“As more than a decade’s research is showing, genius and madness are basically best friends. What’s interesting is why.”
“You have the power to determine how you’re going to look at a situation, and you don’t give that power to other people, particularly people who are bad or who hurt you.”
Why do some people persevere through trying circumstances while others begin flailing at the first sign of crisis? They’re resilient.
"Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper."
"A lot of the business people and creative people that I’m fascinated by all have something in common, which is a lot of failure—a lot of dramatic failure—and a lot of rejection." — Matthew Weiner
"The most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper—a beautiful blend of advanced technology and crafted design."
FiftyThree has a new stylus for its Paper app. It’s called Pencil.
“In this way we get “brain hubs,” places that contribute an outsized portion of the GDP and generate an unreasonable number of patents. This capital-ization has pretty far-reaching effects: the more high-tech, high-powered folks you have in a place, the more similarly gifted people will be attracted to moving there—and all these jobs actually generate more jobs. Moretti says that a high-tech job actually creates something like 10 service sector gigs.”
Designer Robby Leonardi made the second-best resume we’ve ever seen (the best belongs to Fast Company intern Natalia Rodriguez). The Super Mario-influenced side-scrolling website is a creative display of Leonardi’s formidable skills. Dive down the pipe to Fast Company for more.
Like Evernote? Like Post-it Notes? You’re gonna love this.
The two have teamed up to create new stickies, which the Evernote app recognizes by color, and automatically digitizes and organizes the notes into different categories.
"There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that."
—Ernest Hemingway, who got up insanely early and knew the benefits of a standing desk.
Ricky Gervais (whose new Netflix series, Derek, debuts September 12) shares a story about an early creative turning point that forever informed the way he writes and works.
“If you’re good at it, self-generated thought [mind wandering] can be life-affirmingly constructive.”
Is your team hitting an idea wall? Maybe these blocks can unblock your brainstorming?
Elmore Leonard, the recently deceased author of 45 novels, including Get Shorty, Hombre, Swag,Raylan, and Glitz (he died at work on his 46th), was reluctant to write about his own writing. But back in 2001 the New York Times convinced him to make a list of his 10 writing rules:
1. Never use the words ”suddenly” or ”all hell broke loose.”
Leonard writes that this rule doesn’t even require an explanation.
2. Use regional dialect, patois sparingly.
“Once you start,” writes Leonard, “you won’t be able to stop.”
3. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
Leonard cites a Hemingway short story in which the only physical description of a couple introduced as the ”American and the girl with him” is: ”She had taken off her hat and put it on the table.” Enough said.
“If we want to survive in this beautifully strange world of ours, we need to make something it wants. But, if we are privileged enough to do so, we can do something it needs.”
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