Some words that inspire and help me.


If you are desperate, it’s a great asset. If you have too many choices in life, it clouds your thinking. When you have one way to go and that’s forward, it’s very easy.

By: Doug Leone

Source: Sequoia Capital’s Doug Leone on Luck & Taking Risks


Let me tell you what we think about children. They’re hardwired for struggle when they get here. And when you hold those perfect little babies in your hand, our job is not to say, “Look at her, she’s perfect. My job is just to keep her perfect – make sure she makes the tennis team by fifth grade and Yale by seventh.” That’s not our job. Our job is to look and say, “You know what? You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” That’s our job. Show me a generation of kids raised like that, and we’ll end the problems, I think, that we see today.

By: Brené Brown

Source: The power of vulnerability


Every minute spent doing something other than what you love most today is a minute you’ll regret when you’re 80.

By: Julian Shapiro

Source: What to work on


If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


1,000,000 people overseas can do your job. What makes you so special?

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


If you try to be the best at everything and better than everyone (that is, if you believe success means ascending one global, mega leaderboard), you’ll be the best at nothing and better than no one. Instead, compete in local contests—local not just in terms of geography but also in terms of industry segment and skill set.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Unfortunately, for far too many, focused learning ends at college graduation. They read about stocks and bonds instead of reading books that improve their mind. They compare their cash salary to their peers’ instead of comparing lessons learned. They invest in the stock market and neglect investing in themselves. They focus, in short, on hard assets instead of soft assets. This is a mistake.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


If you have a business idea you want to pursue, a skill you want to learn, a relationship you want to form, or some other curiosity or aspiration, start on it as a side project

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


The certainty of the Plan Z backstop is what enables you to be aggressive—not tentative—about Plans A and B.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Indeed, if you study the life of any notable person, you’ll find that the main character operates within a web of support.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Research shows that a team in the business world will tend to perform at the level of the worst individual team member.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Relationship builders, on the other hand, try to help other people first. They don’t keep score. They’re aware that many good deeds get reciprocated, but they’re not calculated about it. And they think about their relationships all the time, not just when they need something.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Seeing what someone’s reading is like seeing the first derivative of their thinking.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


They were out on the move, exploring, traveling widely when they encountered their accidental good fortune,

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


The best way to ensure that lucky things happen is to make sure a lot of things happen.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Be Resilient: When the Naysayers Are Loud, Turn Up the Music

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


When you have no choice but to fight, you fight hard. When you have no choice but to create, you create.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Many people think you get career stability by minimizing all risk. But ironically, in a changing world, that’s one of the riskiest things you can do.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Overestimating threats and avoiding losses may be a fine strategy for achieving evolution’s cold mandate to pass our genes on to future generations. But it’s not the way to make the most of this life. To lead a big and vigorous life, you must work to overcome this negativity bias. The first step is to remind yourself that the downside of a given situation is probably not as bad, or as likely, as it seems.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Warren Buffett has a mantra: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


What are the settings where you have a privileged position and better-than-average information to assess risk?

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Remember: If you don’t find risk, risk will find you.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


Dig until a deeper answer takes shape. Some people hesitate to ask too many questions because they fear it will make them look ignorant. It won’t. It’ll make you look like a curious, intelligent person hungering for valuable information.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


For life in permanent beta, the trick is to never stop starting. The start-up is you.

By: Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Source: The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career


So here is the ultimate advice for young would-be startup founders, boiled down to two words: just learn.

By: Paul Graham

Source: Before the Startup


Those who stand on tiptoes do not stand firmly. Those who rush ahead don’t get very far. Those who try to outshine others dim their own light.

By: Lao Tzu

Source: The Art of Not Trying


It was normal to believe that you could chase big dreams at unsurmountable odds and succeed.

By: Mitchell Hashimoto

Source: The New Normal


Unfortunately, systems can be suffering more than one performance problem, and so the first one you find may be a problem but not the problem.

By: Brendan Gregg

Source: The USE method


They are people who stand on the cusp between one way of looking at the world and another one: like Newton, who is sometimes called not the world’s first physicist, but the world’s last alchemist.

Source: Site Reliability Engineering - How Google Runs Production Systems


Hope is not a strategy.

Source: Site Reliability Engineering - How Google Runs Production Systems


The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.

By: Introduction

Source: The Art of War


He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all ranks. He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.

By: Sun Tzu

Source: The Art of War


Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

By: Sun Tzu

Source: The Art of War


There’s something pleasing about a secret project. And you can take more risks, because no one will know if you fail.

By: Paul Graham

Source: What You’ll Wish You’d Known


It is not what you do. It’s the way that you do it. It’s a style you go about doing things. It’s inverting the problem and changing it.

By: Hamming

Source: Hamming, “You and Your Research” (June 6, 1995)


Any system as long as it keeps you disciplined and getting done what you say you are going to get done is fine and I think like the simple ones really work.

By: Sam Altman

Source: Sam Altman on Choosing Projects, Creating Value, and Finding Purpose


I think we are getting close to intelligent machines but they’re showing the necessary weaknesses of intelligent.

