quotables

'Stealing Plus Lack Of Talent Equals Creativity'

Coming up with ideas is hard, especially when you’re new in a field. 99% Invisible host Roman Mars reminds us that stealing is sometimes a great place to start.


'Break The Mirror' For Better Small Talk

Most of us don’t really like small talk. It’s hard to keep it engaging, and it often feels like filler while we wait for something else to happen. Sometimes, we even get to the point where it’s so boring we just mirror our responses. Over at TED, writers Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker show how to break that mirror.


'Own Your Attention, It's All You Really Have'

It’s easy to get distracted by almost anything. As a reminder of that fact, programmer Jonathan Harris reminds us that we get to control what we pay attention to.


Jim Carrey On Why You Shouldn't Fear Failure

In a recent commencement address at the Maharishi University of Management, actor and comedian Jim Carrey spoke about failure, fear and why you should pursue something that you love.


Jerry Seinfeld's Advice On Time Management And Persistence

Jerry Seinfeld appears to like giving advice during Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions. In his first AMA earlier this year, he disclaimed responsibility for the Seinfeld productivity method and explained the value of meditation. In his second AMA appearance last week, he talked about the value of persistence, the best way to approach celebrities and how to efficiently allocate time during the day.


'The Point Of Life Is To Get S**t Done And Be Happy'

Here at Lifehacker, we may not always look to musical acts for our productivity tips (although there are exceptions), but Kanye West might have just summed up the entire point of lifehacking in general. Speaking to GQ, Kanye West dropped a number of memorable quotes.


'We Feel Guilty, Do We Not, If Not Busy?'

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, was a highly productive man and no stranger to great quotes. In his book Zen in the Art of Writing, Bradbury explains why we find ourselves hating work and what leads to our desire to be productive all the time.


'Presence Is A Far More Intricate And Rewarding Art Than Productivity'

We all love productivity hacks here at Lifehacker and getting stuff done, but this quote from Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova reminds us that being present and savouring our lives is an even more worthy pursuit.


'Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable'

The US Navy SEALs have a saying: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” If you can be comfortable being uncomfortable, you’ll be prepared to handle any situation that comes along in your own life.


'Sometimes You Have To Write To Figure It Out'

Author Daniel Pink compares the writing process to life in his commencement address at Northwestern University, and explains why it’s more important for you to do less planning and just do more stuff.