If you and I were to meet for coffee and I were to ask you this question...Based on your experience, what is one important trait I should develop in my life to be successful?How would you answer? Or how about...What is one skill you think every recent high school graduate needs to start developing today?You have answers to questions people are asking. You have especially good answers to the questions that strike at the heart of your own passions and interests.Now here's a harsh reality... you a
There's a good new book out called Essentialism, by Greg McKeown. You've heard of minimalism no doubt, and the concepts are very similar. Essentialism is summed up this way:At the most basic level, an Essentialist gives themselves the permission to stop trying to do it all, so that they can focus all of their energy and time on the things that truly matter. In a world that demands more and more of you every day, this is a rallying call to learn how to start saying no.So, who needs some of that?
For blogging, for business, for ministry, for leadership of any kind, humanness is sorely underrated. I love this, from Guy Kawasaki's The Art of the Start...Call me a romantic, but it’s much easier to evangelize a product that’s rooted in human values. If you agree, here’s how to achieve this: TARGET THE YOUNG. No matter who buys your product, targeting young people forces you to build a human brand. I have no data to back this up, but it seems that lots of old people are buy
When you're learning something new, especially something the size of a career or a business, it's tempting to check out along the way until you thoroughly understand every detail of what you're learning.But there is tremendous power in purposely inviting a bit of sensory overload. To put it another way, it's useful to drink from the fire hydrant - to bulk up on resources and knowledge and then, diffuse that knowledge over time. Consider that the average college graduate will spend four or five
We are all stewards - managers of the time we have. You and I get 168 hours in a week no matter who we are.So when it comes to building a business, or a life, for that matter, every minute is extremely valuable. It's very easy to spend our time doing things that produce and reap no real value. The internet is filled with "easy" ways to make money by "surfing" or "clicking" or "filling out surveys," etc. The problem usually is that when you get to the end of an hour, you feel you've wasted a lit
People who are successful generally have goals. People who aren't, don't. Study after study proves this. But as James Clear recently wrote on his blog, Warren Buffet actually recommends you have two lists.His recommendation is simple.Make a list of the top twenty-five things you want to accomplish. Then, circle the five most vital. Put those five goals on a "definitely do" list and the other twenty on an "avoid doing at all costs" list until you've done the other five.Pretty clever. Read James'
Respond to comments.Simple enough, right?Growing your blog's community is a matter of helping people feel connected to your blog, and sometimes even to each other.And there are a few simple ways for doing this...1. Respond to people who leave comments as often as possible. Don't stress over it, but be reachable via comments. 2. Interact with people who share or discuss your content on social media - in Facebook posts, on Twitter, etc. (You can search Twitter for your domain and it will show you
Hint: According to research, it's $38 per $1 spent. This is one awesome infographic. I can't put the whole thing in this post, but there's a link at the bottom to see the whole thing...See the whole thing (it's really, really tall...): https://www.pinterest.com/pin/126874914484374825/I'm learning pretty fast that while building niche sites is fun and profitable, email marketing is an incredible avenue to explore as well.
Bandwidth refers to how much time and energy we have to spread around amonst all the stuff we're doing. And we usually overestimate how much bandwidth we have. That's why we stress out. We take on too many tasks and responsibilities. Capacity, on the other hand, has to do with the total output we're capable of as we make adjustments to how we're spending our bandwidth. We usually underestimate our capacity, partly because we've maxed out our bandwidth. Entrepreneurs have a knack for having thei
I recently joined a team of affiliates promoting a big launch by a fairly high profile program. Ever seen those elusive leaderboards with the top promoters listed for a launch? I managed to make the top ten list - barely - at #10! The cool thing is, the commissions for the program are recurring, and it was an incredibly valuable opportunity for people to take part in. I learned that the money really is in the email list, so to speak. So while you build SEO-ready niche sites, also think about ho