03 6 / 2013


Something I’ve found difficult to completely embrace, but which understanding has been super important, is the idea that there is a ratio for everything. I’ve started to call this Ratio Thinking, and I’ve found myself describing this to quite a number of people recently.

The law of averages

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30 4 / 2013

Tom Chiarella writing for Esquire:

Remember that the only representation of you, no matter what your station, is you — your presentation, your demeanor. You simply must attend. Stand when someone enters the room, especially if you are lowly and he is the boss, and even if the reverse is true. Look them in the eye. Ask yourself: Does anybody need an introduction? If so, before you say one word about business, introduce them to others with pleasure in your voice. If you can’t muster enthusiasm for the people you happen upon in life, then you cannot be gracious. Remember, true graciousness demands that you have time for others.

31 12 / 2012

"I am of the school of encouraging people toward their ultimate polymath identities. It is only within more recent history that people have been increasingly pressured to decide their entire lives and selves early on. This acceptance of sameness, of homogeneity, it is a sort of globalizing of our very existences, a mirroring of what is taking place in the world at large. The more we limit ourselves, the more we come into conflict with the reality that a human being inevitably transforms into many different selves throughout the span of a lifetime."

Legacy Russell  (via blackcontemporaryart)

(Source: vmagazine.com, via notational)

31 10 / 2012

07 9 / 2012

 (via @tosin9) 

Here is Something False: You Only Live Once

25 8 / 2012


Now that it’s almost two years since I first had the idea for Buffer, and with the year and a half before that which I worked on my previous startup, I’ve started to notice a few patterns amongst the ups and downs that come with building a startup.

One of the most important things I’ve…

Fantastic reminders by @JoelGascoigne

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23 7 / 2012


How are you educating yourself? 344 illustrated flowcharts to answer life’s big questions on happiness and success.


How are you educating yourself? 344 illustrated flowcharts to answer life’s big questions on happiness and success.

(Source: explore-blog)

17 5 / 2012



Josef Albers

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
Stephen Covey

All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.
Mark Twain 

A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
Mohandas Gandhi 

No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.
Derek Sivers

It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.
Annie Gottlier

To be creative and to generate ideas, you have to be in a positive mindset. Playing and having fun are vital for that.

Be more interested than interesting.
Russell Davies

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
Raymond Hull

Being naive can be a great tool.

We’re taught to do things the right way. But if you want to discover something that other people haven’t, you need to do things the wrong way.
Sir James Dyson

You don’t have to know everything to know enough.
Searching for source…

All progress is experimental.
John Jay Chapman

It’s simple, if you don’t do something for your own reasons, you’ll either do it terribly, be terribly unhappy doing it, or both.
Scott Dinsmore

Don’t work ‘for,’ work ‘with.’

Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.
Jim Rohn

Value people’s time.

Persistent flexibility. 
Reid Hoffman

Sprint and recover.

Intermittently disengaging is what allows us to passionately reengage.
Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

A constant sense of emergency makes it difficult for anyone to step back and make more thoughtful choices.
Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

Work completed matters infinitely more than raw hours invested.
Scott H Young

Failing is a positive thing. It means you took action. It’s the only way to learn.

15 12 / 2011


Insulate yourself…

from anonymous angry people

Expose yourself to art you don’t yet understand

Precisely measure the results that are important to you

Stay blind to the metrics that don’t matter

Fail often


Lead, don’t manage so much

Seek out uncomfortable situations

Make an impact on the people who matter to you

Be better at your baseline skills than anyone else

Copyedit less, invent more

Give more speeches

Ignore unsolicited advice

(Source: sethgodin.typepad.com, via peternyc)

05 10 / 2011

"The pleasure of working as a scientist is having another series of methods to see how the world around us works. That’s how people should be taught science as young children: a way to approach the world. It’s so much fun that people would use it their whole lives whether or not they go into science."

21 6 / 2011


Excuses are easy to find (but worthless)

Even good excuses, really good ones, don’t help very much.

Explanations, on the other hand, are both scarce and useful.

And accurate forecasts and insightful intuition are priceless.


Seth Godin (via remosiegwart)

(Source: sethgodin.typepad.com, via remosiegwart)

05 6 / 2011

"Embrace uncertainty in an unstructured world. Find certainty in uncertainty. Find comfort in diversity, risk, change & openness."

Shervin Pishevar (@shervin)