By: Richard Feynman

Source: Richard Feynman Computer Heuristics Lecture


One of the miseries of life is that everybody names things a little bit wrong and so it makes everything a little harder to understand in the world than it would be if it were named differently.

By: Richard Feynman

Source: Richard Feynman Computer Heuristics Lecture


Instead of lamenting about how things are, confronting the truth makes people even stronger

By: Guy sensei

Source: Boruto


You don’t stop playing ‘cause you get old. You get old ‘cause you stop playing

By: Boots

Source: Uncle Drew


I’ll tell ya, youngblood, last time I checked, you miss the 100% of the shots you don’t take.

By: Uncle Drew

Source: Uncle Drew


Testing shows the presence, not the absence of bugs

By: Edsger Dijkstra

Source: The Go Programming Language (Alan A. A. Donovan, Brian W. Kernighan)


Captain, there is only one logical direction in which to go: Forward.

By: Wendy

Source: Please Stand By


Don’t be afraid, Jim. The unknown is there for us to conquer, not to fear

By: Wendy

Source: Please Stand By


The only wrong way to do this is to not do it at all.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


fail fast and fail forward

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


It is okay for prototypes to fail - they are supposed to - but well-designed prototypes teach you something about the future.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


You often have to go through the wild ideas to get to the actionable good ideas.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


Designers learn to have lots of wild ideas because they know that the number one enemy of creativity is judgement.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


Believing that there’s only one idea out there leads to a lot of pressure and indecision.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


Look it’s simple. You can’t know what you want until you know what you might want, so you are going to have to generate a lot of ideas and possibilities.

Accept the problem.

Get stuck.

Get over it, and ideate, ideate, ideate!

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


And don’t worry about being stuck. Designers get stuck all the time. Being stuck can be launching pad for creativity.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


Now, what makes work fun? It’s not what you might think. It’s not one unending office party. It’s not getting paid a lot of money. It’s not having multiple weeks of paid vacations. Work is fun when you are actually leaning into your strengths and are deeply engaged and energized by what you’re doing.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


What you can do is pay attention to the clues in front of you, and make your best way forward with the tools you have at hand. We think the first clues are engagement and energy.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


If it’s not actionable, it’s not a problem. It is a situation, a circumstance, a fact of life. It may be a drag (so to speak), but like gravity, it’s not a problem that can be solved.

Notes: Authors call this the gravity problems. “I couldn’t climb up a mountain faster, because gravity is slowing me down”. We really can’t do much about it. It’s a reality, which could be better tackled by accepting it and moving on.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


The only response to a gravity problem is acceptance. And this is where all good designers begin. This is the “You Are Here” or “Accept” phrase of design thinking. Acceptance. That’s why you start where you are. Not where you wish you were. Not where you hope you are. Not where you think you should be. But right where you are.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


Somewhere, in some area of your life, you are stuck.

You have a wicked problem.

And that’s a wonderful and exciting place to start.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


Designers don’t think their way forward. Designers build their way forward. What does that mean? It means you are not just going to be dreaming up a lot of fun fantasies that have no relationship to the real world - or the real you. You are going to build things (we call them prototypes), try stuff, and have a lot of fun in the process.

By: Authors (Bill Burnett & Dave Evans)

Source: Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step


If you want to work on getting better, you need to start by knowing where you are.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/semmelweis


Embrace your failings. Be willing to believe the worst about yourself.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/semmelweis


Reverse your projections. Every time you see yourself complaining about other groups or other people, stop yourself and think: “is it possible, is there any way, that someone out there might be making the same complaints about me?”

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/semmelweis


Trying to persuade other people to be interested in what you’re interested in is a fool’s game

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/stepback


The problem is that the topics that are most painful also tend to be the topics that are most important for us: they’re the projects we most want to do, the relationships we care most about, the decisions that have the biggest consequences for our future, the most dangerous risks that we run. We’re scared of them because we know the stakes are so high. But if we never think about them, then we can never do anything about them.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/dalio


Tackling something big like this is terrifying; it’s far too much to start with. It’s always better to start small. What’s something you’ve been avoiding thinking about? It can be anything — a relationship difficulty, a problem at work, something on your todo list you’ve been avoiding. Call it to mind — despite the pain it brings — and just sort of let it sit there. Acknowledge that thinking about it is painful and feel good about yourself for being able to do it anyway. Feel it becoming less painful as you force yourself to keep thinking about it. See, you’re getting stronger!

OK, take a break. But when you’re ready, come back to it, and start thinking of concrete things you can do about it. See how it’s not as scary as you thought? See how good it feels to actually do something about it?

