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When to Stop Working When It’s Not Working

Recently I've written about the wrong time of day for me to do my writing, and more generally about the importance of knowing when the best time of day is for you to do specific work. Today I want to expand on this idea to talk about how you know when it's time to stop trying. Or, rather, how you know when it's time to stop forcing yourself to do work you're not doing so great at. Here's the thing: In the story I told you, about me at the … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Find Work Life Balance As an Accomplished Depressive {Guest Post}

This guest post comes in via Molly Dunn, a pal from business school who is rocking the world. Importantly, Molly is rocking the world despite a diagnosis of clinical depression, and shares about the journey at her blog DepressionWhoNeedsIt. Although depression isn't something I have suffered with, I am a huge believe in mental health being a key priority in order to lead healthy and happy work and personal lives. I'll let Molly take it from … [Continue Reading...]

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Elite Blog Academy: An In-Depth Review of A New Blogging Course

I get tons of questions about blogging, so I'm always happy when I can check out blogging courses to see what I think of them and if I think readers would like and learn from them. Recently I told you about Ruth Soukup and her new course, Elite Blogging Academy. In this review, I'll lay out what I think more in-depth about the course. Who it's for, who it's maybe not for, and why I care. Hopefully, this will help some of you think about if … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Make 2015 Not Suck #goals

As part of my morning quiet time, I've been reading a book on goal-setting from Danielle Laporte. So far, I'm loving it. This morning, in the book, Danielle suggested that the entire month of December should be wiped off the map in terms of work. In other words, no one should work in December. I laughed. And then I agreed. There's a lot to do in December. The holidays. The family stuff. The shopping. All that food. And then there's the … [Continue Reading...]

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Six Things Silicon Valley Can Teach Social Entrepreneurs

I recently wrote a piece for Fast Company (and the new Skoll World Forum website) about the Six Things Silicon Valley Can Teach Social Entrepreneurs. If you're a social entrepreneur, or you work in a fast-paced technology environment like Silicon Valley, these might ring … [Continue...]

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Five Reasons to Be a Morning Person

This weekend I was on a great run while listening to a new-ish episode of The Simple Mom Podcast. In the podcast, my friend Tsh interviewed Arianne of To Think is To Create, and at one point asked Arianne if she was a morning person or a night owl. Arianne's answer made me stop in my tracks. … [Continue...]

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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...]