The Revolution

“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”
-Albert Einstein

I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog and periodically receive some really interesting quotes about art, about commerce, about being an individual. Wanted to pass some along:

When John Coltrane plays the melody early in the track Harmonique, you can hear some of the notes crack.
Of course, Coltrane was completely capable of playing these notes correctly. And yet he didn’t.
It’s this effort and humanity that touches us about his solo, not just the melody.
Sometimes, “never let them see you sweat,” is truly bad advice. The work of an individual who cares often exposes the grit and determination and effort that it takes to be present.
Perfecting your talk, refining your essay and polishing your service until all elements of you disappear might be obvious tactics, but they remove the thing we were looking for: you.

“This is the best I can do.” vs. “It’s not good enough.”
Both are symptoms of a huge problem that doesn’t even have a name.
Entire industries lull themselves into believing that what they make and how they make it is good enough–until someone comes along and turns the market on its head by proving them wrong.
At the same time, countless projects go unlaunched, improvements hidden, thoughts unstated–because the person behind the idea is hiding behind the false understanding that their work isn’t good enough yet.
Which problem do you have?

When you don’t know what to do.
That’s when we find out how well you make decisions.
When you don’t have the resources to do it the usual way, that’s when you show us how resourceful you are.
And when you don’t know if it’s going to work, that’s how we find out whether or not we need you on our team.
Making instructions is harder than following them.