The last words of Steve Jobs, billionaire, dead at 56: “I have reached the pinnacle of success in business.” In other people’s eyes my life is a success. However, aside from work, I’ve had little joy. At the end of the day, wealth is just a fact I’ve gotten used to. Right now, lying on my hospital bed, reminiscing all my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth I took so much pride in, has faded and become meaningless in the face of imminent death. You can hire someone to drive your car or make money for you but you can’t hire someone to stand sick and die for you. Material things lost can be found again. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – “Life”. Whatever stage of life we are currently at, in time we will face the day the curtain closes. Love your family,spouse and friends… Treat them right . Cherish them. As we get older, and wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30 watch – both give the same time… Whether we have a $300 or $30 wallet or purse, the amount inside is the same; Whether we drive a $150,000 car or a $30,000 car, the road and the distance are the same, and we reach the same destination. That we drink a bottle of wine at 1000. $ or $10 hangover is the same; That the house we live in is 300 or 3000 square feet – loneliness is the same. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from material things of this world. Whether you’re traveling first class or economy class, if the plane crashes, you go down with it… therefore .. I hope you realize, when you have friends,boyfriends and old friends,brothers and sisters,with whom you discuss,laugh,talk,sing,talk about north-south-east or heaven and earth,…. this is the real happiness!! An indisputable fact of life: Don’t raise your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price.
THIS IS RIGHT ON THE NOSE. …….READ IT SLOWLY… I DON’T KNOW WHO WROTE IT, BUT I AM GUESSING IT WAS A SENIOR!!! I FIRST STARTED READING THIS AND WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS IS VERY THOUGHT-PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK.AND THEN IT IS WINTER You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change….Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s NOT over. A new adventure will begin!Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!”Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY! REMEMBER:….”It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”LIVE HAPPY IN THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR!LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE SO – ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.~Your kids are becoming you…….~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!~You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”.~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”… “what?” . ???~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.~Everybody whispers.~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!” Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
Years ago, I wrote this rant to a group of high school students I mentor. Today, she finds herself out of a job on Capitol Hill due to the changed administration. She said she kept the note tucked away. Today, she shared how my message is helping her get through this transition. You never know how words can affect people. Make sure to keep it positive. I’m sharing this message. Hope it helps for those down and unemployed.
Hi Doc – It’s been a rough transition for a number of us, but I am reminded of something you had told us years ago. I knew I had it jotted down somewhere, dug through my old notes today to find it and wanted to share it again. You had said, “When it comes to feeling tired or ‘burned out,’ just think of the Manong cutting asparagus in the hot Stockton sun or the Auntie caring for three small children in Navy housing on a hot and humid Norfolk, summer day.. How does your discomfort really compare to the menial tasks our Uncles and Aunties underwent daily to open the doors of opportunity for us 2nd generation-ers, doors that remain eternally shut to them. We all should feel privileged and honored to do the work that we do. I do. Once we recognize the only enemy we truly have is within ourselves, only then can we begin to conquer it by doing [community] work that defines and redefines who we are and what we can be.” (Dated 2005) // So thank YOU for sharing these words with us back then and for YOUR commitment to young folks like me, allowing us to go forth. Your words have inspired me in tough times and as of late, have been helpful in focusing in on the important work that remains ahead. Thanks, Doc! (I hope you knew that I was listening)
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While I prefer to write in-depth essays, with a bit of storytelling to set the mood and at least one visual framework, I do have to agree that sometimes a few dozen (or more) quick tips are more than enough to give one the push they need to punch the damn keys.
Or, better yet, offer them the final push they need to understand at an emotional level some important aspect.
That’s why today I’m sharing with you a list of 99 quick tips that will surely help you become at least more productive creative entrepreneurs.
1. The stories you write will never be “done.” Publishing them means abandoning them. Let go and publish your stories.
2. Eliminate 20% of the words you wrote to make your draft 100% better.
3. The most valuable thing you can learn from successful writers isn’t how they write, it’s how often they write.
4. Great writing is 99% rewriting.
5. Writing that resonates with an audience isn’t about what’s in the writer’s head — it’s translating into words what’s in the reader’s heart.
6. There’s no such thing as an “aspiring” writer — if you write, you’re a writer and if you don’t, you’re not.
7. You don’t need ideas to write, you need to write to find ideas.
8. First drafts feel bad, but rewriting a bad first draft into something you’re proud is one of the best feelings ever.
9. Reading doesn’t make you a better writer, but not reading at all means you can’t call yourself a writer.
10. It’s not about having something to say — it’s about having the guts to say it.
11. “Wow, that’s great grammar,” said nobody ever.
12. Writer’s block is just creative bankruptcy. You pour out what you put in. Feed your brain.
13. The only guarantee in writing is the first 100 things you write will suck. After that, they won’t be so bad.
14. “I can’t write” is a lie.
15. 75% of writing isn’t writing — it’s thinking, editing, and publishing.
16. Your writing is only as good as your ideas.
17. To impress people with your writing, stop trying to impress people with your writing.
18. The opening scene often determines the fate of a piece of writing. No one talks about the brilliant fourth paragraph if the first three paragraphs are boring.
