Call Your Own Bluff This Year

Call Your Own Bluff This Year

Have you ever had an idea burning inside of you that you knew could really take off, yet you just couldn’t stir up the courage to take the first steps? Unfortunately, many people choose to let those ideas die because they refuse to step outside of their comfort zone.

There Is No Shame In (Strategic) Quitting

There Is No Shame In (Strategic) Quitting

The key isn’t whether or not you quit an effort, it’s why. Are you quitting because you’re tired and just don’t want to make the effort, or are you quitting because you have learned something that has re-framed the problem you’re trying to solve?

Slow and Steady Does NOT Win The Race

Slow and Steady Does NOT Win The Race

Don’t be lulled into the idea that being busy and making progress is necessarily going to net you a win. You have to be intentional and deliberate about your activity, and you have to be willing to sprint when the occasion calls for it.

Are We Killing Artists To Take Their Golden Eggs?

Are We Killing Artists To Take Their Golden Eggs?

As new technologies emerge that make it easier to share ideas, gain fans for your work, and influence the marketplace conversation, there is increasing celebration on the web about how these new models of distribution are making it possible for anyone to have a platform. In other words, if you have something to say, there is no one standing guard at the gate (e.g. publishers, music labels, TV Networks, etc.) telling you whether or not you’ll have access to the masses in order to share your idea. This is remarkable indeed. There should, in fact, be much rejoicing.

Until…one day we wake up and realize that all media is now digital, which means that there is no longer perceived scarcity.

Derek Sivers on How To Start A Movement

Derek Sivers on How To Start A Movement

In this “oldie but goodie” TED Talk, Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want and founder of CD Baby, shares what he learned from the infamous “crazy dancing man” phenomenon. Get My Free 5-Part Video Course I'll teach you simple practices that...
Shock Jocks, Amazon Rank and the Slippery Mountain

Shock Jocks, Amazon Rank and the Slippery Mountain

AKA “Things I Learned In My First Week As a Published Author” For many years I wondered what it would be like to have a book in the wild. (In the stores, I mean.) I imagined slipping into a random Barnes and Noble now and again to try to catch someone...