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4 + 1 Quotes to Jumpstart Your Dreams

Wordstorm, by Mary Gow

WordStorm, digitized scanogram by Mary Gow

Now, many of us are being released from the 9 to 5 routine. Some are financially prepared for the loss of income, and some aren’t. Has there ever been a greater demand to be creative and follow your heart?

In my own case I have to avoid naysayers when I am working on implementing my dreams. I am finding tribes of dreamers who are going for the gusto.

I find certain quotations incredible spirit-lifters. I recall the first time I heard each of the following quotes and it’s no coincidence that they continue to be popular. They are timeless.

1. This quote has been credited to Johann von Goethe and W.H. Murray (of the Scottish Himalayan Expedition).

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

I’ve also seen it written this way:

But when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money–booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

2. We can thank Joseph Campbell for the reminder to “Follow your bliss.”

If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

3. This quote is from Marianne Williamson, in her book, A Return to Love.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

4. Steve Jobs says it concisely:

Real artists ship!

+ 1. From Henry Ford: Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

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Ten Design Principles Worth Remembering

I was curious who was channeling Steve Jobs’ sense of style as I walked through the Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (showing through February 20, 2012).

Actually it’s the other way around. Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple is among those designers who have pointed to Dieter Rams as influential in their methodology.

Dieter Rams was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1932. He was head of the Braun design team for several decades and oversaw the design of more than 500 consumer products including coffeemakers, calculators, radios, and audio/visual equipment. His work can be found in many museum collections around the world. In the SFMOMA show you’ll see some models and designs never before shown to the public.

Rams’s products exuded his ten design principles.

  1. Good Design is Innovative. Innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology and can never be an end in itself.
  2. Good Design makes a Product Useful. It emphasizes the usefulness of a product.
  3. Good Design is Aesthetic. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
  4. Good Design makes a Product Understandable. Make the product talk. It is self-explanatory.
  5. Good Design is Honest. It makes no promises that cannot be met.
  6. Good Design is Unobtrusive. It fulfills a purpose like tools.
  7. Good Design is Long-Lasting. It never appears antiquated.
  8. Good Design is Thorough Down to the Last Detail. There is nothing left to chance.
  9. Good Design is Environmentally Friendly. It conserves resources.
  10. Good Design is as Little Design as Possible. Less is better.

Rams said Apple is the only company currently designing products according to his design principles.

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3 Memorable Quotes from Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs combined his passion for innovation with art.

Watch how in his commencement speech he talks about the calligraphy class he took and how much impact it had on him.

“Real artists ship.” is among my most favorite quotes from Steve Jobs. In Linchpin, Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin explains that shipping is not about perfection but getting things out the door.

An artist of worthy note (that ships) is the talented calligrapher, Thomas Ingmire.

“You’ve got to find what you love. 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. If you haven’t found it yet keep looking and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it.”

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Thank you Steve Jobs.

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