“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
Purple Cow Product: A product that will infect clients/buyers with so much enthusiasm that they will rave about it to their friends. Once you have a purple cow product, you incite your clients into selling it for you.
-via a magazine clipping
Marketing should begin with a differentiated product or service that gets attention (like a purple cow does among a field of brown ones). Be sure that those who care deeply about that differentiation learn about your product or service (as Krispy Kreme does by providing free donuts when it opens a new store). Those who care will e-mail and tell everyone they know (the idea virus concept). Keep adding new differentiated enhancements to your product or service (pretty soon you don't find a purple cow so interesting). Start looking for totally new business models that provide a breakthrough like your first purple cow did. Don't waste your time and money on advertising. Alternatively, it's dangerous not to do this because your product or service will be lost among all of the other brown cows (undifferentiated offerings).
Rather than have a dining table that collected dust, this homeowner designed a table that pulls out from under the kitchen counter and can seat anywhere from the daily2-4 all the way to the special occasion 16. I like the idea in theory.
I'd doing some organizing and found this page torn from an old Pottery Barn Kids' Catalog years ago. I've been in love with the clock idea (vinyl numbers + clock hands of your choice) from the moment I saw it. Now I just need to find a clock mechanism I like....
This yard is designed so well. I want to copy and paste it into my own outdoor space, or at least remember some of the "why's?" behind certain parts.
The fountain was put in to help drown out outside noise.
The gate and hedges offer privacy and separation from the public sidewalk.
I think that large grassy areas are needed for play, but they don't need to take up in the entire yard. I actually love the idea of breaking a yard up into separate mini-gardens/outside areas. A tree-lined path would be plenty of fun to run around in and would add height and variety.
I found this desk and still love it, but acknowledge its drawbacks: glass = constant smudges and no discreet storage, which is nice, but not necessary. I did find a couple alternatives to think about, although they really aren't grabbing me.
A me place: A place for me to write out my thoughts and save all sorts of eye candy that inspires me, a place for me to track my life and it's happenings, my "design journal" for figuring out my likes, and most importantly, a place for me to zone out and just enjoy.