Mastering the hard part

“We answer the phone on the first ring.”

It looks like it doesn’t really matter, and that’s why going the extra mile to show you care so much is so profitable.

Software ain’t like building pyramids

We’re now at a point where hardware enables us more and more to do great things with software.

Technology doesn’t change much internally, after all it’s still code that’s going to run things.

When I say software is going to become wickedly smart, what I mean is that it’s going to be wickedly user-friendly.

The reason why the Japanese are years behind in software is because it ain’t that easy to copy. They used to be pretty good at copying products and creating a better process, deliver in higher quality, and at a lower price point than their competitors did – but software is different.

Unlike hardware, great software isn’t that easily copied. It is because you cannot see what’s going on behind the curtain and if you could, you’d still put in massive intellectual effort to understand what you see(yes I understand, great code is easy to read, but for whom? People who have learned how to code and are pretty good at it).

We’re still massively behind the future and our software should be much better than it is right now. Wickedly smart, easy to use software will always be in great demand.

Looking for criticism

Stating our opinion we run into the danger of forming it with limited vision when limited light is shed on the problem, we see it from one perspective, from one social class, and one upbringing.

Supreme confidence in our ideas does not come from us believing in them initially and declaring them true by our own view of the truth of the moment. It comes from being open to the right criticism and us knowing they’ve stood the battle of colorful examination.

As people share their own analysis of your idea they serve you greatly.

No wise man ever acquired his wisdom other than by expanding the variety of the input he gets on a subject.

We are afraid of being wrong and afraid of looking stupid and that is precisely why we should listen to both sides of an argument.

Always be willing to look at both sides of the argument. Understanding the other side is the best way to strengthen your own.

The reason why we believe in the Newtonian laws is because they have stood the test of countless debates and arguments not because Newton declared them as truth.

Wanting to be right often comes at the expense of truly being right and I think that’s too high of a price to pay. I care much less about being right than I care about success.

Searching for the truth is a greatly profitable skill available to every one of us.

Associations: Powerful influence, deceptively subtle

Do you say, “I’m around these people, but I don’t think it hurts.”?

Never underestimate the power of influence. Never ever underestimate the power of influence.

You may just have to make the hard choice not to let certain negative influences affect you anymore and stop being around certain people. It could be a choice that preserves the quality of your life.

If they’re stupid, soon you’ll be stupid. If they’re lazy, soon you’ll find it hard to work hard. If they’re procrastinators, you’ll get into the habit of postponing. If their emotional home is being angry, your emotions will neighbour theirs.

Never underestimate the power of influence. We have only so little time at our disposal. Wouldn’t it be smart to invest it wisely?