~ TMOYII-TLGAOPWBATGY ~ The More Original Your Ideas Is – The Less Good Advice Other People Will Be Able To Give You

~ YDKIYIIAGTMIC-NDAE-TMYCHFIASGFTII ~ You Don’t Know If Your Idea Is Any Good The Moment Its Created – Neither Does Anyone Else – The Most You Can Hope For Is A Strong Gut Feeling That It Is

~ ABIWCY ~ A Big Idea Will Change You

~ YFMLY-B-TMNWYTC ~ Your Friends May Love You – But – They May Not Want You To Change

~ GIATPBIR-TIWGIAAIR ~ Good Ideas Alter The Power Balance In Relationships – That Is Why Good Ideas Are Always Initially Resisted

~ TIDHTB-B-IJHTB-Y ~ The Idea Doesn’t Have To Be – Big – It Just Has To Be – Yours

~ TSYHOYWWIFMPTTACEW ~ The Sovereignty You Have Over Your Work Will Inspire Far More People Than The Actual Content Ever Will

~ TMTIIYA-TMFYHTDSRA ~ The More The Idea Is Yours Alone – The More Freedom You Have To Do Something Really Amazing

~ PTHI ~ Put The Hours In

~ TWIFO-HT-NS-F-M ~ The World Is Full Of – Highly Talented – Network-Savy – Failed – Mediocrities

~ FTEHOTITDTBTNE-A-MIP-PTHI-DIFLE-A-M-L-T-T-H-E ~ Find That Extra Hour Or Two In The Day That Belongs To Nobody Else – And – Make It Productive – Put The Hours In – Do It For Long Enough – And – Magical – Life-Transforming – Things – Happen – Eventually

~ TBTI-TM-‘OT’-IIWSTOP-EPYLAR-STBATITBWYHT-PO-A-WOTTSYPN ~ The Better The Idea – The More – “Out There” – It Initially Will Seem To Other People – Even People You Like And Respect – So There’ll Be A Time In The Beginning When You Have To – Press On – Alone – Without One Tenth The Support You Probably Need

~ IY-BP-DOSB-“D”-B-SBS-YPWPF ~ If Your – Business Plan – Depends On Suddenly Being – “Discovered” – By – Some Big Shot – Your Plan Will Probably Fail

~ NCTYIWYDI-G-M-O-W-TMCTP-TMLII ~ Nobody Can Tell You If What You’re Doing Is – Good – Meaningful – Or – Worthwhile – The More Compelling The Path – The More Lonely It Is

~ TS&CT-TCPBHTKOJ-OI-T-S-C-K-SI-TKTPTB-S-TTAHCBB-BNO ~ The Sex & Cash Theory – The Creative Person Basically Has Two Kinds Of Jobs – One Is – The – Sexy – Creative – Kind – Second Is – The Kind That Pays The Bills – Sometimes – The Task At Hand Covers Both Bases – But Not Often

~ YPFGYWOTHTBAOATAW ~ Your Plan For Getting Your Work Out There Has To Be As Original As The Actual Work

~ AEBMAW-FANO ~ All Existing Business Models Are Wrong – Find A New One

~ EIYDEUPIO-YL-M-I-M-V-T-INDI-WYKFWYHTO-THFMTAF ~ Even If You Don’t End Up Pulling It Off – You’ll Learn – Many – Incredible – Magical – Valuable – Things – It’s Not Doing It – When You Know Full Well You Had The Opportunity – That Hurts Far More Than Any Failure

~ TMYPYC-TLYCWRWSR-A-VV-EIYPNMAMOFYC-TSWAT ~ The More You Practice Your Craft – The Less You Confuse Worldly Rewards With Spiritual Rewards – And – Vice Versa – Even If Your Path Never Makes Any Money Or Furthers Your Career – That’s Still Worth A Ton

~ MCBB-PC ~ Merit Can Be Bought – Passion Can’t

~ EMGSIAIGW ~ Every Medium’s Greatest Strength Is Also Its Greatest Weakness

~ IHTSOINHBI ~ It’s Hard To Sell Out If Nobody Has Bought In

~ NC-DIFY ~ Nobody Cares – Do It For Yourself

~ YHTFYOS ~ You Have To Find Your Own Shtick

~ TBWTGAINTNI ~ The Best Way To Get Approval Is Not To Need It

~ PING-PIT ~ Power Is Never Given – Power Is Taken

~ ACBAI-AC-THPLSITM-TI-BH ~ Anyone Can Be An Idealist – A Cynic – The Hard Part Lies Somewhere In The Middle – That Is – Being Human

~ THPOBCIGUTI ~ The Hardest Part Of Being Creative Is Getting Used To It

~ POBCILHTPYF-TITFFA ~ Part Of Being Creative Is Learning How To Protect Your Freedom – That Includes – The Freedom From Avarice

~ SOWIL ~ Savior Obscurity While It Lasts

~ MS-PD ~ Meaning Scales – People Don’t

~ WYDBR-TANL-YD ~ When Your Dreams Become Reality – They Are No Longer – Your Dreams

~ NOTIRS ~ None Of This Is Rocket Science


~ AATOASJI-‘SW’-ITC-S/S/S/R/R ~ About A Third Of A Server’s Job Is – “Side Work” – Invisible To Customers – Sweeping / Scrubbing / Slicing / Refilling / Restocking

