EFFECTIVE ACTIVISM, BUSINESS etc
* I just found out yesterday about a source of probably excellent advice that would likely help Libertarians and the peace movement to become effective. Also good for being effective economically and personally. I recommend that activists and supporters go to youtube and listen to some of the videos here:http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=tim+ferriss&aq=f
* Here's what he says [from notes I took]; also see links below.
* To become effective take 4 steps to unplug and reset.
1. Define: define your ideal lifestyle & how much it will cost. That's your target.
2. Eliminate: get rid of all interruptions & people possible that interfere with the target.
3. Automate: take the remaining tasks & automate, delegate, or outsource them: he pays 25 people in India $4/hr to do tasks that would consume hundreds of hours a week of his time. Do outsourcing with getfriday.com with a free trial, or with elance.com, workaholics.com, or asksunday.com.
4. Liberate: learn mobility & how to use the lifestyle once it's created. Do much of what you fear, because it's necessary for success; ask what's the worst that could happen.
* Being good at producing results is the best job security. Say no to minutia or interruptions to help produce results.
* Minimal input with maximum output = high productivity.
* What we have to invest is income, time and attention; invest each of them wisely.
* Prove the concept of wasted time by getting an autoresponder to check email twice a day to see how much time it saves you.
* Realize that massive action without well-defined objectives is a form of laziness; don't be too lazy to define objectives before acting.
* Set short deadlines, because people tend to use all of the time available & don't finish a project until just before the deadline.
* Identify the 80% of people who waste your time & stop spending time on them.
* Don't multitask most of the time. Use a timer to single task for 20-30' at a time; then do something for a break for a few minutes; then single task again etc.
* Do batching: let things accumulate for a day or a week etc, then do them all at once.
* Data is vaulable if it's actionable. Most data is not valuable.
* What gets measured gets managed, but only measure what's meaningful, not all that's measurable.
* To promote your book, don't use publishers; get a recent college grad to prove themselves at marketing by finding media for your book.
* To sell a book etc, get people to talk about it on the net by saying something remarkable [that people will want to remark on], and by polarizing people. The worst that can happen is no response.
* To be remarkable, threaten people's behaviors, beliefs, or belongings.
* Seek to get your admirers and your haters to get into arguments online.
* Have an incredible phenomenon to discuss, like building 34 pounds of muscle in 4 weeks.
* But you have to have creidibility or a hook or PR, i.e. personal relationships.
* Talk to bloggers around the product, not directly about it, because they don't like to be manipulated or "spammed".
* People like to be part of something new and they like solutions to problems.
* Tell them about the concept of the book, or the trends you noticed.
* Google adreach can help find good titles. Google analytics can find good data.
How to achieve your ideal lifestyle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX3eJRwJqlc
How to sell your book or idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hth2rZlt9FE