Motivation

Leaders are speakers

Readers are leaders. Readers are not leaders if they fail to communicate their insights to the world. This they can do through writing and speaking. The pages preserve and propagate what is written but the masses find it easier to heed the audible voice than the pen. Why? Speaking has the power of immediacy, the …

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“Rehearsal is the work, the performance is the pleasure!” Joan Littlewood, from Michael Caine’s 1992 autobiography, What’s It All About?

wisdom, and others

In your quest for wisdom, in all your seeking and mining, do not despair when you discover only folly. It is the way of things, you will know wisdom when you recognize folly. While you suddenly become aware of this ill in others, you will move closer to true wisdom when you are the lesson, and …

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I always wanted to be somebody but I should have been specific. Lily Tomlin

on failure

“Even if you fail at your ambitious thing, it’s very hard to fail completely.” Larry Page

zero

You must begin at zero. Great things begin from nothing – but nothing is useless until it is transmuted into zero. That is the first miracle. Nothing must first become zero. What is zero? The beginning, the origin, the start, the take-off. Every great edifice, every great enterprise; every work of creation – the first …

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You don’t get grades for…

You don’t get grades for resiliency, curiosity, agility, resourcefulness, pattern recognition and tenacity. You just get successful. Yet another entrepreneurship..erm..Commencement speech from Steve Blank, adorable, white-haired Steve, someone I never heard of until recently. Know the Lean Launchpad? Check out the Udacity course How to Build A Startup at Udacity.