Corporate Culture

Google is 15 years old. Apple is 30 to 35 years old now. The cultures were created at very different times. Apple was created when we didn’t have networks, we didn’t have mobile phones. It had a much more hierarchical structure. At Google, it was born out of a network culture. Everyone could talk to to everyone, and there was much more transparency.
— Tony Fadell

Your Agenda

Most people spend most of their time responding to someone else’s agenda than their own.

I think this is partially a result of how we are raised by society. In school, we are given assignments and told when to take our tests. At work, we are assigned due dates and given expectations from our superiors. At home, we have tasks or chores to perform to care for our kids and our partners. After a few decades of this, it can become very easy to spend your day reacting to the stimuli that surround you. We learn to take action as a reaction to the expectations, orders, or needs of someone else.

So naturally, when it comes time to start our day, it doesn’t seem strange to open our email inbox, check our phone, and look for our latest marching orders.

I think this is a mistake. The tasks assigned to us by others might seem urgent, but what is urgent is seldom important. The important tasks in our lives are the ones that move our hopes, our dreams, our creations, and our businesses forward.

Does that mean that we should ignore our responsibilities as parents or employees or citizens? Of course not. But we all need a time and space in our days to respond to our own agenda, not someone else’s.
— James Clear

Do Not Be Cynical

Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism – it’s my least favorite quality, and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
— Conan O’Brien

Crashes

Crashes create opportunity and kings will be made during the next one.
— Josh Brown of The Reformed Broker

So Close

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
— Thomas Edison

Perspective

A big definition of who you are as a designer… it’s the way that you look at the world and, I guess it’s sort of one of the curses of what you do is that you’re constantly looking at something and thinking ‘Why is it like that? Why is it like that and not like this?’ And so in that sense you’re constantly designing.
— Jonathan Ive

Extremes

What we really need to do to design is look at the extremes… cause if we understand what the extremes are, the middle will take care of itself.
— Dan Formosa

Details

Details build brands, and details are what define customer experiences…
— Warby Parker cofounder Neil Blumenthal

Subjective

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
— Marcus Aurelius

Waterbeds

Big families are like waterbed stores; they used to be everywhere and now they’re just weird.
— Jim Gaffigan

Giving

Getting what you want is not nearly as important as giving what you have.
— Tom Krause

DIY

It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
— Napoleon Hill

Art & Tech

Art challenges technology, and technology inspires the art.
— John Lasseter

Purpose

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
— Charles Eames

Within

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.
— Galileo

I AM

I AM are the 2 most powerful words any human can utter. They can make, or break you no matter who you are. In a world where suicide and eating disorders are trending, I will do everything in my power to be the difference. The fight isn’t out there, the fight is in our own minds.
— Lissa Lauria

To Be Free

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
— Nelson Mandela, rest in peace

American Optimist

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
— rest in peace JFK, 50 years later we still remember…