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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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Getting Good at Lying Makes You Better at Making Truth Believable.

William McIlvanney

“Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.” – William McIlvanney. Born Nov. 25, 1936. People get upset when I compare marketers to liars. Or I talk about manipulation. And coercion. Your hands are already dirty! Just own it! It’s better! But I digress. Here is what you need to realize. Even …

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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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