“Basically, I realized I was living in that awful stage of life between twenty-six to and thirty-seven known as stupidity. It’s when you don’t know anything, not even as much as you did when you were younger, and you don’t even have a philosophy about all the things you don’t know, the way you did when you were twenty or would again when you were thirty-eight.”—Lorrie Moore, Anagrams
“I never thought that I’d be discovered. I just thought I’d be somebody who was a hard worker. For me, things started to happen once I completely gave up the concept of being discovered. I discovered what I wanted to do. That would be my advice to young performers: don’t want to be famous. Want to be legendary. In many ways, fame is the industrial disease of creativity. It’s a sludgy byproduct of making things.”—Mike Myers
“Our world is enriched when coders and marketers dazzle us with smartphones and tablets, but, by themselves, they are just slabs. It is the music, essays, entertainment and provocations that they access, spawned by the humanities, that animate them — and us. So, yes, the humanities are still relevant in the 21st century — every bit as relevant as an iPhone.”—Don’t Dismiss the Humanities - NYTimes.com
“According to a 2011 study, on a typical day, we take in the equivalent of about 174 newspapers’ worth of information, five times as much as we did in 1986. As the world’s 21,274 television stations produce some 85,000 hours of original programming every day (by 2003 figures), we watch an average of five hours of television per day. For every hour of YouTube video you watch, there are 5,999 hours of new video just posted!”—Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain - NYTimes.com
“humans need face-to-face contact, as they need air and water. We have evolved for it, to the extent that those surrounded by a tight-knit group of friends who regularly gather to eat—and, crucially, gossip—live an average of 15 years longer than loners. Quality face-to-face contact is essential for a social species”—The end of neighbours
“hoodies, T-shirts and sneakers are the new corporate livery. The shift isn’t just a matter of comfort or convenience, but a change in how we conceptualise competence and professionalism. The thinking goes something like this: by stripping away the artificial appearances of showmanship, you can get to the truth about a product, person, or business.”—Dress codes: Suitable disruption | The Economist
“I recognize that by writing this I may be disqualifying myself from some future CEO role. Will that cost me tens of millions of dollars someday? Maybe. Life is about choices. Right now, I choose to spend more time with my family and am confident that I can continue to have an meaningful and rewarding work life while doing so. At first, it seemed like a hard choice, but the more I have sat with the choice the more certain I am that it is the right choice.”—Why I am leaving the best job I ever had | Max Schireson’s blog
“More than an hour before the doors open at the Anaheim Convention Center, there’s already a line that stretches from the entrance, past a nearby Hilton, around a water fountain, through a palm-tree lined promenade, and all the way to the driveway’s entrance. Security guards in yellow shirts have begun packing people into neat zig-zag rows so that they do not spill out onto the street. “I’m seeing these damn tweens in my nightmares,” one of them will tell me the next day, shaking his head like he’s trying to dislodge an unpleasant memory. “I’ve worked Justin Bieber concerts. This is the same thing.”—Inside YouTube’s Fame Factory | Fast Company | Business Innovation
What it is: An app that allows you to share things anonymously with your friends.
Why it’s popular: Because techies love to shit-talk.
Will this be a Thing in New York? Probably not. New Yorkers say it to your face.”—12 SF Obsessions New York Hasn’t Discovered Yet — NYMag
“The rise of B corps is a reminder that the idea that corporations should be only lean, mean, profit-maximizing machines isn’t dictated by the inherent nature of capitalism, let alone by human nature. As individuals, we try to make our work not just profitable but also meaningful. It may be time for more companies to do the same.”—Can Benefit Corporations Work?
“Pour réussir, dit Gabilliet, il faut du talent et du travail, mais aussi de la chance. Certains pensent que la chance, c’est le hasard ou la bonne étoile. La pratique montre que non : la chance est une compétence qui s’acquiert. Comment ? En créant autour de soi un environnement favorable aux opportunités, grâce à quatre postures :
1- Etre vigilant, curieux, savoir sortir de ses routines. « La chance, dit Gabilliet, n’aime pas les routiniers. »
2- Avoir un bon réseau. Mais cela ne signifie pas seulement avoir un bon carnet d’adresses. Il s’agit de devenir celui ou celle qui met les autres en relation et les aide à agir. Pierre Doré, fondateur de l’Institut européen du leadership, disait : « La meilleure façon d’atteindre ses objectifs, c’est d’aider ceux dont on a besoin à atteindre les leurs. »
3- Prendre conscience que la chance n’est pas toujours là. Les plus grandes réussites, dans le business, l’histoire, les médias, le spectacle, l’art, sont jalonnées de revers. Mais leurs acteurs ont su rebondir et transformer ces échecs en projets.
4- Anticiper en ayant toujours au moins un projet d’avance. « Qu’il soit entendu, ou récupéré, ou transformé, conclut le prof, c’est ce projet qui, comme par hasard, créera la bonne opportunité, demain, la semaine prochaine, dans un an. »”—Nous sommes tous des optimistes Patrice van Eersel | CLES
“The suit, which has begun hitting the market, is made not from conventional, petroleum-based neoprene but from a natural rubber derived from a desert shrub. It is one way Patagonia is trying to nudge along a sport that has not always been environmentally conscious despite its roots in the natural world.”—At Patagonia, the Bottom Line Includes the Earth - NYTimes.com
“In a world in which a handful of companies largely control what we see, hear, and buy, how can anyone claim that the consumer is the one in charge? This, says Bob Hoffman – aka The Ad Contrarian – is “one of the inescapable clichés of modern marketing” which “shows a remarkable and frightening lack of understanding about what’s really going on”…”—Creative Review - The Consumer Is In Charge. Of What?