“…part of luck is very much played-out in the mind. As a result, people who view themselves as unlucky tend to fail at following their intuition when making a choice. Whereas lucky people respect those internal hunches and reap the rewards. Unlucky people also regularly follow routines, Wiseman found, whereas lucky people introduce variety into their lives, possibly increasing the likelihood of “lucky” opportunities.”

— Richard Wiseman (via)

“When I asked him how he became such a great athlete, he said, “I made sure I was always the slowest guy in the boat. I knew I could push myself much harder if I needed to keep up with the fastest guys.””

Joe Holland via an exclellent post by Tomasz Tunguz

The insight of this quote and article parallels some of my recent personal transitions – being present and working hard(er) with categorical masters.

“Yeah, you know you wonder if you put your heart into something, like a website or an app, you do see that you attract some like-minded people. What we were always trying to go for was trying to attract really creative people and very nice, funny people and have a positive environment for them to come together in a safe place.”

— Great PSFK interview with Peter Vidani and the evolution of Tumblr.

“So we let go. By accepting that no matter the outcome we weren’t going to let anything rob us of our joy, a funny thing happened … it was the exact fuel we needed. By releasing ourselves, letting go of this “success” thing and accepting the possibility of failure, we were able to see the light again.”

— Heartfelt post of entrepreneurial grit by Sarah Ellison Lewis, founder of Bootleg Market.

“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me. After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.”

Sofia Mattioli, director of the video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound

This is so touching - interacting with the hearing impaired through sound.

scott magee // austin-based design inspiration