People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.
Seneca
I hit 50 and realized I’m probably past the 50-yard-line, and I started to think that time is all we’re given in this life, the hours and what we do with them. It sounds simple, but it’s true, and it makes you realize that you have to pick the areas in your life that cause time to stop, that make you feel the fullness of the moment.
Richard Linklater

80’s Wisdom

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From Space Camp, of all things.

"My philosophy is: sleep late, drive fast, and not take any of this shit seriously."

"Why do you want to please anybody but yourself?"

"What’s the worst thing that can happen? We’ll all die, right?"

Somebody may beat me, but they’re going to have to bleed to do it.
Prefontaine
I’m completely flabbergasted that almost no one talks about beauty within the world of design. If someone does, it’s often, “Well, this is not what we’re about.” Fuck you! If you made something today that was actually beautiful, you did a lot. I think that’s something to be embraced and be proud of. There is this notion out there of designers being seen as people who only make things pretty as if that’s somehow lesser. Just look at the world right now, be it American strip malls or public housing. How much of it is so extremely ugly and built under the guise of functionality, even though it doesn’t work all that well? You can drive for hours and hours through this country, on highways and byways, without encountering beauty. It’s amazing.
Stefan Sagmeister interviewed over at The Great Discontent

"This is what makes life a story. Getting a precious thing and holding on to that thing until I die isn’t a very good story. A good story is you’re up, and then you’re down, and then you’re up, and it really looks like you’re going to win this time, and then you’re down and it really looks like you’re gonna lose, and then you win."

"I think the incorrect way to think, for some people, is you can do a show for awhile and then it ends and it’s like, "Ugh. Back to the drawing board." And it’s not back to the drawing board because you have that much more experience, you have that much more knowledge, you have that much more exposure, and you have, ultimately, that much more appreciation for what you were doing. You’re infinitely better off than you were a year ago."

Comedian Pete Holmes and Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist podcast discussing the cancellation of “The Pete Holmes Show”. There are a lot of good bits in this episode on accepting failure and change, and how to put that back into the work. Well worth a listen.

Bernbach and the Big Idea

You might be familiar with ad-man Bill Bernbach, one of the three founders of DDB. Some of the campaigns he’s most often associated with are “Think Small” for Volkswagon and, if you’re my age, “Mikey” for Life Cereal. There’s been a book out for quite awhile that gives a nice overview of his career which is worth checking out from the library (it’s ridiculously expensive otherwise). I like ideas, and so did he. My favorite bits below:

"I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to choose the plain-looking ad that is alive and vital and meaningful over the ad that is beautiful but dumb."

"Logic and overanalysis can immobilize and sterilize an idea. It’s like love - the more you analyze it, the faster it disappears."

"We don’t ask research to do what it was never meant to do, and that is to get an idea."

"Technique for its own sake can be disastrous. Because, after a while, you’re so anxious to do things differently, and do them better and funnier and more brilliantly than the next guy, that that becomes the goal of the ad, instead of the selling of the merchandise."

"Just because your ad looks good is no insurance that it will get looked at. How many people do you know who are impeccably groomed…but dull?"

I think to a certain degree designers only make a vessel to hold things that have to kind of be filled in over time.
Michael Bierut
It’s not a meritocracy; so much of it is about some weird shit aligning that’s usually out of your control, and you catch your break. And a lot of people don’t ever catch it.
Marc Maron
Our first duty is not to the old sales curve, it is to the audience. It is simply not right to treat an audience in that fashion. If we can’t look at it from a broad, ethical point of view, then we ought to look at it personally, to please ourselves. We are all members of the audience, too, and are bored or irritated right along with everybody else.
Howard Gossage