I have not seen anybody say this here before, so I am creating a Thread about an awesome quote from a movie. (to the Mods: correct me if I am wrong but I believe I posted this thread in the correct place) Margin Call (2011) imdb.com/title/tt1615147 Quote: "There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat." The more you think about it, the more it is 100% correct. Here are some of the examples / explanations I can think of: * Be first - get an idea before anybody else, kind of self explanatory. If you think of a way to connect the dots unlike other people, you wont have competition which is an automatic win. The hard part is getting the idea / making a connection that nobody made before / developing a new process. After that everything else is easier because there is No Competition. You are the first one! * Be smarter (be the best) - invest more time into a specific craft, a specific way of marketing, and try/fail/learn more than anybody else. As long as you don't give up and stay focused on one thing, you will get it. Kind of like a sniper, instead of spreading thin, be a master of a single craft. By being the best / smarter, you will rule at that craft. You can even set your own prices almost like a monopoly. As long as that craft doesn't become obsolete. * Cheat - brute force your way in. Just like spamming and all the blackhat methods of SEO. If you don't care about the methods of obtaining a goal, and only care about getting there: you will get there (or end up in prison ) Let me know what you guys think!