WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
Apply creative thinking to everyday projects, re-evaluating them rather than doing things the same old way. Question everything and never stop making things better, even when confronted by fierce resistance from the old guard. It ain't easy but it is worth it because quality, design, and beauty matter. Tesla and Buckminster Fuller can teach us a lot on this score.
Improve user experience by truly thinking things through from the customer's perspective, understanding their needs and desires through unusual research and analysis, then designing and re-designing accordingly. Assume nothing. Ideo has it right on this one.
Become a generalist. Forage far and wide for interesting news and developments, constantly learning about the magnificent accomplishments of all sorts of people around the world, in all different fields. The well-rounded perspective that you'll soon develop will serve you well as you tackle thorny problems big and small, and will make you more compassionate and interesting to talk to at cocktail parties. George Bernard Shaw was proud to be a Generalist and so am I.
Simplify. Always apply Occam's Razor to find the simplest, most elegant solution to any problem, even the crazy complex ones. Occam tells us that the simplest explanation is usually the right one, and he ain't lying. Inventions like the Q Drum are lovely illustrations of this principle in motion.