~ MCS-FHAATITW-B-ITJTSTNOEED-EWTNTD-A-TIW-FS-STCBAEAR ~ Managers Can Sit – For Hours At A Time If They Want – But – It’s Their Job To See That No One Else Ever Does – Even When There’s Nothing To Do – And – This Is Why – For Servers – Slow Times Can Be As Exhausting As Rushes

~ INHTGMCTAT-LS-B-H-IAEC-I-TPSO-D-ITL-TFTTFYIOWTARTS ~ It’s Not Hard To Get My Coworkers Talking About Their – Living Situations – Because – Housing – In Almost Every Case – Is – The Principal Source Of – Disruption – In Their Lives – The First Thing They Fill You In On When They Arrive For Their Shifts

~ I-P-AICPIP-SCAE ~ In – Poverty – As In Certain Propositions In Physics – Starting Conditions Are Everything

~ TANSETNTP;OTC-TAAHOSC ~ There Are No Secret Economies That Nourish The Poor; On The Contrary – There Are A Host Of Special Costs

~ IYCPUTTMRYNTSAA-YEUPTTNFARBTW ~ If You Can’t Put Up The Two Months’ Rent You Need To Secure An Apartment – You End Up Paying Through The Nose For A Room By The Week

~ IYHNMF-HI-YGW-RC-O-PD-A-EUPTP ~ If You Have No Money For – Health Insurance – You Go Without – Routine Care – Or – Prescription Drugs – And – End Up Paying The Price

~ T-RP-ITSURR-AUTWOHT-A-EOIFDS-B-TIASVSM-S/PT/TP ~ The – Regulation Poster – In The Single Unisex Rest Room – Admonishes Us To Wash Our Hands Thoroughly – And – Even Offers Instructions For Doing So – But – There Is Always Some Vital Substance Missing – Soap / Paper Towels / Toilet Paper

~ CL ~ Canned Labor

~ ITHFTHP?-Y-B-IT-ADANTTPP-TFI ~ Is There Help For The Hardworking Poor? – Yes – But – It Takes – A Determined And Not Too Terribly Poor Person – To Find It

~ ‘F’-M ~ “Furthermores” – Multiply

~ IYHAAMJ-360+DAY-DSKO-RIOTS-SI? ~ If You Hump Away At Menial Jobs – 360-Plus Days A Year – Does Some Kind Of – Repetitive Injury Of The Spirit – Set In?

~ CJ-M-AWAPM-WAP ~ Changing Jobs – Means – A Week And Possibly More – Without A Paycheck

~ OMI-L-WWIG-THTEOMYFLAP ~ Or Maybe It’s – Low-Wage Work In General – That Has The Effect Of Making You Feel Like A Pariah

~ T-SAD-AA-FDOSOL-TPHDFTCAL-FIPRAIEAWAFIDE ~ The Sitcoms And Dramas – Are About – Fashion Designers Or Schoolteachers Or Lawyers – The Poor Have Disappeared From The Culture At Large – From Its Political Rhetoric And Intellectual Endeavors As Well As From Its Daily Entertainment

~ PWDOTGOOFTLAHSUTPUW ~ People Who Depend On The Generosity Of Others For Their Lodging Always Have Something Untoward To Put Up With

~ ‘TT’-DAOTWDCT-AAA-TOOTI-N-H-AI ~ “Time Theft” – Doing Anything Other Than Working During Company Time – Anything At All – Theft Of Our Time Is – Not – However – An Issue

~ ALO-ST-HB-GW-A-ATLOF-N-W-IE-QSE ~ A Lot Of – Small Things – Have Been – Going Wrong – And – At This Level Of Finances – Nothing – Wrong – Is Ever – Quite Small Enough

~ BNJIAEAILTTU ~ But No Job Is As Easy As It Looks To The Uninitiated

~ NJ-NMHL-IT-‘U’ ~ No Job – No Matter How Lowly – Is Truly – “Unskilled”

~ TPORIEFAN-EASEL-WW-ITM-S-WTRATPCFHOTOM-TPDSAC-TRCAOT-TPHNBFIHTI-ME-MD-O-MDFTPOW ~ The Problem Of Rents Is Easy For A Noneconomist – Even A Sparsely Educated Low-Wage Worker – To Grasp: It’s The Market – Stupid – When The Rich And The Poor Compete For Housing On The Open Market – The Poor Don’t Stand A Chance – The Rich Can Always Outbid Them – The Poor Have Necessarily Been Forced Into Housing That Is – More Expensive – More Dilapidated – Or – More Distant From Their Places Of Work

~ L-WPWDHCAODOARWIWTDTOAPTUA-ED ~ Low-Wage People Who Don’t Have Cars Are Often Dependent On A Relative Who Is Willing To Drop Them Off And Pick Them Up Again – Each Day

~ FTLOETW-T-‘P’-NTBWIATO-B-IAWEWAWHTTBWOM-A-FICR-TIAVSAUR-T-‘MT’-AMFPWFOTE ~ For The Laws Of Economics To Work – The – “Players” – Need To Be Well Informed About Their Options – But – Information About Who Earns What And Where Has To Travel By Word Of Mouth – And – For Inexplicable Cultural Reasons – This Is A Very Slow And Unreliable Route – The – “Money Taboo” – A Major Factor Preventing Workers From Optimizing Their Earnings

