Permission marketing turns strangers into friends and friends into loyal customers. It's not just about entertainment - it's about education. Permission marketing is curriculum marketing.
The thing about information is that information is more valuable when people know it. There's an exception for business information and super timely information, but in all other cases, ideas that spread win.
If we live in a world where information drives what we do, the information we get becomes the most important thing. The person who chooses that information has power.
As Neil Gaiman taught me, the best way to defeat writer's block is to get really bored.
Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don't show up. They want to be missed when they're gone.
Kickstarter isn't a profit center, it's an organizer and an instigator.
Earn trust, earn trust, earn trust. Then you can worry about the rest.
In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn't necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it.
I find that I have about six bloggable ideas a day. I also find that writing twice as long a post doesn't increase communication, it usually decreases it. And finally, I found that people get antsy if there are unread posts in their queue.
I intentionally abandoned the hard stuff early on because not only do I think it's useless, I think it's a distraction.
Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.
One reason I encourage people to blog is that the act of doing it stretches your available vocabulary and hones a new voice.
The minute there's a map, there is no art. Paint by numbers is not art. Paint by numbers is a mechanical activity.
My blogging life is basically goalless. I like the zen nature of that, and paradoxically, it improves results.
I was lucky enough to co-found a business in college that ended up with 400 employees, and I launched 20 different projects while I was there - a project a week.
When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.
I learned that a long walk and calm conversation are an incredible combination if you want to build a bridge.
If you're going to build a lean enterprise, you can test and measure how often the company ships iterations, how often it fails, how often it is putting things in front of people that don't work.
People settle. They settle for less than they are capable of.
Kickstarter eliminates the risk that publishers and booksellers face. They have limited resources and limited shelf space, and Kickstarter is proof to them that something is going to work.
What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. It's about leading and connecting people and ideas. And it's something that people have wanted forever.
In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible.
The Net is not television. It is the finest direct-marketing mechanism in the history of mankind. It is direct mail with free stamps, and it allows you to create richer and deeper relationships than you've ever been able to create before.
If a product's future is unlikely to be remarkable - if you can't imagine a future in which people are once again fascinated by your product - it's time to realize that the game has changed. Instead of investing in a dying product, take profits and reinvest them in building something new.
I think the most productive thing to do during times of change is to be your best self, not the best version of someone else.
Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.
Being a leader gives you charisma. If you look and study the leaders who have succeeded, that's where charisma comes from, from the leading.
I think there's plenty of room for blogs that exist to pay the blogger, or blogs that exist to turn a profit. That's just not the kind of blog I'm writing, and I'm not the kind of blogger that could do that.
This notion that it is up to each person to innovate in some way flies in the face of the industrial age, but you know what, the industrial age is over.
I made a decision to write for my readers, not to try to find more readers for my writing.
If you're going to buy a real book, a paper book, there better be a good reason. Perhaps scarcity is one of those reasons.
Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.
The danger of the Web is that you can go from idea to public announcement in under ten minutes.
Canoeing was hard and scary, and the wind could blow you across the lake if you did it wrong. After a year of not doing it right, I could talk to people and get them to sit up straight, take different kinds of chances, to breathe differently, to engage in the moment in the boat. And I changed them, and I changed me in the process.
Most people have bosses who hire them to fill a slot in the work chart and to do what they are told. And most people who are doing what they are told feel safe; it feels reliable.
Normal is fading away. Governments and industries and schools like normal, because it's easier, it scales and it's profitable. But people don't like it - we want to be who we are, not who some marketer tells us to be.
The internet was supposed to homogenize everyone by connecting us all. Instead what it's allowed is silos of interest.
I think that the economics of book publishing favor hits with long book runs. You make all your money on the last bunch of books, not the first.
The way to work with a bully is to take the ball and go home. First time, every time. When there's no ball, there's no game. Bullies hate that. So they'll either behave so they can play with you or they'll go bully someone else.
The future of publishing is about having connections to readers and the knowledge of what those readers want.
The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.
Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.
And it turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world, that can change politics, that can align large numbers of people. Not because you force them to do something against their will. But because they wanted to connect.