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👋 Hey Failories!It’s Nico over here, with some amazing news…

We’ve just launched our first digital product! It’s an eBook called: “Product-Market Fit: Deep-dive into how 7 startups achieved it“.

The 7 startups include some well-known ones, such as Superhuman, ClassPass, and Setapp. Apart from the case studies, the eBook contains a series of explanations on related topics, such as “product-channel fit”, “channel-model fit” and “model-market fit”.

We recently investigated what were the most common failure reasons of our interviewed failed startup founders and found that 34% of startups had shut down due to lack of product-market fit, which is what inspired us to create this eBook.

Note that the eBook isn’t ready yet. November 6th is the estimated launch date. However, the price will soon start to increase, so make sure to purchase it now to get it at the lowest price for being a Failory’s newsletter subscriber.

You can get it on Gumroad for $7 for a limited time!

The Project:

If you’ve been into the newsletter for some weeks, you probably know what’s all this about, as I’ve shared in a previous email the details of the project and requested your feedback.

If you’re new, it’s a project I’m working on with the help of Dru Riley, founder of Trends, and that aims to provide Failories with high-quality content at an affordable price.

Once +130 people had replied to the survey I sent last week, I analyzed the results and found out that “product-market fit” was one of the most voted topics people were interested in learning, and that “eBook” was the second most preferred format for the product.

That’s how I came up with this eBook idea and immediately started working on it.

Once again, here’s the link to it. It is $7 right now, but I’ll be increasing the price soon, so make sure to get it now.

Let me know if you have any kind of feedback or comments around this project or the eBook. I’d love to add anything you think would be helpful.

– Nico


The Beacon
It’s Tuesday, September 8, and Unilever is dropping fossil fuels from its cleaning products.Your detergent is about to become so much cleaner. Unilever — the global conglomerate that owns cleaning, beauty, and food brands, such as Surf, Dove, and Breyer’s — recently announced that it plans to eliminate fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030.In place of the fossil fuel ingredients it currently uses, Unilever will switch over to renewable and recycled carbon sources, like plants, algae, plastic waste, and CO2 captured from industrial emissions. In doing so, the company predicts that it will lower the carbon footprint of its cleaning products by up to 20 percent.The move is part of the corporation’s “Clean Future” initiative, which aims to bring Unilever’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2039. The company plans to halve its use of new plastic in packaging by 2025 and also wants all its product formulations to be biodegradable by 2030. Unilever, which is based in the U.K. and the Netherlands, is investing more than $1 billion in research and development to help it reach these goals.“As an industry, we must break our dependence on fossil fuels, including as a raw material for our products,” said Peter ter Kulve, Unilever’s president of home care, in a statement. “We must stop pumping carbon from under the ground when there is ample carbon on and above the ground if we can learn to utilize it at scale.”— Angely MercadoSmog cloudsTHE SMOGNeed-to-know basisClimate change brought more danger, death, and destruction to California this weekend. A “kiln-like” heat wave baked the state, contributing to the death of a hiker in Los Angeles County where it hit a record 121 degrees FA “gender-reveal” party sparked a new wildfire in El Dorado Ranch Park east of Los Angeles, and the total land burned this year shot above 2 million acres, the most in state history. Smoke from the state’s wildfires traveled north, blanketing the Pacific Northwest. The electric utility PG&E has cut power to 172,000 customers in Northern California to the risks of even more wildfires.Four people are missing after Typhoon Haishen battered southwestern Japan on Sunday, washing homes into the sea and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. The storm moved on to South Korea, following the same path as Typhoon Maysak, which struck both countries a week earlier.Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Land Management has given oil and gas companies a break on the royalties they pay the government to drill on public land. That’s bad news for states like Wyoming, Utah, and North Dakota, whose budgets rely on their share of these payments. Wyoming, for example, now faces a revenue shortfall of 29 percent.— Emily PontecorvoMORE GRIST FOR YOUR MILL Asbestos abatement is one of America’s deadliest jobs. Does it have to be?With construction booming and COVID raging, asbestos abatement workers face a double dose of danger. Nuclear power’s big new idea is really … smallMini nuclear plants are almost here. Is the U.S. ready? How SUVs conquered the world — at the expense of its climateExclusive new emissions analysis shows how much more dangerous for the climate SUVs are than smaller vehicles, and how embedded they have become in our lives Portuguese youth are suing 33 countries over the climate crisisGround-breaking crowdfunded case demands that states make more ambitious emissions cuts House Democrats demand climate be ‘centerpiece’ of 2020 presidential debatesIn 2016, debate moderators did not ask a single question about the climate crisis. Dozens of lawmakers want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Random Acts of kindness

