1. Don’t base your happiness on people caring [about your stuff], because they won’t.

    — Answer on Quora to top 10 things we should be informed about in life.

  2. The habit of doing more than is necessary can only be earned through practice. And the habit is priceless.

    — http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/10/do-the-extra-work.html

  3. The truth is, if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules.

    — "New Rules" by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times

  4. People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done.

    — Steve Jobs, on focus.

  5. That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

    — Steve Jobs (via colleenwall)

  6. Converting your own passions into a job is the fastest method for eliminating any passion you once had. Let’s say you surf two or three hours every Saturday morning to decompress and it’s the highlight of your week. Now you decide you want to do that fulltime. You’ll find very quickly that once surfing is placed under the heading of “job,” you’ll no longer want to surf.

    — Timothy Ferriss, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek