by Sunil Bali, 03-03-13

In years gone by, success was often based on who you know.

Today it’s about who you impact.

Today, if you don’t bring something to the table, you won’t get a seat there.

Mark Twain once wrote that "there are a thousand excuses for every failure, but never a good reason."


"We’re living in a moment of time, the first moment of time when a billion people are connected, when your work is judged (more than ever before) based on what you do rather than who you are, and when credentials, access to capital, and raw power have been dwarfed by the question "Do I care about what you do?"

We built this world for you. Not so you could watch more online videos, keep up on your feeds, and LOL with your high school friends. We built it so you could do what you’re capable of. Without apology and without excuse. Go."

From Seth Godin’s excellent new book, The Icarus Deception


  1. Four fonts walk into a bar the barman says “Oi – get out! We don’t want your type in here".
  2. A lorry-load of tortoises crashed into a trainload of terrapins, what a turtle disaster.
  3. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. “But why?” they asked, as they moved off. “Because” he said, “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."
  4. I was in Tesco’s and I saw this man and woman wrapped in a barcode. I said, “Are you two an item?"
  5. An apple a day will keep anyone away as long as you throw it hard enough.
  6. Why can’t I be comforted by carrots? Why does it have to be chocolate or alcohol?

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