Desire to be the Best

When asked how he did it, gave up so much, worked so hard to achieve it, and did not quit? Michael Phelps said, ‘It was the desire to do something no one else had done, to be the best.’

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The Psychology of Automation: Building a Bulletproof Personal-Finance System

The scripts for negotiating with banks and credit cards alone make this worth the read.  Great tips on structuring and timing your bill payments to be as seamless and automated as possible.

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1,000 True Fans

A must read on marketing and product adoption.

A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.

A True Fan is defined as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce. They will drive 200 miles to see you sing. They will buy the super deluxe re-issued hi-res box set of your stuff even though they have the low-res version. They have a Google Alert set for your name. They bookmark the eBay page where your out-of-print editions show up. They come to your openings. They have you sign their copies. They buy the t-shirt, and the mug, and the hat. They can’t wait till you issue your next work. They are true fans.

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Pursue Your Own Vision of Excellence

L P Jacks

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.

Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

Ideas that Spread, Win: Seth Godin

Be remarkable and get people talking.  Market to early adopters.  Sell to people who are listening.

 

Alignment of Energy

Those that are succeeding and are thrilled and joyful in the unfolding will often tell you, ‘I’ve dreamed this since I was little. I imagined it, I pretended it, I used to practice with the hairbrush pretending it was a microphone.’ Purity is the alignment of energy. Doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks about anything. It only matters what you think about it.

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Zero Defect Hiring

Learn the psychology behind interviews. Whether you’re hiring an employee, virtual assistant, or searching and interviewing for jobs yourself.  Great article.

A quote to go with it, on understanding your audience:

Free-thinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.  This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking; where it is absent, discussion is apt to become worse than useless.

Leo Tolstoy