We believe what we want to believe, and once we believe something, it becomes self-fulfilling truth.
Courage is the willingness to speak the truth about what you see and to own what you say.
Quitting is not the same as failing.
It’s up to us to make a choice.
It’s better to find products for your customers than to find customers for your products.
If you already have a network of people who trust you, who can’t wait to see what you put out there, who wants to know what’s next, who will miss you when you’re gone. It’s easy to find something for them because they’re already waiting for it.
You don’t have to push them, or spend a lot money trying to get people in your door. They are already in the door and all you have to do is, give them what you have. Whatever it is, it’s enough for them.
Don’t spend much time thinking of ways to make something that will be a hit. Instead spend more time creating fans, a community, have people crave what you have to offer. And when you do offer, be generous.
Be generous in a way people know what they get from you is worth more than what they give you. A podcast becomes a hit not because people pay a lot money to listen to it but because they know what they get from listening to it, is worth more than their time.
It’s better to find products for your customers, than to find customers for your products.
The challenge, it turns out, isn’t in perfecting your ability to know when to start and when to stand by. The challenge is getting into the habit of starting.
Is it any wonder we teach this mindset? Factories and managers don’t want spunk, or even innovation. They generally seek compliance. We rely on the disobedient few for innovation, but today, innovation is our only option.
Before you do something ask yourself, am I trying to fit in? Am I trying to please the system that was put in place before me? Am I worried about what people will say or think of me? What’s the real reason I chose to do this, instead of doing something else?
The job isn’t to catch up to the status quo. The job is to invent the status quo.
Your turn. Imagine that the world had no middlemen, no publishers, no bosses, no HR folks, no one telling you what you couldn’t do. If you lived in that world, what would you do? Go do that.
Try is the opposite of hiding.