“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
~ Mary Oliver ~
As David Tait has said, “The true work of a con artist, is to make you believe, you don’t need to pay attention.” To pay attention is one of the key principles to becoming a success. You need to pay attention, to see what no one else sees. You need to pay attention, to hear what other people ignore. You need to pay attention, to be a Success in Life, Love and Business!
The best thing to do is to always compete with yourself
and not to compete with others. ~ Kelly Cutrone ~
The con artist pays attention to you, in order to learn how to gain your confidence. Remember that con artist is actually short for confidence artist, his “art” is in paying attention. The salesman works, more honestly, in much the same way. He pays attention, listening for you to tell him how to sale you his product.
“Never give in
and never give up.”
~ Hubert H. Humphrey ~
Most things you try won’t work the first time. When what you are doing doesn’t appear to be working, don’t think that means it failed. It likely means it won’t be a success in the method you are trying.
Life isn’t fair, so why play by the rules? You make your own breaks, your own rules, under the law!
Instead, life gives us the chance to make our own fate. To strive, to fight against all odds. I was a street kid, so poor that sometimes days or even weeks would go by without food. Drinking muddy water from the street just to survive is an experience I have that few others understand.
A lifetime may seem like a long time. However, it does not seem so when we examine it in terms of “miles” and “milestones” rather than years. Only one person in 10,000 lives to see their 100 birthday. Most people die within the Age of the Bonus Mile (right after the Age of the Last Mile).
An executive had an interesting print hanging in his office. It depicted a large rowboat stranded on a beach. Two oars rested gently in the sand, with the ocean at low tide twenty or thirty feet behind it. The boat looked too heavy to drag, too big to move. It was just stuck there in the sand.
The picture wasn’t a thing of beauty. It wasn’t inspiring. In fact, it was depressing. Here was this boat created for the water, a very nice boat made to dance on top of the ocean waves, stuck in the sand.
But at the bottom of the picture was a small caption that gave meaning to the otherwise unremarkable picture. It read: “The tide always comes back.”
“Put a dent in the universe simply means that you have to have a big, bold, clear, concise vision. I like to say that your vision should — fit in a Twitter post”, Consultant Carmine Gallo said. Gallo was referring to John F. Kennedy’s “man on the moon” declaration, adding: “We will put a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth by the end of the decade.”
“John Kennedy, in 1961, had a clear, concise vision. If Twitter had existed that day, he could have tweeted it,” Gallo said.
Say no to 1,000 things. You have to focus. Reduce the clutter. Make it simple. Streamline. In 1997, when Steve Jobs returned to Apple, the company was close to bankruptcy. He took a company with 350 products and reduced them to 10 products in a two-year period. Why? So he could put the “A-Team” on each product. What are you saying “no” to?
Steve Jobs once said, “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” He is committed to building products with simple, uncluttered design. And that commitment extends beyond products. From the design of the iPod to the iPad, from the packaging of Apple’s products, to the functionality of the Web site, in Apple’s world, innovation means eliminating the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.