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Born: 1948-02-06
Profession: Businessman
Nation: American
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It's easy to come up with new ideas; the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out-of-date.

Tags: Easy, Hard, Ideas

Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think what else it might be.

Tags: Advantage, Else, Might

Either you let your life slip away by not doing the things you want to do, or you get up and do them.

Tags: Away, Either, Life

If you don't execute your ideas, they die.

Tags: Die, Execute, Ideas

Most people think of success and failure as opposites, but they both are products of the same process.

Tags: Both, Failure, Success

Everyone has a 'risk muscle.' You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don't, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day.

Tags: Everyone, Keep, Trying

If you make an error, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered.

Tags: Error, Idea, Might

It's important for the explorer to be willing to be led astray.

Tags: Astray, Explorer, Willing

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father.

Tags: Father, May, Mother

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.

Tags: Failure, Remember, Work

I'm not a big theory person. So when I get asked questions that demand serious statements, I just make it up.

Tags: Big, Questions, Serious

I want to make beautiful paintings. But I don't make beautiful paintings by putting beautiful paint on a canvas with a beautiful motif. It just doesn't work. I expect my paintings to be strong and surprising.

Tags: Beautiful, Strong, Work

If someone stands in front of one of my paintings and says, 'This is just a mess', the word 'just' is not so good, but 'mess' might be right. Why not a mess? If it makes you say, 'Wow, I've never seen anything like that', that's beautiful.

Tags: Beautiful, Good, Someone
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