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What are you waiting for?

Great lines from Paul Graham's new essay "What Business Can Learn From Open Source." (Thanks to Javy for the link.)

I think the most important of the new principles business has to learn is that people work a lot harder on stuff they like....[Microsoft] can't pay people enough to build something better than a group of inspired hackers will build for free...

The average office is a miserable place to get work done. And a lot of what makes offices bad are the very qualities we associate with professionalism. The sterility of offices is supposed to suggest efficiency. But suggesting efficiency is a different thing from actually being efficient.

Genius. We work harder and happier on stuff they like than on stuff they don't. And we work harder and happier where we want to be than where we don't.

If you're not doing what you want to, where you want to, what are you waiting for?

Posted by Ian Ybarra on 6 August 2005