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Success Hacking 101: How to Turn an Idea Into A Business Without Money, an Audience, or Technical Skills

How can you turn an idea into a business: if you don’t have a “technical” skill (i.e. you’re not an engineer or programmer)? if you don’t have a lot of money (nor do you want to spend a lot of money to get the idea started)? if you want to get it up and running without going all in and putting your life (or credit) on the line for it? That’s what Jon Nastor, ex-punk rocker turned entrepreneur and...

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...

11 steps to building a heart-centered business from scratch

Last week, we wrapped up the The Flight Formula LIVE – an intensive, in-person, heart-centered business incubator program. For 7 days, a small group of motivated entrepreneurs met in the mountains of Asheville to discover their gifts, activate their purpose, and build heart-centered businesses from scratch. Jason and Asher led the way (with me providing a virtual support role from Peru) providing...

Beyond the Beach (the creator's dilemma)

 Myrmidons! My brothers of the sword! I would rather fight beside you than any army of thousands! Let no man forget how menacing we are, we are lions! Do you know what’s waiting beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It’s yours! [Troy] Creators have a dilemma. We want the freedom to create whatever, whenever we want… But the market will only compensate us for what IT wants...

Artisanship and Premium Prices in the Digital Age

“Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success…”  – Jiro Ono (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) *   *   * For the past two months, my wife and I have been traveling around South East Asia. We’ve spent the...

Why I Give it All Away

I got a thought provoking email the other day from Resistance member Tom Owens. With his permission, I wanted to share part of it with you: You’ve done bang-up work on your two blog posts explaining PWYW and how it’s helped you. However…I think more than one person might pause. “If he’s still doing so well with this business model, why is he letting others know? Why...

Art, Death and Hope

The Start and the End Finally, it was over. For the past four years, John fought the inner creative war… Four years of writing, editing, cutting, scrapping and starting from scratch… Four years of uncertainty, doubt and fear… Four years of painful creative struggle – the kind only a fiction author can truly appreciate… But in February, the war was over – John had finished his manuscript.  He had...

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...

Why We Fail to Achieve Our Goals

Qualifying In the Army, soldiers have to zero and qualify with their weapon every six months. This is a requirement for everyone, regardless of rank or position. From cooks to pilots, Privates to Captains – everyone qualifies. Qualifying with a weapon means hitting a certain number of targets from set distances with a certain number of rounds. The point of qualifying is to validate that you know...

3 Life-Transforming Reasons You Should Go on More Adventures

Change Your Input, Change Your Life When’s the last time you made yourself uncomfortable? This question isn’t rhetorical and it’s definitely worth answering (at least to yourself). Why? Because your answer is indicative of the life you’re currently living – for better or worse. So many of us instinctively stick to what we know. We grow up playing certain sports and we stick with them...

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