Get out there

Sound advice from an interview with Jim Coudal

When you think to yourself, “In 18 months I’m going to start my crocheted beer coaster company,” the problem with that sentence is the 18 months. What you’re really saying is, “I’m afraid.” Do it now. If you bankrupt a company before you’re 25, that’s like a badge of honor! Get out there.

August 12, 2009 ·

Growth through failure

From an interview with Paula Scher on failure and how it helps you to grow.

When you’re fulfilling a function—when you’re being obedient, in other words, you’re doing as expected—you can’t learn anything. Because you already know the answer. It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow.

You have to get bad in order to get good. You have to try a lot of things and fail in order to make the next discovery.

June 17, 2009 ·


Rules. “Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

February 5, 2008 ·

On being funny

Steve Martin on being funny. “What if there were no punch lines? What if there were no indicators? What if I created tension and never released it? What if I headed for a climax, but all I delivered was an anticlimax? What would the audience do with all that tension? “

February 1, 2008 ·