Why Successful People Lie

Hey everyone,

Hope you're having a great week. A few quick reminders:

Enjoy this week's issue!


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1. Secret Scents of Success

A Ramit Sethi gem on the unglamourous habits that successful people rely on and lie about. I love this article.

Why doesn’t anyone tell the truth about what it takes to be successful?

2 very simple reasons.

  1. Everyone would hate you. America loves to celebrate “effortless” success, so if you talk about the exact way you’re successful — whether it’s in dating, money, or fitness — the backlash comes quickly.

  2. These secret habits are so unconscious, you don’t even realize you do them.

2. The Ultimate Guide to Markdown

If you use the internet, you should know Markdown. It's a simple markup language that makes it really easy to format text for the web. I use 3-5 times per day every single day.

MacDown is my tool of choice. I also use Ghost to run my website because it's Markdown-friendly.

3. Soapbox Is My New Favorite Tool

Free Chrome extensions are usually minor conveniences. But Soapbox—a super high-end screencast tool—is a legitimate part of my workflow. I use it send videos to coworkers and clients regularly and I sort of can't believe it's free.

4. Must-Read: Chief Justice John Roberts’s Commencement Speech

Here's an excerpt. Watch it here.

From time to time, in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the roll of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either.

Have a great weekend!

Jimmy

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