No 1,000 Things – Not Know 1,000 Things
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.
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Sell dreams not products. Be innovative! Aim to fulfill hopes and ambitions.
Steve Jobs famously explained that the iPhone was not just a phone but a lifestyle.
To Steve Jobs, people who buy Apple products are not “consumers.” They are people with hopes, dreams and ambitions. He builds products to help people achieve their dreams. He once said, “some people think you’ve got to be crazy to buy a Mac, but in that craziness we see genius.” How do you see your customers? Help them unleash their inner genius and you’ll win over their hearts and minds.
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Solve your own problems.
“It’s better if you find your own solution!” ~ David Tait
Come up with your own solutions and you will develop a real competitive edge. Others will have to imitate you!
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Take everything one day at a time.
It doesn’t matter how difficult your current situation is, you can get through it if you focus on what is happening at the present moment. In the movie Dinotopia, the instructor says, “You must face your fear if you are to overcome it. Fear is the future. There is no fear in the present. The present is only action and reaction.”
Forget the future and just get through each day, one day at a time. You can overcome anything that way.
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“Welcome the Worst, It Will be Better!”
I am using the word “welcome” to mean don’t be afraid of the unknown! Don’t worry, laugh at your worries, there is a 75% chance they won’t happen, and only 25% that part (not all) of them will happen, but they will be better than you think!
Whatever you are worried about, face it! Exactly identify the worst thing that might happen! Not only welcome and accept the worst thing that could happen, but really write, down exactly what the worst thing might be. Embrace the very worst thing that could happen, because it usually won’t!
Let’s see, “If I start writing a daily blog, an invisible space alien will teleport themselves into my bedroom and eat me alive while I sleep.” Get real, it is not going to happen. Maybe 1 in a billion odds, or maybe zero. Think about it, the first bite, and you would likely wake up from the pain!
In order to have success, you have to dare to fail, don’t worry… Face the worst, accept it is the worst, then it will not be so bad, and it will likely not even happen!
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You’re very close, when you want to quit.
“You are closer than you think, the second you feel like quitting.” ~ David Tait
An old Chinese proverb says, “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.” I believe it’s true and I love it!
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Do what you love, no matter what it happens to be. Passion is everything. Follow this passion and do work that excites you.
“Don’t settle … as with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it,” is what Steve Jobs told Stanford University graduates in a commencement address in 2005.
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As I wrote down My Daily Code and My Code of Ethics, I decided I should also pen My Code of Success: Twenty-Five Rules for Success in Life and Business.
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Sometimes finding yourself again is the hard part. We lose the song on our heart. You Will Be My Song is perhaps Don Moen’s greatest songs. He has been through the desert and he finds himself again – in a place we all know, but sometimes forget.
You know my needs, all that’s unspoken … You hold the pieces of all that’s been broken
Even when a melody won’t come … Even when my words are not enough
I know that place well, it is hard to get out of bed in the morning, hard to face a new day. It seems all I have strength for is to complain of how little strength I have… That is when God comes to me and Yeshua (Jesus) lifts me into his arms again.
Before I call I know You’ll hear me … When hope is gone still You are near me
Even when I feel like I’m alone … I know You’ll never leave me on my own
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I am really thinking this morning about the Art of Compromise. The Art of Compromise is really the secret of success in life. I have been studying the laws of the Universe. People do not realize it, but there are real laws that govern the universe like the Law of Attraction and the Law of Transaction.
Law and Art are the Same!
I have come to realize that the Law of Transaction and the Art of Compromise are likely the same thing!
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