Quotes For Product People

Max Bennett
Jun 21, 2017 · 3 min read

These are quotes & ideas I think about regularly to ground myself. Most of these are quotes from others. A few of them I have adjusted or changed to make more sense to me. I gave credit in the places where I could find the original writer. I plan on continuing to add to this list over time.

On Success

“A remarkable, glorious achievement is just what a long series of unremarkable tasks looks like from far away.”

“Success doesn’t breed happiness. Happiness breeds success.”

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“You only have two choices in life: love or fear. Choose love.” — Jim Carrey

“Take responsibility for your emotions: Life is 10% what happens to you, 90% how you react to it”

“Either be the change you want to see in the world, or don’t. No one care’s about your struggle.

“The things scientifically proven to make humans happy are surprisingly more in our control than we think: (1) Pursuing a meaningful lifelong endeavor, (2) Expressing gratitude, (3) Giving to others, (4) Being around loved ones, (5) Sleep, (6) Exercise, (7) core survival needs such as safety, shelter, and sustenance.”

“Have a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset”

“Substitute novelty with nuance” — Duckworth

“You can have anything you want, but not everything you want”

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” — Steve Jobs

On Leadership

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things” — Machiavelli

“If you never want to be criticized, don’t do anything new” — Jeff Bezos

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves” — Confucious

On Communication

“Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.” — EE Cummings

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place” — George Bernard Shaw

“Storytelling is one of the most efficient communication methods we’ve devised.”

On Product

“Work backwards from perfect”

“Customer’s don’t buy a quarter-inch drill, they buy a quarter-inch hole” — Ted Leavitt

“The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed” — William Gibson

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur Clarke

“Technology is anything invented after you were 13”

“Our questioning, and the imagination it inspires, allows us to perform the most important magic: to make the world grow by revealing what was right before our eyes.” — Frank Chimero

“If I asked customers what they wanted, they would have asked for faster horses” — Henry Ford

“What people say, what people do, and what people say they do, are entirely different things” – Margaret Mead

On Design

“Design has a superpower: it can make ideas so tangible they become real”

“Who ever said that pleasure wasn’t functional?” — Charles Eames

“The presence of the audience is what imbues the designer’s work with its worth.”

“The rigor [of one’s criticism] should match the heartiness of ideas, which become stronger as they develop…all ideas, both good and bad, start young and fragile.” — Frank Chimero

“Craft is a love letter from the works maker” — Frank Chimero

“The first boom, the recipe that produced the universe and life, was born of circumstance. The second boom, one of the mind and making, was by design.” — Frank Chimero

“Good artists copy, great artists steal” — Pablo Picasso

Max Bennett

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Co-Founder & SVP of Product @ Bluecore

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