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TEM 79: Emilio Guarino on Action Steps, the Constant of Change and the Challenges of Self-Publication

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TEM 79: Emilio Guarino on Action Steps, the Constant of Change and the Challenges of Self-Publication

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Topics Covered:

  • What inspired him to write his first book, "Make It: A Guide For Recent Music Graduates"
  • How 90% of the book is based on personal experiences beginning with graduate school (when he was first on his own financially)
  • The in my opinion awesome fact that every chapter of his book ends with "Action Steps" for the reader to take (I wish more books like this did that!)
  • How your body is going to make a routine for yourself whether you set one or not
  • The incredible percentage of any given day which is just comprised of habit
  • How he keeps a daily journal of all of his thoughts throughout the day and when he goes back and reads them he tries to translate them into actions he can take
  • The importance of blocking out time for something important each and every day where he tells the world to go away and just focuses on that task
  • Change is the only constant
  • The Gig Triangle (the metric I use to decide whether I am going to say yes to something today)
  • Why if you have no entrepreneurial experience, designing and selling a sticker for a project (like a band you're in) will teach you a lot about business
  • The many things (like a book mockup) you have to do when you self-publish
  • What he would do differently if he publishes a second book
  • The importance of customers finding your product in the channels they're already hanging out in


Favorite Quotes:

  • "Use routine to your advantage. Set small, daily goals that are realistically achievable for you that inch you toward your desired outcome."
  • "I think the master habit that you need to get in place is the habit of reviewing your habits."
  • "I wouldn't recommend writing a book for money. There are better ways to go about that."

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