"DEVELOP AN INSATIABLE CURIOSITY. READ PROFUSELY, STUDY AND ACCUMULATE KNOWLEDGE. READ A GOOD BOOK TWICE, DOG-EAR ITS PAGES, HIGHLIGHT, MARK-UP OR UNDERLINE WORDS THAT REACH OUT AND PULL YOU IN, AND ADD COPIOUS MARGINAL NOTES OF YOUR CONCURRING OR CONFLICTING OPINIONS. ARGUE IN SILENCE WITH THE AUTHOR, COMPARE HIS WORDS TO YOUR WORLD. ACCEPT NOTHING AT FACE VALUE." - Jason Addis, Square Zero: Light a Fire
Inspirational speeches, articles, headlines, decks and captions that sell or fail to sell, convince or leave skeptical, that unite or divide: 1,000,000 words in all, 200,000 at funerals and fundraisers, celebrations and ceremonies, awkward moments and trying times. You have to come to tears before you can bring an audience to do some things — despite the volatile dynamic that exists only when people are together. There are places you go you never knew existed; depths of emotion you didn’t know could be felt let alone put into words. I’ve filled napkins and notepads for years with thoughts and aspects of mind-numbing problems of my own, my audiences, my friends. This is its essence: part inspirational, mostly practical. Square Zero is a book not in which to lose yourself, but to find yourself.
Lady walks into a bar. Dimly lit, low-hanging smoke clouds, stale air. Says, “Can I get a drink?” Barista says “Sure.” Hint of a smile on his small face. “On the house,” he says. What’s captured him? Why do we work for some people and want only a pay check, where from others we want recognition and appreciation and encouragement? Does it ever strike you that the world’s best golfer is black, our best rapper is white and the best speeches of all time were written by non-professional writers? Gettysburg Address; Lincoln, 1863. Three paragraphs, 272 words. “The Speech;” General Patton, 1944. That we have 71 billionaires...under the age of 40. Seventy-one. Or that once there was a woman who subsisted on state benefits alone but who today is the first billionaire-by-book-writing. Do these things ever strike you?