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Category Archives: Inspiration
Tiny changes can have massive results. Need proof? Three buttons in a cab can increase tips 220%.
We have more tools available than ever before to accomplish whatever it is we want to accomplish. And technology changes so fast that you can expect to have access to tools you might not have even dreamed of every few years. Just … Continue reading
Derek Sivers describes a marketing genius’ approach to writing: Marketing guru Jay Abraham, in the pre-internet days, would run classified ads in newspapers and magazines. If he wanted to write a book about something, he’d run a classified ad, taking … Continue reading
Attitudes are infectious. It’s why the happy, gregarious guy is always the life of the party and the center of attention. Everyone wants some of that happiness. It’s also why everyone avoids the depressed, quiet guy. It’s actually easier to … Continue reading
Most of the world is designed for the lowest common denominator. Schools are designed to impart a set amount of knowledge to a diverse group of kids each year. It doesn’t much matter how smart you are, how interested you … Continue reading
[Tom Sawyer] had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. – … Continue reading
Pixar story artist Emma Coats tweeted a series of “story basics” she had picked up during her tenure at Pixar. These were generously compiled by The Pixar Touch: #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. … Continue reading
Advice from Peter Thiel’s final CS 183 lecture: There is something importantly singular about each new thing. There is a mini singularity whenever you start a company or make a key life decision. In a very real sense, the life … Continue reading
How you eat your eggs is a good barometer for how you live your life. There are people who do nothing but grab a plain hard boiled egg as they run out of the house in the morning. Their eggs … Continue reading
Building relationships with your peers is important. But when you’re younger, or just starting out in a field, it’s more important for your immediate future to build relationships with people that are five, ten, and twenty years ahead of you. … Continue reading
Before you ever get into a field or a career, you’re probably going to hear someone say “no”. No, that’s too hard. No, you don’t have the credentials. No, you don’t qualify. No, it’s never going to work out. No, … Continue reading
When most people think about retirement, they imagine a life full of friends, hobbies, and (likely) travel. To illustrate, think about what you would do if you knew you were going to retire at 65 and die at 75. You’d … Continue reading
This one comes comes from David Mamet, perhaps the most well-known living playwright. He wrote a memo for the writing staff on the CBS show The Unit, where he was an executive producer, reminding everyone what makes for good drama. … Continue reading