Next time you start feeling that feeling, that sense of pain from deep in your head that tells you to avoid a subject — ignore it. Lean into the pain instead. You’ll be glad you did.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/dalio


Don’t let that happen to you. Go out and test yourself today: pick a task just hard enough that you might fail, and try to succeed at it. Reality is painful — it’s so much easier to keep doing stuff you know you’re good at or else to pick something so hard there’s no point at which it’s obvious you’re failing — but it’s impossible to get better without confronting it.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/anders


Mistakes are our friend. They can be an exasperating friend sometimes, the kind whose antics embarrass and annoy, but their heart is in the right place: they want to help. It’s a bad idea to ignore our friends.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/geremiah


The trick is to confront the mistake, fess up to what went wrong, and think about what you can change to keep it from happening again. Usually just promising not to do it again is not enough: you need to dig into the root causes and address those.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/geremiah


By forcing yourself to write it down, to keep a log of the problems you’ve run into, you begin to see patterns. You start seeing the things you get better at and the things you keep flubbing. And then you know what to work on for next time.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/geremiah


If you have goals in life, you’re probably going to need some sort of organization. Even if it’s an organization of just you, it’s still helpful to think of it as a kind of machine. You don’t need to do every part of the process yourself — you just need to set up the machine so that the right outcomes happen.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/nummi


Life isn’t a high school exam; you don’t have to solve your problems on your own.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/nummi


When you’re upset with someone, all you want to do is change the way they’re acting. But you can’t control what’s inside a person’s head. Yelling at them isn’t going to make them come around, it’s just going to make them more defiant

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/nummi


No, you can’t force other people to change. You can, however, change just about everything else. And usually, that’s enough.

By: Aaron Swartz

Source: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/nummi


Idiot, Figuring out for yourself is a valuable part of training

By: Shikamaru Nara

Source: http://www.crunchyroll.com/boruto-naruto-next-generations/episode-19-sarada-uchiha-740243


In areas of uncertainity and change, We don’t know what the right answer is. And there is a lot of people who wanted go on being as it is and there is other set of people who are saying we want to ( as Wallace Stevens once said this memorable phrase ) search the possible for its possibleness. That’s why “hackers”, people who are out there on the edges, we really owe them a debt. They are out there figuring out the future.

By: Tim O’Reilly

Source: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/26788492/aaron-swartz-documentary-the-internets-own-boy-0


You only learn things by getting them wrong

By: Bryan Cantrill

Source: http://www.nodesummit.com/videos/?the-video-node2017=45


So the short explanation of why this 1950s language (Lisp) is not obsolete is that it was not technology but math, and math doesn’t get stale.

By: Paul Graham

Source: http://www.paulgraham.com/icad.html


For example, in the OO world you hear a good deal about “patterns”. I wonder if these patterns are not sometimes evidence of case (c), the human compiler, at work. When I see patterns in my programs, I consider it a sign of trouble. The shape of a program should reflect only the problem it needs to solve. Any other regularity in the code is a sign, to me at least, that I’m using abstractions that aren’t powerful enough

By: Paul Graham

Source: http://www.paulgraham.com/icad.html


If you want to trick a pointy-haired boss into letting you write software in Lisp, you could try telling him it’s XML.

By: Paul Graham

Source: http://www.paulgraham.com/icad.html


No challenges are road blocks. They are just speed bumps

By: Sharon ( Devin’s mom )

Source: The Kicks S1E01


Star athletes aren’t born. They are made

By: Coach Maria

Source: The Kicks S1E02


Keep kicking

By: Club Coach

Source: The Kicks S1E02


The point is we just have to keep going. We can’t give up

By: Sharon ( Devin’s mom )

Source: The Kicks S1E02


Excuse me, but you don’t play soccer just for the trophy. You do it for the love of the game.

By: Coach Rivas

Source: The Kicks S1E03


Oh, trust me. The answer to everything is on Pinterest

By: Sharon ( Devin’s mom )

Source: The Kicks S1E04


You shouldn’t have to guess. You should know. You are a good player.

By: Coach Rivas

Source: The Kicks S1E06


Don’t just try to get even. If you want to win, you gotta get ahead.

By: Devin

Source: The Kicks S1E09


Someone once said pain is temporary, but quitting lasts forever

By: Devin

Source: The Kicks S1E10


But I gotta tell you, playing through the pain is a lot easier with a friend by your side

By: Devin

Source: The Kicks S1E10


oh, by the way… Here is a bit of advice from your senior in life. Walking down a path without where you really want to go… Having a grace period like that is’t so bad. But if that’s all you end up doing, you’ll come up against barriers that you won’t be able to break

By: Kakashi Sensei

Source: http://www.crunchyroll.com/boruto-naruto-next-generations/episode-35-the-parent-teacher-conference-753503


there’s no quicker way to get a new feature than to implement it yourself!

By: Debian About Page

Source: https://www.debian.org/intro/about


Just don’t look back whatever you do. You can’t change the past. Trust me on that. All right?

By: Steve McGarrett

Source: Hawaii Five-O S05E16


All models are wrong; some models are useful.

By: George E. P. Box

Source: https://www.pluralsight.com/tech-blog/index


Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.

By: John Holt

Source: https://www.recurse.com/about


It was a judgement call. Turns out it was a bad one. But we all make mistakes. What are you gonna do, right? Learn from it and move on.

By: Steve

Source: Hawaii Five O S8E04


Don’t let anyone tell you “you can’t play or that is impossible”. Take possible out of impossible.

By: Richard Turner

Source: Dealt


I think a very general statement that can be made about magic is that it helps remind us things aren’t always what they seem and that limitations aren’t always limitations

By: Narrator

Source: Dealt