19. Don’t connect all the dots for the reader — let them have some fun.
20. The good news is you can write anything you want. That’s also the bad news.
21. Stop thinking in terms of good or bad. A piece of writing is for them or not. Some will love it, some will hate it.
22. If you’re writing for yourself you shouldn’t expect to attract an audience.
23. Authenticity is just as important as creativity.
24. The attention your writing gets is often the outcome of the curiosity your story’s premise triggers.
25. Write like no one’s listening and everyone needs to.
26. Your writing is a reflection of your environment — change the environment and you change the writing.
27. Writing should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
28. Writing has a rhythm to it. Great writing flows like music.
29. When in doubt, rummage through the most hidden drawers of your soul for what hurts the most.
30. To define means to place in a cage. Think in terms of verbs, not nouns.
31. If the blank page scares you, start with someone else’s words until you find your own.
32. Readers don’t resonate with what is original. They resonate with what’s familiar yet appears to be strange. Like experiencing a deja vu.
33. The creative brain is all about collective intelligence. Learn to deploy the frameworks of those who punched the keys before you.
34. Writing is a journey of self-discovery, both for you and who reads you.
35. Finishing one book is more important than starting 100.
36. Work expands to fill the time you give it.
37. Perfection is productivity’s nemesis.
38. If you’re not doing it, it’s not a priority.
39. The most valuable to-do list is a done list.
40. It’s easier to do something every day than once in a while.
41. The secret to productivity? Do it when you don’t feel like it.
42. You can only be productive if you’re clear on the result you hope to produce.
43. Productivity requires opposite skills: The ability to pay attention and ignore.
44. The more you do what you want, the more productive you’ll become.
45. The goal isn’t to do everything . Learn to delegate the tasks that don’t inspire you.
46. No one can make you do anything but yourself.
47. Every moment is an opportunity to quit. Or not.
48. The best productivity system is to do the work.
49. Busy is not the same as productive.
50. As the saying goes, “You can do anything — you just can’t do everything.”
51. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel — you can learn from the person who did.
52. The most important relationship in your life is the one you have with time.
53. The most effective productivity hack: Say no.
54. You’ll never run out of things to do (if you’re lucky).
55. You don’t manage your time, you spend it. Invest wisely.
56. Marketing is storytelling and the most interesting stories are true.
57. The best marketing strategy is to write a great book.
58. You can buy exposure, but you can’t buy attention.
59. To learn how to capture an audience’s attention, notice how someone captures yours.
60. The more your marketing sounds like marketing, the worse it will perform.
61. The most valuable marketing can’t be bought — it can only be earned.
62. You don’t need a big budget, you need a big story.
63. Great content and great marketing are the same thing.
64. You can’t have marketing hits without marketing misses.
65. Discounts are the white flags of marketing.
66. You can’t market to people you don’t understand.
67. Word of mouth marketing always happens — it’s just not always the words you want.
68. It’s easier to write the book readers want to read than to make people want to read your book.
69. There’s no marketing without repetition.
70. Email marketing represents the best and worst of what marketing can be.
71. Marketing’s more effective as a conversation than a lecture.
72. Marketing is connection.
On Building a Platform
73. Don’t confuse a newsletter with email marketing — one’s designed to provide value to an audience and the other to extract value from an audience.
74. You don’t need as many followers as you think to accomplish your goals.
75. Most writers fail because they’re trying to sell more than they’re trying to add value
76. If someone’s not opening your emails, they’re not in your audience — remove them from your list.
77. The more you know about your target audience, the better you’re able to serve them.
78. Don’t get bogged down trying to figure out your tech stack — it’s the least important element of a platform.
79. Email subscribers are more valuable than social media followers because when you share something with them it reaches more than 10% of them.
80. A blog creates an opportunity for the people who care what you have to say to reveal themselves.
81. Writing a blog about more than just updates on your books teaches you a lot of skills and enables you to connect with people who normally wouldn’t stick around.
82. Blogging is a two-way medium. Use it that way.
83. Just click publish.
On Social Media
84. When you post an image, don’t use the caption to tell your audience what it is— use it to explain why it should matter to THEM.
85. Make the most of all three opportunities you have to attract engagement in every post: The image/video, the caption, and the comments.
86. Don’t “Like” posts you don’t actually like just to be nice because doing so will train the social platform algorithms to show you more posts you won’t like.
87. Social media itself isn’t a goal — it’s a tool you use to accomplish your actual goals.
88. Break successful big pieces of content like blog posts and podcasts into multiple smaller pieces of content and expand small pieces of content like tweets that do well into bigger pieces of content.
89. Any time someone asks you a question, turn your answer into a social media post — they’re not the only one who had that question and your answer will provide value to your audience.
90. Most social media strategies fail because they chase attention instead of earning it by speaking to people’s needs, thoughts, fears, hopes, and experiences.
91. You have two audiences: People who know you and those who don’t.
92. Never follow someone on social media solely because they followed you, are related to you, work with you, or out of guilt.
93. You don’t have to be on every platform — do you really feel like any one platform doesn’t have enough people using it for you to build an audience and accomplish your goals?
94. True social media success is built not by being fake but by being more honest, authentic, vulnerable, and real than most people are willing to be.
95. Do the opposite of what celebrities do on social media: Use it to connect instead of promote, post about your audience more than yourself, reply as much as you post.
96. The best social media marketers and content creators are the ones who experiment the most.
97. Create content that will change the lives of the people who consume it.
98. Promise (and deliver) your audience a lot of value in a limited amount of time: You’re reading this in part because I’ve boiled the advice down to a collection of quick tips you know won’t take you long to get through.
99. Either find a way or make one.
Ultimately, success as a creative entrepreneur comes down to your willingness to either find a way or make one.
Adapt, overcome, and improvise.
Do what you can with what you have until you become so good they just can’t ignore you.