“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

♦Every relation, every gradation of nature is incalculably precious, but only to the soul which is poised upon itself, and to whom no loss, no change, can bring dull discord, for it is in harmony with the central soul.

 

1. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

Who said it: Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance

“It’s about” is a way to highlight the importance of something. For example, “It’s about doing a good job” means what’s important is to do a good job.

“Make it happen” is an expression that means to get things done or to do the work. For example, “If you want to get a promotion, then just make it happen” means if getting a promotion is your goal, then you must work now to get a promotion.

The full quote means that ideas themselves are not important. The important thing is that you take action so that the ideas actually come true.

2. “Always deliver more than expected.”

Who said it: Larry Page, co-founder of Google

The verb “deliver” has two meanings:

  • To bring/move something to the place it needs to be.

Amazon delivers packages in two days for all orders placed by Prime members.

  • To do something you say you will.

Our manager always promises to provide feedback but he never delivers. We haven’t received feedback in five months!

In the quote above by Larry Page, “deliver” means to do what you say you will do. So if you do more than what is expected, it means that you do extra work. The final product or results will then be better than how people thought they would be.

3. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

Who said it: Coco Chanel, founder of Chanel

“Think for yourself” means your thoughts should be your own—not what someone else has said or told you to think.

By adding the phrase “aloud” at the end, the quote means it is brave to have your own thoughts and to say them to others.

 

 

 

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