Inspiration! Roundup: Mean People Fail, Saying No, a Little Perspective, Concrete Jungles, and More!

This Week's "I want to go to there": Dancing around in the ocean. So carefree!
Photo by Johnny Wall.

Mean People Fail

In light of everything happening in the world right now, I am taking a lot of heart from Paul Graham's essay Mean People Fail. I would quote the whole thing if it were a reasonable thing to do, but it's not, so instead here is a snippet and then you can go read the rest:

“It struck me recently how few of the most successful people I know are mean. There are exceptions, but remarkably few... There is also a complementary force at work: if you want to build great things, it helps to be driven by a spirit of benevolence. The startup founders who end up richest are not the ones driven by money. The ones driven by money take the big acquisition offer that nearly every successful startup gets en route. The ones who keep going are driven by something else. They may not say so explicitly, but they’re usually trying to improve the world. Which means people with a desire to improve the world have a natural advantage.”

Imagine That

I am fully, completely inspired by Justin Peters' manipulations of stock photographs. In the sense of, "I want to do that, too."

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Just Say No

Jocelyn K. Glei's piece on the importance of simply saying no when you don't want to work with someone is simultaneously making me feel a little flick of self-righteous pride that I, too, think saying no (kindly) saves everyone time and heartache, while also convicting me to say no more often. Specifically, I struggle most with saying no in social situations over professional ones. Where do your nos come easily and where to they hide?

It's Actually a Pretty Big Ball of Dirt From My Perspective

“You’re just standing on one little ball of dirt and spinning around one of the stars. From that perspective, do you really care what people think about your clothes or your car?”
― Michael A. Singer

Concrete Jungle

Matthew Grabelsky puts the jungle in 'concrete jungle' with his paintings that stick animal heads on New York subway riders.

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Before Bullet Journals

A 1980s US Department of Defense employee kept a colourful calendar throughout his time there, colouring in holidays and commentary on current events. It's a pretty cool little time capsule.

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