“I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things, you are wasting time…
I don’t work on a project unless I believe that it will dramatically improve life for a bunch of people…
If you’re going to fail, you might as well fail at the big ones.”
“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”
“The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person.”
“…When everyone says you’re out of your mind, you just might be on to something.”
–Jeff Arch, screenwriter for Sleepless in Seattle
"The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half-submerged balls.
I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.
I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.
The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real."
--Marge Piercy, To Be of Use
“Apparently some human resource managers don’t appreciate having interview questions answered through interpretive dance.”
“If a guy has a really good success pattern, I’ll go along with him if he says he can go to the moon on Scotch tape.”
–Raymond Herzog, former CEO of 3M
Notice to Family and Friends:
Upon my death, I wish to be an organ donor.
I see no downside to this decision…. But I’m dead, so why would I?
Thank you for honoring my wishes.
“…There can be no dreams without nonsense.”
“Here’s to six impossible things before breakfast.”