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The Power of Immersion (the fastest way to change your life for the better)

I wanted to take a moment today to offer some more free content to help out all the creative entrepreneurs and instigators out there… But before I get to the free stuff (okay, you can just scroll down and grab the stuff if you really want…), I want to talk about why the articles you read, the people you hang out with, and the media you consume consistently, directly shapes your life… For...

8 Fears Every Creative Entrepreneur Experiences on the Path to Success

Obstacles When starting a new project, you deal with a lot of obstacles. The web design you outsourced might not function how you wanted, or the first shipment of products come in completely the wrong color or size, or your plans for a successful launch don’t pan out the way you hoped they would… All of these are difficult to deal with. They hurt, they’re painful, and they disappoint us...

Your Reward for Taking the Road Less Traveled

The Journey of Creation As soon as you make the choice to create something worthwhile, you take the first step in a long and very real journey. Like most journeys, it’s not always pretty. Life will try to beat you down and break you if it can. There will come a time (many times, actually) when things are confusing, uncertain and perilous. You will face setbacks, breaking points, and failure...

The Paradox of Creation

Life is paradoxical We think pain and pleasure or love and hate are opposites of one another. We think of these emotions as opposite ends of the spectrum, as if each lies on either side of a single line. pain ——————————— pleasure love ——————————— hate This...

Why Most Startups Enter the Arena and Fail (and the One Thing You Can Do to Make Sure You Win)

Creating Creating anything takes guts; I explained that in depth in my book The Art of Instigating. It takes guts because you’re going to take a hit (no question about it), and taking a hit isn’t pleasant. Nobody WANTS to take a hit. But the person unwilling to take a hit might as well stay out of the arena. The boxer not willing to get knocked down shouldn’t enter the ring...

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“Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain.” [Emerson] Or maybe not. Maybe that fear never dies. Action quells fear because it changes our focus. Instead of experiencing the terror of a hypothetical, negative future, action requires your mind to focus on the present circumstance. Action shifts our brain from theorizing to creating; from fantasy to tangible...

The Enemy Defined (part 2: Negative Self-Talk Propaganda)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series explaining the Enemy (the thing stopping us from creating our epic work). You can read part one here. If you are new, read my new book: The Art of Instigating; this article will make more sense, I promise.   In the first part of this series, I explained the conventional forces of the Enemy: the Army of Bad Habits (the accumulation of years of individual...

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“there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things…” [Niccolo Machiavelli] The instigator is the first to break the old by leading the new. The instigator is the first to jump out of the helicopter; the first onto the beach; the first into the fray. The instigator duels...

the warfare of creativity (3 ways to identify and become an instigator)

What separates the instigator from 99.9% of society? It’s not being the smartest – plenty of entrepreneurs and artists will freely admit they’re not the sharpest tools in the shed. It’s not connections – there are plenty of people with connections that never go on to do anything great. It’s not luck – plenty of people get lucky and throw it all away...

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