~ ITPIOTBP-TBHTRTEIC ~ If The Purse Is On The Boss’s Property – The Boss Has The Right To Examine Its Contents

~ DT-I-ARI-‘US’ ~ Drug Testing – Is – Another Routine Indignity – “Unreasonable Search”

~ A-P-EPT-T-TLODI-IIU-ATVL-TGASATT-LYS-DAYU-TAOSOIMOTS ~ Add – Pre-Employment Personality Tests – To – The List Of Demeaning Intrusions – It Is Unsettling – At The Very Least – To Give A Stranger Access To Things – Like Your Self-Doubts And Your Urine – That Are Otherwise Shared Only In Medical Or Therapeutic Situations

~ RA-‘G’-OE-‘T’-MIHTAOGTP-O-SYBSD-TEOWIAGETBAC-TWDSOOLOFLUP-SAHTSOTWAUC-O-YMBF ~ Rules Against – “Gossip” – Or Even – “Talking” – Make It Hard To Air Our Grievances To Peers – Or – Should You Be So Daring – To Enlist Other Workers In A Group Effort To Bring About Change – Those Who Do Step Out Of Line Often Face Little Unexplained Punishments – Such As Having Their Schedules Or Their Work Assignments Unilaterally Changed – Or – You May Be Fired

~ S-IL-WWDNABIAERW-TIA-FA-WA-CD-IIB-TDIAPTIN-F-NIAW-D ~ So – If Low-Wage Workers Do Not Always Behave In An Economically Rational Way – That Is As – Free Agents – Within A – Capitalist Democracy – It Is Because – They Dwell In A Place That Is Neither – Free – Nor In Any Way – Democratic

~ ADTAPTOIS-IYATAA-UP-PS-DA-O-T-YMBTFLTY-IYACROY-LPITSH-WB-IM-OB-APOIR-YBTATUS ~ Any Dictatorship Takes A Psychological Toll On Its Subjects – It You Are Treated As An – Untrustworthy Person – Potential Slacker – Drug Addict – Or – Thief – You May Begin To Feel Less Trustworthy Yourself – If You Are Constantly Reminded Of Your – Lowly Position In The Social Hierarchy – Whether By – Individual Managers – Or By – A Plethora Of Impersonal Rules – You Begin To Accept That Unfortunate Status

~ IYMTFUE-YMCTTTWYPIWYAAW ~ If You’re Made To Feel Unworthy Enough – You May Come To Think That What You’re Paid Is What You Are Actually Worth

~ S-C-UPI-A:CPSFTP-WASRTCAT-‘SW’-WIEMHI-PAC ~ Society – Caught – Up In A – Cycle: Cutting Public Services For The Poor – Which Are Sometimes Referred To Collectively As The – “Social Wage” – While Investing Ever More Heavily In – Prisons And Cops

~ TPOSMM-A-SOE ~ The Poverty Of So Many Millions – A – State Of Emergency

~ TPCSTAEE-OT-OTCOM-B-TARSTP-TALALLTSSASWTP ~ The Poor Can See The Affluent Easily Enough – On Television – On The Covers Of Magazines – But – The Affluent Rarely See The Poor – They Are Less And Less Likely To Share Spaces And Services With The Poor

~ TATL-WWDLPOOPWBTATIMHB-IHT-ACM-MA-P-B-S-TS-HTOSSADTAIIH ~ To Acknowledge That Low-Wage Work Doesn’t Lift People Out Of Poverty Would Be To Admit That It May Have Been – In Human Terms – A Catastrophic Mistake – Media Accounts – Persistently – Bright-Side – The Situation – Highlighting The Occasional Success Stories And Downplaying The Acknowledged Increase In Hunger

~ NOESTYCWH-HETYETP-A-SFYSEDIPAD ~ No One Ever Said That You Could Work Hard – Harder Even Than You Ever Thought Possible – And – Still Find Yourself Sinking Ever Deeper Into Poverty And Debt


~ OYOJ ~ Own Your Own Journey

~ DCYBTSEM ~ Don’t Compare Your Beginning To Someone Else’s Middle

~ IOOGISABI-TMM-YWF ~ If Our Only Goal In Starting A Blog Is – To Make Money – You Will Fail

~ FYAAWABAT ~ Find Your Awesome And Write A Blog About That

~ WDYLMTA? ~ What Do You Love More Than Anything?

~ WAYMPA? ~ What Are You Most Passionate About?

~ WMYWTJOOBITM-O-GYFUTAPTYJCSTAI? ~ What Makes You Want To Jump Out Of Bed In The Morning – Or – Gets You Fired Up To A Point That You Just Can’t Stop Talking About It?

~ WIITYARGA? ~ What Is It That You Are Really Good At?

~ WDOAYA? ~ What Do Others Ask You About?

~ WSDYLTRA? ~ What Subject Do You Love To Read About?

