Positioning

The Crystal Ball Says… Success Is Just Around the Corner, So Grab That Pistol and Follow Me.

Daniel Kahneman

“Most successful pundits are selected for being opinionated, because it’s interesting, and the penalties for incorrect predictions are negligible. You can make predictions, and a year later people won’t remember them.” – Daniel Kahneman, Born Mar. 5, 1934. Gurus need to make a lot of predictions. That’s really why people follow us at all. People […]

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The Real Secret About Why People Love Fake “Secrets”

Georg Simmel

“Secrecy sets barriers between men, but at the same time offers the seductive temptation to break through the barriers by gossip or confession.” – Georg Simmel, Born Mar. 1, 1858. Secrets are power. Sharing secrets can weaken you and allow others to damage you. Generosity with plans and innovations can lead to disastrous competition. Even

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Only Two Things Have Potentially Infinite Value: Art, and Information… (And Art IS a Kind of Information)

Jerry Saltz

“The price of a work of art has nothing to do with what the work of art is, can do, or is worth on an existential, alchemical level.” – Jerry Saltz, Born Feb. 19, 1951. Information is like art in this way, at least when it’s for sale. For example, imagine a piece of information

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Don’t Cut Away at What You Are – Slice Away What You Are NOT to Create a More Powerful Persona

Charles M. Schwab

“A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.” -Charles M. Schwab, Born Feb. 18, 1862. An offer that is for everyone excites no one. Product, service, or persona – it’s all the same. If you try to please everyone, you can only please each of them a little, and therefore,

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How to Quit Sucking Forever: Decide to Be Excellent Instead

Thomas J. Watson

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson, Born Feb. 17, 1874. If you can’t get into your writing or building your business or whatever, it might be because you aren’t being excellent. If you’re being excellent, you automatically love

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The Super Ultimate Overnight “Baby Steps” Guru Transformation Technique (LOL)

Leo Szilard

“If you want to succeed in the world, you don’t have to be much cleverer than other people. You just have to be one day earlier.” – Leo Szilard, Born Feb. 11, 1898. I’m not about to give you some “early bird gets the worm” BS. No rise and grind asshattery. No 10x crushing it.

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Why Mistakes Are More Valuable Than Gold (When You Wrangle Them Properly)

Bertolt Brecht

“Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.” – Bertolt Brecht, Born Feb. 10, 1898. If you want to be seen as a leader in your market, it’s not about always winning. It’s about never losing. Maybe the difference there isn’t obvious. In things like our work,

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