Paul Graham on The Unpleasant Jobs

“Another related line you often hear is that not everyone can do work they love—that someone has to do the unpleasant jobs. Really? How do you make them? In the US the only mechanism for forcing people to do unpleasant jobs is the draft, and that hasn’t been invoked for over 30 years. All we can do is encourage people to do unpleasant work, with money and prestige.”

Paul Graham, emphasis mine

Drucker on What to Want

“Don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different.”

Peter Drucker

A good reminder that it’s not about your thing, it’s about what your thing is for.

Jerry Colonna on What The Entrepreneur Creates

“You take that underlying view that work is somehow supposed to create something more meaningful and you marry that with the entrepreneurial-delusional state and you get this really interesting stew of people who want to change the world ultimately because they want to make it a better place… because they want to create more meaning.”

Jerry Colonna

Paul Graham on The Recipe

“You may have expected recipes for coming up with startup ideas, and instead I’m telling you that the key is to have a mind that’s prepared in the right way. But disappointing though it may be, this is the truth.”

Paul Graham

Why I Search For The Matterful

“Either it matters that I am in a marriage with my wife and that we have 3 year old son–either that love counts–or it doesn’t. And I have to live in the world where that counts. If that counts, then what I do with 70 or 80 percent of my time… my craft, my work, my thing that I do… I want that to count too.”

Yours Truly

Craig Mod on The Future of Publishing

“We are the new customers: The new readers, the new writers, the new publishers.”

Craig Mod

This article was very smart and beautiful and long way of saying, “solve a specific problem well. The publishing industry forgot about this, which is why there are so many problems, and now we’re remembering and it’s changing some things.”