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Complaining is not a strategy

“Complaining is not a strategy. You have to work with the world as you find it, not as you would have it be.”

~ Jeff Bezos

Yesterday’s ‘wow’ quickly becomes today’s ‘ordinary’

“People have a voracious appetite for a better way, and yesterday’s ‘wow’ quickly becomes today’s ‘ordinary.’”

~ Jeff Bezos, Amazon, in his 2017 (2018?) letter to shareholders

In a slightly related note I find that work is easier when you have the attitude that what you’re working on is constantly changing, constantly evolving. If one day you think, “There it is, Product 1.0, I’m done,” you’ll find it mentally hard to come into the office tomorrow to work on the same product. The only constant is change, and if you accept that your job is to be in that process of change, life and work are easier.

A life without regret ain’t worth living

This is a good quote from the tv series, Hart of Dixie. I remember when I thought about selling my business I knew I might regret it, but I also knew that I was sick with something and doctors couldn’t figure out what it was. So I decided to sell the business and move to Alaska, and that was one of the best decisions of my life. I got to experience things that won’t even be possible to experience in the future because roads are being paved, civilization keeps encroaching on nature, and global warming is melting the glaciers and polar bears into extinction. In retrospect I’d make that decision 100 times out of 100.

Great presidential quotes

“Do I look like a guy who needs hookers?” is going right between “We choose to go to the moon...” and “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” in my list of great presidential quotes.