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Seth Godin insight:

Whether or not you choose to be a marketer, you are one. 

It turns out it’s not that expensive for me to put my art in the world so I can make more mistakes, so I can take bigger risks so I can make bigger impact.

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Ask yourself this important question:

What do I desire?  – Alan Watts

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Pep Guardiola: football’s most wanted

Former Barcelona teammate on Pep Guardiola:

His brain worked so fast he could make those around him play at the speed of light.

Guardiola still soaks everything in, connecting things outside football to football. His ‘footballizing’ of everything is a big reason for his success. It allows him endless ways to test new philosophies and improve his coaching.

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Build Beyond Your Own Moat

Image via George Hiles
Image via George Hiles

Build your own moat. The moat is your first line of defense, the fundamental skill(s) that you excel in and give you a chance at survival.

You can always rely on your moat.

But most people stop there. They focus on doing one thing well and forget the rest. They think that 20% of their potential skills produce 80% of their success is good enough.

The moat doesn’t work all the time. Times change, technology disrupts, consumption evolves. You won’t last forever and neither will what you do for a living. At some point, your moat will dry up, and people will just walk all over you.

Keep the moat at bay but your skills elastic. There’s always ways to improve. The moat is just a starting point.

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All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.

— Nietzsche
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3 Types of Luck

There are 3 types of luck:

Earned Luck – You get what you work hard for.

Unearned Luck – Unexpected events that work in your favor.

Hybrid Luck – Chance events whereby all your preparation allows you to see and seize the opportunity.

Luck is more than a combination of skill capitalizing on opportunity. Luck is also a mindset and a bit of karma.

As author Anthony Tjan puts it,

The Lucky are humble. They are intellectually curious. They are optimistic.

You were lucky to be born, especially in the United States which surrounds any opportunist willing to learn and achieve with the right tools: free schooling, free libraries, and free speech.

If you don’t inherit a rich network that just means you’ll have to work harder to build those relationships, to show people what you got. Persistence is another centerpiece of luck.

Luck is also biology. Happiness is determined by 50% genetics. If you’re not naturally happy then you’ve got 40% of volition to make it so.

Luck is what you think and make of it and what you ultimately do with it.

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Kurt Vonnegut: ‘Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories.’

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“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

Kurt Vonnegut, [easyazon_link identifier=”081297736X” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]A Man Without a Country[/easyazon_link]