December 2012 - Broken Links Archive

Pride and Professionalism

It’s almost the end of 2012 and I’m wind­ing down for the hol­i­days, so in lieu of new con­tent I thought I’d share a few inter­est­ing quo­ta­tions I’ve seen/heard/read recent­ly, on pro­fes­sion­al­ism, pride in your work, and being cre­ative. Cheers to you all, see you in 2013.

Aes­thet­ics are your prob­lem and mine. Nobody else’s. I want every­thing we do — that I do per­son­al­ly, that our office does — to be beau­ti­ful. I don’t give a damn whether the client under­stands that that’s worth any­thing, or whether the client thinks it’s worth any­thing, or whether it is worth any­thing; it’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beau­ti­ful things, even if nobody cares. 

- Saul Bass

Once [Steve Jobs and his adop­tive father Paul] were build­ing a fence. And [Paul] said, “You got to make the back of the fence that nobody will see just as good look­ing as the front of the fence. Even though nobody will see it, you will know, and that will show that you’re ded­i­cat­ed to mak­ing some­thing perfect.” 

- Wal­ter Isaacson

To be real­ly cre­ative you have to deal with lone­li­ness and point­less­ness and you need to be bru­tal­ly hon­est and crit­i­cal of your own thoughts and actions. It’s what makes great cre­ators, inven­tors and entrepreneurs. 

- Nico­las Roope


Aside

I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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