Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
— Samuel Beckett

“Fail Again, Fail Better.”

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference."

"Comparison is the thief of joy"

"This quote was taken out of context" - XKCD

“Fear None, Respect All” – Sun Tzu

"Be Confident, not Arrogant."

"Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top."

"Calm is contagious."

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky" - Michael Scott

"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -- R.W. Emerson” -Karthik Kanagasabapathy

"Preparation breeds confidence.
When you take the field knowing you are more prepared than your opponents, confidence ensues.
Confidence breeds success…"

“If I can do something, to give myself even a small edge over the competition, I should do it.
Those small edges will begin to add up; those small edges will give me victory.”

"Just remember that if you're not working at your game to the utmost of your ability, there will be someone out there somewhere with equal ability who is.  And one day you'll play each other, and they’ll have the advantage."

"It is simply a question of commitment...
Are you sure that at the end of the year you will be able to truly say...
...we tried everything possible?"

"The secret of success is constancy to purpose."

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in one’s determination."

“The measure of success is whether the people close to you are happy and love you.  It is also nice to feel like you made a difference - inventing something or raising kids or helping people in need.”  - Bill Gates + Warren Buffet

“Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” -Steve Jobs

“My goal is not to fail fast. My goal is to succeed over the long run. They are not the same thing.”

“To do original work: It’s NOT necessary to know something nobody else knows. It is necessary to believe something few other people believe.”

"Inspiration Exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso

"This quote will be the only part of this presentation you remember." - XKCD

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist hopes that the wind will change...
the realist adjusts the sail."

"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

"I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson

"Luck is bullshit. We make our own luck."

"May the nimblest robot win."

"Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity"

"Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance."

"The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well."

"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation."

"Failure to prepare is preparing to fail."

"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year."

"Leaders are problem solvers by talent and temperament, and by choice;
always leaning forward, pushing something invisible ahead of them."

"Never try to solve all the problems at once — make them line up for you one-by-one."

"Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed, have been the consequences of action without thought."

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes."

"You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there."

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

"Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down."

"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction."

"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

"Well begun is half done."

"When all think alike, then no one is thinking."

"It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date."

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things."

"The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams."

"Up is never where you are now."

"illegitimi non carborundum"

“The interesting thing about working ‘hard’ is you can always work ‘harder’.
The cool thing about being ‘good’ is that you can always be ‘better’.”

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” - Leonardo DaVinci

"Make your choice, adventurous Stranger;
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, til it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had."

"The walls between art and engineering, exist only in our minds." - Theo Jansen

A man with one watch is certain about time. A man with two watches isn't.

“We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.” —Archilochus

"You may know what you're looking for, but you never know what you're going to find."

“A vote is a statement about the voter, not the subject being voted on.”

“For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure." - Abraham Lincoln

“What are drawing boards for?  Going back to start over.”

“To err is to engineer.”

“Maturity is knowing you were an idiot in the past.
Wisdom is knowing that you'll be an idiot in the future.
Common sense is knowing that you should TRY not to be an idiot NOW.”

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Play until the buzzer sounds.”

“Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy” -Cobra Kai

"It's your ability to learn quickly and contribute quickly that matters." - Padmasree Warrior

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." - Buckminster Fuller

“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not why ships are built.”

“You do not need consensus to tap into the wisdom of a crowd; the search for consensus only encourages tepid, lowest-common-denominator solutions which offend no one rather than exciting anyone.”

“Engineers:  They do what they must; use science when applicable, intuition when useful, and trial and error when necessary.”

“In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;”

“There are three types of team players:
1 - Hard workers, who are positive influences. – They do everything for the good of the team.
2 - People who follow the examples of those around them.
3 - Goof offs, and negative influences. – Do whatever they WANT to do.
Everyone needs to choose what type of team player they are.”

"Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else." —Chuck Knoll

“When you're a winner you're always happy, but if you're happy as a loser… you'll always be a loser.”

“Knowledge is the one thing you keep even after you give it away.”

