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Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

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“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.” — Margaret Wheatley

When you help others, they often help you

Success in any field, but especially in business, is about working with people, not against them

I thought of “networking” as connecting — sharing my knowledge and resources, time and energy, friends and associates, and empathy and compassion in a continual effort to provide value to others, while coincidentally increasing my own

Real networking is about finding ways to make other people more successful. It is about working hard to give more than you get

Stop keeping score

“There is no such thing as a “self-made” man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.” — George Burton Adams

I’ll sum up the key to success in one word: generosity

You’ve got to be more than willing to accept generosity. Often, you’ve got to go out and ask for it

Until you become as willing to ask for help as you are to give it, however, you are only working half the equation

Connecting. It’s a constant process of giving and receiving — of asking for and offering help. By putting people in contact with one another, by giving your time and expertise and sharing them freely, the pie gets bigger for everyone

A network functions precisely because there’s recognition of mutual need. There’s an implicit understanding that investing time and energy in building personal relationships with the right people will pay dividends

First you have to stop keeping score

You can’t amass a network of connections without introducing such connections to others with equal fervor. The more people you help, the more help you’ll have and the more help you’ll have helping others

“Who do you know in the <industry> world that I can talk to for some advice about breaking into the industry? You know any people who’d be open for a short lunch?”

“I’m thinking about transitioning into the <industry name> industry at some point. Is there anyone you know who you think could lend some helpful advice?”

“Great, I’d love to meet her, is there any chance of arranging a quick introduction? Maybe you could pass on an e-mail?”

Relationships are more like muscles — the more you work them, the stronger they become

Ask people “How can I help you?”

Relationships are solidified by trust. Institutions are built on it. You gain trust by asking not what people can do for you, but what you can do for others

Experience will not save you in hard times, nor will hard work or talent. If you need a job, money, advice, help, hope, or a means to make a sale, there’s only one surefire, fail-safe place to find them — within your extended circle of friends and associates

It’s better to give before you receive. And never keep score. If your interactions are ruled by generosity, your rewards will follow suit

Each of us is now a brand

Your relationships with others are your finest, most credible expression of who you are and what you have to offer. Nothing else compares

Contribute. Give your time, money, and expertise to your growing community of friends

What’s your mission?

The more specific you are about what you want to do, the easier it becomes to develop a strategy to accomplish it

Steps to set goals

Step One: Find Your Passion

A goal is a dream with a deadline

What do you truly love? What you’re good at? What you want to accomplish in life? What are the obstacles that are stopping you?

Most people accept what they “should” be doing, rather than take the time to figure out what they want to be doing

There’s an intuitive knowledge of what she or he wants most in life. We only have to look for it

  1. Look inside

Do an internal review without constraints, without doubts, fears, and expectations of what you “should” be doing. You have to be able to set aside the obstacles of time, money, and obligation

2. Look outside

Ask the people who know you best what they think your greatest strengths and weaknesses are. Ask them what they admire about you and what areas you may need help in

Our achievements grow according to the size of our dreams and the degree to which we are in touch with our mission

Coming up with goals, updating them, and monitoring our progress in achieving them is less important, I believe, than the process of emotionally deciding what it is you want to do

Step Two: Putting Goals to Paper

Networking Action Plan

The first part is devoted to the development of the goals that will help you fulfill your mission.

List what you’d like to accomplish three years from today

Then work backward in both one-year and three-month increments to develop mid- and short-term goals that will help reach your mission

Under each time frame, create an “A” and a “B” goal that will meaningfully contribute to where you want to be three years from now

The second part is devoted to connecting those goals to the people, places, and things that will help you get the job done.

The third part helps you determine the best way to reach out to the people who will help you to accomplish your goals

Connecting with others really just involves having a predetermined plan and carrying it out

Once you have your plan, post it in a place (or places) where you will see it on a regular basis. Share your goals with others

There are hidden opportunities waiting to be accessed in everyone if you just tell them what you want

Your goals must be specific

Know what steps you’ll take to achieve your goal, the date by which it will be accomplished, and the measurement you’ll use to gauge whether you’ve achieved the goal or not

Your goals must be believable

If you don’t believe you can reach them, you won’t

Your goals must be challenging and demanding

Step out of your comfort zone; set goals that require risk and uncertainty

Step Three: Create a Personal “Board of Advisors”

It helps to have an enlightened counselor, or two or three, to act as both cheerleader and eagle-eyed supervisor, who will hold you accountable

Change is hard. You might lose friends, encounter seemingly insur- mountable obstacles, and face the most troubling hurdle of all — your own self-doubt

Growth comes only from change. And change comes only from new goals

Reaching your goals can be difficult. But if you have goals to begin with, a realizable plan to achieve them, and a cast of trusted friends to help you, you can do just about anything

As an undergraduate at Georgetown, the forty-second president, Bill Clinton, made it a nightly habit to record, on index cards, the names and vital information of every person whom he’d met that day

Clinton doesn’t just recall your personal information; he uses the information as a means to affirm a bond with you

The more specific you are about where you want to go in life, the easier it becomes to develop a networking strategy to get there

Be sensitive to making a real connection in your interactions with others

You can become, and remain, charming and popular when you treat everyone you meet with sincerity

People who have the largest circle of contacts, mentors, and friends know that you must reach out to others long before you need anything at all

You can only truly gain someone’s trust and commitment little by little over time

The law of probability ensures that the more new people you know, the more opportunities will come your way and the more help you’ll get at critical junctures in your career

“Seize this very minute; what you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

It never hurts to ask

People with a low tolerance for risk, whose behavior is guided by fear, have a low propensity for success

The worst anyone can say is no. If they choose not to give their time or their help, it’s their loss

A networker isn’t looking to achieve only a single successful union

Creating an enriching circle of trusted relationships requires one to be out there, in the mix, all the time

Mustering the audacity to talk with people who don’t know me often simply comes down to balancing the fear I have of embarrassment against the fear of failure and its repercussions. For my father, either he asked or his family didn’t have. For me, I either ask or I’m not successful. That fear always overrides my anxiety about rejection or being embarrassed

The choice isn’t between success and failure; it’s between choosing risk and striving for greatness, or risking nothing and being certain of mediocrity

“There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars.” — Mark Twain

The best way to deal with this anxiety is to first acknowledge that our fear is perfectly normal. You are not alone. The second thing is to recognize that getting over that fear is critical to your success. The third is to commit to getting better

Find a role model

Learn to speak

Set a goal for yourself of initiating a meeting with one new person a week

Fear debilitates. Once you realize there’s no benefit to holding back, every situation and every person — no matter how seemingly beyond your reach — becomes an opportunity to succeed

Before you can speak persuasively — that is, before you speak from a position of passion and personal knowledge — you need to know where you stand

Do you understand that it’s your team’s accomplishments, and what they do because of you, not for you, that will generate your mark as a leader?

We vote for the people we like and respect. Great companies are built by CEOs who inspire love and admiration. In today’s world, mean guys finish last

We live in a new “abundance of choice in business” in everything from products to career paths. Choice spells doom for difficult colleagues and leaders. At a time when more of us have more options than ever, there’s no need to put up with a product or service that doesn’t deliver, a company that we don’t like, or a boss whom we don’t respect

Make sure you have something to offer when you speak, and offer it with sincerity

All of which reveals an inner truth about the skill of reaching out to others: Those who are best at it don’t network — they make friends

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.” — Robert H. Schuller

Whom you meet, how you meet them, and what they think of you afterward should not be left to chance

“Preparation is — if not the key to genius — then at least the key to sounding like a genius” — Winston Churchill

All people naturally care, generally above and beyond anything else, about what it is they do

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” — William James

Going to a meeting without Googling someone is unacceptable

“Influentials”: the early adopters, journalists, and industry analysts that help spread the initial buzz about a product or service

If you’re organized, focused, and a stickler for taking names, there’s no one that’s out of reach

It’s all about attitude

You’re never going to be completely ready to meet new people; there is no perfect moment. Your fears will never be completely quieted, because inviting rejection is never going to be appealing. There are always a hundred reasons to procrastinate. The trick is to just plunge right in

