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SmarterComics
Palo Alto, California
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Whenever I speak to customers or journalists, I’m told that everyone’s greatest desire is to become financially successful. Financial success isn’t necessarily about being filthy rich (although most people wouldn't mind). People are pragmatic: In an ideal world, they’d like to have the freedom to do and not do whatever... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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I studied business and the most horrible topic was accounting. The courses were simply too abstract and boring. What a waste! Unfortunately, unless you’re an astronaut, you need to understand the basics of accounting to function in the real world. Accounting helps us understand how companies work, whether you’re employed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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In Entrepreneur's annual look of 2012 at the brightest ideas, the hottest industries and the most insightful innovators, SmarterComics was one of the 100 selected companies to be chosen from. We're honored. Thank you to our customers, agents, artists, authors, publicist, sales, domestic retailers, partners in Asia/Europe/South America... and of... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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1. What are my highest value activities? 2. What can I and only I do that will make a real difference? 3.What is the most valuable use of my time? This isn’t a quiz…this is a test. If you can answer the above three questions with accuracy and speed, you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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According to master samurai Miyamoto Musashi, there are four ways in which you can make your way through life: either as a gentleman warrior, a farmer, an artisan, or a merchant. A farmer tills the soil seasonally to produce crops. He is never able to build on his previous achievements,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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People are rarely what they seem. Unfortunately, people often attempt to disguise their true motivations in order to be able to manipulate the situation to their advantage. However, there’s no reason that you should fall for this trap. All you have to do is train yourself to see past the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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We often hear that “cash is king,” and in the business world, there is nothing more important than understanding that cash is the king of all operations. Although companies shut down for a wide variety of reasons, the most universal reason is, quite simply, they ran out of cash. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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Sun Tzu says that once you know who you are, you become invincible. Oddly enough, self-knowledge can be exceedingly difficult to acquire. Rarely do we know ourselves by introspection; it is only through action that we learn who we truly are. Although few of us initially enjoy competition, it is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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“The Art of War from SmarterComics” is a step-by-step guide to becoming powerful, influential, and masterful in every area of your life. As a wise man once noted, life isn’t easy. But that’s because no one ever taught you how to get ahead. Once you learn how to conquer life’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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Classic samurai strategy dictates that there are three ways to forestall your opponent: 1. Attack him. 2. Forestall him as he attacks. 3. Attack simultaneously. Each of these methods requires a different attitude and focus. When attacking your opponent, you need to approach the situation with measured calm. Suddenly changing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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Houses, bodies, and enemies collapse when their rhythm becomes deranged. Sometimes, all you have to do to win a conflict is disrupt your opponent’s rhythm. But how is that done? Classic strategy says that in order to disrupt the rhythm of our opponents, we must first understand our own rhythms,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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There are a variety of ways to make your way through life, but if you really want to get anywhere, it’s best to adopt a regular stride. It can be fast or slow, with big or little steps. But do yourself a favor and choose a rhythm. Those who vary... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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As Mark Twain once said, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.” While few of us have had to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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The dictionary defines lying as a “false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive.” But what is false in an age where very few people can agree on what constitutes truth? More importantly, is it better to die as an honest man rather than to prosper as a deceitful one?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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With a 10:1 advantage, your overwhelming strength cen be displayed in such a way that surrender is your enemy's only option. If the odds are 5:1 in your favor, Sun Tzu recommends to attack. If this odds are equal, Sun Tzu doesn't recommed to fight. If forced to, fight for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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What’s better than being rich? Being happy. Although many people think that having a few extra million to kick around would make their lives perfect, the truth is that happiness is not something that automatically comes with a fat bankroll. While everybody needs some form of cash to get them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at SmarterComics Blog
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Sometimes, the difference between winning an argument and losing one is being able to think like the person who disagrees with you. This may seem counter-intuitive; after all, if that person disagrees with you, they must necessarily lack your perspective. However, one of the most powerful ways to defeat our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog
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As John Lennon once noted, you’ve got to be a bit of a bastard to make it. Niccolo Machiavelli concurs, saying that, “it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog
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A BIG thank you to all SmarterComics readers! The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards has selected four SmarterComics to be finalists including 'The Art of War from SmarterComics'. Sun Tzu's illustrated masterpiece has been the #1 Amazon Android App most of the time since its publication six months ago. It's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog
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Being successful in life isn’t about having a particular job, living in a particular place, or having the right wardrobe. It is, however, about learning how to choose your battles. How well do you know yourself? What do you want out of life, and how do you plan on getting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog
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Is time management really life management? So posits the illustrated version of “Eat That Frog!” In a society where every minute counts, choosing what you do and when you do it becomes increasingly important. You’re never going to be able to get “caught up.” However, by doing the most important... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog
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It seems unlikely that Kim Kardashian does much reading. However, she may have recently come across this gem from Sun Tzu: “If, in the midst of difficulties we are always ready to seize an advantage, we may extricate ourselves from misfortune.” The woman who brazenly sold the rights to her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog
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Some princes disarm their subjects, while others keep their subjects distracted by factions. Think of talk-show hosts. Some of them are charismatic and entertain millions simply by being themselves; others invite guests in order to mock them and shout over them. Both types of talk show hosts remain popular, although... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog
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Weighing in at 400 pounds, Kelly “Man of Fat Steel” Gneiting is both a three time U.S. sumo wrestling champion and an award-winning marathon runner. In 2011, he set a Guinness World Record for being "Heaviest Person to Complete a Marathon (LA Marathon, 2011)" with an impressive time of 9... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog
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According to master strategist Miyamoto Musashi, carefully observing the behavior of fire and water can help you triumph in your life and work. Sound bizarre? Consider this: Water, by its very nature, can take any shape, whether it is sitting calmly in a glass or roaring through a rocky riverbed.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at SmarterComics Blog