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No normal person would ever try to write a “Skinny” book… it’s too darn hard. Our Skinny Books are compilations of perhaps 50 books or articles on one subject. The objective is to cull from each book/article the most important ideas therein. Then, to try to weave all these ideas... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at The Skinny On
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In building your creative muscles, it is important to learn to expand your thinking BEYOND the obvious. When speaking on creativity, I sometimes divide the audience into 3 groups. I will then ask each group to think of potential uses for a simple household object - say a chair or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at The Skinny On
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Here’s the thing about creative ideas – they are different and oftentimes threatening to the status quo. As a result, WHATEVER your idea, there will be naysayers. “At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past.” Maurice Maeterlinck, Nobel... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at The Skinny On
Lesson #1 may sound counter-intuitive. With most things in life, the harder you try, the better you do. But, there are exceptions. Ever TRIED really really hard to fall asleep? You can't force it - you just have to let sleep happen. Creativity is not dissimilar. Creative ideas are there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at The Skinny On
I have studied the process of creativity for many years. I have concluded that everyone has a large reservoir of creativity. Some people may know how to access it better than others. But, here is the headline: EVERYONE CAN IMPROVE THEIR CREATIVITY. I do not believe that some people are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at The Skinny On
We are reviewing the ten most important factors that will determine your success (or not) as an entrepreneur. #10. Luck??? OK, we have come to the last of our ten factors for predicting your success, or not, as an entrepreneur. And now we are up to an intangible - LUCK.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at The Skinny On
We are reviewing the ten most important factors that will determine your success (or not) as an entrepreneur. #9. Physical Fitness The life of an entrepreneur is taxing - mentally, emotionally AND physically. And, in order to increase the odds of your success, you need to assess the state of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at The Skinny On
We are reviewing the ten most important factors that will determine your success (or not) as an entrepreneur. #8. Forget-ability I made that word up. But, here is the point: as an entrepreneur, you are going to have good days and bad days. And, to be successful, you are going... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at The Skinny On
We are reviewing the ten most important factors that will determine your success (or not) as an entrepreneur. #7. OK with Loneliness Some people need lots of people around them. Others do better when they are alone. One definition of extrovert is a person who gains energy when around others... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at The Skinny On
We are reviewing the ten most important factors that will determine your success (or not) as an entrepreneur. #6. Comfort with Chaos Many people need structure in their lives. They need their job to be somewhat linear … A to B and then B to C, and so on. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at The Skinny On
I have written ten skinny books – each on a particular subject. The average number of words in my Skinny books is about 12,000. The typical non-fiction book has approximately 75,000 words. And, each of my Skinny books is a compilation of about 25 books on the topic. So, if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at The Skinny On
We are discussing the ten most important factors in your success (or not) as an entrepreneur. Here are #4 and #5. 4. Confidence - I could write ten posts on the stories of hugely successful entrepreneurs who were told over and over that their idea was "dumb", "never going to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at The Skinny On
OK, so now you have had some time to think about the type of activity you would like to pursue as an entrepreneurial venture. Great, now I want to tell you what I believe will be the 10 factors behind your success (or not). I am going to discuss 3... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at The Skinny On
This is the first post of what will be a series of many about starting your life as an entrepreneur. Starting your life as an entrepreneur? You already have a life, and a job, and obligations, and perhaps some debts. What in the world am I talking about? Well, first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at The Skinny On
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I have read hundreds of books on the path to success. I have spoken with dozens of highly successful people - in multiple fields of endeavor. My objective is to find the common threads, the lessons that any one of us can employ to achieve our own particular objectives. Although... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at The Skinny On
I just finished reading GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth (Scribner, 2016). There are a couple of very important “take-aways” from this book (although it is about 150 pages too long). The premise of this book is that achievement is the end result of tons of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at The Skinny On
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I am reading a very well written book titled GRIT – The Power of Passion and Perseverance written by Angela Duckworth. It makes an important point that I have not thought a lot about until recently. For years I have written about the role that perseverance plays in success. There... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at The Skinny On
One of the most important skills one can develop is the ability to control his or her thoughts. Thoughts can be energizing or debilitating. Success comes from the maintaining control over which thoughts dominate your consciousness. Many great thinkers have addressed the subject of mind control. Eckhart Tolle (The Power... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at The Skinny On
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Great success in any endeavor is for most people a long, hard slog. My observation of success over many years is that very few people just get lucky … or find a shortcut … or are so talented or bright that success just comes easy. Haven't seen it. Instead what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at The Skinny On
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The subject of willpower is fascinating. Why can some people make a goal or resolution and stick to it no matter what, while others quickly fall by the wayside? I have studied this subject for twenty years. I am also proud to report that one of my first books, The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at The Skinny On
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Ever get a song in your head that keeps popping up? Some psychologists have called this an “ear worm,” which fortunately is perfectly harmless. An ear worm is an example of your unconscious mind jumping into the life of your conscious mind. Let me give you a bigger example. Many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at The Skinny On
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The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes once remarked to his assistant Dr. Watson: "You see but you don't observe." Sherlock was making the point that Watson sometimes missed obvious clues. Last week I read Joe Navarro's book, "What Every BODY is Saying". Navarro is a former FBI agent whose expertise is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at The Skinny On
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Gratuitous communication makes me nuts. What is "gratuitous communication"? Any form of business expression that conveys more than it needs to. Let me give you an example. Recently, a friend asked me to meet his brother and give him guidance on a real estate deal he was working. I said... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at The Skinny On
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This post is the first in our new weekly program. I will publish one each week. It is being sent to everyone who signed up for one of our offerings at The Skinny On or Street Smarts. What am I trying to accomplish here? I just want to give you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at The Skinny On
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Recently, I gave a speech titled, "The Art of Persuasion." I have actually been working on this speech for 10 years as I have made it a point to learn and study everything I can about the subject of persuasion. Here is the outline of my speech: 1. Prepare You... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at The Skinny On