You have to envision yourself winning to win

You have to view getting to know new people as a challenge and an opportunity. The very idea should spark your competitive fires, silencing the wallflower in all of us that shies away from socially adventuresome behavior

Frequently, people won’t get back to you. You have to put your ego aside and persist in calling or writing

Someone who is busy is more likely to pick up their own phone at 8:00 A.M. or 6:30 P.M. Plus, they’re probably less stressed out since they’re not facing typical nine-to-five pressures

Four rules for warm calling:

  1. Convey credibility by mentioning a familiar person or institution.
  2. State your value proposition.
  3. Impart urgency and convenience by being prepared to do whatever it takes whenever it takes to meet the other person on his or her own terms.
  4. Be prepared to offer a compromise that secures a definite follow-up at a minimum

Tell people who you are, what’s your company, what your company stands for, who your customers are, what your company is offering, what your company’s reputation is, and then why you are talking to them

When you mention someone both of you have in common, all of a sudden the person you’re calling has an obligation not only to you but also to the friend or associate you just mentioned

Remember, it’s all about them. What can you do for them?

Selling is solving another person’s problems

Instead of closing with “We should get together some time soon,” I like to finalize with something like “I’m going to be in town next week. How about lunch on Tuesday? I know this is going to be important for both of us, so I’ll make time no matter what.”

You will need to provide enough information about your value proposition to make the person want to spend some time talking. But also, don’t talk too much. If you launch into a long sales pitch without finding out the other person’s thoughts, you can turn them off immediately

Don’t ever talk at someone. Give them time to come along with you

Deals are made face-to-face

Take as little time as possible in your cold call to ensure that the next time you speak to them it’s in their office, or better yet, over some linguine and wine

In any informal negotiation, you go big at the outset, leaving room for compromise and the ability to ratchet down for an easier close. Try for a lot — it will help you settle for what it is you really need

Always respect the gatekeeper’s power. Treat them with the dignity they deserve. If you do, doors will open for you to even the most powerful decision makers. Acknowledge their help. Thank them by phone, flowers, a note

Keep your social and conference and event calendar full. As an up-and-comer, you must work hard to remain visible and active among your ever-budding network of friends and contacts

Behind any successful person stands a long string of failures. But toughness and tenacity like Lincoln’s can overcome these setbacks. Lincoln knew the only way to gain ground, to move forward, to turn his goals into reality, was to learn from his setbacks, to stay engaged, and press on

Shared interests are the basic building blocks of any relationship

Friendship is created out of the quality of time spent between two people, not the quantity

When we are truly passionate about something, it’s contagious. Our passion draws other people to who we are and what we care about. Others respond by letting their guard down. Which is why sharing your passion is important in business

When you meet someone with whom you want to establish a relationship, take the extra little step to ensure you won’t be lost in their mental attic by following up

Follow-up is the key to success in any field

Why go to all the trouble of meeting new people if you’re not going to work on making them a part of your life?

In a follow-up, always reiterate the commitments everyone has made, and asks when a second follow-up meeting can be arranged

Always express your gratitude.

Be sure to include an item of interest from your meeting or conversation — a joke or a shared moment of humor.

Reaffirm whatever commitments you both made — going both ways.

Be brief and to the point.

Always address the thank-you note to the person by name. Use e-mail and snail mail. The combination adds a personalized touch.

Timeliness is key. Send them as soon as possible after the meeting or interview.

Many people wait until the holidays to say thank you or reach out. Why wait? Your follow-ups will be timelier, more appropriate, and certainly better remembered.

Don’t forget to follow up with those who have acted as the go-between for you and someone else. Let the original referrer know how the conversation went, and express your appreciation for their help.

