Writing can be intimidating, even challenging. But I believe it will be an increasingly important medium for getting work done and convincing others of our ideas. Steve was a master of the medium and I’m glad we’ve gotten a small peek into how he used it.
“We are not the passive audience for this big messed up power play, we don’t have to be. We can say who we are, we can assert our right to existence, we can say to the bullies and con-men, the people who try to shame us, embarrass us, flatter us, to the people who have no compunction about lying to us to get our money and our allegiance that we are thinking, really thinking about who we are and we will express ourselves and with this other people wont feel so alone. I want to tell you that I have a hope that there is another way to be in this world and that I believe with courage, vulnerability and honesty that the stuff we put into the world can serve a better purpose. What I have to offer is me, what you have to offer is you.”—Charlie Kaufman (via anonymousmentor)
“Become who you are by learning who you are.” What he meant is the following: You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; they stop trusting in themselves; they conform to the tastes of others, and they end up wearing a mask that hides their true nature. If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become—an individual, a Master.”—Robert Greene (via anonymousmentor)
The biggest hesitation I hear from people considering joining a startup is the risk the company won’t succeed. This risk is both very real and basically irrelevant. Yes: For most small, unproven companies the product will sell too slowly, the company will struggle to raise more funding, and the…