“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
This message was sent to me today:
Find your love.
- Spend your life working at it.
- Trust your instincts.
- Ignore doubters.
- Chase the work, not the money. The money will come.
- Use your ideas to push this world forward.
- Don’t let your ideas down: Execute well.
- Work with great people. They are not always the easiest.
- There are no short cuts. Do the work.
- Great coffee helps.
I don’t know who originally wrote it but it seems to me very good advice; and great coffee really does help.
One of my favourite quotes is:
“There are people who make things happen,
there are people who watch things happen,
and there are people who wonder what happened.
To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”
It was said by the U.S. astronaut James Lovell, from Apollo 13 fame and also the first man to fly to the moon twice.
I’ll take advice from a guy with that track record. I always keep it in mind. Even when I know in a particular situation I may be waiting for something to happen, it gives me the hunger to want to get in there and make it happen; and it makes me fear being that person who ever wonders what happened.