Productivity

People Will Buy Ways To Work Faster So Invent Some Shortcuts To Sell

Edward de Bono

“An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” – Edward de Bono, Born May 19, 1933. If you want to be perceived as an expert in your field, the way to do it is not by actually accomplishing things …

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Study Without Execution Is invisible And Intangible And Does Nothing For Anyone

B. C. Forbes

“Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can’t expect an angel to look out.” – B. C. Forbes, Born May 14, 1880. Sure, studying is good. But that book or video or course that is the hot new thing to buy? That’s not gonna change you. You’re not going to magically …

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Productivity Hack: Shut Your Yap And Move Your Hands Instead

Florence Nightingale

“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.” – Florence Nightingale, Born May 12, 1820. This quote can be taken as kind of funny – since for us, making words out of feelings IS the action that brings results. But let’s say that Flo …

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Future Possible Problems Aren’t Real – Only Present Problems Deserve Attention

W. Clement Stone

“Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it.” – W. Clement Stone, Born May 4, 1902. Generally, Stone is full of shit. But this is a good quote, and true to boot. Preparation is good, but it will not remain intact in the face of executing those …

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Stick it Out, Take it Further, and Discover Something Worth Selling to Other Seekers

Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenber (aka Novalis)

“A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.” – Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenber (aka Novalis), Born May 2, 1772. There is a lot of talk in our line of work of becoming an authority figure in a market – a recognized expert. And this quote speaks to the …

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Your’re Not a Classical Composer – You’re a Punk Rock Shredder

Jay Reatard

“I really don’t think records should be made in the manner where you sit and write, and when you’re finished writing, you start recording. That just seems conventional and old-fashioned to me.” – Jay Reatard, Born May 1, 1980. Writing for the internet, for yourself, is pretty fucking punk. You don’t have time to engineer …

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Create Valuable Unique Information You Can SELL – Just Stop Learning and Start Doing

Hosea Ballou

“Theories are always very thin and insubstantial. Experience only is tangible.” – Hosea Ballou, Born Apr. 30, 1771. If you want to shift from being a consumer of information to a producer and seller of information – positioned as an expert in your chosen topic, learn this. Take whatever you’re consuming, learning, reading, watching – …

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Failure and Bad Feelings Can Be Burned as Fuel – and They Produce Powerful Work

Duke Ellington

“I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.” – Edward “Duke” Ellington, Born Apr. 29, 1899. Hey, guess what? Everyone has problems. Big whoop. What do you do about your problems? Take them? Endure them? Or do you put them to work? As motivation. As fuel. If you’re not yet …

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The Overlooked Secret to Self-employed Freedom: Live Small

Edward Gibbon

“I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.” – Edward Gibbon, Born Apr. 27, 1737. I’m really not qualified to give anyone financial advice. But here is some unqualified financial advice. For the freelancer or entrepreneur just starting out… freedom can cost less …

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