3rd prize is…you’re fired.

Alec Baldwin’s phenomenal speech as Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross is even more true than when the movie was released.


Now, more than ever, it is critical to be the best in the world. The internet has flattened everything out. If your customers want something else, your competitor, or the next, or the next, is just a click away.

Choice has become infinite, so being the best in the world is paramount.

There is good news, though. The same internet that flattened everything out and requires you to be the best in the world has a hidden secret. It allows you to define the size of the world. If you find yourself at the bottom of Blake’s chalkboard, the internet allows you to define your own chalkboard and write your own name at the top.

Staying there however, is another story.

(warning – clip contains adult language)

One thought on “3rd prize is…you’re fired.”

  1. Clay, this is your best post yet. I really like how you extended Seth’s point about best in the world. The comment “Best in the world” is very intimidating. However your point is spot on – “you define the size of the world”. I don’t think I’ve seen Seth state it so clearly. It can be stratified and tiered into anything. However it is nice if your “world” is big enough that you can sustain yourself off of it. But your world can grow as your skills grow.

    Excellent post!

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