quotables

'A Tool Is Just An Opportunity With A Handle'

This quote comes to us from a recent interview on Freakonomics with Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly, and is a nice reminder that a tool doesn’t need a specific definition.


Nine Quotes From Stoic Philosophers For Happier Days

Philosophy can be practical. Throughout history, some of the world’s greatest minds used stoic philosophy to endure high pressure situations and make the most of tough times. Best of all, they’re still relevant today.


Successful Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Small Business Advice

The best small business advice comes from your peers. Here are the best tried-and-tested approaches from successful Australian entrepreneurs.


'Don't Strip The Screw'

Sometimes, real productivity is more about knowing when to take a break, not when to push forward. Just like a screw, your mind and body can be worked so hard that you become stuck for much longer than you need to be.


'The More A Person Limits Himself, The More Resourceful He Becomes'

We’ve talked before about the importance of boredom for both creativity and healthy living. Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s quote above reminds us just how important that is.


'Send The Elevator Back Down'

Success doesn’t come easy, but no one manages to make their dreams work without others opening and holding the door for them from time to time. As you reach for your goals and benefit from the opportunities others give you, don’t forget to pass the good sentiment along and help those coming up behind you.


Four 'Confusing' Zen Quotes And What You Can Learn From Them

Zen is a branch of Buddhism that came about in China during the 6th century. Many of its teachings and quotes continue to be repeated, but they sometimes come across as nonsensical phrases meant to sound obscure. There is meaning behind the quotes, however, and the lessons are still useful today.


'Don't Confuse Motion And Progress'

In your quest to be as productive as you can, it’s important to recognise when things are actually getting done. Just because you feel busy and productive doesn’t mean that you really are making progress.


Elon Musk On Learning New Things: View Knowledge As A Tree

When you’re trying to learn something new, it can be easy to get discouraged. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, suggests you approach knowledge as if it were a tree instead of giving up.


'Good Friends Show Up'

We all meet and get to know lots of people in our lives, but it can be tricky to figure out who your true friends are. Good friends are the ones that will respond when you’re in a time of need, or will show up to an occasion when you need or want your friends around you. In short, good friends show up.