“[I]f one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”—Henry David Thoreau (via robertogreco)
“Real advanced technology—on-the-edge sophisticated technology—issues not from knowledge but from something I will call deep craft. Deep craft is more than knowledge. It is a set of knowings. Knowing what is likely to work and what not to work. Knowing what methods to use, what principles are likely to succeed, what parameter values to use in a given technique. Knowing whom to talk to down the corridor to get things working, how to fix things that go wrong, what to ignore, what theories to look to. This sort of craft-knowing takes science for granted and mere knowledge for granted. And it derives collectively from a shared culture of beliefs, an unspoken culture of common experience. Such knowings root themselves in local micro-cultures: in particular firms, in particular buildings, along particular corridors. They become highly concentrated in particular localities.”—
"How does one create the best possible opportunities for oneself?
By going back to what you believe in and that set of interests or beliefs that surrounds you. Maybe you write about it, read about it, or just talk about it, and the people that are attracted to the same thing will come to you. That goes for professional interests and personal interests. You’ll be invited to things or you’ll start your own things and those opportunities will just happen naturally. I know it sounds too good to be true and not even good advice, but it is absolutely true. You’ve probably seen it yourself in the typography community.”
“The problem with hoarding [ideas] is you end up living off your reserves. Eventually you’ll become stale. If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish. Ideas are open knowledge. Don’t claim ownership. They’re not your ideas anyway, they’re someone else’s. They are out there floating by on the ether. You just have to put yourself in a frame of mind to pick them up.”—Paul Arden, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be (A lot of folks have mentioned this book to me in the past couple of days — found this quote via my new favorite site, Quotenik: “a growing library of verified quotes.” Check out the creativity tag.)