Principles and Application

Charles Haanel in his book The Master Key System said, The only value of any principle is in its application. I’ve been studying principles over the last few years, and can attest that knowledge of them doesn’t move the needle at all. Putting them into action is where it’s at. Knowing that writing every day …

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Leveling Up

We’re only able to go so far on our own without learning from others. That can be from books, one on one, or as a group. We often need to seek out mentors or examples that are at a higher level than us, and rely on them to pull us up to their level. Once …

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Patience

After nearly a decade of tweaking my diet, I feel like I’ve finally found an eating plan that will help me maintain a desired weight. Over the last year or so I managed to pack on a few extra pounds, and went looking for a solution. One thing that has been a little difficult for …

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Social Media

Had my first brush with “oh no, my kid is getting old!” yesterday when my 8 year old came up and asked, “Dad, can you take a video of me and put it on Instagram at least?” What kind of question is that? Why “at least”? I obliged, because he actually does a pretty good …

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Something People Want To Buy

I was chatting with another student in this course that I’m taking and she’d asked for some feedback on her website. At first glance, the site seemed purpose-built to attract a very specific demographic. The font, the color scheme, and the images all told me that her clients are middle-aged women. But then, she said …

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Good Ideas, Bad Ideas

Another great quote from Seth Godin that’s stuck with me: So the goal isn’t to get good ideas; the goal is to get bad ideas. Because once you get enough bad ideas, then some good ones have to show up. It’s again about doing the work. Overcoming the fear of trying and failing, and realizing …

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This Might Not Work

Love this quote from Seth Godin: Hence the model, this might not work. And so on a good day, my story to myself is this might not work. That’s my job, to do something that might not work. The number of projects I’ve done, big and small, exceeds most people’s and the number of failures …

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Do It Your Way

Part of the reason we get into creative fields is because we don’t want to do things the way others do them. Having a boss is often hard for creatives because we see other options, but aren’t given the freedom to try them out. Once you’ve made that decision to become a freelancer, or creative …

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Good Things Will Happen

My mantra for the last few years has been to Make Progress Every Day. I heard another version of this principle yesterday on the Tim Ferriss Show with guest Ed Zschau. Ed said the following as his one piece of advice for listeners: Do what you like doing, do it the best way you know …

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