Wisdom From The Academy – August 2014

My brain is tired.

Last week we held the Buyer Legends Workshop, and the room was filled with Wizard-style intellectuals diving deep into a well that the Brothers Eisenberg have been digging for many years.
It was a fresh reminder of one of the things I love about the Academy Alumni. You don’t sit around looking for easy shortcuts and ways to trick people into working with you. You’re not looking for an easy way out.
You are willing to do the hard work that everyone else tries to avoid.
And that’s what makes you our kind of crazy.
Stephen King said, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
It’s similar to what I’ve heard my dad, who has published 9 books, say many times over. “A writer is someone who writes. I know a lot of people who really want to be an author, but most of them never actually get down to the writing part.
If we focus on one thing at the Academy, it’s the “doing of the thing”. That’s why I love to spend my time here surrounded by people trying to find other ways of doing their business. You are the kind of people who are willing to take a look at themselves and make the necessary changes to improve your business.
That makes you a rare breed.
Take a bow.
You should be able to hear me slow-clapping in the background.
VC Daniel Whittington

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