~ TKTASBI-V-V-S-GC ~ The Key To A Successful Blog Is – Very – Very – Simple – Great Content

~ IPLWYHTS-TWSIWO ~ If People Like What You Have To Say – They Will Share It With Others

~ YCWNGVIIIA ~ Your Content Will Not Go Viral If It Isn’t Awesome

~ ACWTAWPAWD ~ Awesome Comes With Time And With Practice And With Diligence

~ AWABBCDITTFTNFHQC ~ All We As Bloggers Can Do Is Try To Fill That Need For High-Quality Content

~ SBTYMHAAPOESSMO-I-FPOTSMTYSDTTYB ~ Stop Believing That You Must Have An Active Presence On Every Single Social Media Outlet – Instead – Focus Primarily On The Social Media That You See Driving Traffic To Your Blog

~ DBSFOTDSTYFTBI ~ Don’t Be So Focused On The Dollar Signs That You Forget To Be Incredible

~ IRTIIWGTMMAAB-IWNAWTBDOJOSOI ~ I Realized That If I Was Going To Make Money As A Blogger – I Would Never Again Want To Become Dependent On Just One Stream Of Income

~ EBSHAEB ~ Every Blogger Should Have An E-Book

~ BT-‘OTB’-ITOHTMMOYB ~ Begin Thinking – “Outside The Box” – In Terms Of How To Make Money On Your Blog

~ DWYAIAF-A-CCAPTFTN ~ Determine What Your Audience Is Asking For – And – Create A Product To Fill That Need

~ CWYCOSMLIT-CAEB-TAEC-O-DSSOCW ~ Consider Whether Your Content Or Subject Matter Lends Itself To – Creating An E-Book – Teaching An E-Course – Or Doing Some Sort Of Consulting Work

~ TM:DITF ~ Time Management: Do Important Things First

~ CAP-TPOYPINTIA-BRT-CCIYOM-NJOWYBIN-B-WIIH ~ Creating A Plan – The Purpose Of Your Plan Is Not To Impress Anyone – But Rather To – Create Clarity In Your Own Mind – Not Just Of Where Your Business Is Now – But – Where It Is Headed


~ IYN-AJMAHHOAMTMAS-TOO-S-F-S-P-TFT-WYECOFAA ~ If You Need – A – Job – Money – Advice – Help – Hope – Or – A Means To Make A Sale – There’s Only One – Surefire – Fail-Safe – Place – To Find Them – Within Your Extended Circle Of Friends And Associates

~ IBTGBYR-ANKS ~ It’s Better To Give Before You Receive – And – Never Keep Score

~ YRWOAY-F-MC-EOWYAAWYHTO-NEC ~ Your Relationships With Others Are Your – Finest – Most Credible – Expression Of Who You Are And What You Have To Offer – Nothing Else Compares

~ C-GY-T-M-A-E-TYGCOF ~ Contribute – Give Your – Time – Money – And – Expertise – To Your Growing Community Of Friends

~ TMSYAAWYWTD-TEIBTDASTAI-POTS-OC-IERWTPIYUWCHYGWYG ~ The More Specific You Are About What You Want To Do – The Easier It Becomes To Develop A Strategy To Accomplish It – Part Of That Strategy – Of Course – Is Establishing Relationships With The People In Your Universe Who Can Help You Get Where You’re Going

~ SO:FYP ~ Step One: Find Your Passion

~ AGIADWAD ~ A Goal Is A Dream With A Deadline

~ YGMBB-IYDBYCRT-YW ~ Your Goals Must Be Believable – If You Don’t Believe You Can Reach Them – You Won’t

~ YGMBCAD ~ Your Goals Must Be Challenging And Demanding

~ AYMTMOTCYAH? ~ Are You Making The Most Of The Connections You Already Have?

~ DS ~ Don’t Schmooze

~ DROT-COG-IWDYAGITLR ~ Don’t Rely On The – Currency Of Gossip – It Won’t Do You Any Good In The Long Run

~ DCTTPEH ~ Don’t Come To The Party Empty-Handed

~ DYH ~ Do Your Homework

~ OYTTTTFOWYMIAWYWTGT-TNSITITPWCHYGT ~ Once You’ve Taken The Time To Figure Out What Your Mission Is And Where You Want To Get To – The Next Step Is To Identify The People Who Can Help You Get There

~ TAL-SAL ~ Talk A Little – Say A Lot

~ SYP ~ Share Your Passions

~ FUOF ~ Follow Up Or Fail

~ AEYG ~ Always Express Your Gratitude

~ BI ~ Be Interesting

~ ASSQ-IYAQTALNO-YGRTAUATTWHS-HGMPHTCTATQ? ~ Ask Seemingly Stupid Questions – If You Ask Questions That Are Like No Other – You Get Results That Are Unlike Any That The World Has Seen – How Many People Have The Courage To Ask Those Questions?

~ KYAYT-TTINTWOOTSATYL-BTFACYSSTYWML-YSSSTGBAYW-BRFOBYS ~ Know Yourself And Your Talents – The Trick Is Not To Work Obsessively On The Skills And Talents You Lack – But To Focus And Cultivate Your Strengths So That Your Weaknesses Matter Less – You Should Spend Some Time Getting Better At Your Weaknesses – But Really Focus On Building Your Strengths

~ AL ~ Always Learn

~ SH-YHTTCOY-YBMAS-TBAYB ~ Stay Healthy – You Have To Take Care Of Yourself – Your – Body / Mind / Spirit – To Be At Your Best

~ EYTUE ~ Expose Yourself To Unusual Experiences

~ DGD-TWBCCACRYTBPAC ~ Don’t Get Discouraged – There Will Be Continual Changes And Challenges Requiring You To Be Persistent And Committed

~ DAN ~ Develop A Niche

~ SO! ~ Stand Out!

