Every day, you have to give it your best shot.
Grown-ups love figures…If you were to say to the grown-ups: “I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof,” they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them: “I saw a house that cost $20,000.” Then they would exclaim: “Oh, what a pretty house that is!”
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1943)
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’
– MLK Jr.
"I’ve got an idea on how to sell more music: it’s called make better music." -Kanye West
If you’re using frequency as a tactic to make up for the fact that you’re being ignored, you can certainly do better.
Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that?
If you have a job where someone is telling you exactly what to do, they can find someone else cheaper to do it.
Seth Godin (Behind the Brand interview on The Icarus Deception)
Traveling-it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
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