Productivity

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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How Painting Your Bottom Red Can Make You Stand Apart

Manolo Blahnik

“My shoes are special shoes for discerning feet.” – Manolo Blahnik, Born Nov. 27, 1942. You want your customers to have a special relationship to your products, your offers, and you personally. That’s called branding – that relationship that exists beyond and outside the immediate benefits of the product. And the secret of doing this …

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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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People Want “New” – Which Is Just “Old” With Fresh Paint

Marie Antoinette

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” – Marie Antoinette, Born Nov. 2, 1755. And just think, she said this like 220 years ago. Even earlier, someone else said “there is nothing new under the sun.” It was true then, and it’s true now. AND IT’S GOOD! Especially if you sell things. See, …

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