The Daily Dose




99U Conference Motion Graphics

99uLets look back at 99U Conferences from 2010 – 2012 with some quotable quotes through Motion Graphics. These videos are created by these great individuals where the art direction is by Behance’s Matias Corea and animation is done by Hugh Gran. I must say that the quotes presented are extremely inspiring and certainly hope it will get your inspiration juices flowing.



It’s time to stop dreaming, and start doing.

Don’t let planning, get in the way of doing. -Leslie Koch

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

If we understand where our fear of failure comes from, we can fight it. -Frans Johansson

Don’t put your ideas on a pedestal,
put them into action.

The 21st century will be all about surprises. -Jared Cohen

The future of work is play. -Aaron Dignan

You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to. -Chris Guillebeau

Don’t complain. Contribute. -Simon Sinek

Creativity is fueled by curiosity and wonder. -Andrew Zuckerman

Genius is 1 % inspiration and 99% perspiration

Continue to reinvent. Keep things moving and changing and growing and always a little bit out of reach. -Jad Abumrad

When in doubt. Proceed. -Garrett Camp

You don’t need anyone else’s permission to create. Greenlight yourself and get to work. -Charlie Todd

It’s through mistakes that you can actually grow. You have to get bad in order to get good. -Paula Scher

There is no such thing as finishing or failing. It’s all about doing. -Rilla Alexander

Do one thing and do that one thing better than anyone else. -Jason Goldberg

When we think our work as a gift, it radically changes what we create. -James Victore

Start. -Alexis Ohanian

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

Date: May 2-3, 2013
Venue: Alice Tully Hall, New York City
Tickets on sale 5th September 2012

There you go, quotable quotes from the greats in their field. Get inspired.

Of creativity and education…

Sir Ken Robinson on TED Talk.

Personally, a very inspirational talk given by Sir Ken as he talks about education (and creativity). Do we really squander our children’s creativity? In this modern world, open thoughts and minds will allow our children to do what they want, and now what we want. Many “traditional” thinking parents would disagree on this as they claim to “know” what is best for their children. This is generally how parents in my part of the world think. It’s a shame to be a dictator of your own children.

Yes, they are your children but they do have a mind of their own. They need to know that they cannot be afraid of being wrong. The consequence to this is that when they grow up, they will be frightened of being wrong. Mistakes are inevitable as our children grow, hence the term “learning from your own mistakes” and not repeating the same mistake twice, hence the term “once bitten, twice shy”.

Education on the other hand is educating the children our of their creative capacities. Fact, we do not grow into creativity. Fact, we get educated out of it. Everywhere in the world has the same educational hierarchy. Sir Ken says it is mathematics first, then languages followed by humanity leaving arts rock bottom. In my part of the world, I would agree on mathematics, followed by science, no humanity and commerce.

One thing in command the world has is that education is a tool to produce university professors. Everybody wants a professor in their family tree. Personally, many think that having a really “smart” person in the family establishes status. We would boast about our children’s education prowess to the neighbours leaving them questions like why is my children not like theirs.

Everybody is different. Creativity or the arts is exceptional as well. The “traditional” thinking of the only profession that will make you lots of money is being a doctor, engineer, lawyer, scientist, etc… Think of Gillian Lynne in the video. A ADHD patient that loves to move finally paid off after being told that she has a talent – dancing. And what did the school said to her – she has a learning disorder, she couldn’t concentrate. Wala… she’s extremely successful now.

If the passion is created, stick to it. In my humble opinion, children should be given the freedom to choose what they would like to do and who they want to be. Parents are there to support them. Let them learn from their mistakes so they will not be scared of it. We need “street smart” and “book smart” people in this world – those who can mesh both intelligence and be successful.

A wonderful talk by Sir Ken Robinson. An eye-opener to all. And the world needs (more) creative people.


Quotable Quotes:

Teacher: “What are your drawing?”
6 yo: “I’m drawing a picture of God”
Teacher: “But nobody knows what God looks like”
6 yo: “They will in a minute”

Boy 1: “I bring you Gold”
Boy 2: “I bring you Myrrh”
Boy 3: “Frank sent this”

“Must try harder”

“I think math is very important but so is dance”

“They live in their heads”

“They look at their body as a transport for their heads”

“Benign advice – now profoundly mistaken”

“Terry please, I’m trying to fry an egg here.”
“Give me a break”

“People who had to move to think”

“… the gift of human imagination”




Live the creative life…!