Quotes

This section is a collective area where I put quotes that inspired me.

The hope is that when life is difficult, I can refer back to these quotes and get inspired again.

📚   Learning

“Reading is essential for those who week to rise above the ordinary” ~ Jim Rohn

“If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Alway go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” ~ David Bowie

🧠   Thinking

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” ~ Abraham Maslow

“Computational thinking is using abstraction and decomposition when attacking a large complex task or designing a large complex system. It is separation of concerns. It is choosing an appropriate representation for a problem or modeling the relevant aspects of a problem to make it tractable. It is using invariants to describe a system’s behavior succinctly and declaratively. It is having the confidence we can safely use, modify, and influence a large complex system without understanding its every detail.” ~ Jeannette M. Wing

👩🏻‍   Leadership & Management

“Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.” ~ Sheryl Sandburg, Lean In

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plan.” ~ Peter F. Drucker

🧬   Life

“Science is more than a body of knowledge, it’s a way of thinking. A way of skeptically interrogating the universe, with a fine understanding of human fallability. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions to interrogate those who tell us that something is true. To be skeptical of those in authority, then we are up for grabs for the next charlatan political or religious, who comes ambling along. Science is after what the universe really is and not what makes us feel better. And a lot of the competing doctrines are after what feels good. Science does not prove religion, because religion is faith-based. Faith is believe in the absense of evidence. Believing with no compelling evidence is a mistake. The idea is to withhold belief, until there is compelling evidence. And if the universe does not comply with our predisposition then we have the wrenching obligation to accommodate where the universe really is. Who is more humble: the scientist who looks at the universe with an open-mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and nevermind the fallability of all the human-beings involved in the writing of this book.” ~ Carl Sagan