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How to Read More

Many of us say we wish we had more time in our lives to read, but how many of us actually make the time? I always set an annual reading goal (this year it's 200 books), but the main reason it works for me is that it motivates me to set aside time for something I already love. But what if you're trying to find more time to read and it's not the #1 thing you'd do if you had two minutes of free time (as it is for me)? Here are ten simple … [Continue Reading...]

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Great Meditation Apps to Help You Be More Mindful

I'm a mindfulness junkie. And by junkie I mean that because I'm not a naturally mindful person, I surround myself with mindfulness-related things (books, blogs, conferences, apps) in order to encourage myself in a direction I'm not otherwise inclined to lean. If you've ever wanted to be more mindful, I'm likely not going out on a limb when I say that it's likely also a struggle for you in your daily life. Indeed, despite our best efforts … [Continue Reading...]

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Do You Have a Confident Heart?

I'm a huge fan of devotionals, and throughout the course of each year I work through a few different ones during my morning routine -- which I call my PRESENT time. (See here for a full outline of what I do each morning.) So when I heard that bestselling author Renee Swope had released a new devotional to accompany her book, A Confident Heart, I was thrilled. After connecting with Renee through a friend last year and first hearing her story, I … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Read More

Many of us say we wish we had more time in our lives to read, but how many of us actually make the time? I always set an annual reading goal (this year it's 200 books), but the main reason it works for me is that it motivates me to set aside time for something I already love. But what if you're trying to find more time to read and it's not the #1 thing you'd do if you had two minutes of free time (as it is for me)? Here are ten simple … [Continue Reading...]

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Stop Complaining on Social Media (Social Media Pet Peeve #4)

Here's another social media pet peeve video installment, this time encouraging you to stop complaining on social media. Heck, I even argue that complaining in real life is actually better than complaining on social media. Got a problem? Go ahead and tweet it. Got many? Stay mum. … [Continue...]

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Social Media Pet Peeve #3: Sharing a Private Conversation in Public

Here's the third video in my Social Media Pet Peeves video series. Yes, it's dark. And yes, I need to fix that. In this video, I talk about a niggling, nagging social media pet peeve I see on a near-daily basis: People who have private conversations in public.   Please tell me you … [Continue...]

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Why Smart People Prefer Twitter

There's been a lot written about the use of Twitter for writers, and for folks who think in words. As others have said before me, Twitter helps you distill your ideas, refine your thinking, and polish what you want to say into less. If you used to think in words, now you may think in … [Continue...]

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Social Media Pet Peeve #2: Over-Sharing

Ah, the case of over-sharing. On social media, it (sometimes) appears that over-sharing seems to be certain people's #1 favorite idiotic thing to do. In this social media pet peeve video #2, I share about why over-sharing is so: unnecessary, annoying, and not smart.   Want more … [Continue...]

My endorsement of Michael Hyatt's latest bestseller, Platform. Happy to see other authors I love endorsing it, including Donald Miller and Chris Brogan.

How to Get Book Endorsements and Reviews: Part 2

Earlier this week I gave you the top five of my ten tips for getting and managing book endorsements on your next book. (Want the audio version? Check out my podcast on the same topic.) Here are the remaining five tips from the list. 6. If It's a Glowing Review You're After, Provide Some … [Continue...]

Me reading the manuscript for Jeff Goins' new book, Wrecked. I loved it, and endorsed it.

How to Get Book Endorsements and Reviews: Part 1

I read a lot of books every year (the goal this year is 150 books, and I'm on track so far), and many of these books are not actually purchased by yours truly (or Mr. Yours Truly, when he can't think of another birthday or Christmas gift I'll otherwise gush about). In fact, many of the books I … [Continue...]

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The ONE Documentary on Honduras is Here

Some of you know that last month I had the pleasure to serve as a delegate on a trip to Honduras with ONE, the grassroots advocacy campaign co-founded by Bono some years back. The trip was a chance to see the work of ONE's partner organizations especially as it relates to women and girls in the … [Continue...]

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The Women Who Change Honduras: My Trip with ONE

Last month I had the pleasure to serve as one of three delegates on a trip to Honduras hosted by ONE -- the grassroots advocacy campaign cofounded by Bono. It was ONE's first trip to Latin America (and first outside Africa). Alongside the other delegates, actresses America Ferrera and Alexis … [Continue...]

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Social Media Pet Peeve: People Who Constantly Ask for Retweets {Video}

I've got pet peeves, and I'm going to start telling you about them. In this first video of an upcoming video series on - what else - social media pet peeves, I'm sharing about one of my hands-down, feet-up least favorite of all social media pet peeves: people who constantly ask you to retweet their … [Continue...]