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" My neighbors don't care that I'm an author. It's inherently ego-inhibiting. "
" What I've found in my research is that realism and self-honesty are the antidote to ego, hubris, and delusion. "
" It's your job to find a release and an outlet for the stress and the feelings. Never forget: the crazy stays at home. "
" You know what's better than building things up in your imagination? Building things up in real life. "
" Ego is certainly there in many of the greatest and most dizzying tales of success - but it's there in some of the greatest stories of failure and self-implosion as well. "
" Public relations and marketing are something companies do to move product. It is not meaningful. It is not cool. Yet because it is cheap, easy, and lucrative to cover, blogs want to convince you that it is. "
" I love books. Probably too much for my own good. "
" In Los Angeles and other cities, being around immigrants is inspiring. They are touching the American Dream and reminding you how much you take it for granted. "
" I don't play videogames and generally think that online activism is a giant waste of time. "
" If it comes as a constant surprise each and every time something unexpected occurs, you're not only going to be miserable whenever you attempt something big, you're going to have a much harder time accepting it and moving on to attempts two, three, and four. "
" We want things to go perfectly, so we naturally tell ourselves that we'll get started once the conditions are right or once we have our bearings, when, really, it would be better to focus on making do with how things actually are. "
" Like most reasonable people, it saddens me when I see Americans celebrating a heritage they don't understand. "
" Work hard, take it seriously, embrace your ambition. And when you're not doing that, do something - whatever it happens to be - that taps into the part of you that makes you forget about all the rest of it. "
" Online journalism has always had a sourcing problem. From using unverified 'anonymous tips' to repeating whatever rumor or speculation people are chattering about, the general ethic is, 'We'll publish just about anything.' "
" Growth hacking isn't some proprietary technical process shrouded in secrecy. In fact, it has grown and developed in the course of very public conversations. There are no trade secrets to guard. "
" In every job and position, there are valuable lessons to be learned. Even in a nasty, abusive, toxic workplace, you're being taught precisely how not to run an organization. "
" Here's the thing I've learned about ideas: It's your job to have them. "
" As someone responsible for my own fair share of marketing stunts, I am suspicious and cynical - I'll disclose that right up front. "
" Reddit is like any democratic form of government - unless carefully guarded by its leaders and members, its trusts and privileges can be and often are abused. "
" I know how hard authors work on their books and how far out of their element many are when it comes to doing the sales and marketing. So when I see someone doing it wrong and giving bad advice, I do my best to help - even when they're not my clients. "
" The idea that only the swaggering, all-knowing, and ruthlessly ambitious succeed is a lie. One that has discouraged so many people with so much potential - and worse, encouraged many more to crash and burn. "
" You can't believe your own marketing. "
" People love stories; they use stories to make sense of the world. "
" Stoicism - and philosophy - are not the domains of idle professors. They are the succor of the successful and the men and women of action. "
" Writing the perfect paper is a lot like a military operation. It takes discipline, foresight, research, strategy, and, if done right, ends in total victory. "
" No matter how commonplace or dull your first job's duties seem, chances are you can find something to do that others don't want to and make it your own. "
" The primary occupational hazard of blogging is this: it's easier when you yourself take on some of the traits of insanity. It's a job that requires the doer to be selfish, self-absorbed, and superficial. "
" What people often forget is that for the parties involved, the media game is a vicious contest. "
" Perfectionism rarely begets perfection, or satisfaction - only disappointment. "
" As I discovered in my media manipulations, the information that finds us online - what spreads - is the worst kind. It raised itself above the din not through its value, importance, or accuracy but through the opposite: through slickness, titillation, and polarity. "
" Watching well-meaning authors follow in the footsteps of someone going in the wrong direction breaks my heart. "