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10 remarkable quotes by Zig Ziglar

Zig ZiglarOn November 28th, the great Zig Ziglar died at the age of 86. For many years, he has been a great source of inspiration to me and to millions around the world.

So, my first idea was that this week’s “Quote of the week” would be dedicated to Zig. However, after a long time trying to decide which one out of his hundreds of awesome quotes I would post, I decided to turn this into a post from the “10 remarkable …” series.

10 remarkable quotes by Zig Ziglar.

1. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.

2. “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

3. “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

4. “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.

5. “Timid salesmen have skinny kids.

6. “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

7. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

8. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.

9. “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.

10. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

RIP Zig Ziglar. Thank you for everyhting. You will be missed.


10 remarkable ads that you should watch

This is not a list of “my favorite“, “the best“, “the most creative“, “the funniest“, etc. etc. etc. These are just ten (ish) video ads that I consider to be remarkable.

Some define the incredible power of storytelling. Some are simple. Some are very complex. Some are old. Some are new. Some are inspiring. Some are very funny. Anyhow, here are ten remarkable video ads that you should watch.

Most probably you have seen some (or most) of them. Anyway, I am sure you will enjoy watching these great examples of creativity and (in my opinion) effective communication.

Note 1: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each video is remarkable on its own way.

Note 2: For videos 9 and 10, I could not decide between the different videos on the campaign. So I decided to include two videos from the same campaign. Different videos – same message.


1. EDS: Herding Cats

2. John Lewis: Never Knowingly Undersold

3. Johnnie Walker: The Man Who Walked Around The World

4. Volkswagen: The Force

5. Apple Computers: Think Different

6. Monkey Business

7. NTT Docomo: Xylophone

8. Google: Parisian Love

9. Dos Equis: The Most Interesting Man In The World

10. T-Mobile: Life’s For Sharing

So.. do you have any other great video ads you would like to share. Please share them with us in the comments section.

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10 remarkable TED Talks you should watch

Quoting Britney … “Oops I did it again”. Just like with my previous posts in the “10 remarkable …” series, I got myself in a tough situation. Choosing 10 remarkable TED Talks you should watch out of the over 900 remarkable presentations in the TED archives was a big challenge.

Yes, you will notice that I did not include the “most viewed” or “most popular” presentations, including some of my favorite TED Talks, such as Sir Ken Robinson’s classic “Do schools kill creativity?” talk, or Jill Bolte Taylor’s powerful “How it feels to have a stroke“. The reason is simple. If you are a fan of TED, chances are that you have already watched them, so instead here you have other 10 remarkable presentations that may not have millions of views (yet) but that are most definitely full of extremely valuable insights.

Note 1: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each presentation focuses on different topics and each is remarkable on its own way.

Note 2: In some of my previous posts I have already included many remarkable TED Talks. As I did not wanted to repeat any of the presentations previously shared on this blog, all the Talks listed below have not been shared previously here. You are more than welcome to check out those other remarkable TED and TEDx Talks.


1. Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold
Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. And yes, this talk was sponsored too.

2. Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

3. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”

4. Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

5. Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man
Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider real value — and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.

6. Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity
The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she hows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

7. Seth Godin: Sliced bread and other marketing delights
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

8. Dan Pink: The surprising science of motivation
Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

9. Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter
Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to be a hero.

10. The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves …
The LXD (the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) electrify the TED2010 stage with an emerging global street-dance culture, revved up by the Internet. In a preview of Jon Chus upcoming Web series, this astonishing troupe show off their superpowers.


Do you have any favorite TED Talks?. If you do, please go ahead and share them with us in the comments below!

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10 remarkable blogs you should read

Wow … choosing ten … only ten remarkable blogs you should read has been a difficult task. I could easily make this the “486 remarkable blogs you should read” post, but I think that by introducing you to ten, there is a higher probability that you actually will check them all out.

I know that many of you after checking the list will go … “What? … where is Chis Brogan’s blog or Zen Habits? … How come he doesn’t have Seth Godin’s blog? … This dude is an idiot, he did not include Mashable! or Social Media Examiner” …. and so on. The reason why I did not include such popular and recognized blogs, is not because they are less remarkable than the ones on the list, but because chances are that you may be already familiar with them, so I would not be introducing nothing new into your life (and in case that you actually are not familiar with them, well … you can click on the links and find out why these blogs are so successful).

The list includes blogs on marketing, sales, productivity, entrepreneurship and personal development. So whatever rocks your boat, you will find something valuable here.

Some of you may know most of them, some of you may know just couple of them, some may have never heard of any of them. Good. Click on the links, check them out and enjoy the ride.

Note 1: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each blog focuses on different areas and each is remarkable on its own way.

Note 2: If you click on the author’s name it will take you to their Twitter profile so you can follow them.


1. Six Pixels of Separation
by Mitch Joel

"Six Pixels Of Separation" by "Mitch Joel"

2. The Sales Blog
by S. Anthony Iannarino

"The Sales Blog"

3. OnStartups
by Dharmesh Shah


4. Bob Burg
by Bob Burg

"Bob Burg"

5. Get in the Hot Spot
by Annabel Candy

"Get in the Hot Spot"

6. Dumb Little Man
by Jay White

"Dumb Little Man"

7. HubSpot Blog
by HubSpot


8. Personal Branding Blog
by Dan Schawbel

"Personal Branding Blog"

9. The 99 percent
by Behance

"The 99 Percent"

10. Jonathan Fields
by Jonathan Fields

"Jonathan Fields"

So … what do you think? Do you have any other blogs you would like to share with us? Please add them in the comments below!

