Writing for the Time 100:
What the competitors don’t seem to understand is you cannot get people this smart to work this hard just for money. Jony is Obi-Wan. His team are Jedi whose nobility depends on the pursuit of greatness over profit, believing the latter will always follow the former, stubbornly passing up near-term good opportunities to pursue great ones in the distance.
Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect.
Raymond Joseph Teller
Is it way too late to take the ! out of our name? I always feel compelled to shout it. Granted, with larynx atrophy it only comes out as an anguished gurgle. Still.
Again, there will be winners in this space. And the only thing I’m certain of is that those winners won’t look or act anything like The Daily.
When John Coltrane plays the melody early in the track Harmonique, you can hear some of the notes crack.
Of course, Coltrane was completely capable of playing these notes the traditional way. And yet he didn’t.
It’s this effort and humanity that touches us about his solo, not just the melody.
Sometimes, “never let them see you sweat,” is truly bad advice. The work of an individual who cares often exposes the grit and determination and effort that it takes to be present.
Perfecting your talk, refining your essay and polishing your service until all elements of you disappear might be obvious tactics, but they remove the thing we were looking for: you.
The more pictures I see of this gun-toting, tatted-up, McAfee guy, the more I understand why PCs have so many viruses.
Nick Bilton, via Twitter
It’s better to have a few fantastic things designed for you than to have many untrustworthy things poorly designed to please everyone.
Most people don’t care enough to make a difference.
Most people aren’t going to buy that new thing you’re selling.
Most people are afraid to take action.
Most people are too self-involved to do the generous work you’re hoping for.
Most people think they can’t afford it.
Most people won’t talk about it.
Most people aren’t going to read what you wrote.
Fortunately, you’re not most people. Neither are your best customers.
Don’t follow, lead.
Don’t copy, create.
Don’t start, finish.
Don’t sit still, move.
Don’t fit in, stand out.
Don’t sit quietly, speak up.
Not all the time, sure, but more often.
There’s way too much talk about CSS and XHTML and Standards and Accessibility and not enough talk about people.
CSS and Standards Compliant Code are just tools – you have to know what to build with these tools.
Great, I’m glad your UI doesn’t use tables. So what? Who cares if it still doesn’t let people achieve their goals.