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My New Book is Here: Order Hope Runs this Week for $150 in Bonuses & $1,000 in Prizes!

My new book, Hope Runs: An American Tourist, A Kenyan Boy, A Story of Redemption, is here! And if you order this week you'll get not only $150 in freebies, but you'll also be entered to win over $1,000 in prizes. (Just keep reading...) The book, as I've said, is not the book many folks expected me to write. It's not a book about business, productivity, or technology book. Not at all. Hope Runs is a joint memoir with my Kenyan foster son, … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Make Life Better Right Where You Are

Every time I listen to music I like while I work, I think of my old work colleague and friend, @mutgoff. Maggie was already at Twitter when I started in 2009, moving and shaking and doing cool stuff. One day, at some point during the years we worked together, she sent an email to employees sharing a simple, special experience she had had that day. Here's what happened to her: In the middle of an otherwise busy work-day, she plugged in … [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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Win a Copy of My New Book!

As I shouted yesterday, Hope Runs: An American Tourist, A Kenyan Boy, A Story of Redemption, is here! If you order the book this week you'll get $150 in freebies and be entered to win $1,000 in prizes. Check out the details here. But if you want to win a copy (I'm giving away five), do one or more of the following things. Leave 1 comment on this post for every item you do. Like this blog post on Facebook. Tweet this blog post using … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Self-Publish a Book in 12 Steps

This is the second part of a two-part guest post series by Mary DeMuth (also see part 1, "How to Turn a Blog Post Into a Book"). Mary has a new book out called Not Marked, which was written thanks to two blog posts she wrote that went viral. I love learning about successful self-publishing, and … [Continue...]

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How to Turn a Blog Post into a Book

This is part 1 of a two-part guest post series by Mary DeMuth, a gal I first stumbled upon several years ago thanks to her great blog. Mary has a new book out called Not Marked, which was written thanks to two blog posts she wrote that went viral. I love hearing stories about successful … [Continue...]

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How to Be Insanely Productive

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My Top Posts of 2013

I'm making a good show of being on vacation this week, and am taking a digital break as a result. If you're not sure what a digital break is, or why I think they are so important, see this article I wrote on the topic, or check out my new book. In light of this, I wanted to share my top posts of … [Continue...]

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Three Keys to a Successful Digital Detox

I'm coming at you from the heart of my digital detox.   Because the Internet is magic, and the computer is her magician, you are reading this here blog post even though I am not currently typing it. No, I typed this beforehand. Before said break. For your eyes only. Magic, I tell you. Pure … [Continue...]

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Do You Need to Slow Down?

Even without knowing you, I bet I know one true thing about you.  You need to slow down. Do you race too fast, running from task to task and chore to chore and event to event, nary breathing in the space between? I do, too. And I'm on an ongoing journey to try and change that. My new … [Continue...]

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How to Read More by Setting Reading Goals

It's amazing to me the number of people who, when asked about their New Year's Resolutions, say they want to read more. Apparently, the desire to read more and read more frequently is something ingrained in many of us goal-setters. For five years now, I've been setting specific reading goals each … [Continue...]