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Why a Sabbatical Can Massively Boost Your Focus

Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. I’m going on a blog publishing sabbatical. Before you get sad and feel like you just stepped in a puddle and have wet sock (worst thing ever), allow me to share some reasons why you may want to do the same. I’ll also share my own motivations for doing this toward the end of the article. I once learned from a brilliant man—Eben Pagan, creator of my favorite program for work effectiveness Wake Up Productive—that it’s critical to be deliberate with our time. Eben is the archetype of the modern-day internet entrepreneur. He has made tens ...

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Who Really Knows You? For Most the Answer Is Hard to Swallow

Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. “But what does it all mean, Basil?” The famous line by the one and only Austin Powers. The meaning of things is a key question the curious often ask. We often find that the more curious we are, the more answers we find. But often the more answers we find, the more questions we’re left with, and this is one of the curious mysteries of life. Ironic, isn’t it? I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein (Tweet this) We all have these moments where we transcend and look deeper, beneath the ...

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Marketing Persona 101: How to Reach Your Audience When No One Is Listening

Total Reading Time: 10 minutes. I remember when it finally clicked. I had just finished creating and launching my first venture as a solopreneur, an online course on email management, Effortless Email, based around some education during my time on the Google Apps team. I was ready to finally start bringing in the sales. Everything I did was brand new to me. Creating screencast videos, editing, teaching online, understanding marketing psychology, creating landing pages, squeeze pages—I could go on forever, it was all brand new. Needless to say, I had invested a lot of time and energy. In this excellent personas article by Jodi Harris on Content Marketing ...

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5 Simple Strategies for Finding Supporters That Grow Your Company

Total Reading Time: 7 minutes. When I arrived at the El Salvador International Airport (SAL) that early Spring morning in 2009, I was greeted by a young woman with an infectious, heart-warming smile. That woman was Emily Moberly. A good friend of mine who’d recently met Emily convinced me to accompany him as a volunteer and help a nonprofit organization named Traveling Stories build libraries for impoverished children at orphanages throughout the country. This seemed like an incredible opportunity, but my expectations were low. After meeting Emily and helping the organization build the libraries, interact with the children, and watch the transformation ...

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10 Must Have Apps for the Travel Lover

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. It was the late Summer of 2013 and I had just finished traveling all throughout Southeast Asia for 97 days. This was my first experience with traveling while working, and many lessons were learned. The most difficult aspect of these nomadic 3+ months was not knowing who or what to trust when it came to: accommodations, transportation, and general information. Whether you have to occasionally travel for work, or are a location-independent entrepreneur, full-time vagabond, digital nomad, or travel junkie—there are a handful of apps and services that are critical to your survival. The issue is knowing which ...

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Floatation (Isolation) Tanks: How to Upgrade Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Total Reading Time: 14 minutes. Let’s get weird. Float tanks. Sensory deprivation tanks. Isolation tanks. I’m not one to argue over nomenclature, so let’s keep it simple with float tank. Well, they’re here, and they’re taking over every hipster neighborhood in the world by storm. Facetiousness aside, this topic is exploding and for good reason. Float tanks vary, but in general you will find a large tank filled with warm, body temperature water and around 1,000 pounds of epsom salt (here’s the Wiki). They are designed to shut out all light and sound, i.e., you are fully isolated and disconnected. ...

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Have You “Made It”? Musings on Goals Post-Amalfi Coast

Total Reading Time: 2.5 minutes. It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living. – Echkart Tolle, from The Power of Now (Tweet this!) Home again. Visited 10+ different cities/sites in about two weeks all throughout Italy, and now slowly been getting back into the normal rituals until the next trip. Florence was by far my favorite. But this was only until the conclusion of the trip—which ended with the beautiful wedding of my close friends in Ravello—a small town on the Amalfi Coast. It was magical. The scenery and architecture is the stuff of ...

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The 4 Mental Myths: How to Deal with Social Anxiety and Increase Your Confidence

Total Reading Time: 19 minutes. “We’re not all extroverts”, my friend and former co-worker said to me once. “We’re not?”, I sarcastically replied. Too often we forget that the lens through which we see the world is not the only one, and this is a topic I often neglect for that exact reason. We often find that online entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, writers, and bloggers are actually introverted by nature. And whether we’re extroverted or introverted, there are a few mental myths that most of us subscribe to. That’s where Katrina Razavi comes in. Katrina first reached out to me as ...

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[Video] Your Vocation: Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci on Achieving Mastery

Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. Total Watching Time: 6 minutes. Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.  – Carl Sagan If you’re a bibliophile (i.e., certified book addict) like me, the euphoric rush and ecstasy that comes with new knowledge entering the mind isn’t foreign to you. This is what true learners live for — that ecstatic, unexplainable feeling of growth. In this short video, I give you the framework that greats like Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci used to find their vocation and achieve mastery. After working with millions of people and carefully studying the most fulfilled humans, Tony Robbins says that growth, ...

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Premeditation: How Your Thoughts Create Your Future

Total Reading Time: 5 minutes. You walk into a cafe ready to place your laptop down on the nearest table and get some work done. Sitting opposite you is a person around the same age. From the way he has his laptop positioned on the table you can see there’s not enough space for your laptop too, so you start thinking about how he’s taking up too much space. You know you need him to meet you halfway and share the space so you can also sit and place your laptop down. Yet, before you even request this of him you decide (casually) that he’s probably going ...

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