March 2, 2013

The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton w/ Natalie Norton


The Power of Starting Something Stupid
is a quick, pick-me-up read by Richie Norton and lifestyle blogger/photographer Natalie Norton,  featuring the inspiring story of Freshly Picked’s Susan Petersen, my fellow panelist at Alt Summit.

Because Twitter, my favorite social medium, has taught me to think in sound bites, for your 140-character consumption, here’s how I would encapsulate the book:

“Stupid is to smart as disruptive is to innovation.”

And here’s what I underlined:

Don’t be fooled by the calendar.  There are only as many days… as you make use of. — Charles Richards

Why do people disregard bouts of clear and concise intuition as just another stupid idea? – @richienorton

If someone thinks your ideas, the dreams bubbling up inside of you, are stupid, welcome to the Club. – Richie Norton

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Dreams don’t get done until they are due. — @richienorton and @natalienorton

At last it occurred to me, these obstacles are my life. — Alfred D’Souza

To start a successful business, you walk, through mud, jagged rocks, thorns, and thin ice.  And keep walking. — @laracasey

If time were to take on human form, would she be your taskmaster or freedom fighter? — @richienorton @natalienorton

I didn’t know what I was doing, and I still don’t, but I learned I can set goals, and then, somehow, I reach them. – @freshlypicked

Fear is the freaky troll under the bridge that leads to achievement. – @richienorton @natalienorton

“Mission matching:  an ask that creates synergistic congruence (aka win-win) between missions.” – Richie Norton

If high aspirations = high fear, overcoming high fear = achieving high aspirations. — @richienorton

“The art of ownership [not just ideas and cars but of accountability] is a dying one.” — Richie Norton

What will I regret when I’m 80?  Future regret = today’s imperative. — @richienorton @natalienorton

Which quotes inspired you to dream?

P.S.  Thanks to fellow blogger and collaborator Macy Robison for connecting us!

  • http://www.applicapartners.com Cesar Malacon

    Incredible. We people halt our own progress thinking too perfectly abouy ourselves. What we consider simple, obvious or irrelevant others imight find brilliant. How to understand it so that we stay confident and doing?if you think it is stupid, it has wood to succeed big.
    Right!

  • http://marcallred.com Marc B. Allred

    I’ve enjoyed this book immensely. I love your twitter-like snippets too. Some of the portions that I enjoyed the most were about authenticity, the T.E.M. Gap, and permanently living in beta. I wrote a few expanded ideas on these key points on my blog too, if you’re interested. Thanks for your post! http://marcallred.com/tag/psss/

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