“It may seem unlikely in principle that one individual could really generate so much more wealth than another. The key to this mystery is to revisit that question, are they really worth 100 of us? Would a basketball team trade one of their players for 100 random people? What would Apple’s next product look like if you replaced Steve Jobs with a committee of 100 random people? These things don’t scale linearly.”
— Paul Graham: Mind the Gap (via michalkasparek)
“Rather than having the number of hours an employee is sitting in a seat affecting your judgement on whether that person is doing a good job or not, you’re forced to base your judgment on the quality and speed of their work which at the end of the day is what moves the needle on key business objectives and growth”

It has even better sound than the old new one! Need new exhaust, after I get new brakes and clutch…

“You have two assets that you can never get back once you’ve lost them: your body and your mind. Most people stop growing and working on themselves in their 20s. Most people in their 30s are too busy to worry about self-improvement. But if you’re one of the few who continues to educate themselves, evolve their thinking and take care of their mental and physical health, you will be light-years ahead of the pack by 40.”
“Each time a site fails to deliver an adequate return on the user’s click investment, a dent is made in the user’s confidence and experience of the site. Throughout our usability studies it has become evident that users are obviously keeping score (subconsciously of course), and to they aren’t forgiving: negative returns make more of a mental impact than positive ones. It only takes a few negative click investments to outshine numerous positive ones.”
“After achieving all of his goals — the fame, the fortune, the social critiques, the artistic statements, the rock star status — he was paradoxically the most miserable he had ever been in his life. Reality hadn’t lived up to his fantasies. There were stresses and pains he could have never imagined. Vices had taken hold. The character of those around him had changed.”
“The reason not every fantasy should be pursued is because fantasies never have negative repercussions. Reality does. You’re able to feel fear and terror without ever actually being in danger. You can feel excitement and adrenaline without ever actually risking anything.”
“Let’s start with Sweden, which — like Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway — is one of the world’s most equal societies in terms of income. To our surprise, we found that social mobility in Sweden today was no greater than in Britain or the United States today — or even Sweden in the 18th century.”
— Gregory Clark: Your Ancestors, Your Fate (via michalkasparek)