Literary Birthday – 30 August – Guy Kawasaki

Happy Birthday, Guy Kawasaki, born 30 August 1954.


  1. Writing a book isn’t an easy process nor is it always enjoyable, but it is one of life’s most satisfying achievements.
  2. You’ll learn that the key to a great book is editing — grinding, buffing, and polishing — not writing.
  3. Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.
  4. Do not write to impress others. Authors who write to impress people have difficulty remaining true to themselves. A better path is to write what pleases you and pray that there are others like you.
  5. If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society’s heroes.
  6. What I lack in talent, I compensate with my willingness to grind it out. That’s the secret of my life.
  7. Your first and most important reader is you. If you write a book that pleases you, at least you know one person will like it
  8. Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.
  9. The beauty of Goodreads is that you know you’re sowing in a field where everyone, by definition and self-selection, loves to read.
  10. The self-edited author is as foolish as the self-medicated patient.
  11. A successful self-publisher must fill three roles: Author, Publisher, and Entrepreneur—or APE.
  12. Writing is therapeutic. It helps you cope with issues that seem gargantuan at the time. The process of expressing yourself about a problem, editing your thoughts, and writing some more can help you control issues that you face.

Guy Kawasaki is an American marketing specialist, author, and Silicon Valley venture capitalist. He is the author of APEWhat the Plus!Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, and nine other books. He was the chief evangelist of Apple, and he is a special adviser to the Motorola business unit of Google.

Source for image: Guy Kawasaki’s website

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 30th August 2013