Giving speeches is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get yourself, your business, and your ideas seen, heard of, and remembered

Say something inspiring or insightful to the guests

Toastmasters International provides a forum for the development of speaking skills

Study after study shows that the more speeches one gives, the higher one’s income bracket tends to be

How do you become a speaker at a conference? First, you need something to say: You need content. You need to develop a spiel about the niche you occupy. In fact, you can develop a number of different spiels, catering to a number of different audiences

Be sure to introduce yourself, tell people what company you work for, what you do, and then ask a question that leaves the audience buzzing

A commando knows that you have to get people to like you first. The sales come later — in the follow-up discussions you have after the conference. Now is the time to begin to build trust and a relationship

Personal contacts are the key to opening doors

Acquaintances represent a source of social power, and the more acquaintances you have, the more powerful you are

If you are sharing someone else’s circle of friends, be sure that you adequately acknowledge the person who ushered you into this new world, and do so in all the subsequent connections that they helped foster. Never forget the person who brought you to the dance

Conversation is an acquired skill. If you have the determination and the proper information, just like any other skill, it can be learned

The more successfully you use language, the faster you can get ahead in life

The goal of small talk is simple: Start a conversation, keep it going, create a bond, and leave with the other person thinking, “I dig that person”

When it comes to making an impression, differentiation is the name of the game

There’s one guaranteed way to stand out in the professional world: Be yourself

Vulnerability is one of the most underappreciated assets in business today

Power, today, comes from sharing information, not withholding it

Not many secrets are worth the energy required to keep them secret

The issues we all care most about are the issues we all want to talk about most

Be honest, open, and vulnerable enough to genuinely allow other people into your life so that they can be vulnerable in return

Every conversation you have is an invitation to risk revealing the real you. What’s the worst that can happen? They don’t respond in kind. So what. They probably weren’t worth knowing in the first place. But if the risk pays off, well, now you’ve just turned a potentially dull exchange into something interesting or even perhaps personally insightful — and more times than not, a real relationship is formed

Charm is simply a matter of being yourself. Your uniqueness is your power

The surest way to become special in others’ eyes is to make them feel special

The Johari Window is a model that provides insight into how much people reveal of themselves. Some people are introverted, revealing little; they keep their window relatively closed. Other people are extroverted, revealing a great deal and keeping their windows open

Be aware of the different styles at play and adapt to the person we’re talking with

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” — William James

Seek first to understand, then to be understood

We’re often so worried about what we’re going to say next that we don’t hear what’s being said to us now

Take the initiative and be the first person to say hello. This demonstrates confidence and immediately shows your interest in the other person

Always, always, remember the other person’s name. Nothing is sweeter to someone’s ears than their own name

Turning Connections into Compatriots

What do you really want?

Our strength comes from what we do and know cumulatively. The fact is, no one gets ahead in this world without a lot of help

The only way to get people to do anything is to recognize their importance and thereby make them feel important. Every person’s deepest lifelong desire is to be significant and to be recognized

Loyalty means staying true to someone through thick and thin

“Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are three things in this world that engender deep emotional bonds between people. They are health, wealth, and children

When you help someone through a health issue, positively impact someone’s personal wealth, or take a sincere interest in their children, you engender life-bonding loyalty

The highest human need is for self-actualization — the desire to become the best you can be

Start with the philosophy, the worldview, that every human is an opportunity to help and be helped

Stop driving yourself — and everyone else — crazy thinking about how to make yourself successful. Start thinking about how you’re going to make everyone around you successful

Don’t wait to be asked. Just help

You can be more successful in two months by becoming really interested in other people’s success than you can in two years trying to get other people interested in your own success

If 80 percent of success is, as Woody Allen once said, just showing up, then 80 percent of building and maintaining relationships is just staying in touch

All successful people are planners. They think on paper. Failing to plan, as they say, is planning to fail

People don’t only hire people they like, they hire people that they think can make them and their companies better

To move others, you have to speak beyond yourself. Boldly putting yourself out there was one thing, and a good thing, but that wasn’t enough. There was a difference between getting attention and getting attention for your desire to change the world

You have to believe in something for people to believe in you

Create a story about your company and the ideas it embodies that readers will care about. That’s your content. Then share it. Have you ever picked up the phone and actually talked to a reporter about why you think what you do is so special? You cannot outsource this to PR; journalists deal with thousands of PR people a day. Who’s going to be more passionate and more informed than you? You’re the expert on what you do

If what you do can be done by anyone, there will always be someone willing to do it for less

The one thing no one has figured out how to outsource is the creation of ideas. You can’t replace people who day in and day out offer the kind of content or unique ways of thinking that promise their company an edge

The trick is not to work obsessively on the skills and talents you lack, but to focus and cultivate your strengths so that your weaknesses matter less

Ten tips to help you become an expert

1. Get out in front and analyze the trends and opportunities on the cutting edge

Identify the people in your industries who always seem to be out in front, and use all the relationship skills you’ve acquired to connect with them

Get online and read, read, read. Subscribe to magazines, buy books, and talk to the smartest people you can find

All this knowledge will build on itself, and you’ll start making connections others aren’t

2. Ask seemingly stupid questions

If you ask questions that are like no other, you get results that are unlike any that the world has seen

3. Know yourself and your talents

Apply the 80/20 rule in that you should spend some time getting better at your weaknesses but really focus on building your strength

4. Always learn

You have to learn more to earn more

Your program of self-development should include reading books and magazines, listening to educational tapes, attending three to five conferences a year, taking a course or two, and developing relationships with the leaders in your field

5. Stay healthy

You have to take care of yourself — your body, mind, and spirit — to be at your best

6. Expose yourself to unusual experiences

Take a deep and boundless curiosity about things outside your own profession and comfort zone

7. Don’t get discouraged

Face rejection on a regular basis

Passion keeps you going through the rough times come hell or high water, and both will come

8. Know the new technology

You don’t need to be a “techno geek,” but you do need to understand the impact of technology on your business and be able to leverage it to your benefit

9. Develop a niche

Successful small businesses that gain renown establish themselves within a carefully selected market niche that they can realistically hope to dominate. Individuals can do the same thing

10. Follow the money

The bottom line for your content has to be: This will make us more money

“Use your content to tell stories that move people.” — Dalai Lama

Powerful content communicated in a compelling story can energize your network to help you achieve your mission

A gripping story must have a simple and universal message

The most gripping stories are those concerning identity — who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we are going. They tap into something common to all people

“The more we care for the happiness of others the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.” — Dalai Lama

The basic concerns of all people — happiness based on contentment, appeasement of suffering, and the forging of meaningful relationships — can act as the foundation for universal ethics in today’s world

Figure out how to spin your yarn in a fashion that a) is simple to understand, and b) everybody can relate to

How does my content help others answer who they are, where they are from, and where they are going?

“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.” — Tom Peters

Develop a Personal Branding Message (PBM)

What do you want people to think when they hear or read your name?

What product or service can you best provide?

Looks count, so you’d better look polished and professional

“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.” — Machiavelli

If you hide your accomplishments, they’ll remain hidden. If you don’t promote yourself, no one else will

Everyone you meet and everyone you talk to should know what you do, why you’re doing it, and how you can do it for him or her

You need to impart a sense of urgency and make the message timely

Reporters continually ask, “But why is it important NOW?” If you can’t answer that sufficiently, your article will wait

Productivity software is exploding but it is still too complicated and spread out for the average consumer

Journalists get fed up with people who are nitwits and pitch articles without substance. The media is like any other business. They have a job to do. If you can help them do their job better, or easier, they’re going to love you

You have to start today building relationships with the media before you have a story you’d like them to write. Send them information. Meet them for coffee. Call regularly to stay in touch. Give them inside scoops on your industry. Establish yourself as a willing and accessible source of information, and offer to be interviewed for print, radio, or TV. Never say, “No comment.”

Over time, the hours you put in developing relationships with journalists will pay off

A press release is nothing more than two or three paragraphs describing what’s memorable about your story

Listen, I’m a devoted reader of this magazine, I’ve got a story for you that I know your audience will be interested in, as I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.

Suggest why this is happening and what the magazine’s readers could learn

What is particular to your situation that highlights something going on within your community?

