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" A bully is playing a game, one that he or she enjoys and needs. You're welcome to play this game if it makes you happy, but for most people, it will make you miserable. "
" One reason I encourage people to blog is that the act of doing it stretches your available vocabulary and hones a new voice. "
" My blogging life is basically goalless. I like the zen nature of that, and paradoxically, it improves results. "
" Permission marketing is marketing without interruptions. "
" I think the most productive thing to do during times of change is to be your best self, not the best version of someone else. "
" Being a leader gives you charisma. If you look and study the leaders who have succeeded, that's where charisma comes from, from the leading. "
" The minute there's a map, there is no art. Paint by numbers is not art. Paint by numbers is a mechanical activity. "
" Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don't show up. They want to be missed when they're gone. "
" I intentionally abandoned the hard stuff early on because not only do I think it's useless, I think it's a distraction. "
" Canoeing was hard and scary, and the wind could blow you across the lake if you did it wrong. After a year of not doing it right, I could talk to people and get them to sit up straight, take different kinds of chances, to breathe differently, to engage in the moment in the boat. And I changed them, and I changed me in the process. "
" Dig your well before you're thirsty. "
" The thing about information is that information is more valuable when people know it. There's an exception for business information and super timely information, but in all other cases, ideas that spread win. "
" Most people have bosses who hire them to fill a slot in the work chart and to do what they are told. And most people who are doing what they are told feel safe; it feels reliable. "
" Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person. "
" If we live in a world where information drives what we do, the information we get becomes the most important thing. The person who chooses that information has power. "
" The way to work with a bully is to take the ball and go home. First time, every time. When there's no ball, there's no game. Bullies hate that. So they'll either behave so they can play with you or they'll go bully someone else. "
" The internet was supposed to homogenize everyone by connecting us all. Instead what it's allowed is silos of interest. "
" I made a decision to write for my readers, not to try to find more readers for my writing. "
" Kickstarter isn't a profit center, it's an organizer and an instigator. "
" Kickstarter eliminates the risk that publishers and booksellers face. They have limited resources and limited shelf space, and Kickstarter is proof to them that something is going to work. "
" Marketing is a contest for people's attention. "
" Permission marketing turns strangers into friends and friends into loyal customers. It's not just about entertainment - it's about education. Permission marketing is curriculum marketing. "
" This notion that it is up to each person to innovate in some way flies in the face of the industrial age, but you know what, the industrial age is over. "
" I was lucky enough to co-found a business in college that ended up with 400 employees, and I launched 20 different projects while I was there - a project a week. "
" Habits like blogging often and regularly, writing down the way you think, being clear about what you think are effective tactics, ignoring the burbling crowd and not eating bacon. All of these are useful habits. "
" The Net is not television. It is the finest direct-marketing mechanism in the history of mankind. It is direct mail with free stamps, and it allows you to create richer and deeper relationships than you've ever been able to create before. "
" What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. It's about leading and connecting people and ideas. And it's something that people have wanted forever. "
" And it turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world, that can change politics, that can align large numbers of people. Not because you force them to do something against their will. But because they wanted to connect. "
" In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. "
" We're not going to outgrow our need for information. "
" Normal is fading away. Governments and industries and schools like normal, because it's easier, it scales and it's profitable. But people don't like it - we want to be who we are, not who some marketer tells us to be. "