. Ask someone to tell you their story. Actively listen to it.
2. Donate old cell phones
3. Give your unwanted newspaper coupons to the lady behind you who’s buying three papers. Chances are, she clips coupons.
4. Teach someone how to cook a healthy meal.
5. Tell your boss how much you like working for them and how much you’ve learned from them over the years

Random Paragraph

She looked at her little girl who was about to become a teen. She tried to think back to when the girl had been younger but failed to pinpoint the exact moment when she had become a little too big to pick up and carry. It hit her all at once. She was no longer a little girl and she stood there speechless with fear, sadness, and pride all running through her at the same time.

Motivational Quote

“She liked being reminded of butterflies. She remembered being six or seven and crying over the fates of the butterflies in her yard after learning that they lived for only a few days. Her mother had comforted her and told her not to be sad for the butterflies, that just because their lives were short didn’t mean they were tragic. Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life. Alice liked remembering that.”
– Lisa Genova, Still Alice

Random superlative

1. frothy – Full of foam or froth, or consisting of froth or light bubbles; spumous; foamy.

2. healthy – Evincing health; as, a healthy pulse; a healthy complexion.

3. long – Drawn out in a line, or in the direction of length; protracted; extended; as, a long line; — opposed to short, and distinguished from broad or wide.

4. mellow – Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp; as, a mellow apple.

5. sprightly – Sprightlike, or spiritlike; lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay; as, a sprightly youth; a sprightly air; a sprightly dance.

writing prompts

  • Good VibesWhat’s a situation where the character is getting great vibes?
  • Alarm ClockWhat is the perfect sound to wake up to?
  • Car KeysWhere is the car going to take the character?
  • The MealYou find yourself in a unique eating situation while having a meal.
  • Just Say NoWrite a story about drugs.

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nik’s book summaries newsletter

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1-Sentence-Summary: See You At The Top shows you how to have a spiritually, socially, financially, and physically successful and meaningful life by utilizing tools like positive thinking, kindness to others, and goal-setting.

Read in: 4 minutes

Favorite quote from the author:

See You At The Top Summary

Are you the kind of person that makes the excuse that you cannot be successful because you don’t have enough talent? Sometimes we relinquish our ability to change by thinking that we’re just not skilled enough.

It’s easy to blame our failures on these kinds of thoughts. But they keep you from reaching your full potential in all aspects of your life. This is why Zig Ziglar refers to this kind of thinking as “loser’s limp.”

The good news is that no matter how defeated you feel from past failures and mentalities that hold you back, you can change. All it takes is a few simple steps as you’ll learn in Ziglar’s See You at the Top.

Here’s a summary of the best ideas I got out of this book in just 3 lessons:

  1. Always assume the best in people, including yourself and especially your family members.
  2. Unlock the power of goal-setting by being specific about what you want to aim for and breaking them down into actionable daily steps.
  3. Use the power of a positive attitude to defeat “stinkin’ thinkin’.”

Get your climbing gear ready, start climbing the mountain to success, and after these lessons, we’ll See You at the Top!If you want to save this summary for later, download the free PDF and read it whenever you want.

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Lesson 1: What you think about others, including yourself, has a huge impact on how successful you and they are.

If you want to become successful, you need to have positive relationships. Nobody can climb the ladder when the people around them are constantly pulling them down. But it’s easier to have kind people around you when you are proactively nice.

