Quick Quotes | The Actual Work Edition

We all find inspiration in different ways. For some, it stems from solitude and meditation. For me, this often comes through allowing my ideas to collide with the thoughts of those far smarter than I. As I look to improve, I find that attempting to write great things often starts with reading them. Attempting to inspire others often begins with becoming inspired yourself. With this in mind, I regularly collect and share some of the more inspiring work I find on the web.


We’re a product of our world and our world is made of things.

Things we use. Things we love. Things we carry with us. And the things we make.

We’re the product of our world, but we’re also its designer.

Design is the choices we make about the world we want to live in. We chose where to live. What to surround ourselves with. What to spend our time and energy on.

We make our world what it is and we become the kind of people who live in it.

Wilson Miner (Hat tip to Build and Pat Dryburgh) <— Click To See More Smart Stuff!


My heroes are creative thinkers who create. They create an environment of constant expansion, sparking ideas and contributing to the larger conversation. I’m thankful for each one of these people in my life every time I stop and think about how I do what I do. Here’s to the unsung heroes who marvel at the world around them… and then make something new with it.

Brett Terpstra <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


Tools build productivity like keyboards build software. Just means to an end–useless w/o care, skills, and actual work.

Merlin Mann <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!

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Rarely does eternal multitasking lead to a writer’s best material.

Iain Broome <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

Steve Jobs (Hat tip to John Gruber) <— Click To Read More Smart Stuff!


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