Mr. West speaks his mind as always. The following part of the interview got me thinking:
“Where, just like that, when someone comes up and says something like I am a god, everybody says, who does he think he is? I just told you who I thought I was! A god! I just told you, that’s who I think I am. Would it have been better if I called a song that said I am a nigga? Or if I had a song that said I am a gangster? Or if I had a song that song I am a pimp? All those colors and petinas fit better on a person like me right? “
Don’t take a job where you feel bored. If it’s challenging, you feel like you’re growing, you have good internal debates, that’s fine. Some friction can be healthy. But if you feel like you’re not being listened to, then you’re going just want to slit your wrists after too much longer. It’s time to move on.
We attract a different type of person—a person who doesn’t want to wait five or ten years to have someone take a giant risk on him or her. Someone who really wants to get in a little over his head and make a little dent in the universe.
This is what I learned from Kendrick’s powerful verse on Control -
There will be a point in your career in which you acknowledge that your idols have become your rivals.
The challenge is whether or not you’ll stand up to challenge them, or if you’ll back down to satisfy the status quo.
Our customers want to know, “Who is Apple and what is it that we stand for? Where do we fit in this world?” What we’re about isn’t making boxes for people to get their jobs done, though we do that well. We do that better than almost anybody in some cases. But Apple’s about something more than that: Apple, at the core, its core value, is we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better. That’s what we believe.
"Spread’s little hole ran for 825 miles, the shortest path possible between 212 and 312 area codes. Information passing through this conduit travels [at the speed of light], getting to New York to Chicago and back in thirteen thousandths of a second, shaving nearly four milli-seconds off the previous fastest route."
Beware of posers.
Bushnell: When you’re hiring people, there are a lot of people who are able to fake being capable. Certain businesses are more prone to that than others. For example, in the early days of chip design, it took almost a year to get the first prototype of a custom chip. There were some engineer around who posed as one of the great chip designers. Never ever got a chip going. They would be employed until the company had given up on getting a custom chip, then go somewhere else and say, “I was working on custom chips for this company.” Ultimate posers. So you really want to make sure the person has the capability stated and the ability to execute.
One of the truths of life is someone will always be making more than you, if this bothers you, you will never be happy.
But Apple might not be the right behemoth to use as a benchmark for Amazon’s recent performance. In 1994, Walmart’s net sales topped $60 billion for the first time, the neighborhood that Amazon’s playing in today. A decade later, Walmart’s sales had nearly quadrupled to $256 billion. Last year, Walmart’s sales clocked in at just south of $444 billion.
HBO Go is only available to customers who subscribe to the network through their cable or satellite service, and would be the first app on Apple TV that requires pay-TV authentication.
When I read Fred Wilson’s post this morning about the tough times consumer companies are having raising money, his second point resonated with me most:
“distribution is much harder on mobile than web and we see a lot of mobile first startups getting stuck in the transition from successful…
Wake up early. Show up. Learn to think. Be genuine, but appear nice. Use envy for motivation instead of destruction. Do what you say you’re going to do. Ensure balance in every area of your life. Confront repressed thoughts immediately. Surround yourself with people who are better than you ( but remember the thing about envy). Work out every day. Be good at what you do. Make money doing what you love. Have good friends. Never settle.