"It's really a never-ending journey... The secret is to hate yourself and the work you produce.  If everything you make is trash, then you'll continually push yourself to produce something that won't fill you with shame.  If you're lucky, after a lifetime of self-doubt, maybe you'll produce something you can be proud of before you fall over dead." – Gabe, Penny Arcade

"The Ancestor of Every Action is Thought" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fight as if you are right, listen as if you are wrong.”

“We all have times when we think more effectively, and times when we should not be thinking at all.”

“Bailing water in a leaky boat diverts energy from rowing the boat.”

"You know… Apple is like a ship.  That ship is loaded with treasure, but there's a hole in the ship.  And my job is to get everyone to row in the same direction." - Gil Amelio (who never fixed the hole)

“I have never lost a wink of sleep about being unapologetically intolerant of anyone who refuses to show respect for those around them.” – Robert Sutton

“Real Artists Ship” – Steve Jobs

“Choosing which filters to apply, and when has much to do with successful innovation; it's not just having an open mind, it's also knowing when to postpone certain judgements, and then when to bring them back in. If a mind is always open, it never finishes anything; if a mind is never open, it never starts.” – Scott Berkun

“If I had 20 days to solve a problem, I would take 19 days to define it.” – Einstein

“All children are born artists. The problem is to remain artist as we grow up.” – Picasso

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." -Charles Mingus

"We must strive to reach that simplicity that lies beyond sophistication." -John Gardner

“Weniger, aber besser.” - Less, but better. -Dieter Rams

“Enlightened trial and error succeeds over the planning of the lone genius.”

“You can look at practically any part of anything manmade around you and think 'some engineer was frustrated while designing this.' That little human connection makes the object that much more powerful.”

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” If your mind can conceive it then believe you can achieve it. Have the tenacity to create the extraordinary. - Einstein

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.”  - Rainer Maria Rilke

“Faster, Faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” - Hunter S Thompson

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everyone Is a Genius
...But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."

“Why should I deem myself to be a chisel when I could be the artist?”

“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” -Blaise Pascal

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” - Oscar Wilde

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” - Donald Kendall

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.” - George Bernard Shaw

"This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture
still treat each guest honorably,
He may be cleaning you out for some new delight
The dark thought, the shame, the malice
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond."
- Rumi

“Leave the world more interesting than it was before.” - Neil Gaiman

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." - Steve Jobs

"Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are." - Steve Jobs

"People who know what they're talking about don't need Powerpoint." - Steve Jobs

“If you are interested in the ultimate character of the physical world, or the complete world, and at the present time our only way to understand that is through a mathematical type of reasoning, then I don't think a person can fully appreciate, or in fact can appreciate much of, these particular aspects of the world, the great depth of character of the universality of the laws, the relationships of things, without an understanding of mathematics. I don't know any other way to do it, we don't know any other way to describe it accurately ... or to see the interrelationships without it. So I don't think a person who hasn't developed some mathematical sense is capable of fully appreciating this aspect of the world - don't misunderstand me, there are many, many aspects of the world that mathematics is unnecessary for, such as love, which are very delightful and wonderful to appreciate and to feel awed and mysterious about; and I don't mean to say that the only thing in the world is physics, but you were talking about physics and if that's what you're talking about, then to not know mathematics is a severe limitation in understanding the world.” - Feynman

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“You are the average of the five people you associate with the most.”

“As an engineer, I’m sort of a student of how to make things work.
As an engineer, I’m sort of a student of how things fall apart.”

"Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcomes, or the end to be attained, but set earnestly at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day." - Sir William Osler

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

“If you're not saying ‘fuck yes’ to something, then say no.”

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

“Revel in the joy that comes from solving difficult problems, and always celebrate your failures as opportunities for improvement. As long as you continue to grow as a life-long learner, I have no doubt you will be successful!”

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” - Reid Hoffman

“No man ever listened himself out of a job.” - Calvin Coolidge

“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”  - Marshall Mcluhan

“There are three things we cry for in life: things that are lost, things that are found, and things that are magnificent.”  - Douglas Coupland

“We’re all just walking each other home.” - Ram Dass

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” - Dr. Seuss

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I came to New York because I heard the streets were paved with gold,” the 19th-century immigrant lament began. “When I got here, I learned three things: The streets are not paved with gold. They are not paved at all. I am expected to pave them.”

