Constraints drive innovation and force focus

“Instead of freaking out about these constraints, embrace them. Let them guide you. Constraints drive #innovation and force focus. Instead of trying to remove them, use them to your advantage.”

37 Signals

Disappointed by the things you didn’t do

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

Love what you do

​“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” 

-Steve Jobs, founder of Apple

Being boring

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

-Gustave Flaubert

Fully immersed in the creative life

“If you are fully immersed in your creative life and the crossroads has long left your rearview mirror, be affirmed. The friends, mothers, fathers, therapists, colleagues, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, ex-husbands, and ex-wives who said yo u were crazy and you work too hard and you will never make it and you need more balance were wrong, as are the ones who still do. “

– Kevin Ashton. How to fly a horse

Invention is an act of infinite and imperfect iteration

Invention is an act of infinite and imperfect iteration. New solutions beget new problems, which beget new solutions. This is the cycle  of our species. We will always make things better. We will never make them best.

-Kevin Ashton. How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

Retention and conversion

“1. Retention rate: “Customers Retained in Current Period” by “Total Customers”.

2. New Customer Rate: “New Customers” by “Total Customers”.

3. Churn Rate: “Customers you failed to retain” by “Total Customers”.

4. Growth: is the difference “New Customer Rate” – “Churn Rate”.

5. Total Customers: coming into a period are the Customers Retained in the previous period and New Customers you will engage in the current period.”

— Santosh, Tinkeron