The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer.
... when it call comes down to it, nothing trumps execution. When Vine came out, I spent many hours between 11pm and 2am playing and understanding. At the end of the day, those hours were taken out of leisure time, sleep, and preparing for projects. I knew that and I still allocated that time. On paper, that seems very counter-intuitive, but I understand that value, and if you want to stay ahead, you should, too.
During a recent TED Talk, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth said that while intelligence matters, a high IQ is not the greatest predictor of success. Rather, the key is to have grit, or determination — the willingness to push through even when the odds are against you.
"Why is the rabbit unafraid? Because he's smarter than the panther."
- Charles Morse, The Edge
“As I've progressed in my career, I've come to appreciate -- and really value -- the other attributes that define a company's success beyond the P&L: great leadership, long-term financial strength, ethical business practices, evolving business strategies, sound governance, powerful brands, values-based decision-making.”
"We all need to be more impatient with the status quo. I believe we all need to shift the emphasis in our thinking .. from why we can't create more jobs to how we can create more jobs ... from why we can't compete to how we can compete ... from why hunger and poverty and injustice exist in the world to how they can be eliminated ... In other words, we all need to be a little more impatient."
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something...