Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Learn to use your voice now… Ask questions. Ask stupid questions. Don’t be afraid to trip, fall and don’t be afraid to get back up.

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, offering tips on growing up to a group of girls from a London school this week

The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), American writer and poet, best-known for his book, “Walden”

… every amazing creative thing you’ve ever seen [can] be broken down into smaller ideas that existed before. An automobile? An engine plus wheels. A telephone? Electricity plus sound… If you want to be a creator instead of a mere consumer, you see ideas currently in the world as… ingredients waiting for reuse.


Scott Berkun, author of “The Myths of Innovation”, writing at

We have a real bias towards trying to understand things through the lens of what works today. Entrepreneurs always pitch their ideas as ‘the X of Y’; so, this is going to be ‘the Microsoft of food’. And yet disruptive innovations usually don’t have that character. Most of the time, if something seems like a good idea, it probably isn’t.

Eric Ries, entrepreneur in residence at Harvard University and creator of ‘The Lean Startup’, a methodology for testing start-ups. Wired magazine, May 2011