Those 7s can actually be highly addictive. They’re addictive because you only get rewarded some of the time. Its the same reason gambling is addictive.
Intermittent positive reinforcement yields a stronger conditioning effect then than consistent positive reinforcement.” —Steve Pavlina
- Build your product
- Sell it to a customer
- Start shipping
- Then quit your job” —
Want to get to know the root cause of a problem or defect ? Ask why 5 times !
More info : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Whys
Better Than Free:
When copies are free, you need to sell things that can not be copied.
8 generatives better than free :
- 1 Immediacy
- 2 Personalization : You can’t copy the personalization that a relationship represents. Marketers call that “stickiness” because it means both sides of the relationship are stuck (invested) in this generative asset, and will be reluctant to switch and start over.
- 3 Interpretation : a couple of high proile companies, like red hat, apache, and others make their living doing exactly that. They provide paid support for free software. The copy of code, being mere bits, is free-and becomes valuable to you only through the support and guidance.
- 4 Authenticity
- 5 Accessibility : ownership often sucks. you have to keep your things tidy, up-to-date, and in the case of digital material, backed up
- 6 Embodiment : at its core the digital copy is without a body. and nothing gets embodied as much as music in a live performance, with real bodies. The music is free-the bodily performance expensive.
- 7 Patronage : Audiences WANT to pay creators. But they will only pay if it is very easy to do, a reasonable amount, and they feel certain the money will directly benefit the creators.
- 8 Findability : A zero price does not help direct attention to a work, and in fact may sometimes hinder it. But no matter what its price, a work has no value unless it is seen; unfound masterpieces are worthless. When there are millions of books, millions of songs, millions of ilms, millions of applications, millions of everything requesting our attention—and most of it free—being found is valuable.
In short, the money in this networked economy does not follow the path of the copies. Rather it follows the path of attention, and attention has its own circuits.
I think ads are only one of the paths that attention takes, and in the long-run, they will only be part of the new ways money is made selling the free.
Create New Habits
* Do only one habit at a time. Do not break this rule, because I assure you that if you do multiple habits at once, you will be much less likely to succeed. Trust me — I’ve tried both ways many times, and in my experience there is 100% failure for forming multiple habits at once, and a 50-80% success if you do just one habit at a time — depending on whether you follow the rest of these rules.
* Choose an easy goal. Don’t decide to do something really hard, at least for now. Later, when you’re good at habit changes, you can choose something harder. But for now, do something you know you can do every day. In fact, choose something easier than you think you can do every day. If you think you can exercise for 30 minutes a day, choose 10 minutes — making it super easy is one of the surest ways to ensure you’ll succeed.
* Choose something measurable. You should be able to say, definitively, whether you were successful or not today. If you choose exercise, set a number of minutes or something similar (20 minutes of exercise daily, for example). Whatever your goal, have a measurement.
* Be consistent. You want to do your habit change at the same time every day, if possible. If you’re going to exercise, do it at 7 a.m. (or 6 p.m.) every day, for example. This makes it more likely to become a habit.
* Report daily. You could check in every 2 or 3 days, but you’ll be more likely to succeed if you report daily. This has been proven over and over again in the Challenges.
* Keep a positive attitude! Expect setbacks now and then, but just note them and move on. No embarrassment in this challenge.” —Leo Babauta in a guest post promoting his book The Power of Less.
Few people can resist trying to see if they know the answer to a question. This lead asks three questions about hay fever. Readers who are not certain about an answer-or certain they don’t know the answer-are likely to be motivated to read further.
2. Start with a controverse
3. Provide concentrated information
You may not know what will interest an individual reader. However, by putting a lot of clear, concise, dense information right at the beginning, you can be virtually certain that every reader will find something to attract his or her attention.
4. Make a microcosm into a universe
Something that appears to be of little or no general interest can be made more vital by putting it into a broader political, cultural, social, economic, or philosophical context
5. Personalize the situation” —
Philip Yaffe in article How to generate reader interest in what you write.
Ship it and fix it. The product needs to provide value from the first, but it doesn’t need to provide everyone with value all the time. Early sales answer questions about the market size. Early users accept some rough edges if they get to be first and you fix the problems. Not reflexively fixing every defect was a hard transition for me, but, often, answering the next business question was tmy highest priority. I would recommend installing real-time remote error reporting for anyone bringing client software to market. It was nerve-wracking at first to see all the errors, but in the end the feedback was invaluable.” —Kent Beck in his blogpost Putting Max on the Back Burner.
2. Then do some more. At this point, you’ll start to understand it, but you’ll suck. This stage could take months.
3. Do some more. After a couple of years, you’ll get good at it.
4. Do some more. If you learn from mistakes, and aren’t afraid to make mistakes in the first place, you’ll go from good to great.” —Leo Babauta in blog post The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something.
Fortunately [sustaining focus for a long period of time] can be acquired and sharpened through training.
Focus hard. In reasonable bursts. One day at a time.
With this in mind, think about how you spent your time this past week. How many of your work hours were worth what they cost? How would your schedule and habits change if you eliminated low-value work from your life altogether?” —3 quotes found on Cal Newport’s blog Study Hacks.
Fitness advice from Mehdi Hadim on stronglifts.com
2) Teaching is the definitive learning experience. And it’s the quickest way to expertise.” —Rebecca Thorman in blogpost Become an expert quickly
If you knew then what you know now about the fact that this piece of code is broken, how would you have organized this piece of the routine.
—Bernie Cosell quoted in “Coders at work” by Peter Seibel
Programs have to make sense and there are very, very few inherently hard problems.