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10 remarkable podcasts you should listen to

As some of you already know, I am very focused on continuos personal development, and for the past few months, podcasts have become one of the prime sources of ideas and learning opportunities for me. I have been listening to many remarkable podcasts lately so I wanted to share with you 10 remarkable podcasts you should listen to.

Note 1: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each podcast focuses on different areas and each is remarkable on its own way.

Note 2: All these podcasts are available in iTunes, so if it is more convenient you can download them there.


1. The Accidental Creative

Great episode: Interview with Steven Pressfield

2. Achieving Predictable Success

Great episode: Interview with Dan Pink

3. BusinessWeek – Savvy Selling

Great episode: Selling to Executives – Interview with Anthony Parinello

4. The Pipeline

Great episode: Interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

5. Blog Business Success

Great episode: Interview with Scott Belsky

6. Six Pixels of Separation

Great episode: Building a Referral Engine with John Jantsch

7. The A-List with Jennifer Lindsay

Great episode: Interview with Seth Godin


Great episode: The Best Path to Profitability for Professional Services Firms—An Interview with Randy Shattuck

9. BlogcastFM

Great episode: An Uninterview with Blogworld Keynote Speaker Scott Stratten

10. Salesopedia Blog

Great episode: Selling to the Bottom Line – Interview with C.J. Hayden


10 remarkable ChangeThis manifestos you should read

One of my favorite websites in the whole wide web is ChangeThis. ChangeThis is a remarkable platform that focuses on supporting and spreading great ideas. It is a place where you have the opportunity to find out and learn about remarkable ideas through short manifestos (around 13-14 pages long). Additionally they are designed in a format that is very easy and pleasant to read. And here is the best part: all the manifestos are available to download for free!

The website offers hundreds of awesome manifestos. However, today I want to share with you 10 remarkable ChangeThis manifestos you should read (just to get you starting, then I strongly recommend you to browse through the great manifestos you can find there).

Note: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each manifesto focuses on different areas and each is remarkable on its own way.


1. Brainwashed: Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself
by Seth Godin

2. The Art of the Start
by Guy Kawasaki

3. Rework: A Better, Easier Way To Succeed In Business
by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (37Signals)

4. What the Creative World Needs Now Is Organization
by Scott Belsky

5. 168 Hours: The Blank Slate of Time
by Laura Vanderkam

6. Before You Open Your Mouth: The Keys to Great Public Speaking
by Nick Morgan

7. F2 | Firefly Manifesto: Remixed
by Jonathan Fields

8. The Bootstrapper’s Bible
by Seth Godin

9. Get a Life, Not a Job: Self-Directed Career Acts and the Future of Careers
by Paula Caligiuri, Ph.D

10. Stop the Busywork!: Seven Ways You Can Do More Great Work
by Michael Bungay Stanier

So, here you have them. I would love to know if you enjoy these manifestos or if after checking the ChangeThis archive you find something interesting or inspiring. All your feedback is highly appreciated!

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10 remarkable YouTube channels you should subscribe to

Although many millions of people use YouTube mainly to watch funny videos, the reality is that YouTube is one of the greatest sources of knowledge and information.

So, next time you log in, stop watching those videos of “funny cats” and check out 10 remarkable YouTube channels that could have a huge impact on your business.

Note: The list is not organized in order of importance. Each channel focuses on different areas and each is remarkable on its own way.

1. Fast Company

Fast Company is a remarkable business magazine and most of their videos are equally remarkable. A great example of this, is the Work Smart video series with Gina Trapani in which she shares excellent advice on productivity and effectiveness.

2. The Little Big Things

Best selling author and thought leader, Tom Peters shares excellent advice in very short videos.

3. Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Training

Jeffrey Gitomer is one of the biggest authorities in the world of selling. His videos, like his books and articles are full of priceless advice and great humor. Definitely a must watch if you are in sales.

4. Black Chair Business Success

Robin Dickinson is somebody who I tremendously respect and who I am fortunate enough to be able to call a good friend. He shares extremely valuable advice connected to business development.

5. William Arruda Personal Branding

William Arruda is one of the top authorities on Personal Branding. Weather you are a front-line employee, a top executive or a small business owner, William’s advice will definitely have an impact on your professional life.

6. Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review‘s channel shares great insights into the minds of some of the top academic leaders in the planet.

8. theRSAorg

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is a non-profit organization that focuses on social progress with a multi-disciplinary, politically independent approach that combines research and policy development.

They have come up with a remarkable idea. Adapting parts of the lectures and speeches given at their conferences and events and presenting them in what they call RSA Animates. These videos are not only entertaining but represent a great way to learn and understand key subjects.

9. @Google Talks

This channel displays videos of authors, leaders, politicians and business leaders presenting at Google. This channel’s great advantage is that it provides the entire lectures. If you are interested on attending a full hour lecture with some of the greatest thought leaders, you’ve got to subscribe.

10. TEDTalks

TED started out as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Today is much broader than that. With two annual conferences and now with additional events such as TEDIndia and TEDWomen, TED is no longer just a conference. It has become a community and a source of some of the best presentations ever.

For sure there are many more channels that are worth mentioning. Do you have any favorite channel that you would like to share? Please write it down on the comments section below.

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2. 10 remarkable TED Talks you should watch
3. 10 remarkable podcasts you should listen to
4. 10 remarkable ChangeThis manifestos you should read