“Determine never to be idle.  No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“Only programmers, customer service reps, and accounting staff work at Craigslist. There is no business development, no human resources, no sales. As a result, there are no meetings.”


“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

– Maslow

“By inverting this list, we can get a portrait of the “normal” world. It’s populated by people who talk a lot with one another as they work slowly but harmoniously on conservative, expensive projects whose destinations are decided in advance, and who carefully adjust their manner to reflect their position in the hierarchy.”

Paul Graham

“So many of my friends see their jobs in terms of an “annual salary” or an “hourly wage.” The security they crave turns quickly to complacency, and they wind up dissatisfied with a job they’re afraid to leave. Why? Because they are not rewarded for their efforts, a productive day is no more lucrative than an unproductive day. They get paid the same, regardless.”

Mike Rowe

“I think it’s in everyone’s DNA to want to be a builder.”

Dan Phillips

“The real company values, as opposed to the nice-sounding values, are shown by who gets rewarded, promoted, or let go.”


“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders.  Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

– Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

– John Cage

“We live in a culture that has begun to prize the appearance of accomplishment over actual accomplishment–it continues to amaze me that private enterprise and venture capital spend so much time and energy (not to mention cash) on “innovations” like Twitter and other forms of social blathering rather than marshaling the energies and talents of our engineers to create new industries to replace the ones that enabled the American Century.”

– David Granger, Esquire Editor in Chief, October 2009 issue

Last updated 16 September 2009

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