People Want “New” – Which Is Just “Old” With Fresh Paint

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” – Marie Antoinette, Born Nov. 2, 1755. And just think, she said this like 220 years ago. Even earlier, someone else said “there is nothing new under the sun.” It was true then, and it’s true now. AND IT’S GOOD! Especially if you sell things. See, …

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Make Them Get Their Hands Dirty if You Want to Sell Them More Dirt

Bob Ross

“Within one hour of touching the brush to canvas for the first time, my students have a total, complete painting.” – Bob Ross, Born Oct. 29, 1942. This was Ross’s pitch. He empowered people who were intimidated to create art, and gave them the tools and shortcuts to get over that fear. Were the students’ …

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Expertise Is Relative and You Should Aim Your Work Accordingly

Desiderius Erasmus

“In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.” – Desiderius Erasmus, Born Oct. 28, 1466. One of the eternal worries of most freelancers is what they call “impostor syndrome”. It’s the deep seated fear that you’re a phony. That you’ll get called out as a fraud. That you’re not worth what …

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“You’ll Never Succeed,” They Said. But When They Saw My Nunchucks…

James Cook

“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” – James Cook, Born Oct. 27, 1728. We often let the voices of others – real or imagined – set the outer borders of what we are capable of. Naysayers. Haters. Well-meaning people concerned for our …

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The Only Three Ingredients to Every Successful Human Endeavor In History (GUARANTEED)

Brenda Ueland

“The tragedy of bold, forthright, industrious people is that they act so continuously without much thinking, that it becomes dry and empty.” – Brenda Ueland, Born Oct. 24, 1891. I’m so bored of the public positioning of “hustle” as a virtue, which one MUST pursue to find success. Success, to me, is a combination of …

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