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Inscrutability is Fascinating Even to People Who Don’t Know What It Means

Baltasar Gracian

“It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.” – Baltasar Gracian, Born Jan. 8, 1601 As Harvey Danger once put it, “if you’re bored, then you’re boring.” And you DO want to frustrate the plans of people who stumble across you, so they stop what …

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This Is the Perfect Day to Decide to Start Showing Up Every Day

Elizabeth Arden

“Repetition makes reputation and reputation makes customers.” – Elizabeth Arden, Born Dec. 31, 1878. This is 100% true. Many people may read this and nod, and yet still struggle with it. They’ll struggle both with achieving it, and with understanding the success of others who you feel are inferior to your own bad self. Here …

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Through Working, We Discover Deep Questions People Will Pay Us to Answer

Susanne Langer

“If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.” – Susanne Langer, Born Dec. 20, 1895. In groups I run about copywriting, a lot of newbies ask the exact same questions. How do I start? What books do I need to read? Is this course I found any good? …

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Time is an Illusion – The Only Available Moment to Work is RIGHT NOW.

Margaret Mead

“We have nowhere else to go… this is all we have.” – Margaret Mead, Born Dec. 16, 1901. What are you waiting for? Some new software to be released? A new laptop to work on? One more big client to fund your escape? A perfect idea to put your passion into? Another golden once-in-a-lifetime opportunity …

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Sharpen Yourself Through Friction and Testing Your Edge

Heinrich Heine

“Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but less by assimilation than by friction.” – Heinrich Heine, Born Dec. 13, 1797. I don’t think I am a genius. You’re probably not one, either. But discounting that, there is something for everyone to grab onto in this quote. Whatever your craft is, study …

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Dig Your Own Gold Mine (But First, Fill it With Gold).

Hector Berlioz

“Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.” – Hector Berlioz, Born Dec. 11, 1803. Write. Everything. Down. It’s a lot easier if you are already writing when you’re having the idea. So write all the time. Even if you don’t have an idea. …

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