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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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“Success” can be a Dream, but SUCCEEDING is an Action Plan

Chuck Jones

“The rules are simple. Take your work, but never yourself, seriously. Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out.” – Chuck Jones, Born Sep. 21, 1912. So many people WANT success. But they don’t want to succeed. Because “succeed” is a verb, and that means you have to DO …

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Success Might Seem 1000 Miles Away, But How Many Miles Did You Walk Today?

Walter Elliot

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot, Born Sep. 19, 1888. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. If you have a massive project, which will take days (if not weeks) to accomplish, many people lack the organization and willpower …

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The Difference Between Worthless Information and Valuable Knowledge Is…

Sydney J. Harris

“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” – Sydney J. Harris, Born Sep. 14, 1917. A lot of people who market things on the internet care about having a “content strategy” as a way to draw prospective customers …

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How to Limit Yourself to Turn “Too Many Good Ideas” Into Actual Output

Vinoba Bhave

“The river flows at its own sweet will, but the flood is bound in the two banks. If it were not thus bound, its freedom would be wasted.” – Vinoba Bhave, Born Sep. 11, 1895. You’re creative. You’re smart. You’re talented. You’re skilled. So what? Who cares? What does that DO for anyone? You or …

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Worry Less About Being Unique, Just Focus on Being Good (By Just Doing Good)

Arthur Freed

“Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.” – Arthur Freed, Born Sept. 9, 1894. I don’t know that I agree exactly with this. Being different can definitely be valuable. But I don’t think you have to worry about being unique or special in that way when you’re starting …

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How To Overcome Impostor Syndrome Forever: Kick It In the Jim-Jams and Bolt Past It

Beyoncé Knowles

“I think it’s healthy for a person to be nervous. It means you care – that you work hard and want to give a great performance. You just have to channel that nervous energy into the show.” – Beyoncé Knowles, Born Sep. 4, 1981. When I mentor people or consult with them, I frequently hear …

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The Easiest Way to Internalize What You Learn (And Grow Your Audience, Too)

Itzhak Perlman

“Teaching is really very, very important. I always tell my students that you should find an opportunity to teach. When you teach others, you teach yourself.” – Itzhak Perlman, Born Aug. 31, 1945. This is really the core of what I’ve built my own business around. Plenty of others have, too. Hell. Entire multi-billion dollar …

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