Be not afraid of conflict

Establish systems

Ignore your competitors

Great artists incubate

Make habits with commitment contracts

The best deals are the ones you don’t take

Start as soon as possible

Curate a large rolodex

Presort your laundry

Be here now

Communicate the high-order bit

Make due with less

Do not expect perfection

Study using “The Soup Can Method”

Never, ever quit

Don’t do favors

Become a psychology master

Become a computer master

Work six days a week

Fuck what other people think

Put the right people in the right seats

Turn on your computer, phone, and tablet for a specific task

It is never too late to put your day on track

Hire a psychotherapist

Prefer phone calls to meetings

Be very confident


Buy in bulk

Live a six sigma life

Mistakes are messengers

Get rid of undesirable people early

Divorce from the details

Great leaders care about their organization and their workers

See things as they truly are, not how you wish they were

Build your mental map carefully

The only requirement to success is really wanting it

Savor the meandering journey

It’s realistic to be optimistic

Your dream life is what makes you cry

You can improve your life

Take baby steps

Evaluate yourself on improvement, not achievement

Leverage time


To empty your mind, do brain dumps

Capture all thoughts

Develop a mind like water

Put all stuff in your inbox

Separate reference from stuff

Replace “I must” with “I want”

When you realize you’re in a hole, stop digging

Build superreserves

Do not deviate from your specialty

Become a specialist

Work really hard

Bill yourself $10,000/hr.

Be thyself

Find thyself

You don’t owe anyone anything

Give yourself permission to be human

Hire carefully

Luck is created

Success is a habit

Think big

Do the hard thing

Do the right thing

Get outside your comfort zone

Stretch, but don’t snap

Shoot frequent layups, not the occasional 3-pointer

If a situation is deteriorating, withdraw immediately

One bad performance can erase years of progress

Find lessons in every situation

If you violate one maxim, more will follow

Success requires mental health

Talk less

Carpe diem

Accept the power of choice

Drugs are lame

Ascribe the best possible meaning to events

Act, learn, repeat

Create clearly defined outcomes

Communication breeds conflict

Do not complain

Seek doers; avoid pretenders

Do work before it’s due

Get a private teacher

Great people are the second most valuable asset

Appeal to a noble cause

Great artists discard

Real growth is boring

Time is the most valuable asset

Barrel on through

Cut off unnecessary actions