“Innovation happens at the crossroads of frustration with the present and blind optimism about the future.” — Aaron Levie
A lot of really great stuff can come from being mad at where you are. You’re pissed about your job or your friends or your place in the world, and you do something bold. That’s where a project like Stry.us came from.
But frustration is just a little bit of fuel. It might jump start you, but it won’t keep you going.
What keeps you going are boring things: Routine, effort, persistence, teamwork. The frustration convinces you to start the work, but the structure lets you do the work every day.
It’s boring stuff, yes, but it’s also what actually makes great work happen.
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