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The power of appreciation and being a good person

Most people don’t have access to the kind of power that money brings or great connections. So, in these typical circumstances how do you gain influence? According to Tom Peters in his book The Pursuit of Wow and Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, perhaps unexpectedly, the answer seems to be to just … Continue reading The power of appreciation and being a good person

Denis Diderot, the Diderot Effect, and consumerist dissonance

Imagine this: the bottom of your shoes starts to come off and a hole begins along the side where your arch is, so you decide you should get a new pair. You go to the store and after looking for some time decide on a nice new pair of, say, Nikes. After wearing these new … Continue reading Denis Diderot, the Diderot Effect, and consumerist dissonance

The War of Art continued, a lesson in professionalism

What is an artist? How does it relate to being a professional? Can you be both? What is the distinction between an amateur and a professional? These are some of the most intriguing questions. I put them up there with "What's it mean to be credible?" and "How do you cultivate credibility?" These are such entrenched … Continue reading The War of Art continued, a lesson in professionalism