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Inscrutability is Fascinating Even to People Who Don’t Know What It Means

Baltasar Gracian

“It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.” – Baltasar Gracian, Born Jan. 8, 1601 As Harvey Danger once put it, “if you’re bored, then you’re boring.” And you DO want to frustrate the plans of people who stumble across you, so they stop what …

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The Second Principle of Magic (And How To Use It to Guide the Decisions of Others…)

James G. Frazer

“The second principle of magic: things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed.” – James G. Frazer, Born Jan. 1, 1854. It goes this way with the sharing of ideas, too. Contact with the mental machinery of …

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This Is the Perfect Day to Decide to Start Showing Up Every Day

Elizabeth Arden

“Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers.” – Elizabeth Arden, Born Dec. 31, 1878. This is 100% true. Many people may read this and nod, and yet still struggle with it. They’ll struggle both with achieving it, and with understanding the success of others who you feel are inferior to your own bad self. Here …

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Why You Shouldn’t Make Your Work Seem Difficult or Complicated

Pablo Casals

“The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.” – Pablo Casals, Born Dec. 29, 1876 I’ve written to you here before about developing an appearance of effortlessness. It creates the perception of your mastery among your audience. Sort of like how a ballet dancer is actually straining intensely and using weightlifter …

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Shortcut to Creating a Perception of Value in Absolutely Any Piece of Information

Mortimer Adler

“Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable.” – Mortimer Adler, Born Dec. 28, 1902. Let’s make today about practicality. We write to sell things. That’s our goal. Our duty. And to do that, we have to make people see …

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