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I don't think I could ever get the Fastlane/Unscripted philosophy on 1 page, but this chart does it.

I'm going to frame this and put one in my office since I have about 2 dozen shelves to decorate.

Shall I make these available for sale in a black framed version? If there is interest, I can do it.

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Hello MJ DeMarco,

Great summary of your entrepreneur philosophy! I agree with your quote "If you want to live like the 1%, you can't think like the 99%." If you do the opposite of what everyone else is doing, you'll always succeed; since you'll have no competition.

By the way, I'm currently reading your book "Unscripted ," and I must say that you did a great job writing this book. In fact, this book should be required reading for every high school and college student in the United States. There should be a mandatory Entrepreneurship 101 curriculum for the young and clueless.
 
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- 99% rigid vs 1% fluid
- 99% disorganized vs 1% organized
- 99% no focus vs 1% laser focus
- 99% transaction oriented vs 1% performance oriented
- 99% surface level vs 1% deep
- 99% buys convenience vs 1% buys value
- 99% money centric vs 1% equity centric
- 99% external locus vs 1% internal locus
- 99% "authority" figures vs 1% independent conclusions
- 99% existential ambition vs 1% pursuit of excellence
- 99% no creativity vs 1% creativity essential to success
- 99% days vs 1% years
- 99% entertainment vs 1% self-mastery
- 99% hates thinking vs 1% thinking basis of all growth
- 99% try vs 1% until it's done
- 99% spend vs 1% invest
- 99% incapable of passion vs 1% passionate about growth
- 99% fits into what's already built vs 1% builds their own
- 99% dreams vs 1% action
- 99% puts self first vs 1% puts process first
- 99% work vs 1% build
- 99% complains vs 1% adapts
- 99% pays vs 1% buys
- 99% money > time vs 1% quality > money
- 99% work within social hierarchy/framework vs 1% go their own way
- 99% job vs 1% craft
- 99% work/life balance vs 1% focused on single goal + invests life into its achievement
- 99% wait to be told vs 1% start doing anyway
- 99% impress others vs 1% become someone you admire
- 99% hates work vs 1% hates lethargy
- 99% good enough vs 1% greatness
- 99% escape vs 1% engage
- 99% more things vs 1% minimalism
- 99% qualifications vs 1% body of work
 

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@MJ DeMarco I'm not sure if you're already aware but your new book The great rat race escape is not currently on Goodreads.com.

I'm not sure if there's anything you can or need to do but just wanted to let you know incase it could help it get more exposure.
 

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Can you please explain why the process should be challenging? In my opinion, the process should only be challenging for the competitors but can be easy for you.
 

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Can you please explain why the process should be challenging? In my opinion, the process should only be challenging for the competitors but can be easy for you.

Would losing 100 kg of fat be challenging, or easy?
Would training for a marathon be challenging, or easy?
Would learning how to play maestro level piano be challenging, or easy?

Any growth and extraordinary results involve a challenge.
 

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Can you please explain why the process should be challenging? In my opinion, the process should only be challenging for the competitors but can be easy for you.
If the process were not challenging at all, anyone could do it. That violates the "E" (entry) in CENTS.

As an example, if you have a degree in engineering, it might help you to invent something new with slightly fewer struggles. However, the process will still be challenging - just maybe not as difficult as if you did not have the degree/training/background to help you along.
 
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I think that lots of people already have performed some parts of particular processes before discovering entrepreneurship. The process of learning how to play piano from scratch is challenging. But if you have been playing maestro-level piano as a child, I don't think that the remaining process is challenging anymore. In this particular case the process is not just slightly easier but much easier. This is why lots of people are trying to create a business in a field they already know.

Any growth and extraordinary results involve a challenge.
Growth is great. But why should I pursue for extraordinary results? Do you consider your results as extraordinary?

After having read NOTABLE! - Successful Slowlaner Rebukes Fastlane (My Response...) several months ago I think that it might be a better idea to do ordinary things with a slight value skew rather than trying something extraordinary.
 
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I think that lots of people already have performed some parts of particular processes before discovering entrepreneurship. The process of learning how to play piano from scratch is challenging. But if you have been playing maestro-level piano as a child, I don't think that the remaining process is challenging anymore. In this particular case the process is not just slightly easier but much easier. This is why lots of people are trying to create a business in a field they already know.


Growth is great. But why should I pursue for extraordinary results? Do you consider your results as extraordinary?

After having read NOTABLE! - Successful Slowlaner Rebukes Fastlane (My Response...) several months ago I think that it might be a better idea to do ordinary things with a slight value skew rather than trying something extraordinary.
Even that is not easy.

Nothing worth having in life comes easy. It always involves effort. Just remove "easy" from your vocabulary.
 

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Due to request, this poster is now available for sale in various sizes and color (black/white frame) at Viperion.


Here's mine as seen in my office.
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My apologies.

I thought there was a shipping option for overseas, can you try it again? I changed a setting in the shipment panel, can you see if that helped?
 
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My apologies.

I thought there was a shipping option for overseas, can you try it again? I changed a setting in the shipment panel, can you see if that helped?
I have tried it again multiple times but still getting same issue.

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That change didnt help unfortunately. No worries :thumbsup:

OK, I made another adjustment that I think might have done the trick. Can you try again, minimally see if it gives you a ship option? I entered Ireland and it gave me a rate.
 

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OK, I made another adjustment that I think might have done the trick. Can you try again, minimally see if it gives you a ship option?
It seems to have worked that time, thanks MJ!
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Due to request, this poster is now available for sale in various sizes and color (black/white frame) at Viperion.


Here's mine as seen in my office.
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Nice office MJ is the Gun & The Art of war a tip of the hat to Gordon Gekko ?
 
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Nice office MJ is the Gun & The Art of war a tip of the hat to Gordon Gekko ?

Hmmm, don't think so. Is Gekko associated with that? More like a tribute to Michael Corleone ... here's the other side...
 

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Hmmm, don't think so. Is Gekko associated with that? More like a tribute to Michael Corleone ... here's the other side...
The amaretto is a nice touch. I too prefer to drink things that actually taste good ;)
 

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Hmmm, don't think so. Is Gekko associated with that? More like a tribute to Michael Corleone ... here's the other side...
Michael Carleone nice. And yes Gekko has a Gun collection and talks about Art of war
 
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The 1% negatively charged to $?

Can someone help explain this ?

Great list ...really had to think thru each distinction
I'm assuming he meant that 99% of people have a negative view towards money. They think "its the root of all evil", "Its bad to be wealthy" etc. On the on the other hand those in the 1% view money in a more positive light. It can buy freedom from work, it can be used to change friends and families live for the better etc.
 

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I'm assuming he meant that 99% of people have a negative view towards money. They think "its the root of all evil", "Its bad to be wealthy" etc. On the on the other hand those in the 1% view money in a more positive light. It can buy freedom from work, it can be used to change friends and families live for the better etc.

No, again these things are explained in my book (TGRRE ) and is a pretty significant concept, but good guess.
 

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