Design is about crafting an experience that is unfamiliar enough to feel novel, yet familiar enough to instill confidence.
Don’t be so humble - you’re not that great.
Great work tends to grow out of ideas that others have overlooked, and no idea is so overlooked as one that’s unthinkable.
Whenever anything is being accomplished, it is being done, I have learned, by a monomaniac with a mission.
We’re gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make “me too” products.
Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.
The amateur duffer seldom beats his opponent, but he beats himself all the time. The victor in this game of tennis gets a higher score than the opponent, but he gets that higher score because his opponent is losing even more points.
Charles D. Ellis
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent. There must be some wisdom in the folk saying, ‘It’s the strong swimmers who drown.’
Those who predict the future we call futurists. Those who know when the future will happen we call billionaires.
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