Quotation: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

I want you always to think of the donkey. Never forget, because your two emotions, fear and desire, can lead you into life’s biggest trap, if you’re not aware of them controlling your thinking. To spend your life living in fear, never exploring your dreams, is cruel. To work hard for money, thinking that money will buy you things that will make you happy is also cruel. To wake up in the middle of the night terrified about paying bills is a horrible way to live. To live a life dictated by the size of a paycheck is not really a life. Thinking that a job will make you feel secure is lying to yourself. That’s cruel, and that’s the trap I want you to avoid, if possible. I’ve seen how money runs people’s lives. Don’t let that happen to you. Please don’t let money run your life.

In “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki, pg. 63.

Quotation: Joseph Stiglitz

This good story about Well-being vies for credibility, published yesterday in the Taipei Times, offers a great discussion of why GDP isn’t the sole or even the best measure of human economic or non-economic happiness. Here’s a quotation from the story.

“…Stiglitz said that economists have felt for a long time that GDP is not a good measure because “it doesn’t measure changes in well-being … It doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be a replacement of current measures, but maybe a construction of complementary measures.”

Joseph Stiglitz, Taipei Times, Monday January 14th, 2008 on page 11.

[ed. note And ‘yes’! I still read real newspapers made from paper! Now for some good stories from yesterday’s newspapers, just in case you didn’t read them already.]

Quotation: Ivan Raszi

Can you show me a mock-up to help us choose a designer/developer? No.

I fell for this once when I was young and naive. I made no money and wasted lots of time. Don’t do unpaid work for the chance to be paid.

This wouldn’t fly in any other industry, so why web design? The best case scenario (though rare) is that you get a job with a client who knows that you’ll work for free when necessary. The worst case scenario is that they don’t pay you, and still use your stuff, knowing you don’t have the legal resources to do anything about it. Most likely though, you’ll just waste time.

Quoted in CreativeBits by Ivan Raszi.