~ SM-WYLION ~ Style Matters – Whether You Like It Or Not

~ NGITH ~ Never Give In To Hubris

~ FM-FM-R ~ Find Mentors – Find Mentees – Repeat

~ IYCYTFYP-T-BF-IIHTCIRWA ~ If You Commit Yourself To Finding Your Passion – That – Blue Flame – It’s Interesting How That Commitment Is Rewarded With Answers


~ WATTOCIB-FM-A-SC-WMALTWLUUATTE:PG ~ We Are Told That Our Choice Is Between – Free Markets – And – State Control – When Most Adults Live Their Working Lives Under A Third Thing Entirely: Private Government

~ MMWAPG ~ Most Modern Workplaces Are Private Governments

~ YAST-PG-W:YASTAWCOYASYFNCOSDOYL-A-TATIANOYB-AAWROC-WOIIOWISY ~ You Are Subject To – Private Government – Wherever: You Are Subordinate To Authorities Who Can Order You Around And Sanction You For Not Complying Over Some Domain Of Your Life – And – The Authorities Treat It As None Of Your Business – Across A Wide Range Of Cases – What Orders It Issues Or Why It Sanctions You

~ WAISWU ~ Workplace Authoritarianism Is Still With Us

~ MWAHWANOCOTEA-A-WAWOOCSALTI ~ Most Workers Are Hired Without Any Negotiation Over The Content Of The Employer’s Authority – And – Without A Written Or Oral Contracts Specifying Any Limits To It

~ AG ~ Arbitrary Government

~ II-TS-TE-TDCOWG-WC-A-TRTTE-ETSRFTBL ~ It Is – The State – That Establishes – The Default Constitution Of Workplace Governance – Workers Cede – All – Their Rights To Their Employers – Except Those Specifically Reserved For Them By Law

~ PGICOWTAUFDSTIOCWANCOITM ~ Private Governments Impose Controls On Workers That Are Unconstitutional For Democratic States To Impose On Citizens Who Are Not Convicts Or In The Military

~ MP-SN-LOI-A-SD-KMEFETFSOTA ~ Market Pressures – Social Norms – Lack Of Interest – And – Simple Decency – Keeps Most Employers From Exercising The Full Scope Of Their Authority

~ TAFGSFAAPTLAIKOTGUATOG:E;TROL;SCR;V ~ There Are Four General Strategies For Advancing And Protecting The Liberties And Interests Of The Governed Under Any Type Of Government: Exit; The Rule Of Law; Substantive Constitutional Rights; Voice

~ TINASF-RW-V-ITG-JBWGRAHOODNMTHOMBUTTG-O-TTGSNPARIMD-M ~ There Is No Adequate Substitute For – Recognizing Worker’s – Voice – In Their Government – Just Because Workplace Governance Requires A Hierarchy Of Offices Does Not Mean That Higher Officeholders Must Be Unaccountable To The Governed – Or – That The Governed Should Not Play Any Role In Managerial Decision-Making

~ WD-ITFO-W-OA-MF-HSAAIFME ~ Workplace Democracy – In The Form Of – Worker-Owned And -Managed Firms – Has Long Stood As An Ideal For Many Egalitarians

~ GIE-NJITFO-TS-B-EMPITW-Y-PDAMOPTPTTINS-IPTTCOWGISTOOVNBWAE-TITOFATPOPW ~ Government Is Everywhere – Not Just In The Form Of – The State – But – Even More Pervasively In The Workplace – Yet – Public Discourse And Much Of Political Theory Pretends That This Is Not So – It Pretends That The Constitution Of Workplace Government Is Somehow The Object Of Voluntary Negotiation Between Workers And Employers – This Is True Only For A Tiny Proportion Of Privileged Workers

~ S-TL-ESM-HITIGIN-IMBMA-PT-T-ATG-ATT-RTTI-A-OTTP ~ Since – The Levellers – Egalitarian Social Movements – Have Insisted That If Government Is Necessary – It Must Be Made A – Public Thing – To – All The Governed – Accountable To Them – Responsive To Their Interests – And – Open To Their Participation

~ EA-DOIT-NMHEARTA-INOG-IIABHN ~ Exercising Autonomy – Directing Oneself In Tasks – No Matter How Exacting And Relentless They Are – Is No Ordinary Good – It Is A Basic Human Need

~ TCTTSO-WWFL-HNRWO:WTCQAGE-OAGCAR-TCOOOTWLSTSDADT ~ Those Consigned To The Status Of – Wage Worker For Life – Have No Real Way Out: While They Can Quit Any Given Employer – Often At Great Cost And Risk – They Cannot Opt Out Of The Wage Labor System That Structurally Degrades And Demeans Them

~ A-TPOTROLITCTG-N-TG ~ And – The Point Of The Rule Of Law Is To Constrain The Governors – Not – The Governed

~ WT ~ Wage Theft

~ TSO-WT-STCTPGHAITTOILB ~ The Scale Of – Wage Theft – Supports The Claim That Private Government Has An Inherent Tendency To Overstep Its Legal Bounds

~ ANC-WFWFTTHCWTWTQ ~ Abolish Noncompete Clauses – Which Forbid Workers From Taking Their Human Capital With Them When They Quit

~ NOTSHSBWIP-IASAOP ~ None Of The Sexual Harassment Suffered By Workers Improves Productivity – It’s A Sheer Abuse Of Power