It starts with setting aside time to put in the work to help others. Your ability to do this, and how well you treat the people closest to you depends on what you think of them. 

Most of the time, you deal with others according to how you see them. But you might not consider the lasting impact this can have on them and you.

A famous study by psychologist Dr. Robert Rosenthal showed how this works. He separated students into two classes. In one, he told the teacher they had a class of geniuses. The other was told that their kids were just average. 

The truth was, all of the children were average. But at the end of the school year, the students with the teacher who believed they were more intelligent were an entire grade above the others!

What you think of others matters because it affects how you treat them and how far they can go. And whether they’re down or up, it affects you. 

Lesson 2: Be specific about your goals and break them into daily actions to achieve your dreams.

Goal-setting is a mighty tool for changing your life. But you probably struggle with it simply because you don’t know how to do it right. It does take hard work and focus, but with some help, you can harness its power.

First, get specific with what you want. If you’re arbitrary about it, like saying you want to be healthy, you’re not going to get anywhere. It helps to quantify your goals by deciding how much you want to improve. Like how much weight you want to lose.

The next step is to establish a timeline for when you want to finish your goal that accounts for obstacles that will get in your way.

Now you want to write your goals down. Think about the various aspects of life that you want to improve in. For me, I divide it up in terms of faith, family, finances, fitness, and fun. 

Set a goal in each of the categories you want to change. Or, if you’re wanting to start small, you can just set one aim in one area.

You’ll also want to break your goals down into smaller pieces by identifying what daily or weekly steps you must take to achieve them.

The author, for example, wanted to lose weight. He decided on going for 165 pounds and gave himself a timeline of 10 months. Writing it in one of his books scheduled to be published in that time added motivation for him to finish.

His daily work to achieve this aspiration included short runs and later on longer ones and calisthenics. Soon the pounds started falling off and he’d met his goal!

Lesson 3: Defeat “stinkin’ thinkin’,” also known as a bad attitude, with the power of a positive attitude.

No matter how diligent you are, you’re always going to have setbacks while working toward your goals. You can’t do anything about these events, but you can control how you’ll react to them.

This is what Ziglar means when he says you need to develop a positive attitude. It’s so important that one Harvard University study identified that 85% of what you accomplish is a matter of your attitude! Only 15% comes from your intelligence.

It’s hard not to sabotage the power of your outlook on life by unproductive thinking patterns. The author calls this “stinkin’ thinkin’,” and it brings all of us down from time to time.

One baseball team in the minor leagues was struggling with stinkin’ thinkin’. Their losing streak was growing as the players began to grow worse at blaming each other for it. 

The coach decided he’d had enough and asked for some help from a faith healer. After receiving a promise that they would start winning again, their attitudes changed and the players ended up winning the pennant in the Texas League series!

To take advantage of the power of a positive attitude, don’t wait for a leader to tell you to change. Begin each day with a healthy mentality by looking to what you have to be grateful for and what you’re excited about.

Society today makes this hard with the flood of negativity from the news and social media. Combat this by reviewing what language you’re using and making an effort to use more positive words.

See You At The Top Review

Just when I think I’ve read everything by Zig Ziglar I find another great book of his. See You At The Top is one of my new favorites. Even though it has some of the same advice as most self-improvement books, the research it shares and the ideas to implement the principles are unique and actionable.

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Who would I recommend the See You At The Top summary to?

The 37-year-old who is overweight and doesn’t like their career, the 61-year-old that wants some inspiration to start setting goals again, and anybody that wants to know how to improve their lives in a few simple, research-backed steps.

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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Oprah Goes National Day? On this day in 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast nationally for the first time. Her daytime television talk show turned Winfrey into one of the most powerful, wealthy people in show business and, arguably, the most influential woman in America. Congratulations on your success, Oprah!

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Self-directed, project-based learning

Why do educated people too often fall for foolish scams and conspiracy theories?

The problem is that no one taught us to understand. Instead, we are pushed to simply to memorize. To be educated enough to do well on the test, and then to forget what we were taught, because we never actually learned it.

