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Reshma Saujani quotes: the Girls Who Code founder goes in on celebrating failures, seeking mentors, how coding will impact the future, bein’ brave – not perfect – and more.

“We can’t think of any better way of becoming our best selves, than by finding something we’re great at!”

“A movement only takes form from that first act.  Exploring a curiosity, or a real passion, and being motivated by a desire to solve something – that’s really the best way.”

“Never give up.  People will always discount you, and you’ll always get rejected.  But set your sights high.  Be boldly ambitious.  Be relentless and never give up.”

“Too many times we just think about our ideas, and we let people convince us not to do it.”

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Bacon Selfie

Kevin Bacon quotes: on being a man, makin’ money, havin’ a work ethic, and more.

“Things could be worse.  You remember that, and you go on with your life.”

“I say the secret to longevity is longevity.  Hang in there long enough and keep working.  When I was a kid I thought I knew everything there was to know about the business and the more I work, the more I know how much more there is to know and how much more I have to learn.”

“Keep doing what you’re doing.  Don’t be afraid of fame.”

“I always watch rushes.  They give me a sense of whether I’m going in the right direction.  You work hard and hopefully get encouragement from what you see.”

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Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

Tina Fey quotes: on writing, comedy, confidence, committing fully to your craft, and more.

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it.  You have to go down the chute.”

“Every kid has something they’re good at, that you hope they find and gravitate toward.”

“There are no mistakes, only opportunities.”

“You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it.”

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Kumail Nanjiani Silicon Valley

Kumail Nanjiani quotes: on being funny, failing, how the U.S. compares to Pakistan, and more.

“You can go slow.  Allow your dreams and goals to change, but live an intentional life.”

“Being a fish out of water is tough, but that’s how you evolve.”

“You really need to have that discipline.  It’s not even discipline.  I just put down these rules.  It’s not like a vague, ‘Motivate yourself!’ and do something.  It’s specific hours set aside every day for certain things.”

“We only hear success stories.  You don’t hear about the hundreds and hundreds – the overwhelming majority that don’t go anywhere.  This is a more realistic portrayal of what happens in startups.”

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Melinda Gates Library

Melinda Gates quotes: one of the most prolific philanthropists in the world shares the following gems.

“Make sure you continue to trust what you know now about yourself and stay true to what you believe in.”

“What great changes have not been ambitious?”

“You learn by doing, you learn by trying and making mistakes, and it’s the questions you ask.”

“My mom always told me, ‘Set your own agenda or someone else will set it for you.’  Now I tell my children the same thing.”

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Tim Cook Apple

Tim Cook quotes: Apple CEO discusses focus, passion, bein’ best in class, coming out, and more.

“The sidelines are not where you want to live your life.  The world needs you in the arena.”

“If you embrace that the things that you can do are limitless, you can put your ding in the universe.  You can change the world.”

“No matter what you do next, the world needs your energy, your passion, your impatience for progress.  Don’t shrink from risk.  And tune out those critics and cynics.  History rarely yields to one person, but think and never forget what happens when it does.  That can be you.  That should be you.  That must be you.”

“It’s about finding your values, and committing to them.  It’s about finding your North Star.  It’s about making choices.  Some are easy.  Some are hard.  And some will make you question everything.”

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Li Ka Shing

Li Ka-shing quotes: Hong Kong business boss hooks you up.

“We are approaching a new age of synthesis.  Knowledge cannot be merely a degree or a skill.  It demands a broader vision, capabilities in critical thinking, and logical deduction without which we cannot have constructive progress.”

“Vision is perhaps our greatest strength.  It has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends shape to the unknown.”

“Broaden your vision and maintain stability while advancing forward.  That is my philosophy.”

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Great Ad Headlines Facebook

I’ve got somethin’ even better than a Facebook ad headline generator.  It’s called Reader’s Digest.  Heard of it?  Good.  It’s only one of the largest magazines in the world.

Another fun fact: they reach more readers who make at least six figures than Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Inc. combined.

Anyways, enough cupping their balls.

Let’s talk about you and your Facebook ads.  So if you want winning headlines without a bunch of brainstorming and testing, do this: simply go to RD.com and swipe away.

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Orange Laugh Money

Funny jokes about money.  Giggle away.

Wifey

I had my credit card stolen the other day.  Didn’t bother reportin’ it cuz whoever took it spends less than my wife.

Mom’s whip

Yo momma so broke, she drives a Poor-shh!

Financial fitness

The only exercise I’ve done this month is running outta money.

Big breath

Q: What’s the richest kind of air?

A: Billionaire.

Boycott

Starting today, I refuse to shop at stores whose products I can’t afford.

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Jeffrey Weiner

Jeff Weiner quotes: LinkedIn CEO sounds off on the not-so-sexy aspects of building a big company.

“You have to maintain a culture of transformation and stay true to your values.”

“You can do anything you set your mind to.”

“Do you want to push paper around or do you want to build products that change people’s lives?”

“It starts with vision, and the clarity of vision.”

“The faster a company grows, the more opportunity there is to experience both successes and failures.  While it’s important to celebrate the successes, and reflect on a failure, you ultimately have to move on and focus on the ‘next play.’”

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Simon Fuller Entrepreneur

Simon Fuller quotes: the American Idol creator’s best quotes.

“I want to build a new company and do great things.  I don’t want to run somebody else’s company.”

“If it were up to me, I’d rather create things that last long-term, but my thrill comes from reflecting on what’s going on now.”

“I understand popular entertainment better than anyone.  I want to have the world’s number one tennis player, the hottest movie, the biggest artist.”

“I do believe there is an opportunity to do things differently and see what a revamped next generation American Idol might look like.”

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Ray Book Customers

Below are the notes I took while reading Ray Edwards’ book, How to Write Copy That Sells.

Advertising is salesmanship in print.

Copywriting, an extension of advertising, is the most pivotal and essential business skill you can learn.  No other skill can make you as much money as copywriting.  Internet businesses know this better than anyone.  (Heard that.)  More than your product or service or traffic source, it’s copywriting that makes you rich.

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Dr Direct

My book summary of Cashvertising by Drew Eric Whitman aka “Dr. Direct.”

Ninety-nine percent of ads don’t sell squat.  That’s cuz most people running ads today don’t know what makes people buy.

Advertising’s purpose is not to entertain, but to persuade consumers to part with billions of dollars every day in exchange for products and services.

Studying psychology to boost ad effectiveness isn’t evil.  It simply teaches you: what people want, how they feel about what they want, and why they act like they do.

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Gabrielle Bonheur

Coco Chanel quotes: late Chanel founder’s fabulous and witty words.

“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”

“Strength is built by one’s failures, not by one’s successes.”

“To achieve great things, we must first dream.”

“Innovation!  One cannot be forever innovating.”

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Paul Tudor Jones

Paul Tudor Jones quotes: billionaire investor schools us on trading and money management.

“You adapt, evolve, compete, or die.”

“One learns the most from mistakes, not successes.”

“Sometimes failure is merely chasing you off the wrong road and onto the right one.”

“Failure will give you a tattoo that will stay with you your whole life, and sometimes it’s a really good thing.”

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