The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time.
Start-ups are a creative endeavor by definition. Yet our current classrooms, geared toward tests on narrowly defined academic subjects, stifle creativity… If a young person happens to retain enough creative spirit to start a business upon graduation, she does so in spite of her schooling, not because of it.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
I have no idea where it came from. It just came all of a sudden. One minute it wasn’t there and the next the whole line was there. It was one of the shocking moments in my songwriting career. At the time I remember thinking, ‘This is really considerably better than what I usually write’.
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.
Remain frugal. The less you can live on, the more chance your idea will succeed. This is true, even after you’ve ‘made it’.
Picasso was a terrible colorist. Turner couldn’t paint human beings… Bob Dylan can’t sing or play guitar… The really good artists, the really successful entrepreneurs, figure out how to circumvent their limitations… Don’t make excuses. Just shut up and get on with it.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.