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You don't just want to beat people over the head with your own products or services.
interesting information that applies to their tastes and share that, too (296).
A small business is more like a patchwork quilt than a gilded security blanket. Some patches represent good things and some not so good; some patches are about the business, others are about the owner, and some are hard to tell. The happiest small business owners are those who find a way to feel successful regardless of which patch is before them. (80)
Beatris, I chanced you would listen to a letter from your "true love's" hand. I am not sorry I separated his correspondences from your attention. I am sorry for the pain he caused you, for the pain I caused, for the pain this may cause; yet Terrible Work is at hand and of Greater Importance than what we feel and regret.
Someone feels dispatching me is worth the Risk of what I Own, is worth the Risk of all Humanity.
You no longer trust my promises. But this goes beyond promises. You no longer want anything of me. But I must give you This:
Here the baron's post-mortem request of me rendered a foreign word, perhaps a name, barely discernible. I deciphered the word best as: MAL'A'NYE.
For Five Years hence your Receipt. That is the length of time that is safe. That you will be safe. Five years. The Others will help you to understand, but trust them little. Trust history best. Trust I know you better than you know your own sentiments, your own weaknesses and strengths, and that I want only your safety. Five Years.Lastly, came the request penned--or rather, dictated--from the Afterlife: DELIVER THIS TO HER--BARON POOLE.
Now, shred this letter. Burn it. Bury the ash.
Your Father, Baron Poole
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When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. [When] your ardor [is] dampened, your strength exhausted and treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. (Sun Tzu 36)
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. (35)
path to higher earnings is paved with decisions. [And that these decisions go much easier] when you're purposefully headed in a particular direction toward a specific destination. Every time you act on your decisions, keeping your promise to yourself by honoring your intention, you build self-esteem. Stronger self-esteem only enhances your chances for success. (93)Your intentions are powerful, and so is specificity of destination. It keeps you moving forward.
"Had I been drilled a little more in why a small business can succeed, I'd be better off in every way today." (Schwartz 35)
Focus on why something can succeed, not why something can't.
And I especially love this tip:
And finally this one:
I bring up this last point because it ties into a blog post of mine set to appear tomorrow, and I thought this point might make a good introduction to it. Writing is not for the lazy. It takes a lot of work to succeed, and a lot more to excel. How much work? Well, come back tomorrow and you'll read one person's take on how much. Until then, enjoy the rest of Holly's blog post--and that piece which she is responding to.