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Matt Barton
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Here are some fascinating quotes from Andrew Carnegie that I think apply well to game development (and life!):

“Pioneering don't pay."
In other words, let someone else foot the bill for the pioneering and then reap the benefits yourself. This idea is really Blizzard's "secret sauce."

“Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital.... The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.”
Instead of "diversifying" and so on, just take on one project (or game) at the time and put everything you got into it. I look here at games like SMB and Zelda and all the loving attention, talent, and money that went into their development. No Mario or Zelda game I can think of feels like an after thought, money grab, or cash in.

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”
This one is a real problem for me. I tend to not trust other people to do their best work and am also wary of letting others get credit for things I feel I had more to do with. Still, obviously it's a poor leader who can't get past these traits and help others find success as well--especially when everyone is working towards a common goal. Lots of examples we could use here--such as the treatment that led Activision to breakaway from Atari.

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
I see this every single day. Motivation goes a long, long way towards being successful in whatever you do. If you have to depend on external factors to motivate you (deadlines, starvation, begging, nagging, etc.), you will never go far.

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