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Avoid Idiots In Your Business and Life By Earning the Power of “No”

Elizabeth Montagu

“I never invite idiots to my house.” – Elizabeth Montagu, Born Oct. 2, 1718. I’m not saying they don’t squeak in from time to time, but I try to run this “cult” community of ours as an idiot-free environment. And I’ve tried to create products and content at my own level, rather than aiming at …

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Become Skilled at Winging It, and Outshine Every Over-Scripted Try-Hard in Your Niche

Zach Galifianakis

“Reciting lines is hard; making stuff up is much, much easier.” – Zach Galifianakis, Born Oct. 1, 1969. The most valuable skill you can start developing now is performing. As in, being comfortable on stage or on camera. And that can be intimidating. I hated it. It was scary when I was first starting out. …

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People’s Persistent Problem: Too Much Practice, Not Enough Playing

Buddy Rich

“I think it’s a fallacy that the harder you practice the better you get. You only get better by playing.” – Buddy Rich, Born Sep. 30, 1917. The time for practice is over. The time for getting ready is done. You’re ready, so start working. Don’t just write, finish. Don’t just finish, publish. Don’t just …

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Get the Audience FIRST and Then 99% of Your “What Do I Sell People” Questions Get Answered For You

Myrtle Reed

“If we all tried to make other people’s paths easy, our own feet would have a smooth even place to walk on.” – Myrtle Reed, Born Sep. 27, 1874. This really is the fastest and easiest way I know to get into business – especially online. Find or create an audience, and serve them what …

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Stuff You Choose Today Must Bear Fruit in the Future (Or Else Don’t Waste Time)

Donald Glover

“I started doing ’30 Rock’ and started writing ‘Mystery Team’ at the beginning of that. While I was doing ‘Mystery Team,’ I started practicing stand-up. While I was doing stand up, I got ‘Community.’ It’s like I planted trees six years ago, and now they have fruit.” – Donald Glover, Born Sep. 25, 1983. Here …

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Mashup Your Core Topic With Everything Else That Is Cool (And People Will Love It And Beg For More)

Horace Walpole

“The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.” – Horace Walpole, Born Sep. 24, 1717. This is also a decent philosophy for thinking about your core content that you will use to build an audience around. You choose your central, main topic. And then …

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If Your Wish is for Riches, Rub Pencil to Paper Instead of Polishing Magic Lamps

Rosamunde Pilcher

“There is no magic in all the world like that magic when you sell your first bit of writing.” – Rosamunde Pilcher, Born Sep. 22, 1924. Oh Rosamunde, you poor dear. The magic that exceeds your claim is the feeling when your words can sell things – yours or those produced by others – sell …

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