Comprehensive and Well-written Collection of Life and Business Development Topics

35 Hard Truths You Should Know Before Becoming “Successful” is a comprehensive and well-written collection of life and business development topics.

They can be used in many useful ways:

  1. read in one sitting, combined with self-reflection
  2. as a sequence of items to study, one per day
  3. as topics to expand upon, for example, google each of the quotes and examples for more details
  4. as topics to discuss between mentor and mentee
  5. even if some are intuitive, it’s good to explore them deeper.

My favorites are 12, 16, 18 and 20.

How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time Wasting Activities by Using the “Eisenhower Box”
W: Koan
What I Learned From Learning How to Say No
Example of Compliment Sandwich Letter
“Be yourself” is terrible advice HN


  • “Ask yourself periodically, is this who I really wanna be?”
  • “Just do it.”
  • “Be the best version of yourself you can possibly be.”
  • “Become your Platonic ideal.”

We Don’t Have Unprofitable Customers, Just Unhappy Accidents HN
“TL;DR for folks without sales lingo:

Companies often think their business would be healthier if they got rid of their “bad customers,” but a customer who is difficult with one provider (e.g. always asks for discounts, doesn’t commit over time) can act much more nicely with providers who they consider critical to their business. This is evidenced through a merger where two distribution companies compare customer lists and realize that one’s best customer is the other’s worst — in other words, a customer isn’t good or bad, they just behave differently with different suppliers. So the key to business is not to get rid of the bad customers, but to become your customers’ favorite supplier so that they build a long-term partnership with you.”

Okabashi: Footwear Company Makes 1.2 Million Shoes a Year in Georgia Why You Can’t Trust Yourself
Every productivity thought I’ve ever had, as concisely as possible, Why Your Brain Loves Procrastination

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