Understanding opens the door to insight and to comfort with the data. Understanding is the platform we need to go to the next level… memorizing is a fragile house of cards, with no foundation. And the compliance mindset of “will this be on the test?” simply sets us up to believe the next thing that we’re supposed to learn.

We now have a chance to turn this fall’s back-to-school (in the Northern Hemisphere) into self-directed, project-based learning instead of a rush toward compliance and butts in chairs and pencils on tests. Shipping the project, proving it works and then doing it again. Learning by doing. Self-direction unlocks our ability to contribute for a lifetime, whereas preparing for the test ensures that we will always be at the mercy of the person who is giving the test. People are not entitled to their own facts–and understanding helps us discover the ones that matter.

From the age of five, many kids are capable of self-directed, project-based learning if we’re willing to turn off the TV and accept that the process won’t immediately lead to sought-after standardized test results. We can create a pattern of teaching people to be curious because curiosity is an engine for learning… it is less predictable but far more powerful than the current alternative: Creating a desire to get it over with combined with the ability to believe whatever the person in power tells us to believe.

Learning opens the door to the future we’d like to live in.

word of the day

HelicoidHEL-ə-koydPart of speech: nounOrigin: Greek, late 17th century
1An object of spiral or helical shape.2A surface formed by simultaneously moving a straight line along an axis and rotating it around it (like a screw thread).
Examples of Helicoid in a sentence “The helicoid staircase was the focal point of the ballroom.” “I always got the helicoid measurements wrong on my geometry homework.”

Strategy+Business newsletter

Ideas that workSeptember 8, 2020Share:       
s+b celebrating 25 yearsThe fortune at the bottom of the pyramidIn January 2002, C.K. Prahalad and Stuart Hart urged leaders to imagine the world’s 4 billion poorest people as potential consumers — and described precisely how they could engage them profitably. The prophetic article was followed by the best-selling 2004 book of the same title. advertisement
s+b celebrating 25 yearsFrances Hesselbein’s merit badge in leadershipIn 2015, when s+b contributing editor Sally Helgesen profiled Frances Hesselbein, she deftly interwove Hesselbein’s impactful biography with the enduring ideas she champions. advertisement
Featured articleClocking in, 21st-century styleIn the era of telecommuting, what qualifies as “working time”? A new paper proposes a way to track employees’ hours on the job while respecting their time Matt Palmquist
PwC insightsGlobal Entertainment & Media Outlook 2020–2024Pulling the future forward: The entertainment and media industry reconfigures amid recovery. 
Most popularStretch or safe? The art of setting goals for your teamsThe pandemic has made planning a bigger challenge, and created a difficult balancing act for Adam BryantWhat is an office for now?Remote working may be here to stay, but don’t write off the office just Linda Rodriguez McRobbieSustaining productivity in a virtual worldMaintaining productivity levels among remote employees is an enduring challenge. Here are five ways to help people and businesses thrive in the post-pandemic world of Nele Van Buggenhout, Soraya Murat, and Tom de Sousa

The Master serves. Mastery in servitude

The Master serves the whole universe out of the finality of his infinite consciousness, and those who serve the Master and obey him also have their share in his universal work. Their service has the advantage of his wisdom and insight.Willing participation in the work of the Master not only raises the value of service, but creates the best opportunities for spiritual enlightenment. In importance, service originating in the instructions of the Master is second only to the service rendered by the Master himself.-


[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

Internaitonal day to protect education from attack 9 th september

5. International Day to Protect Education from Attack – 9September

Protection of Education Content Marketing Ideas

This day is commemorated to send a clear message regarding the importance of safeguarding schools as places of protection and safety for students and educators, and the need to keep education at the top of the public agenda.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: How to resume your education if it was stopped due to war
  • Infographic idea: X Online education tools that can be accessed by children anywhere
  • Video idea: The inspiring story of Malala Yusufzai
  • Podcast idea: How often should textbooks be updated?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video shows how important education is at all times and what it takes to secure education during times of armed conflict.