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Success Might Seem 1000 Miles Away, But How Many Miles Did You Walk Today?

Walter Elliot

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot, Born Sep. 19, 1888. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If you have a massive project, which will take days (if not weeks) to accomplish, many people lack the organization and willpower …

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Figure Out Who You Will Serve, And Then Satisfy Them (Fully and Repeatedly)

James Cash Penny

“A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition.” – James Cash Penney, Born Sep. 16, 1875. Well, J. Cash, I think times have changed. Service is still key. But you no longer need to be concerned with serving “the public” at large. We …

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Worry Less About Being Unique, Just Focus on Being Good (By Just Doing Good)

Arthur Freed

“Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.” – Arthur Freed, Born Sept. 9, 1894. I don’t know that I agree exactly with this. Being different can definitely be valuable. But I don’t think you have to worry about being unique or special in that way when you’re starting …

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Modern Tech Makes Many of Your Perceived Limits Into Bullshittery

Michael Shermer

“But the power of science lies in open publication, which, with the rise of the Internet, is no longer constrained by the price of paper.” – Michael Shermer, Born Sep. 8, 1954. This technological fact of publication has changed the face of advertising, too. No more paying for printing prep. No more collating. No more …

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How To Overcome Impostor Syndrome Forever: Kick It In the Jim-Jams and Bolt Past It

Beyoncé Knowles

“I think it’s healthy for a person to be nervous. It means you care – that you work hard and want to give a great performance. You just have to channel that nervous energy into the show.” – Beyoncé Knowles, Born Sep. 4, 1981. When I mentor people or consult with them, I frequently hear …

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Use That Big Beautiful Brain to Build Your Business (Because Almost No One Else Does)

Henry George

“If thinking men are few, they are for that reason all the more powerful. Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.” – Henry George, Born Sep. 2, 1839. Most people hate to think. …

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The Easiest Way to Internalize What You Learn (And Grow Your Audience, Too)

Itzhak Perlman

“Teaching is really very, very important. I always tell my students that you should find an opportunity to teach. When you teach others, you teach yourself.” – Itzhak Perlman, Born Aug. 31, 1945. This is really the core of what I’ve built my own business around. Plenty of others have, too. Hell. Entire multi-billion dollar …

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