Here's a quote I read the other day that really resonated with me:
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work." --Gustave Flaubert
When Steve Jobs was younger, he was asked what inspired him. He jokingly replied, "The scorn of women." People will think you're a loser until they see you enjoying the fruits of your labour, then they want you to give them some!
Stop talking. Lead by example.
When I was in my late teens, I ran part of my dad's business that he didn't care about. I competed on customer service, location, and turn around time (even though my product was technically inferior, there wasn't that much of a difference). I started out handling emergency/rush orders, and before I knew it I had ALL their business. Then one day it ended when Western Star trucks moved their plant from BC to the Oregon. Then I went to University and have savoured those days ever since.
Non-fiction: Empire of Illusion, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, Barbarians at the Gate, Insanely Simple, Inside Apple, Innovator's Dilemma, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Fiction: Snow Crash, American Gods
I have two books on the go right now: Fordlandia by Greg Grandin and Zealot by Resa Aslan. I haven't gotten very far into Fordlandia, but it's pretty apparent that Grandin thinks Ford is an evil, EVIL man. The guy was born 100 years ago on a farm and became the one of the greatest industrialists know to man, he's allowed to have his faults.
I read A Confederancy of Dunces in university and I've got to read it again. One of my all time favourites!
Movies: Manhattan by Woody Allen, Wall Street by Oliver Stone, There Will Be Blood
Food: I'm generally a healthy eater. Most of what I eat is either organic or locally grown (or both if I can help it!). Otherwise I like eastern european, mediterranean, and middle eastern cuisines.
Music: what I've been listening to lately: Bach by Glenn Gould, Brahms, Tegan and Sara, The Stone Roses, Jamiroquai, Frank Sinatra, The Black Keys...
My morning ride
Cast iron frying pan
Do you know who Martin Luther was?