My favorite excerpts from the book –
“People want to be told what to do because they are afraid of figuring it out for themselves”
“Now the only way to grow is to stand out, to create something worth talking about, to treat people with respect and to have them spread the word.”
“Regardless, the distinction between cogs and linchpins is largely one of attitude, not learning.”
“Organizations that can bring humanity and flexibility to their interactions with other human beings will thrive.”
“The job is not your work; what you do with your heart and soul is the work”
“When the resistance tells you not to listen to something, read something, or attend something, go. Do it. It’s not an accident that successful people read more books.”
1. There are three states of being. Not Knowing, action, and completion.
2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3. There is no editing stage.
4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6. The point of being is not to finish but to get other things done.
7. Once you’re done you can throw it away
8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
11. Destruction is a variant of done.
12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghosts of done.
13. Done is the engine of more. “
“By forcing myself to do absolutely no busywork tasks in between bouts with the work, I remove the best excuse the resistance has. I can’t avoid the work because I am not distracting myself with anything but the work. This is the hallmark of a productive artist. I don’t go to meetings. I don’t write memos. I don’t have a staff. I don’t commute. The goal is to strip away anything that looks productive but doesn’t involve shipping.”
“Letting silence into your day gives the daemon a chance to be heard from. The resistance is unable to proclaim that it’s too busy tweeting, Facebooking, going to meetings, blogging, networking, paying bills, and traveling. No, actually, it’s not busy at all. We’re standing quietly, waiting to applaud our genius as he does his work.”
“When you haven’t set up a judge and jury for your work, you get to do art that doesn’t alert the resistance”
“Transferring your passion to your job is far easier than finding a job that happens to match your passion.”
“Yet the work of inventing, brainstorming, and overcoming the fear of shipping appears too difficult to bear. The work of getting over an emotional reaction, seeing a situation as it really is, and caring enough to provide a gift — That’s beyond the pale.”
“Signs of a linchpin – In the case of personality, most psychologists agree that there are 5 traits that are essential in how people look at us: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extra-version, Agreeableness, and Emotional Stability.”