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These Are the Only Good Clients to Keep – All the Rest Are Expendable…

David Livingstone

“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” – David Livingstone, Born Mar. 19, 1813. A lot of freelancers have experience with low-level, shitty kinds of clients. Those clients don’t …

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Creativity Comes to Life When You Feed it Something to Improve

John Updike

“Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.” – John Updike, Born Mar. 18, 1932. A lot of writers worry too much about creativity, and not enough about consistency of output. If that’s you, let’s talk about manipulating your mind out of making that mistake, shall we? Creativity is …

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Discipline and Foundations are What You Build On (Because You Can’t Build On Nothing)

Rudolf Nureyev

“Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.” – Rudolf Nureyev, Born Mar. 17, 1938. “I don’t have a good idea.” Shut up. Write anyway. “I don’t have anything to say.” Stop it. Write something anyway. “It didn’t come out the way I wanted.” Fuck you, publish it anyway. We …

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Contingency Plans Multiply Your Profits (With No Extra Work)

Knute Rockne

“I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.” – Knute Rockne, Born Mar. 4, 1888. Let me teach you how to never lose again. Let me teach you how to always come out ahead. It’s called “contingency” and it’s this lazy man’s road to riches. Every single thing you do successfully CAN …

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Perfectionism Is Just the Pretentious Kind of Procrastination

Berthold Auerbach

“The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.” – Berthold Auerbach, Born Feb. 28, 1812. Yeah, you’re not alone. But you’re not getting younger and time is wasting. Quit trying to craft perfection. Publish imperfect work now. Fix later MAYBE. But even better: …

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You Don’t Need to “Earn” Money. It’s Just Paper and Imagination.

Horace Greely

“The darkest hour in any man’s life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.” – Horace Greeley, Born Feb. 3, 1811. Darkest hour, Horace? Money is an unnatural man-made invention. What about it should make one need to EARN it? As though it must be deserved before being …

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