NYTimes.com (via jackcheng)