The 10X winners (those who beat their industry indexes by ten times or more) didn’t generally out-innovate everyone else; they combined creativity with discipline so that the discipline amplified the creativity rather than destroying it, all the while remaining productively paranoid so as to stay alive in the face of big, unexpected shocks.

– Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and the new book: Great by Choice, when asked what surprised him most about the findings in his new publication

Maybe it was bold determination or simple insanity that made her apply for roles she was incredibly under-qualified for, but she was thriving on the pain of failure. With every failed interview, she went home and studied every question that was asked to her, thoroughly ripped apart computer science topics that she never fathomed she would need to know.

In 9 months, she went from never writing code in her life, to writing code every day.  She tripled her salary.  She has job satisfaction.  The tools she solidifies helps change an industry for the better.  Jane does things that matter.

A great (true!) story on the power of persistence in achieving what you want from your career → You Are The Average of Your Five Closest Friends

The harder I push, the more I find within myself. I am always looking for the next step, a different world to go into, areas where I have not been before. It’s lonely driving a Grand Prix car, but very absorbing. I have experienced new sensations and I want more. That is my excitement, my motivation.

I had the opportunity to watch a great documentary about Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest Formula One drivers to walk the planet – have to thank my buddy Al Abut for bringing me out to that one. Really love this quote about a man living out on the edge. To become the greatest in the world at something, you really have to be possessed. You really have to be nuts.

Learn more about Ayrton Senna on Wikipedia.