“One of the most intriguing phenomena we have noticed is the tendency for high counts of objects on refrigerator panels to co-occur with large numbers of objects per square feet in the house as a whole. Put in another way, a family’s tolerance for a messy refrigerator may be associated with a fairly relaxed attitude about high density or clutter in public rooms in the house.
The fridge panel may function as a measuring stick for how intensively families are participating in consumer purchasing and how many household good they retain over their lifetimes.”
- U.S. Toy Consumption: International Council Of Toy Industries 2010
My talk at Ignite Denver 2012:
“As artists and professionals it is our obligation to enact our own internal revolution, a private insurrection inside our own skulls. In the uprising we free ourselves from the tyranny of consumer culture. We overthrow the programming of advertising, movies, video games, magazines, TV and MTV by which we have been hypnotized from the cradle. We unplug ourselves from the grid by recognizing that we will never cure our restlessness by contributing our disposable income to the bottom line of Bullshit, Inc., but only by doing our work.”
-Steven Pressfield, War Of Art
“What you see in a work of art is the artist’s struggle against his own limitations” – Saul Steinberg
Theodor Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) editor, Bennett Cerf, challenged him to write a book using 50 words or less. He made this challenge when Seuss was writing The Cat in the Hat (which used 225 words) but Geisel didn’t back down from the challenge and wrote Green Eggs and Ham with exactly 50 different words. Those words are:
a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.
Investor Mike Maples argues that too much money causes you to pursue losing strategies for too long to the detriment of the winning strategy. Embrace the constraints of minimalism for a more creative business. Check out the video below: