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The difference is in the Do (Part 1)

As I was writing a blog post on how effort is often the only thing really separating one person, one project, one company from another. I realized I need to first introduce two books that I find important and relevant to that subject.

"Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative"

by Austin Kleon |

I do not think anyone, including me, has come up with any new thing, any new way of doing... anything. You can change the order, put emphasis on different parts, different steps, shuffle the order, etc but in the end, it's almost certainly all been done before.

And that is okay and this book helps explains why that is.

I AM NOT saying take someone else's work and slap your name on it. That's plagiarism. Plagiarism - the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. (According to Googles Oxford Languages search results)

"...passing them off as one's own." Go ahead stand on the shoulders of giants but give the Giants their due respect. But find what makes you (or perhaps your favorite Creative) 😉 different and let people know about that.

The second book I often reference,

"Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen"

by Donald Miller and HarperCollins Leadership

This book is the most complete and concise publication of the principles and tools I find important and helpful.

More to come on this but to borrow again from Donald Miller and a recent post I shared in my stories...

Sit with these bowling balls for now and I will see you again soon.


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