“The point is, any system in which humans are involved will at some point be disrupted by human error. Organizations distinguish themselves not by stamping out the possibility of error, but by handling the inevitable mistake well.”

“It’s not that we have too short a time to live, but that we squander a great deal of it. Life is long enough, and it’s given in sufficient measure to do many great things if we spend it well. But when it’s poured down the drain of luxury and neglect, when it’s employed to no good end, we’re finally driven to see that it has passed by before we even recognized it passing. And so it is – we don’t receive a short life, we make it so.” - Seneca

“What the Stoics are saying is so much of what worries us are things that we have no control over. If I’m doing something tomorrow and I’m worried about it raining and ruining it, no amount of me stressing about it is going to change whether it rains or not. The Stoics are saying, Not only are you going to be happier if you can make the distinction between what you can change and can’t change but if you focus your energy exclusively on what you can change, you’re going to be a lot more productive and effective as well.”

“We all have work to do. Do good work. Do creative work. Do thoughtful work. Do your best. But there’s no need to flatter yourself about how hard it was.”

“What might you do to accomplish your 10-year goals in the next 6 months, if you had a gun against your head?”

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content in mediocrity.” - Andrew Carnegie

“Everything alive is either growing or dying.”

“Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” - Edison

“I think a lot can be said with a raised eyebrow…”

“I am an old man and I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” —Mark Twain 

“He who suffers before it is necessary suffers more than is necessary.” —Seneca

“Don’t attribute to malice that which can be explained otherwise”

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain.

"This quote is often falsely attributed to Mark Twain" -XKCD

 “I lost my republic-- or rather, I learned how to live in tyranny. I faced loss after loss in battle-- or rather, I learned how to fight until the end for liberty. If you think these things have made me weaker, you are mistaken. What you have tried to throw at me cannot even injure me, and instead, only makes me more ready to do my task.” - Cato

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

“If I’m not a little bit nauseous when I’m done, I probably didn’t show up like I should have shown up.”

"I’m there to learn. I’m not there to win; I’m there to learn, because then I’ll win, eventually. . . ." - Robert Rodriguez

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” - Norman Vincent Peale

"One thing I know, that I know nothing. This is the source of my wisdom." - Socrates

“In business and in life, never believe your own body odor is perfume.” - Haimchinkel Malintz Anaynikal (Alan Greenberg)

“Don’t let your false races stress you out - Are there places you feel like you're falling behind where there's actually no race? - Seth Godin

“Ask yourself… ‘what is my moonshot?’ - What achievement are you striving towards that is not only barely beyond your reach, but instead almost beyond your comprehension?  What if you had to achieve it today?  Tomorrow?  Within the next month?  What if you had to accomplish your 10 year goals within the next 6 months?  Do you have 10 year goals?  Without them, how do you expect to get anywhere?  What is your moonshot?”

“What is your personal narrative?  What is the story of your life which you tell yourself?  Is it the same one you tell others?  We all live for narratives - we love to assign meaning to every action, and believe the effects are caused by the causes.  The secret is… we all get to decide what our narrative is.  We get to make it whatever we want.  The excuse you give for your failures, can become the reason for your triumph… in the right story.”

“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.  All this noise and rush and stress seem contriver to drown out or cover up some fear at the center of our lives.”

“If you have a safe place to sleep, reasonable health and food in the fridge, you're probably living with surplus. You have enough breathing room to devote an hour to watching TV, or having an argument you don't need to have, or simply messing around online. You have time and leverage and technology and trust.
For many people, this surplus is bigger than any human on Earth could have imagined just a hundred years ago.
What will you spend it on?
If you're not drowning, you're a lifeguard.“ -Seth Godin

“Sonder is defined as that moment when you realize that everyone around you has an internal life as rich and as conflicted as yours.  Sonder might happen to you. When it does, it will help you see the world in a whole new way. Because, if you let it, the feeling can persist. A feeling that can allow you to see others the way you'd like to be seen.” - Seth Godin

“Change is a word...for a journey with stress.  You get the journey and you get the stress. At the end, you’re a different person. But both elements are part of the deal.” - Seth Godin

