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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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When Your Persona Is Your Product, You Must Give It a Flavor No One Else Has

Don Rickles

“When you stand alone and sell yourself, you can’t please everyone. But when you’re different, you can last.” – Don Rickles, Born May 8, 1926. There is no flavor that every tongue will find appealing. Hell, not even every taste bud on the same tongue will like every flavor it touches. But there are flavors …

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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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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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Over-complication Leads to Under-performance – So Simplify, Stupid

Leonardo da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci, Born Apr. 15, 1452. Y’all are making it too complicated. Drowning in options and possibilities? Start slapping some arbitrary limitations on yourself and see what you come up with. Innovation and elegance come from making the best solution out of what you have at hand. So …

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Your Style Is Discovered Through Copying Others and Throwing Out What Doesn’t Work For You

Vivienne Westwood

“If you’re too big to fit into fashion, then you just have to do your own fashion.” – Vivienne Westwood, Born Apr. 8, 1941. When I first went freelance and was trying to figure out this whole guruhood-as-a-business-model thing, I had a worry. What is going to be my “thing”? What is going to be …

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Emergent Challenges Aren’t Obstacles, But Opportunities to Make Better Work

Andrei Tarkovsky

“An artist never works under ideal conditions. If they existed, his work wouldn’t exist, for the artist doesn’t live in a vacuum. Some sort of pressure must exist. The artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply …

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How To Profit Against Your Competition – And Even WITH Them, Too

William M. Tweed

“I don’t care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating.” – William M. “Boss” Tweed, Born Apr. 3, 1823. You shouldn’t consider yourself as merely the seller of only your own product or service. That’s too limiting. It’s too narrow. Having a product or service of your own to …

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