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Ed Catmull Quotes

A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her
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The darkest nights produce the brightest stars
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely
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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
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A year from now you'll wish you started today
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The goal, then, is to uncouple fear and failure to create an environment in which making mistakes doesn't strike terror into your employees' hearts  (Ed Catmull Quotes) If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Don't wait for things to be perfect before you share them with others. Show early and show often. It'll be pretty when we get there, but it won't be pretty along the way  (Ed Catmull Quotes) There is nothing quite like ignorance combined with a driving need to succeed to force rapid learning  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Good leadership can help creative people stay on the path to excellence no matter what business they're in  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Societal conditioning discourages telling the truth to those perceived to be in higher positions  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Having a finite list of problems is much better than having an illogical feeling that everything is wrong  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Failure isn't a necessary evil. In fact, it isn't evil at all. It is a necessary consequence of doing something new  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Leadership is about making your best guess and hurrying up about it so if it's wrong, there's still time to change course  (Ed Catmull Quotes) What is the point of hiring smart people, we asked, if you don't empower them to fix what's broken?  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Were incisive and straightforward. Something unusual had been built at Pixar, he said, and he wanted to understand it. For the first time in all the years that  (Ed Catmull Quotes) If you don't try to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead  (Ed Catmull Quotes) A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms. Lack of candor, if unchecked, ultimately leads to dysfunctional environments  (Ed Catmull Quotes) For all the care you put into artistry, visual polish frequently doesn't matter if you are getting the story right  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Most of us do not realize that we distort our own view of the world, largely because we think we see more than we actually do  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Which brings us to one of my core management beliefs: If you don't try to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Mistakes aren't a necessary evil. They aren't evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and, as such, should be seen as valuable; without them, we'd have no originality)  (Ed Catmull Quotes) We realized that our purpose was not merely to build a studio that made hit films but to foster a creative culture that would continually ask questions  (Ed Catmull Quotes) They had to offer feedback when needed but also had to be willing to stand back and give us room  (Ed Catmull Quotes) If we allow more people to solve problems without permission, and if we tolerate (and don't vilify) their mistakes, then we enable a much larger set of problems to be addressed  (Ed Catmull Quotes) The key is to view conflict as essential, because that's how we know the best ideas will be tested and survive. You know, it can't only be sunlight  (Ed Catmull Quotes) This principle eludes most people, but it is critical: You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when they are challenged  (Ed Catmull Quotes) If you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when they are challenged  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Our mental models aren't reality. They are tools, like the models weather forecasters use to predict the weather  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Instead, they asked: How do we prevent our people from screwing up? That approach never encourages a creative response  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Companies, like individuals, do not become exceptional by believing they are exceptional but by understanding the ways in which they aren't exceptional  (Ed Catmull Quotes) Moreover, successful leaders embrace the reality that their models may be wrong or incomplete. Only when we admit what we don't know can we ever hope to learn it  (Ed Catmull Quotes) But as always, my focus was on the challenges ahead and on staying true to our goal of recognizing problems early and engaging them fully  (Ed Catmull Quotes) If you aren't experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it  (Ed Catmull Quotes) It is not the manager's job to prevent risks. It is the manager's job to make it safe to take them  (Ed Catmull Quotes)
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