I recently saw a Charlie Rose interview with John Lasseter, a founder of Pixar, about the creative process behind his movies. Pixar’s in-house theory is: Be wrong as fast as you can. Mistakes are an inevitable part of the creative process, so get right down to it and start making them. Even great ideas are wrecked on the road to fruition and then have to be painstakingly reconstructed. “Every Pixar film was the worst motion picture ever made at one time or another,” Lasseter said. “People don’t believe that, but it’s true. But we don’t give up on the films.
2012 U.S. Barista champion Katie Carguilo shares her secrets on how to make a truly spectacular cup of coffee, from equipment, to beans, to process. Our favorite quote?
“Making an excellent cup of coffee is like baking—a pursuit that requires both precision and a willingness to experiment.”
A friend has been pitched by almost every major business magazine. They want to do stories. They want to do profiles. They want to know his secrets of success.
He always turns them down.
“I’m boring,” he says. “Plus, I’d hate for people to find out I don’t really have any secrets for success.”
He truly believes—unlike many people who pay lip service to humility—that his success is based on hiring great employees and turning them loose to do what they do best.
His employees know that. And they respect him for it.