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Some of my thoughts and other quotes I like related to design, marketing communications and getting things done.

This doesn’t necessarily mean I agree 100% with all of them, but food for thought. Feel free to add your favorite quotes in the comments:

  • “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter F. Drucker
  • “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” – unknown
  • “When you don’t feel anxiety hitting the send button, then you’re forgetting the power of email.” – me
  • “We shouldn’t abbreviate the truth but rather get a new method of presentation.” – Edward Tufte
  • “Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden
  • “Business priorities often lack the reality of user needs and decisions are made based on what we “think” is awesome rather than what is “truly” awesome.” – Hoa Loranger
  • “Whatever good things we build end up building us.” – Jim Rohn
  • “You are now marketing to an audience with an audience of audiences.” – Brian Solis
  • “I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.” – attributed to Albert Einstein
  • “There is no need to go to war for a castle that is already captured.” – Christine de Pizan
  • “Better marketing often trumps a better product. Invest in both.” – Rand Fishkin
  • “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras. Unless, of course, you are on the Serengeti. Don’t overlook the obvious, but be mindful of context.” – uknown
  • “Chasing shiny objects? Superior execution of existing ideas can have a greater impact than developing new ideas.” – me
  • “In the future everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes.” – Banksy
  • “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “There is a difference between having control and your audience feeling like you are trying to control them.” – me
  • “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman
  • “Anyone can “do” e-mail marketing, just as anyone with Microsoft Word can “do” graphic design work. To “be” an e-mail marketer or graphic designer, though, is a skilled profession with ongoing learning.” – me via a John Baker analogy
  • “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • “Content may be king, but sometimes it rules over a lonely, ugly kingdom. Design and placement matter.” – me
  • “Popularity reflects the intensity of promotion, not just content value.” – Mark Brownlow
  • “An unasked question yields no uncomfortable answers.” – unknown
popularity reflects the intensity of promotion, not just content value.
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