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How to Be Taken Seriously

The best way to be taken seriously is by doing serious work.

Waking up and deciding “Today I’m going to start getting serious” is a good start, but it’s only the beginning.

A great brand requires trust, credibility, and social capital. And those things require time to build.

Dream big and aim high, but don’t forget to approach your daily work with integrity and persistence.

As Geoff Graham writes. “Incremental progress, made bit by bit over years of deliberate and sustained effort, is the most powerful force in the world..”

Before the Money Comes

If you want to get paid for something, start doing it before you get paid.

In whatever capacity you can, get started.

Nothing says “risky hire” like a person who says “I want to do X, but I haven’t done anything yet because I’m waiting for someone to give me money first.”

And nothing says “I’m ready to step into the light” quite like the person who says “I’m willing to be share by gifts with generosity even though there’s no guarantee I’m going to make money for it.”

Remember Who the Real Enemy Is

Never participate in a contest over who’s the most disadvantaged. Everyone loses in that scenario.

If someone is fighting with you to achieve the status of “person with the hardest life,” let them win.

Build your legacy on helping yourself and others overcome hardship, not on using personal struggles to make others feel inferior.

Instead of racing others to the bottom, find a common ground that you both can use as a foundation for personal growth.

Resistance is the enemy.

Debates about who faces the most resistance is a distraction that keeps us from defeating that enemy.


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