Laura Guido-Clark at the 99% Conference. Photo: Julian Mackler / MACKME.com

25 Quotables from the 99U Conference

In just a few weeks on May 3-4, 2012 in New York City, we’ll be presenting Behance’s fourth annual 99U Conference, two days fully focused on exploring the mechanics of making ideas happen. We’ve curated an incredible speaker lineup for 2012, and it’s going to be an absolute knockout event.

For those of you who won’t be joining us live, we’ll be rolling out loads of awesome coverage during & afterwards, including a firehose of tweets from @99U, podcasts and stories from WNYC’s Radiolab, illustrations from Wendy MacNaughton, and, of course, videos of all the 20-minute speaker talks.

In the meantime, we compiled a shortlist of quotables from the past three years’ worth of 99% Conferences to get into the idea execution spirit.

“We’re not meant to operate like computers. Human beings are designed to pulse between spending/renewing energy.” Tony Schwartz

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“Groundbreaking innovators generate and execute far more ideas.” Frans Johansson

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“You can’t get to wonderful without passing through alright.”
Andrew Zuckerman (via Bill Withers) #99conf

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“‘Luck’ is recognizing when the situation encourages build out and execution.” Jack Dorsey #99conf

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“What you do for a living is not be creative, what you do for a living is ship.” Seth Godin #99conf

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“When you give something, just for the joy of creating, it always comes back on a much larger scale.” Ji Lee #99conf

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“If you find something that you feel you belong to, become a groupie and a fan, and then a critic.” Starlee Kine #99conf

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“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” Fred Wilson (via Nassim N Taleb) #99con

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“All artists yearn to struggle, when they struggle they know they’re alive.” John Maeda #99conf

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“Reduce everything you want to do, to an action you can do right now.” Jason Randal #99conf

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“If you’re not creating waves, then you’re not pushing enough.” Jared Cohen #99conf

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“Prototype as if you are right. Listen as if you are wrong.” Diego Rodriguez #99conf

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“Your work is your own private megaphone to tell the world what you believe.” Simon Sinek #99conf

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“Instead of reflecting on the past, predict the future.” Chris Guillebeau #99conf

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“Align your inner vision with your outer work.” Martin Ping #99conf

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“When fear and doubt come into play, lead with possibility.” Laura Guido-Clark #99conf

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“Figure out what’s realistic, and then just do it.” Jake Nickell #99conf

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“Experts step outside their comfort zone and study themselves failing.” Josh Foer #99conf

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“Crazy is a compliment.” Linda Rottenberg #99conf

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“The problem contains the solution.” Michael Bierut #99conf

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“A good partnership is more than the sum of its parts.” Sigi Moeslinger #99conf

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“Controversy gets your work out there.” Jill Greenberg #99conf

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“Think big, and act small.” Leslie Koch #99conf

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“Our mantra: brutal prioritization, maniacal focus.” Jeffrey Kalmikoff #99conf

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Jocelyn K. Glei

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As Editor-in-Chief and Director of 99U, Jocelyn K. Glei leads the 99U in its mission to provide the “missing curriculum” on making ideas happen. She oversees the Webby Award-winning 99u.com website, curates the popular 99U Conference, and is the editor of the 99U books, Manage Your Day-to-Day and Maximize Your Potential.
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