~ LWSFTITCOASOWGIWTHAV-WNSKOIVATTETTIAH-TTAR-A-TTHSSOAIWD ~ Let Workers Speak For Themselves In The Context Of A System Of Workplace Governance In Which They Have A Voice – Workers Need Some Kind Of Institutionalized Voice At Work To Ensure That Their Interest Are Heard – That They Are Respected – And – That They Have Some Share Of Autonomy In Workplace Decisions


~ C-TO-SI ~ Cooperation – Triumphs Over – Self-Interest

~ WNNB-RSTTGL-AGBTIHOTM-O-POTCHOF-TSTCW-IHOT-TSOL-ICTA-TP ~ We Need Not Be – Robotic Slaves To The Government’s Leviathan – Automations Guided By The Invisible Hand Of The Market – Or – Parts Of The Collectivist Hive Of Fascism – To Serve The Common Weal – In Honor Of Tux – The Symbol Of Linux – I’ll Call This Alternative – The Penguin

~ INTCCSDBTL-N-TIHOTFMCEGS-WSWT? ~ If Neither The Command-Control Systems Dictated By The Leviathan – Nor – The Invisible Hand Of The Free Market Can Effectively Govern Society – Where Shall We Turn?

~ EWBNTUQOTSS-A-WBTTOHBITO-AM-P-R-T-PAE ~ Economics Was By Now The Unquestioned Queen Of The Social Sciences – And – We Began To Think Of Human Behavior In Terms Of – Almost Mechanical – Predictable – Responses – To – Punishments And Incentives

~ PAIFMC-TMEAOPA-TIJT-DOFSHICS-OMSAETEIBO ~ People Are In Fact More Cooperative – Than Most Economists And Others Previously Assumed – This Isn’t Just Theory – Dozens Of Field Studies Have Identified Cooperative Systems – Often More Stable And Effective Than Equivalent Incentive-Based Ones

~ UCOCASTMUIE ~ Using Control Of Carrots And Sticks To Motivate Us Isn’t Effective

~ ORTTMOUSPITIINWW-OMS ~ One Reason That The Myth Of Universal Selfishness Persists Is That It Is Not Wholly Wrong – Only Mostly So

~ Y-SBAS-B-FASAOTT-ASOUDNAOOSI ~ Yes – Some People Are Selfish – But – Few Are Selfish All Of The Time – And Some Of Us Do Not Act Out Of Self-Interest

~ HBTTSO-N-S-E-THUMSOOCACW ~ Human Beings Tend To Seek Out – Neat – Simple – Explanations – To Help Us Make Sense Of Our Confusing And Complex World

~ ATGHNBEASTTITOUS-OWGITHOTOOAOBIAGW-WTTIATEWEACSIFWOPAA-BDSB-AEO ~ Almost Two Generations Have Now Been Educated And Socialized To Think In Terms Of Universal Selfishness – Once We Get In The Habit Of Thinking Of Ourselves And Our Behavior In A Given Way – We Tend To Interpret All The Evidence We Encounter And Collect So It Fits With Our Preconceptions And Assumptions – By Discarding Some Bits – And Emphasizing Others

~ WASB-WPSAB-WAEBJAM-INM-TWARB ~ We Are Social Beings – We Perform Selfless Acts Because – We Are Emotional Beings Just As Much – If Not More – Than We Are Rational Beings

~ ONADAFMCAVTTSDTMPAG-UR-TFHBLIOOP ~ Our Needs And Desires Are Far More Complex And Varied Than The Simple Desire To Maximize Pleasure And Gain – Until Recently – These Findings Have Been Largely Ignored Outside Of Psychology

~ F-OCFWI-RAF-ODTBSFBOPASBTASG-AFBTGTRD ~ Finally – Our Concern For What Is – Right And Fair – Our Desire To Be Seen Favorably By Our Peers And So Belong To A Social Group – Are Finally Beginning To Get Their Rightful Due

~ TPOCINSSUD-IIGISOTBWAMRRIBS ~ The Promise Of Cooperation Is Not Some Silly Utopian Dream – It Is Grounded In Some Of The Best Work And Most Rigorous Research In Behavioural Science

~ SORAP-S-TIASRFSITGABBSATEOTWC ~ Systems Of Reciprocity Aren’t Perfect – So – There Is Always Some Room For Some Individuals To Get Ahead By Being Selfish At The Expense Of Those Who Cooperate

~ AWMADTA-WHTFITSWI-EEHGAT-TFE-PWMDDDOHASIP ~ Anytime We Make A Decision To Act – We Have To First Interpret The Situation We’re In – Even Economists Have Grudgingly Admitted This – The Framing Effect – People Will Make Different Decision Depending On How A Situation Is Presented

~ SC-R-A-SC ~ Social Capital – Reputation – And – Social Contagion

~ SRHTOC ~ Social Relations Have Their Own Currency

~ MESTOBIASIGIBTBWOIPAU-EIWCUOTI ~ Much Evidence Suggests That Our Behavior In Any Situation Is Greatly Influenced By The Behavior We’ve Observed In People Around Us – Even If We’re Completely Unaware Of That Influence

~ WSTBWTNO-FPAADAPASI ~ We Seem To Be Wired To Need Others – Few Punishments Are As Debilitating And Painful As Social Isolation

~ WASBNLTWAI-STLUBBWBTSTSUAJOOTO ~ We Are Social Beings No Less Than We Are Individuals – Systems That Let Us Be – Work Better Than Systems That See Us As Just One Or The Other

