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Something Doesn’t Have To BE True If It FEELS True

Kazuo Ishiguro

“As a writer, I’m more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.” – Kazuo Ishiguro, born today, Nov. 8, 1954 Just because something isn’t REAL doesn’t mean it isn’t TRUE. Emotion is not REAL – it isn’t physical. It isn’t detectable by anyone outside of the one experiencing it unless …

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Your Personal Brand Has Never Mattered More (Or Been Easier To Grow)

Tom Peters

“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me, Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.” – Tom …

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Propaganda Works Because It’s Consistent (Advertising, Too.)

John Berger

“Propaganda requires a permanent network of communication so that it can systematically stifle reflection with emotive or utopian slogans. Its pace is usually fast.” – John Berger, Born Nov. 5, 1936. To me, this speaks to the necessity of frequent messages to to one’s audience. And also to the fact that a moment of quiet …

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Don’t Just Write With Emotion – Project It, Like This..

Loretta Swit

“Acting is not hiding to me; it’s revealing. We give you license to feel. ‘Hey, she’s crying, so it’s okay if I cry, too.’ That’s the most important thing in the world, because when you stop feeling, that’s when you’re dead.” – Loretta Swit, Born Nov. 4, 1937. We call know that we are supposed …

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“Ethical” Advertising Is Still Deception? (Yes, And That’s Okay.)

Vilhjalmur Stefansson

“What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.” – Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Born, Nov. 3 1879. The first thing that we need to get out of the way to have this discussion today is the mistaken notion that “deception” …

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