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For years I've listened to the Tim Ferriss Show, and listened to business speakers discuss the importance of not taking just any customer. That focusing on the right customers is important as anything.   Whilst the message was in my ear, I never implemented it. That is, until I got a whole heap of problematic clients that drained all my time and energy. They wanted everything done when they said so, and they pestered me all the time.   Finally, I began cutting them. I learnt the lesson, because I earnt it, through pain and mistakes. Through experience, I l-earnt it.   I could sit down

Look around. You're surrounded by people who are doing what they think they need to do, instead of simply doing what needs to be done.   Surrounded by people who are looking for what they should do, instead of simply doing what needs to be done. We are all vulnerable to this — it is the condition of being human.   But a hint:   If they drop the 'they', they'll see what they're looking for straight away. If they drop the focus on themselves, it will smack them in the face. If we can all cut out the 'me', we'll see clearly.   Would this open a Door For Someone

My cousin Tony walked into a Porsche dealership one day when he visiting Sydney from his native Lebanon. Now Tony, you must be warned, is a bit of a character — he has a shiny bald head, speaks in broken English, and has a penchant for the ridiculous. On his visit to the dealership the car salesman at Porsche greets him, and asks his name. Tony answers 'Tony Sajir' — immediately the car salesman's eyes light up with dollar signs. Lebanese-Australians with that last name, in this part of Sydney, are known to have disposable income lying around.   Tony is like a

As I always say, 'all advice is bad advice'.   Because no matter how smart or 'successful' they are, no one is you.   Therefore, they can't give you perfect advice. Almost no one effectively contextualises the advice they give to your situation.   The social media influencers give young people the first steps to becoming like them. Business people give young people the first steps to becoming like them.   Coders believe everyone should learn code at school, philosophers believe everyone should learn philosophy at school. Parents instruct their children to complete the narratives they could never close out, more often than they sit down and do Interest

Google is good at predicting the weather for the next hour.   It is ok at predicting the weather for the next eight hours.   It is touch-and-go when it comes to predicting tomorrow's weather.   Google sucks at predicting the weather one week from now.   Simple, Complicated, Complex   A wheel is a simple system. Infants know how a wheel works.   Planes are complicated systems. Few of us know the ins and outs of how planes work, but each subsystem of the plane is simple, like the wheel. The complicated system is just a whole heap of simple systems stitched together.   But they are knowable.   The weather is a complex, if

The Most Interested Person Of All Time   There was once a man who, five hundred years ago, figured out that birds wings flap up at a different speed to which they flap down. But he was no zoologist.   He mapped out the dental structure of humans. But never practiced dentistry.   He devised an experiment with a bull's heart and wax to determine how blood flowed in the heart. But he never treated a patient.   He discovered friction, plus some of Newton's Laws two hundred years ahead of time, but didn't publish scientific findings at all.   He designed flying machines, crossbows, and other feats of engineering.

Let's Bust Your Faulty Ideas About Motivation   Perhaps you're not feeling motivated because what you're doing doesn't make sense. Perhaps it's just not worth doing.   What's the struggle, dear reader? Is it getting out of bed to go to work? Is it sitting down to study?   Well a few thousand years ago, a man by the name of Jesus walked head first into his own crucifixion. A bit more recently, a man by the name of Nelson Mandela walked head first into some 27 years in prison.   What a mismatch then — why didn't they struggle to motivate themselves to do that stuff, when

This is Warren Buffett and Charles T. Munger. If you've never seen or heard of them before, they're two of the most famous investors of all time, and their partnership has lasted 62 years. They were introduced at a dinner party by a mutual friend who thought they'd get along in 1959.   They form one of the most powerful partnerships of all time, and they show us the importance and impact that the right people can have on your life.   The Impact   I can't really comment on the impact Buffett has had on Munger, or vice versa. I'm not privy to their inner circles.

What is the best way to sing?   What is the best way to sing? Beyonce Knowles sings very differently to Barbara Streisand, who sings differently to Freddy Mercury, and his singing was very different to Adele's. Each has risen to great heights by doing things their respective way.   So what's the best way to sing? What's the consensus?   What is the best way to steer a soccer team to victory?   Pep Guardiola’s teams hoard possession, press hard and break teams down. And they’ve won it all. But then there’s Jose Mourinho’s teams who are the stark opposite. They're defensively tight, less sexy, less glamorous. They’ve won

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