Category: Inspirational

Core Values from HP’s Garage

The garage where Bill Hewlett and David Packard founded HP had its own core set of rules:

  • Believe you can change the world.
  • Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.
  • Know when to work alone and when to work together.
  • Share tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.
  • No Politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage.)
  • The customer defines a job well done.
  • Radical ideas are not bad ideas.
  • Invent different ways of working.
  • Make a contribution every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it doesn’t leave the garage.
  • Believe that together we can do anything.
  • Invent.

Today

Today of all days is this quote highly relevant. Sometimes we concern ourselves too much with lofty goals, imaginary problems, and overlook the obvious, the present. Without the “now” there will be no plenty of “tomorrow’s” to come.

“You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day – it’s the one day that is given to you, today. It’s given to you, it’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life, and the very last day, then you would have spent this day very well.”

Louie Schwartzberg
American Director and Producer

Worry

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom (Dutch Christian, who with her father and other family members helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.)