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Information is overrated (and how people actually learn)

About a month ago, I undertook a new home project renovation: -> Update the closet near the front hall. I wish I had a ‘before the project began’ picture (note to self: do this from now on), but in a nutshell: it was an empty closet with a coat hanger and a wobbly top shelf. We basically used it as a transitory drop off point for things we didn’t want on the floor but...

How to create content people can’t help but share and talk about

Recently, I’ve been writing quite a bit about why the way social media and multi-sided marketplaces are currently setup makes them, effectively, a trojan horse hiding in plain site that will hurt indie creators down the road. For the full scoop, check out my series on the topic. Part 1: "The Long Tail" and part 2: "Fake Traffic and the Scam That is Social Media." In summary: If you want to...

How to think like an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is the process by which new value is created where less (or none) existed before. The entrepreneur then captures a piece of the value (profit), which allows the operation grow. What this boils down to is this: entrepreneurship is an extraction process. For instance, the extraction of physical commodities like oil and natural gas, or the cultivation and extraction of food, water...

The Pareto Principle: How to Spend The Most Important 20% of Your Time

In 1896, Vilfredo Pareto published a paper titled “Cours d’économie politique.” The paper shared Pareto’s research on Italian land ownership, which showed that 80% of the land was owned by 20% of the people. Expanding on his original research, Pareto discovered that this distribution, what has become known as the Pareto Principle (further popularized by Richard Koch in “The...

Stop living life on hard mode

Today marks the release of “The Sober Entrepreneur.” “The Sober Entrepreneur” is the latest book from Insurgent Publishing, and while I’m excited the book is finally out there in the real world (paperback and digital) for people to read, share, and spread… I might be more excited by the prospect that this book exists at all. Because in all honesty, it probably...

4 unconventional business insights from seanwes conference 2017

Last week, I attended the seanwes conference in Austin, TX. It’s been a few days, and I’ve finally finished compiling and editing my notes. Today, I want to share a few insights from the event that I plan to implement in my business, and some that simply gave me a good ponder; my hope is they’ll be useful for you as well. But first: If you’re not familiar: seanwes conference is...

Stay on the Path

There it is. It happened again. It always seems to at times like these… Everything is going great – you hit a new high (more praise, more readers, more anything) and you feel amazing… Momentum is building in the right direction (up and to the right) and it feels like nothing can break you… You’re on top of the world for a moment… And then you see it: A picture of a group of...

when will you start?

When will you start? That’s really the question, isn’t it? It’s not a matter of what to do; if you’re reading this, deep down in your gut there is something calling you.  Go do that. It’s not a matter of how to do it; want to know how to create a blog?  It’s free online.  Want to know how publish a book?  It’s free online.  Want to know how to create a business selling shoes? ...

the psychology of success (relax and figure it out)

The most miserable and tortured people in the world are those who are continually straining and striving to convince themselves and others that they are something other than what they basically are.  And there is no relief and satisfaction like that that comes when one finally gives up the shams and pretenses and is willing to be himself.  Success, which comes from self-expression, often eludes...

don’t be a commodity

People complain about blue collar workers being out of work (they are), or finding a way to bring manufacturing back (you can’t), or some other way to revitalize our 20th century view of the middle-class. Sorry, it’s gone.  It’s not coming back. In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is failing.  In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. – Seth Godin...

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