“The cult of individual personalities is always, in my view, unjustified… It strikes me as unfair, and even in bad taste, to select a few for boundless admiration, attributing superhuman powers of mind and character to them. This has been my fate, and the contrast between the popular estimate of my achievements and the reality is simply grotesque. This extraordinary state of affairs would be unbearable but for one great consoling thought: it is a welcome symptom in an age, which is commonly denounced as materialistic, that it makes heroes of men whose ambitions lie wholly in the intellectual and moral sphere.” - Albert Einstein

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin

“To be a leader in this company, your job is to find the rose petals in a field of shit.”  - Satya Nadella

“…it feels like a bird learning to fly. You flap around for a while, and then you run around. Learning to fly is not pretty but flying is.” - Satya Nadella

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games” - Babe Ruth

“There are always a dozen reasons for doing nothing,” Ann liked to say—it was a favourite apologia, indeed, for many of her misdemeanours—“ There is only one reason for doing something. And that’s because you want to.” Or have to? Ann would furiously deny it: coercion, she would say, is just another word for doing what you want; or for not doing what you are afraid of. -Excerpt from “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

“Fight your biases.  Avoid the dopamine hit that comes from ‘going with the group’.  Be wary of the warm fuzzy feeling that comes with having your opinions validated superficially .  Be uncomfortable.  Do great work.”

“You can’t force an agenda… you have to inspire one.” - Mr. Robot

"Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.  And it’s that process that is the magic." - Steve Jobs

“There’s lots of ways to be as a person, and some people express their deep appreciation in different ways.  But one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there.  You never meet the people, you never shake their hands, you never hear their story or tell yours.  But somehow, in the act of making something with a great deal of care and love, something is transmitted there. And it’s a way of expressing to the rest of our species our deep appreciation. So, we need to be true to who we are and remember what’s really important to us.” - Steve Jobs

"Everyone one our team is allowed to come to the events. But if you are a spectator at build meetings, expect to be a spectator at the competitions." - Rick Blight

“Where would we be without failure? Failure (and the fear of failure) gives you a chance to have a voice.... Because failure frightens people who care less than you do.” - Seth Godin

“Confidence is the consequence of action.”

“The way you win is not by striving to just ‘win the game,’ but by striving to play as well as you can.” -Coaching the Mental Game

“One manageable task at a time. That is the focus of the moment - for observers and participants. That is the action reduced to its simplest term: the moment, the task at hand.”

"There are no failures, only lessons."

"This quote only looks profound when it's in a script font over a sunset." - XKCD

"But it isn't true to say we had no special advantages . . . the greatest thing in our favor was growing up in a family where there was always much encouragement to intellectual curiosity." - Orville Wright, responding to the comment that he and his brother were great examples of how far Americans with no unique advantages could advance in the world.

“The things which frustrate you at work and get in the way of your job… that’s your job.”

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” - Shakespeare

“Sometimes you need to put out the dumpster fire, before you can paint the dumpster.”

“All one needs in life is enough to avoid being a burden to others.” - Bishop Wright 

“I was brought up believing that you are placed on earth here more or less with sort of a fifty-fifty proposition, and this is what I still believe. We are placed here with certain talents and capabilities. It is up to each of us to use those talents and capabilities as best you can. If you do that, I think there is a power greater than any of us that will place the opportunities in our way, and if we use our talents properly, we will be living the kind of life we should live.” - John Glenn

“Choices don’t need to be decisions.  If the outcomes don’t matter… don’t waste energy on deciding.  Flip a coin.  Just pick one.  Just choose.”

“The road to success is always under construction.” Lily Tomlin

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” – Wayne Huizenga

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

"Please, dear God, don't let me fuck up." - Shepard’s Prayer

“The real great man is the man who makes every man feel great,” - G. K. Chesterton

“Most people automatically assume that the groups they don’t belong to are more homogenous than groups they do belong to.“ - The Social Animal

“All arrogance will reap a harvest rich in tears. God calls men to a heavy reckoning for overweening pride.”

“Above all the other necessities of human nature, above the satisfaction of any other need, above hunger, love, pleasure, fame—even life itself—what a man most needs is the conviction that he is contained within the discipline of an ordered existence.” - Walter Lippmann