Saturday, June 07, 2008

Quote of the Day: Writing is the hardest way of earning a living

"Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators."

--Olin Miller

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Quote of the Day: Brazil's Meritocracy

"The simplest way of understanding the virtues of meritocracy is to ask the question: why is Brazil a soccer superpower and an economic middle power? The answer is that when it looks for soccer talent, it searches for it in all sectors of the population, from upper classes to the slums. A boy from the slums is not discriminated against if he has soccer talent. But in the economic field, Brazil looks for talent in a far smaller base of the population, primarily the upper and middle classes."

--Kishore Mahbubani

(thanks to Ben for the quote!)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Quote of the Day: "Every startup ends up in the ICU at least once"

"Every startup ends up in the ICU at least once, and pays a visit to the emergency room at least once a year."

--Beth Seidenberg, Kleiner Perkins

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Quote of the Day: "We are responsible for our results"

The best corporate leaders never point out the window to blame external conditions; they look in the mirror and say, "We are responsible for our results!" Those who take personal credit for good times but blame external events in bad times simply do not deserve to lead our institutions.

--Jim Collins