“I think I just ate my willpower.”
(Good luck to all those with New Year resolutions.)
We have not succeeded in answering all your problems.
The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions.
In some ways we feel we are as confused as ever, but we believe we are confused on a higher level and about more important things.
“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.”
— Alex Carey
My personal pet peeve is how many people think the hard part is in the “big and hard problems” or in some fluffy but important-sounding thing like “innovation”. In fact, all the real work is in getting the details right. It’s that “1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” thing. People seem to think that inspiration is the much bigger and important part of the two, but I’ve come to believe that while it’s important to have inspiration, where people actually stumble is when they can’t execute on that inspiration. Inspiration isn’t that rare in the end, but people who have it and then actually follow through… that’s rare.
— Linus Torvalds