Six lessons by the “laureate of American lowlife”

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Henry Charles Bukowski, American-German poet, known for his dirty realism, cynicism, graphic language, and controversial writing. Time magazine called Bukowski a “laureate of American lowlife”. He must be one of the most polarizing authors among readers. The writer you either love or hate. With more than 1,000 poems, hundreds of short stories, and 6 novels, he’s had a substantial impact on modern American poetry and fiction.

Much has been said about his writing and personal lifestyle. Here are six quotes and lessons learned from his poems, stories, and different interviews.

1. Don’t bore the readers

An entrepreneurship idea I heard in business school

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I was a 3rd-year business university student in Glasgow, Scotland.

Apart from the rainy days, fish & chips, and pints of Tennents — I also had interesting business studies.

One of them, an elective class in Entrepreneurship, gave us the great opportunity to meet graduate students who were at the start of their entrepreneurial careers.

Young and ambitious entrepreneurs who were trying to make it in the real world.

Imagine the Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank TV shows, but instead of rich investors judging your business pitch, you had to present in front of a full class of business students.

We got 8 or 9 business pitches, and some of them were decent ideas as well as a few that didn’t sound so promising. …

It’s simple but extremely difficult to do.

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You want to be the best at something — do what the most successful in that field are doing, and try to do it even better.

If you’re aiming for success on Medium, do research, read others’ work, and see how the most popular writers have made it to the top.

The one trait I’m talking about is the discipline to write day after day.

Tim Denning published 1,000 articles on Medium in 2 years. That’s a crazy amount for anybody who tried writing regularly.

He made $0 in the first year but kept developing and building his writing style. Nowadays, he has over 100M views and has written for CNBC & Business Insider. …

Gurus who make money online by selling courses on how to make money online

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You want to make $500,000 per month like my buddy Jon who re-sells kitty socks and fish T-shirts on Amazon. Say no more! Sign up for my 12-weeks online course for just $2,997 ONLY NOW! (reduced from $23,555) and start earning big bucks from home.

If you hear any of the above — it’s a scam.

If you hear: “How to make $25,000 in profit in less than 2 weeks flipping on eBay” — run away from it.

Don’t buy these courses. They’re all scams.

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Whenever you have the urge to buy a get rich quick course, put on your critical-thinking glasses and press the “doubt” button. …

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I didn’t feel like writing for the last 3 months. Even though I greatly enjoy writing at times, I had enough of it for the time being. Do you ever get tired of writing?

Even if you love something, keep doing it long enough and you’ll start hating it. It’s a known phenomenon and many examples could be found with athletes, professionals, and generally people who are really good at something. Not that I’m good at writing.

As one of the legends in tennis, Andre Agassi, shares in his autobiography.

I play tennis for a living even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion and always have. …

Understand the stats before you give up searching

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9.8 new jobs are added to Indeed every second. Yet, it took me 6 months to get an HR entry position.

How long does it actually take for a person to find a suitable job? Is it easier for employers to fill a role quickly?

The recruiting experience can greatly vary from person to person as well as depending on positions, experience, and business industry.

Let’s look into the data.

Companies’ Perspective

Jobvite’s annual recruiting report is based on 10M applications and 50M job seekers, and it gives a clear perspective and hard evidence on the recruiting processes in the U.S. market.

You don’t need to work all the time

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Productivity is great and all, but you can stop being productive for a few hours. The world won’t end without your productivity.

I watched a video recently called “WORK EVERY WAKING HOUR — Elon Musk”.

Seriously? Every waking hour… Even Elon Musk takes his time to tweet memes or smoke a joint on a podcast.

You definitely shouldn’t work every waking hour unless you want to quickly burn out and get depressed. Taking breaks is necessary for your mental and physical health. Good sleep too! Taking a nap during the middle of the day is awesome.

Listen to your body

Christian Ronaldo likes to have as many as five naps a day. Be like Ronaldo! He also works hard as hell, but he lets his body to recover when needed. …

Drop perfection like a bad habit and fill the blank page.

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I don’t know what to write

I don’t know what to write

I don’t know what to write

Keep on writing this until you spark an idea.

It’s frustrating to run out of content ideas, but once you start writing, something always sticks to the blank screen.

Writers try to come up with these brilliant ideas for viral articles and best-selling novels. The ones who always seek perfection end up with a few unfinished drafts.

If you have nothing to write about, start with a single sentence and then repeat it until you go mad or come up with a second sentence, and another, and so on. …

Motivation for the writer-procrastinator

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Procrastination is the number one enemy of writers. It just feels so good to leave things for later. Why write now when you have the whole day ahead of you. “If I was writing every day, I’d be soo successful” — thinks every writer.

I’m the same. At the beginning of each month, I’m all motivated and hyped to write. Then in two weeks, one finished story and five drafts waiting for editing. There’s always some small excuse to make, but it’s mostly the result of procrastination.

When you don’t feel something is urgent, you postpone doing it. Writing can be fun and many people enjoy creating stories or articles, but unless it’s your main source of income, you probably don’t take it too seriously. You probably don’t write 5,000–10,000 words a day. Why would you? It’s difficult and mentally draining to create that much content regularly. …

Four lessons by the father of modern marketing

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Dr. Philip Kotler, an American marketing author, professor, and consultant, best known for defining the marketing mix or also known as the 4 Ps — product, price, promotion, and place. He is an author of over 60 marketing books including Marketing Management, Principles of Marketing, Marketing of Nations, and others. Kotler is widely regarded as the Father of Modern Marketing.

Kotler defines marketing as “the science and art of exploring, creating, and delivering value to satisfy the needs of a target market at a profit.”

If you studied a Marketing degree, you most likely used one of the many Kotler’s books. Down below, I explored some of his insightful quotes and speeches, and how they relate to my personal experience as a marketer. …


Atanas Shorgov

I write about marketing, business, retention strategies, content creation, and personal experiences. Sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly stories.

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