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The First Choice to Make Before You Buy Anything to Build Your Business

Otto Preminger

“What counts isn’t the frame, it’s what you put in it.” – Otto Preminger, Dec. 5, 1906. I used to do it, too. Get caught up in whatever the next trend is, and think my fortune would be made by following suit. Write an ebook. Start a membership site. Do a joint venture launch. Then …

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Can You Keep This Simple Secret of Success: Simplicity IS the Secret… SHUSH!

Sissela Bok

“We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect.” – Sissela Bok, Born Dec. 2, 1934. Information is practically worthless nowadays. What you …

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Perfection Is The Opponent of Productivity, Publication, and Profit

John Ray

“Nothing is invented and perfected at the same time.” – John Ray, Born Nov. 29, 1627. Are you a perfectionist? Or maybe you’re a fiddler, just constantly tweaking and improving, but never publishing or launching? I feel you. Been there. Used to be that way myself. Oddly, it’s a holdover from having been to art …

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The Secret For Transmuting Worthless Information Into Valuable Knowledge You Can Sell

William Blake

“The true method of knowledge is experiment.” – William Blake, Born Nov. 28, 1757. Knowledge is power. Information, on the other hand, is worthless. Anyone can find information. Information is some shit you read, or heard, or saw. Some shit some guy told you, that he is repeating from some shit some guy told him. …

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Most Writing Is Lame Because The Writer Forgot To Make It Cool

Steven Brust

“All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what’s cool.” – Steven Brust, Born Nov. 23, 1955. This quote is either more authentic or more stupid, depending on whether you think that stupid hat Steven Brust wears …

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Publish Your Draft Now, Revise When You Re-Publish Again In The Future

Alan Moore

“Everything you’ve ever read of mine is first-draft. This is one of the peculiarities of the comics field. By the time you’re working on chapter three of your masterwork, chapter one is already in print. You can’t go back and suddenly decide to make this character a woman, or have this one fall out of …

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Creativity Will Keep You Broke Unless You Strap On The YOKE

Lorne Michaels

“To me there’s no creativity without boundaries. If you’re gonna write a sonnet, it’s 14 lines, so it’s solving the problem within the container.” – Lorne Michaels, Born Nov. 17, 1944. There is something incredibly empowering about using creative limitations. And it’s not just about placing arbitrary deadlines. It’s about limiting your materials, your scope. …

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