~ E-NM-WWOOPDS-TNIOBFIATESPAWWADTSAO-OBMNOPOMM-BPEAW ~ Empathy – Neuron Mirroring – When We Observe Other People Doing Something – The Neurons In Our Brains Fire In Almost The Exact Same Patterns As When We Are Doing Those Same Acts Ourselves – Our Brains Mirror Not Only Pain Or Motor Movements – But Pure Emotions As Well

~ WVQAS-SPIG-‘LU’&‘NLU’~ We Very Quickly And Subconsciously Sort People Into Groups – “Like Us” And “Not Like Us”

~ IMC-TSATCACWO-IE-TGPTATFACG-WTGMB ~ In Many Cases – The Simple Ability To Communicate And Coordinate With Others – Is Enough – To – Get People To Act Together For A Common Goal – Whatever That Goal Might Be

~ TIETSTWCEMATPTTAOOAS ~ There Is Evidence To Suggest That We Care Even More About The Process Than The Actual Outcome Of A Situation

~ ODFF-AIIUIACC-IACCOHMAB-IIIO-S-I-E-O-S-WHABNODTBTF-A-TBPISTTUF ~ Our Desire For Fairness – As It Is Understood In A Cultural Context – Is A Critical Component Of Human Motivation And Behavior – It Is Independent Of – Self-Interest – Empathy – Or – Solidarity – We Have A Basic Need Or Desire To Be Treated Fairly – And – To Be Participants In Systems That Treat Us Fairly

~ IWWTBASTMPTWW-OCE-INETOTSRAI-WANTTAHFTSI ~ If We Want To Build A System That Motivates People To Work Well – Or Cooperate Effectively – It’s Not Enough To Offer Them Simple Rewards And Incentives – We Also Need To Think About How Fair The System Is

~ FI-A-P-I-P-O-MSWW-A-FMPFWACWT ~ Fairness Is – A – Practical – Integral – Part – Of – Making Systems Work Well – And – Of Making People Function Well And Cooperatively Within Them

~ PAAQGA-SU-E-A-SR-FA-TASOMAUAECN ~ People Are Actually Quite Good At – Setting Up – Enforcing – And – Self-Regulating – Fair Arrangements – Through A Set Of Mutually Agreed Upon And Enforced Community Norms

~ NPOV ~ Neutral Point Of View

~ TIEETST-WICTC-PMP-TBBAECS-WITBLOCTS ~ There Is Enough Evidence To Suspect That – When It Comes To Cooperation – Practice Makes Perfect – That By Building And Engaging Cooperative Systems – We Increase The Baseline Level Of Cooperation Throughout Society

~ TSOFAOSSBENE ~ The Success Of Free And Open-Source Software Baffles Economist No End

~ COE-OW-TOOMR-E-CWAPEAAI-O-IWAPSOAAC ~ Crowding-Out Effects – Occur When – The Offer Of Material Rewards – Either – Clash With A Person’s Expectation About An Interaction – Or – Interferes With A Person’s Sense Of Autonomy And Control

~ AM-AROAP-CARTTPOOM-A-SUOTPOC ~ Adding Money – As Reward Or As Punishment – Can Actually Redirect The Total Pull Of Our Motivations – And – Steer Us Off The Path Of Cooperation

~ NIMIIACSTCATP-WPAATC-TA-ME-MT-A-CRSMRTWTCTTOA ~ Nothing Is More Important In A Cooperative System Than Communication Among The Participants – When People Are Able To Communicate – They Are – More Empathetic – More Trusting – And – Can Reach Solutions More Readily Than When They Cannot Talk To One Another

~ VANAA-FINSYATATPDAHTIEOIOPHBM-FIITEHC-FSAPS ~ Values Are Not An Afterthought – Fairness Is Not Something You Attend To After The Practical Decisions About How To Improve Efficiency Or Innovation Or Productivity Have Been Made – Fairness Is Integral To Effective Human Cooperation – Fair Systems Are Productive Systems

~ CHU-LTR-BDAI ~ Cooperation Hinges Upon – Long-Term Reciprocity – Both Direct And Indirect

~ STHODMANJMPBAMCWHE ~ Systems That Harness Our Diverse Motivations Are Not Just More Productive But Also More Consistent With Human Experience


~ HYSTDADYI? ~ Have You Spent Time Developing And Defining Your Idea?

~ HYPATYIWRPIYTM? ~ Have You Prototyped And Tested Your Idea With Real People In Your Target Market?

~ HYMS-O-SUPOYML-O-GTTDYTP? ~ Have You Made Sales – Or – Signed Up People On Your Mailing List – Or – Gotten Them To Download Your Trial Product?

~ DYHAVBM? ~ Do You Have A Viable Business Model?

~ AYWTCSIITDGAP? ~ Are You Willing To Change Strategies Immediately If Things Don’t Go As Planned?

~ CYIYC? ~ Can You Identify Your Competitors?

~ CYDWMY-D-ME-O-MA? ~ Can You Describe What Makes You – Different – More Effective – Or – More Appealing?

~ CYBSITMRS? ~ Could Your Business Survive If The Market Radically Shifted?

~ DYHATUPOS? ~ Do You Have A Truly Useful Product Or Service?

~ DYHATRBPAIIPTEYBI? ~ Do You Have All The Right Business Processes And Infrastructure In Place To Execute Your Business Idea?

