Robert I. Sutton:
Having ambitious and well-defined goals is important, but it is useless to think about them much.
If you're actually inventing something you shouldn't know what you're doing.
If you're not failing all the time, you're not creating a situation where you can get super-lucky.
You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it, you want to sell it!
It's no good generating a great idea if you don't recognize the idea as great.
'Hard working' is what gets the job done.
You just see that year after year.
The students who thrive are not necessarily the ones who come in with the perfect scores.
It's the ones who love what they're doing and go at it vigorously.
The best way to fight terrorists is to go at it not like G-men, with two-year assignments and query letters to the staff attorneys, but the way the terrorists do, with fury and the conviction that history will turn on the decisions you make -- as an obsession and as a life style.
Johan de Kleer:
One passionate person is worth a thousand people who are just plodding along ...
It's good to have a plan, but if something extraordinary comes your way, you should go for it.
The way to win is to work, work, work, work and hope to have a few insights.
Wow, life is boring.
Plenty of people are onto the emptiness, but it takes real guts to see the hopelessness.