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What Makes You The Expert?

This past June, my wife and I spent 15 days exploring Ecuador. Unlike the other countries we visited this past year, our Ecuador adventure involved a lot of bus travel. On the plus side, Ecuadorian bus travel is cheap. We traveled by bus from the Pacific Ocean to the Amazon jungle, with a couple stops in between for good measure, all for less than $100 USD. On the not-quite-plus-side, the bus...

Into the Unknown

Maybe I’m Crazy… In fact, I must be. Right now, as I write this blog post, I’m sitting outside a Starbucks in Boise, Idaho… I’m thousands of miles away from most of my friends and family… And I’m Homeless and unemployed. That’s right – no job, no predictable income, no home… And I have no intention of trying to get any of those things...

How to Find the Strength to Continue When You Feel Like Quitting (a letter to those in the trenches)

On the Pain of Creative Work Creative work is hard as hell. If you’re a writer, entrepreneur, or anyone else challenging and pushing boundaries (read: instigator), you know what I’m talking about. In fact, creative work is probably the hardest work there is – something only those bold enough to create can appreciate. But what makes creative work so hard? 1.  Creative work is uncertain Doing...

The Brutal Reality of Excuses and How to Conquer Them

What Do You Really Need? Do you really need more money in your bank account before you can create something worthwhile? Do you really need to develop a routine before you can start making something great? Do you really need more time in the day before you can dare boldly? Or is it possible that you can create something worthwhile regardless of the number of zeros in your checking account; or that...

On Starting

Starting a Project is Thrilling There’s something about that moment – the moment we finally write our ideas on paper – that’s both invigorating and scary. We move from day-dreaming to actualizing and everything seems at once entirely possible and wholly reachable. The goals we set not only excite us by their grandeur, but by the thought of actually reaching them. The moment you write your ideas...

How to Build a Crazy Successful Blog and Get Published: an Interview With Jeff Goins

In the Trenches: Episode 3 This is the 3rd episode of “In the Trenches: The Resistance Broadcast Interview Series” and today I had the honor of interviewing Jeff Goins. [Listen to the Interview by clicking this link]   Jeff is a successful blogger, published author, and a self declared writer. Jeff Started his blog in 2010.  In less than 2 years time he grew his readership to an impressive...

in the trenches: an interview with Al Pittampalli

Today I thought I’d try something a little different. Instead of writing a mindblowing and inspiring blog post (at least that’s my intention with every post I write), I decided to interview a successful entrepreneur, published author and good friend of mine, Al Pittampalli. This is the first in a series of interviews I’m doing with some really incredible people. I’m calling it...

The Enemy Defined (part 1: the Army of Bad Habits)

Note: if you haven’t read The Art of Instigating, read that first.  Grab a copy for free by clicking here.  It’s short and sweet, I promise. The Creative War When it comes to doing creative, courageous work, there are forces at work that act against us. Any time we strive to create something from scratch and without permission, we go to war with the Enemy. The Enemy is composed of two major...

how to beat negative self-talk propaganda (before it beats you)

The good thing about instigating is that so few people actually instigate, you’re competition is pretty limited. This make success (in any venture) possible and way more probable than you might expect. The bad thing about instigating is that so few people actually instigate, you’re not going to have very much company on your way to the top (or once you reach the top). The hard part when starting...

asymmetric goal setting and creating your own luck

We deal with uncertainty, randomness, and luck every day. Every project we undertake is, by its nature, an uncertain endeavor (because it hasn’t been done before – if it had, it would be certain, and there’d be nothing to start). Uncertainty means we can fail. But it also means we can succeed – that there is the potential for success infused in every endeavor, right from the start. If...

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