Rework by Jason Fried is one of the best books I have ever read on starting up. Jason has condensed his wisdom in starting and running a business into pithy, one-page, chapters.
One of the interesting chapters from the book is about the idea of being a curator. In this, Jason writes –
You don’t make a great museum by putting all the art in the world into a single room. That’s a warehouse. What makes a museum great is the stuff that’s not on the walls. Someone says no … There is an editing process. There’s a lot more stuff off the walls than on the walls. The best is a sub-sub-subset of all the possibilities.
Re-reading this chapter reminded me of Costco, one of the world’s largest wholesale retailers and among the very few that have shown remarkable resilience in an industry that has been subjected to increasing pressures from online retail.