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The Importance of Persistence: Dennis E. Murphree

The Importance of Persistence: Dennis E. Murphree

 

Mr. Murphree is principal of Murphree Venture Partners. He earned a B.A. degree in economics from SMU in 1969 and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. A former member of SMU’s Board of Trustees and Alumni Board, Mr. Murphree serves on the Dedman College Executive Board, and the SMU-in-Taos Executive Board. 

Boost Your Productivity: The Chain Method by Peter Ireland

Boost Your Productivity: The Chain Method by Peter Ireland

 

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Chains Productivity Secret

Everyone has been talking about the chain method for building commitment and focus of late. It’s been attributed to Jerry Seinfeld but I have a recollection of reading about it somewhere long ago.

 

In a nut shell, it works like this:

 

Jerry [Seinfeld] said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don’t feel like it.

 

He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here’s how it works.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”

“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.

 

I can see this working for me. Here’s the source for the above quote.

 

Now there’s at least one tool for using the chains method for staying on course.

 

Chains.cc is an online motivational tool based on the “don’t break the chain” method that helps you stick to your good habits and break bad ones. Each day you complete a task you want to keep up, you mark it in your chains. The chain will grow longer with each day and soon your main motivation is to keep the chain from breaking. Your chains are shown visually with several great looking skins to choose from.

 

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Choose between the pain of discipline or regret

Do the hard jobs first – Dale Carnegie

 

Do the hard jobs first – Dale Carnegie

Do the little jobs well – Dale Carnegie

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Do the little jobs well – Dale Carnegie

The liar’s punishment – George Bernard Shaw

If you love life, don’t waste time – Bruce Lee

 

If you love life, don’t waste time – Bruce Lee

Be like water – Bruce Lee

If you think something is impossible – Bruce Lee

Knowing is not enough – Bruce Lee

 

Knowing is not enough – Bruce Lee