Go local first. Start a database of newspapers and magazines in your area that might be interested in your content. Try college papers, the neighborhood newspaper, or the free industry digital newsletter you find in your inbox

NEVER blow off an interview, and try to facilitate the contacts they’ll need to produce a good story

Tell me why I should write about you in ten seconds or less

Pick the three most interesting points about your story and make them fast, make them colorful, and make them catchy

If a pitch gets rejected, ask what else it needs to make it publishable

There’s a fine line between marketing yourself properly and becoming annoying. It is okay to be aggressive, but mind the signals, and back off when it’s time

All your efforts at publicity, promotion, and branding need to feed into your mission; if they’re only feeding into your ego, you’ll find yourself with a reputation you hadn’t bargained for that could hold you back for the rest of your life

Even when a piece did not do you justice, thank the writer for their hard work. Send a short thank-you e-mail no matter the size of the publication

The media wants recognizable faces in their pages. If your story will give them access to someone they otherwise haven’t been able to get, they’ll make concessions

What kind of interesting things are going on in your industry or personal life? Have you learned to do what you do differently or found an easier and more efficient way of doing it?

Once you’ve got a hook — some subject of interest you’d like to explore that you think others will find interesting — get in touch with the editor of a publication that’s likely to publish such material

“As long as you’re going to think anyway, think big.” — Donald Trump

Start turning your attention to reaching out to the sort of important people that can make a difference in your life and the lives of others

No one does it alone, whatever our goal or mission. We need the help of lots of others

If we measure our accomplishments against the accomplishments of others, it stands to reason that the more accomplished the people we associate with, the greater our aspirations become

“Power by association” is the power that arises from being identified with influential people

The hard truth is that the ones who get ahead are usually those who know how to make highly placed people feel good about having them around

Pursue these people in a sincere manner, with good intentions, and don’t be manipulative

Trust is the essential element of mixing with powerful and famous people — trust that you’ll be discreet; trust that you have no ulterior motives behind your approach; trust that you’ll deal with them as people and not as stars; and basically trust that you feel like a peer who deserves to be engaged as such

Stay away from their fame and focus, instead, on their interests

Famous and powerful people are first and foremost people: They’re proud, sad, insecure, hopeful, and if you can help them achieve their goals, in whatever capacity, they will be appreciative

Place to meet celebrities: Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), political fundraisers, conferences, nonprofit boards, sports (especially golf)

“To teach is to learn again.” — H. J. Brown

Mentoring is one of the most effective strategies to get the best out of each and every individual

Your choice of a “reference group,” the people you hang out with, was an important factor in determining your future success or failure

Don’t try to be anyone you aren’t. Don’t overstretch and pretend to know more than you do. Many people believe that’s what it takes when reaching out to those above you, but in truth that often results in making a jerk out of yourself

The less you say, the more you’ll likely hear

You learn in your twenties and earn in your thirties

A successful mentoring relationship needs equal parts utility and emotion. You can’t simply ask somebody to be personally invested in you. There has to be some reciprocity involved — whether its hard work or loyalty that you give in return — that gets someone to invest in you in the first place

The best way to approach utility is to give help first, and not ask for it. If there is someone whose knowledge you need, find a way to be of use to that person. Consider their needs and how you can assist them. If you can’t help them specifically, perhaps you can contribute to their charity, company, or community. You have to be prepared to give back to your mentors and have them know that from the outset

See connecting with others not just as another manipulative tool used toward achieving a goal but rather as a way of life

When you’re out of balance, you’ll know because you’ll be rushed, angry, and unfulfilled. When you’re balanced, you’ll be joyful, enthusiastic, and full of gratitude

The way you reach out to others is the way you eat an 800-pound elephant: one small bite at a time

“We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” — Dalai Lama

The real key to profit is working well with other people

Life is about work, work is about life, and both are about people

“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter so the world will at least be a little bit different for our having passed through it.” — Harold Kushner

What is your passion? What truly gives you pleasure? How can you make a difference?

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the best in the world, as long as you remember that doing so also means wanting to be the best for the world

Remember that love, reciprocity, and knowledge are not like bank accounts that grow smaller as you use them

There is no score to keep when abundance leads to even more abundance

It will come down to people. It’s up to each of us, working together with people we love, to make the world a world we want to live in

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

You can’t do it alone. We are all in this together

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Ex-Googler, Programmer, Reader, Writer, and Creator of Twos ✌️ (www.TwosApp.com): the best place to write *things* down

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