Beautiful Things Grow Out of Shit

“Beautiful things grow out of shit.” We forget that.

We forget that the first iPhone prototype looked like shit.

We forget that Da Vinci created so much crap that he was notorious for not finishing his work.

Jony Ive put it the best – “ideas are fragile, almost by definition.” They are fragile because they are shitty.

And what made Steve Jobs great was because he “understood that while ideas ultimately can be powerful, they begin as fragile, barely formed thoughts, so easily missed, so easily compromised, so easily just squished.”

So. 2020 has been shitty, and it is up to us to decide how we want to look at it.

And then, in 2021, nurture your shitty ideas. #bossbetter and give space and time to your team’s crappy ideas.

For there is “enormous delight when the most tentative thought, often from the quietest voice, evolves into something significant and substantial.”


Inspired by Austin Kleon:

Quote from: Brian Eno

Ive’s interview:

Ive’s speech after Jobs’ death: