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Getting Good at Lying Makes You Better at Making Truth Believable.

William McIlvanney

“Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.” – William McIlvanney. Born Nov. 25, 1936. People get upset when I compare marketers to liars. Or I talk about manipulation. And coercion. Your hands are already dirty! Just own it! It’s better! But I digress. Here is what you need to realize. Even …

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No One Wants To Buy Your Product – This Is What They’ll Pay For…

Calvin Klein

“The only way to advertise is by not focusing on the product.” – Calvin Klein, Born Nov. 19, 1942. The art and skill and magic and OOMPH of writing promotions comes from the stuff you do that has NOTHING to do with the product itself. The product is just a token of value. It carries …

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Explain To Others How They Feel When Their Own Words Cannot Express It

José Saramago

“Human vocabulary is still not capable, and probably never will be, of knowing, recognizing, and communicating everything that can be humanly experienced and felt.” – Jose Saramago, Born Nov. 16, 1922. Jose is talking about how even the best writers can find themselves incapable of expressing the full range of human emotion. And that’s arguably …

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Another “Bad” Character Trait That You MUST Have to Succeed…

Marya Mannes

“Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.” – Marya Mannes, Born Nov. 14, 1904. Talent alone is no guarantee of success. There are plenty of broke ass nobodies with talent so abundant it’s oozing from their pores. You need to USE the talent you have in a way that lets …

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Flaunt Your Flaws as Features for Authority and Authenticity

Friedrich Schiller

“It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.” – Friedrich Schiller, Born today, Nov. 10, 1759 Ah yes. The “damaging admission”. Confess your sins before your audience rather than hiding them. Expose your own flaws. Uncover your shortcomings. This applies to you, your products, and your offers. But don’t stop …

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