“You become what you give your attention to. If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will ... and their motives may not be the highest.”
“No dreams come without a bill. The reality of making something happen is just a ton of hard work.”
~ Peter Gabriel
“For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
“Go out there and have huge dreams, then show up to work the next morning and relentlessly incrementally achieve them.”
~ from the book, How Google Works
“Real marriage is when two individuals share the same goals in life, and want to help each other attain those goals.”
~ Swami Satchidananda
“When I enter the interview room, I vow with all beings to trust my innate gumption and simply say it or do it.”
As a consultant, you're expected to run a professional business meeting. In the few minutes before a meeting starts you can be as nice as you want, ask your client how his kids are doing and so on, but once the meeting starts it should be as quick and efficient as possible.
The “secret” to making a meeting snappy is very simple:
“The way is not difficult.
Only there must be no wanting, or not-wanting.”
Once you’ve become the high-paid, top-level consultant you desire to be, an important of your work comes down to giving advice. Once the big decisions have been made, there can also be a ton of detail work to be done -- but it all starts with the big decisions.
“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
My second major rule to being a successful consultant is also simple:
Be a problem solver.
When I first began to succeed as a computer consultant, it suddenly occurred to me what I was: A technical hit man. Seriously. My job could be described like this:
This is a page from my book, Functional Programming, Simplified
As a bit of a warning, I want to be clear that this book is very different than the Scala Cookbook. The essence of the Cookbook is, “Here’s a common problem, and here’s a solution to that problem,” i.e., a series of recipes.
This book is completely different.