Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend?
Before we get to all that, though, srsly: I’ve come across five provocative links on running a business and on how to nurture and pollinate ideas over the past few weeks and wanted to share.
What have you read recently that’s resonated? I’d love to see your fave recent links in the comments.
Top 5 Links!
Dear Startup CEOs written by Wiley Cerilli for the First Round Capital blog. Cerilli is founder and CEO of SinglePlatform (acquired by Constant Contact in 2012). I heard him speak at a food tech conference a couple months ago, and his post recaps my favorite points of his talk.
- Hire people with positive outlooks, negativity is viral and it only takes one person to turn a team upside down.
- “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin
- And my VERY FAVORITE — all you have to do is look at the tagline of my site to see how important this quote is to me: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – George S. Patton
I met Two Trees, LLC founder David Walentas a few weeks ago while admiring the carousel across the street from my company’s office (backstory). Walentas is the man who built DUMBO, so I’m pretty fascinated by the story behind how it all began. Here’s an old interview from the NYT.
Q. Why do you have “No Guts No Glory” on your cuff?
A. It’s on all my dress shirts. To succeed in life you have to take chances — no risk, no gain. People used to ask me what I do, and I said, I go to battle everyday.
A cheeky illustrated timelapse video showing how people percolate and incubate ideas. Thanks to the smart friend who shared this: Where Good Ideas Come From
Helsinki Bus Station Theory: What’s the secret to a creatively fulfilling career? “It’s simple. Stay on the bus. Stay on the fucking bus.”
Forget Your Passion, Follow Your Curiosities by Emily Olson, who I met through her company Foodzie, which was acquired in 2012.
Finding your passion is a lot like finding a husband. Who wants to evaluate every first date, asking yourself if he is the one? It’s far easier to ask yourself, if you simply want one more date with this dude. So my advice? Go on dates with ideas, until you realize there’s this one you just can’t stop hanging out with…when you’ve found that, you’ve likely found your passion.
Have a great weekend, y’all! Go forth, think and do hard things.