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Self-letter

Six-O’clock Club

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Dear Har-old,

I read that Ben Franklin said that only a few men live to old age, and fewer still ever become successful who are not early risers. So I set my alarm clock an hour and a half earlier in the morning. An hour of that time I used for reading and study. Of course, I soon found myself going to bed early, but I thrived on it.

Har+new: You know what’s one of the best gifts your grandma gave you?
Har-old: What?
Har+new: Your alarm clock.
Har-old: Why?
Har+new: Because that’s all you need to be in the Six-O’clock Club. Yet the only time you’re a member is when you have work or school in the morning. Why does it take a job you hate or a class that doesn’t teach your favorite subject for you to wake your ass up in the morning? Hmm? Your last 6 times waking up (and staying up) at six has something to do with a damn job!  Why is it when you don’t have nowhere to be in the morning you wake up late? 10, 12, 2 in the got-damn afternoon!
Har-old: …
Har+new: The only thing stopping you from being in the club is going to bed at 9. 10 at the latest. It’s a reason why I told you to turn off all technology an hour before bed … BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT’S KEEPING YOU UP AT NIGHT FOOL!!!
Har-old: *puts head down*
Har+new: Are you scared you’re gonna miss something by going to bed early? A phone call? A text message? A email? A tweet? A knock at the door from the naked trenchcoat girl?
Har-old: … Well
Har+new: Shut up! All you need to do is either go to bed early or wake up early. Notice I didnt say AND. Keyword OR because you will see one takes care of the other. You can’t go to bed at 9 and wake up at 2 in the got-damn afternoon. Just like you can’t wake up at 6 in the morning and go to bed in the wee hours of the night. You cannot cheap sleep. It always win. Do you need something that will get you excited about sleep?
Har-old: I need something because my sleeping patterns have been off for months.
Har+new: Lucid dreaming and your Invisible Counselors ANNNDDD your Inception soundtrack. Besides, it’s no reason to be an insomniac anymore when you already got me … your Tyler Durden.

FY,
Har+new

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What’s on your 2013 Action Items list? This week is Great Communicator week. Two big goals for this week: Listen to your Best Kept Secrets of Great Communicators cd PASSED THE 3RD DISC. And most importantly, partake in your first ToastMasters. Bane on top of the tumblr. Bane on top of the tumblr. Bane on top of the tumblr. BANE!!!

Your Idea Whoring Has Cost You Up To $70,000

My star on the red carpet

Hey Harold- wanted to let you know that we launched the Amazing Risk Startup Challenge today, or at least, submissions are open for a contest that will actually be held with finalists during Global Entrepreneurship Week. I’d be remiss if I didn’t reach out personally on this one- the winning startup receives $5k in cash and $5k in in-kind services.  Certainly no pressure- just wanted to make sure you knew about the opportunity.

Screw Pulp won the Amazing Risk Startup Challenge, taking home $10,000 in cash and in-kind services.

Care 2 Mange was crowned the winner of the “Everywhere Else Video contest”, taking home $10,000 in seed money.

Coyote Case won $25,000 coming in first place in the quick pitch contest.

AspirEDU was crowned best of the village and awarded $25,000.

What do all these contests have in common?

They were all pitch competitions!

How many have you participated in?

3 contests, however, pitched a total of 5 times, and already doing it like a pro.

This should make you turn into The Incredible Hulk …

Screw Pulp was one of the 4 startups that won at June’s 48 Hour Launch with Yadoog.

Your pitch advice to Ella aided in her winning $10,000 for Care 2 Manage.

Yeah, you wasn’t a mere attendee at the EverywhereElse.co conference and was pitch coach to Danielle for Pink Robin Avenue but y’all didn’t win the two pitch contests y’all was in. That’s $50,000 gone!

Worse, you shouldn’t have been a mere team member of a startup, but, the leader of one, either with Yadoog or Acquire For Pennies.

Your idea whoring has cost you who knows how much. In the least, $10,000.

Please commit to one idea and work as hard to keep it as you did in trying to come up with it.

Please , please, please, make up for this when these events come back around.

No one is a better pitchman than you!

The theme of Acquire For Pennies was action. Now, think of an idea you can commit to and act on. YOU!

FY,

Har+new

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There’s a reason your head is on the top of your body … because all actions are first clothed in a thought. Mr. Potato Head can put his ears, eyes, nose, and mouth on different parts of his face but can’t detach the head itself.

Who Are Your Imaginary Counselors? ***New Members***

Dear Har-old,

11 was a full-house; I cut it by 7. No one from the old list survives. Here are your new cabinet members, along with their guides.

Uncle Napo
Hill will help with your personal development into Har+new
Steve will teach you the reality distortion field; showmanship; how to create an lasting company.
Steve will teach you the reality distortion field; showmanship; how to create a lasting company.
Ledger's Joker will help you with genius level planning and creating a chaotic mind maze.
Ledger’s Joker will help you with genius level planning and creating a chaotic mind maze.
Hardy's Bane will guide you on being a man of action; obtaining religious fanatics; how to be a brute force.
Hardy’s Bane will guide you on being a man of action; obtaining religious fanatics; how to be a brute force.
This requires studying their life with painstaking care. Here are the 4 sources that will help. (The first 2 chapters in Outwitting The Devil will help with Uncle Napo)
This requires studying their life with painstaking care. Here are the 4 sources that will help. (The first 2 chapters in Outwitting The Devil will help with Uncle Napo)

Futuristically yours,

Har+new