Positioning

Being “Different” is Better (And Easier) Than Struggling to Be “Original”

Fetty Wap

“I don’t ever try to make a song better than my last song. I just try to make it different from my last one.” – Fetty Wap, Born Jun. 7, 1990. This one hit me like a ton of bricks, y’all. Or like a ton of feathers. Heavy either way. You’re probably pretty talented. You’re …

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Proper Pricing is All Relative – Position Properly, Please

William Inge

“The wise man is he who knows the relative value of things.” – William Inge, Born Jun. 6, 1860. I’d be willing to say ALL value is perception based, and is therefore relative. And perception of value is based on RELATIVE comparisons rather than any objective absolutes. For example, something that costs $50 might seem …

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Stories Infect Anything They Touch With Value (If You Tell Them Right)

John Hockenberry

“An object imbued with intent – it has power, it’s treasure, we’re drawn to it. An object devoid of intent – it’s random, it’s imitative, it repels us. It’s like a piece of junk mail to be thrown away.” -John Hockenberry, Born Jun. 4, 1956. People seldom desire an object for the physical properties of …

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People Secretly Loathe Perfect Heroes, And Deeply Love Flawed Ones

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.” – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, Born May 25, 1803. Someone who is perceived to be predominantly virtuous is going to be well-liked. Admired, even. But also, such people are secretly resented. Because people always resent their superiors, at least a little bit. …

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Be Weird, Work Weird, Succeed Weird – But Only a Little Bit Weird…

Elsa Maxwell

Serve the dinner backward, do anything – but for goodness sake, do something weird.” – Elsa Maxwell, Born May 24, 1883. There are two important parts in this lesson, but let’s talk about the obvious one first. I think a lot of people struggle unnecessarily because they try and do something completely creative, or completely …

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