~ HYCWP-TMSYWG-S-A-O-A? ~ Have You Consulted With Professionals – To Make Sure You Won’t Get – Sued – Audited – Or – Arrested?

~ AYPFVD-NAO? ~ Are You Prepared For Various Disasters – Natural And Otherwise?

~ CYDYTMICAST? ~ Can You Define Your Target Market In Clear And Specific Terms?

~ DYKWTC-IP-O-IA-O-ITM? ~ Do You Know Where They Congregate – In Person – Online – In Associations – Or – In The Media?

~ HYSLOTWT? ~ Have You Spent Lots Of Time With Them?

~ DYKWTC? ~ Do You Know What They Crave?

~ DYKWWHTTOTBYPOS? ~ Do You Know What Will Happen To Them Once They Buy Your Product Or Service?

~ DYKWTCAD? ~ Do You Know What They Care About Deeply?

~ DYKHTLTC? ~ Do You Know How They Like To Communicate?

~ DTHAT-C-H-C-TPYFYS? ~ Do They Have Access To – Cold – Hard – Cash – To Pay You For Your Services?

~ ATTKOPWWBFTHOW-RIYWDBON? ~ Are They The Kind Of People Who Would Be Fun To Hang Out With – Regardless If You Were Doing Business Or Not?


~ YHAU-A/S/C-TWAYTSTNBTAE ~ You Have A Unique – Approach / Skill / Capability – That Will Allow You To Serve This Need Better Than Anyone Else

~ YH-T-C-R-A-S-FGTBLIATM ~ You Have – The – Capacity – Resources – And – Support – For Getting The Business Launched In A Timely Manner

~ UHCAAIWYPVBCPP ~ You Have Chosen An Area In Which You Provide Value Beyond Cheap Production Price

~ YTMNOIIIWYHTO-B-HTMTPFWYAS ~ Your Target Market Not Only Is Interested In What You Have To Offer – But – Has The Money To Pay For What You Are Selling

~ YCAPAIGBAI ~ You Create A Prototype And It Generates Buzz And Interest

~ YHAFGOTFMOYB ~ You Have A Firm Grasp Of The Financial Metrics Of Your Business

~ IYROTBYB-YHANOSACPWWLTWWY ~ If You Require Others To Build Your Business – You Have A Network Of Smart And Capable People Who Would Like To Work With You

~ YWAAAFAYBI-A-UITCIYPOS ~ You Welcome Any And All Feedback About Your Business Idea – And – Use It To Continually Improve Your Product Or Service


~ YFTIAMBOHAAFC-O-DIYG-YANSTIAGI-B-YATPTAI ~ You Feel There Is A Market Based On Hunches And A Few Conversation – Or – Deep In Your Gut – You Are Not Sure This Is A Good Idea – But – You Are Too Proud To Admit It

~ WYDTIWPWWBTTMFYPOS-TAEOBAES-O-AD-AS-‘TITWBIIHEH’ ~ When You Discuss The Idea With People Who Would Be The Target Market For Your Product Or Service – They Are Either Overcome By An Embarrassing Silence – Or – Are Direct – And Say – “That Is The Worst Business Idea I Have Ever Heard”

~ WSCYI-YGVDAICTS-T-‘TOANSETGMBI’ ~ When Someone Challenges Your Idea – You Get Very Defensive And Immediately Change The Subject – Thinking – “They Obviously Are Not Smart Enough To Get My Brilliant Idea”

~ YS-H/W/M/SY-WOTI-WEBIIFOEAPIOC ~ You Spend – Hours / Weeks / Months / Sometime Years – Working On The Idea – Without Ever Bringing It In Front Of Either A Potential Investor Or Customer

~ YAUTDTTNTPOSMFITEOYC ~ You Are Unable To Describe The True Need This Product Or Service Might Fill In The Eyes Of Your Customer

~ YHNUAVLTB-A-YDSYWPWH ~ You Have Never Undertaken A Venture Like This Before – And – You Don’t Surround Yourself With People Who Have

~ YPNIVL-A-YDTAYMHWWITPWBWTJYIYV ~ Your Personal Network Is Very Limited – And – You Don’t Think Anyone You May Have Worked With In The Past Would Be Willing To Join You In Your Venture

~ YVYVA-‘AON’-A-WOCLOBI-ROFFO ~ You View Your Venture As – “All Or Nothing” – And – Will Only Consider Launching One Business Idea – Regardless Of Feedback From Others


~ WAI-WIMB-M ~ Who Am I – What Is My Brand – Me

~ WI-M-P/P/P-M-M ~ What Is – My – Promise / Personality / Positioning – Me – Me

~ WDIWTS-HSISI-M-M-M ~ What Do I Want To Say – How Should I Say It – Me – Me – Me

~ IOICGTDR-IOICDME-M-M-M-M ~ If Only I Can Get The Details Right – If Only I Can Discover My Essence – Me – Me – Me – Me

~ B!-TFOBI ~ Bam! – The Flash Of Brand Insight

~ IWWTA-T ~ I Wonder Who They Are – Them

~ IWWTD-T-T ~ I Wonder What They’re Doing – Them – Them

~ IWHTF-T-T-T ~ I Wonder How They’re Feeling – Them – Them – Them

~ IWHICMLBFTAMTFBAT-T-T-T-T ~ I Wonder How I Can Make Life Better For Them And Make Them Feel Better About Themselves – Them – Them – Them – Them