Testing And Optimizing Your Way Out Of A Slump

A few weeks ago, I was stressed out.

I wasn’t making enough money at work.

I also wasn’t doing much about it.

I wasn’t writing as much as I wanted to, and wasn’t doing much about that either.

Things needed to change – but how? Here’s what I did, and what worked. Continue reading Testing And Optimizing Your Way Out Of A Slump

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

so-good-they-cant-ignore-you-coverI’ve been reading a lot lately.

A few weeks ago I finished The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone, which is a game changer.

Then I started reading a few things centered around stoicism, like The Obstacle is the Way, The Promise of a Pencil, and Letters From A Stoic.

None of those were as easy to speed through, as I felt like I needed to slowly digest those in order to really get what iI needed to get out of them. Then I remembered a book I had come across a while back, called So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport. I had been following Cal’s blog Study Hacks for a few years now, and remembered he had written this book. I had just never read it before. Continue reading So Good They Can’t Ignore You

7 Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

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It happens to all of us.

We get stressed out, overwhelmed, stretched too far.

(Also, I really wanted an excuse to use this stock image…)

There’s a simple solution to implement when you start feeling this way:

ADD STRUCTURE. Continue reading 7 Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

How To Start Freelancing

Freelance Field I’ve received this question a few times over the last few weeks:

“How do I start freelancing?”

Well, there’s a simple answer and a long answer. The simple answer is – DO IT. But that’s not super helpful.

In an attempt to be as helpful as possible, I’m going to focus on 3 principles that will help you start freelancing over the next 6 months. (6 MONTHS? Yes. And I’ll get to that)

Continue reading How To Start Freelancing

CHOOSE HAPPINESS

This week my wife and kids were out of town for a cousin’s wedding. This left me with the choice to be a lazy ass, a workaholic, or somewhere in between. I chose the workaholic route. While I normally spend about 60 hours a week at the office, in the last week I’ve spent over 90. I was able to finally work on some projects I haven’t had time for, and start thinking about future projects as well. But something happened this week, something amazing.

I realized that I was doing it all wrong.

Continue reading CHOOSE HAPPINESS

CREATE EVERY DAY

There was a great post on a blog that I follow that prescribed the 1 2 7 14 system for screenwriters. The gist is this: writers write. You know what else? Photographers take pictures, filmmakers make movies, and creators CREATE. You have to be doing something every day that is related to what it is that you do. Your creative output is what sets you apart from people that dream about being this or that to people that are doing it. Continue reading CREATE EVERY DAY

My “Trust, but Verify” Lesson

One of my favorite books is written by Derek Sivers, the founder of CD Baby.

His book – ANYTHING YOU WANT, is one of the best sellers in its category on Amazon. It’s a quick read and has some great lessons that you can apply to anything – being a musician, starting and running a company, etc.

DEREK’S LESSON

One section that I remember vividly is titled “Trust, but verify” In it, Derek shared how he had built a system to handle most of the process behind CD Baby’s service of uploading customers music to the different online distributors like iTunes, Amazon, etc. Continue reading My “Trust, but Verify” Lesson