I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important.
The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, (1890–1969)
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
What makes you comfortable can ruin you, and only in a state of discomfort can you continually grow.
If not now, then when?
If not me, then who?
Mick Ebeling (at his TED talk)
If you don’t like where you are,
You’re not a tree.
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
Where is the life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888 – 1965)
Don’t say the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Stability is a heavily loaded term with an unstable definition.
Big people talk about ideas,
Average people talk about things,
Small people talk about other people.
If the tool you have is a hammer, make the problem look like a nail.
He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any HOW.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
Mary Lou Cook
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The biggest failure is the failure to try.
Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.
Ref.: Sardar, Z. and I. Abrams, Introducing chaos. 2004: Icon Books, p.71.
New ideas don’t win really. What happens is that the old scientists die and new ones come along with new ideas.
Theory is when you know everything but nothing works.
Practice is when everything works but no one knows why.
In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and no one knows why.
If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.
New power is the development of mass participation and peer coordination to create change and shift outcomes.
Jeremy Heimans (at his TED talk)
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
H. L. Mencken
Naive Researcher: I should slice my research to publish more papers.
Professor: We need to publish a strong and comprehensive paper, so that
it gets cited.
Experienced Distinguished Professor: We should make sure what we publish
is correct, because then it is going to last for ages.
Cheap, Easy to Use, Accurate – pick any two, you cannot have all three.
A post in ISB forum
We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.
Seneca the Younger
Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.