“I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.”—Saul Bass, who died 16 years ago today.
“In the course of her research, Dweck has repeatedly found that a person’s performance depends in large part on which of the two beliefs he espouses. If you believe yourself to be capable of improvement, believe that your mind can learn, can become better, can overcome setbacks, you are setting yourself—and your brain—up for exactly that path. And if you don’t? You may find yourself living in a kind of self-fulfilling prophesy, where you prove those elementary school teachers right simply by believing that what they say is the way things are—instead of, like Mischel and Dweck, challenging the very assumption at its core.”—The power of mindset.
“When any of our citizens can’t fulfill the potential that they have because of factors that have nothing to do with talent, or character, or work ethic, that diminishes us all. It holds all of us back.”—
This is why I do the work I do - all of the organizing, teaching and speaking on women in technology. This is the reasoning. It’s not about quotas, it’s not about handouts. It’s about the principle of potential and valuing individual achievement, and creating a true meritocracy. It’s the core of everything I try to stand for.
Also, turns out single mothers can raise future presidents. Just in case you were wondering.