Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age

All the lessons of invention come down to this: The best design tool is a long eraser with a pencil at one end.

Extreme resistance can be a portent of extreme success.

Great ideas are not polite. They never say they’re sorry. They don’t try to fit in. On the contrary, they force the world around them to make changes in self-defense.

If a man writes clearly enough,” said Hemingway, “anyone can see if he fakes.

If our rational brains were deprived of emotion, even the most banal decisions would become impossible.

If we can’t find valuable work, it’s not because we’re in a recession; we’re in a recession because we can’t find valuable work. We’ve been confusing cause and effect.

If you find it hard to describe your idea, don’t fix your description. Fix your idea.

In developing talent, hard work trumps genetics.

It now seems possible, even necessary, to reconnect art with science, synthesis with analysis, magic with logic.

Miles Davis once said: “Do not fear mistakes—there are none.

The truth is, most people love change until it affects them.

They copied all they could follow, but they couldn’t copy my mind. So I left ’em sweating and stealing, a year and a half behind.

Uncluding is the art of subtracting every element that doesn’t pull its weight.

We have an unfounded fear that machines will someday start thinking like humans. What we should really fear is that humans have already started thinking like machines.

We’ve been trained by Industrial Age marketers to believe anything good is already on the shelf.

When you shift your focus from getting grades to gaining understanding, you set yourself on the road to mastery. You begin learning how to learn.