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The Fear Economy: the growth of fear bait and what to do about it

Whatever “social media” was intended to be, in the last few years it seems to have begun an inexorable decline into what it always had to become: A 24/7, always-on, personalized fear machine. All you have to do is look into the “black mirror” in your pocket, and you’ll see what I mean. How many scrolls, swipes, or taps does it take to find your first piece of bad...

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...

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...

Never Compromise

Just One Person In my previous post, I wrote about great work. Great work is impactful work – the kind that resonates with a person (or a million people) for years to follow. The sole criteria for determining great work is impact, and that’s specifically and uniquely determined by the person or people experiencing the work. If you impact just one person, you’ve created great work. So how do we...

The Surprisingly Simple Way to Overcome Creative Block

The Block Have you ever tried writing a book, a blog, or business copy? If so, you’ve probably experience writers block: the inability to form your ideas into the perfect words, sentences, and paragraphs. But this type of block isn’t exclusive to writers. All creative entrepreneurs – from writers, designers, and inventors, to artists, marketers, and entrepreneurs, experience creative block...

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...

Keep Fighting

When I was a sophomore in college, I tried to do something I wasn’t sure I could do. I decided to compete in the Brigade Open Boxing Tournament. The Brigade Open is an annual event at West Point.  It’s a chance for anyone to enter the ring and compete for a title belt.  It’s open to all students, but the winners are almost always those on the boxing team. So entering with very little...

4 Reasons to Start Before You're Ready

I talk to a lot of people – a lot of people with great ideas, great vision, and tons of untapped potential. But they’re stuck on ‘start.’ Instead of trying, attempting, and building, they wait around for the perfect opportunity, the perfect connection, and the perfect launch. News flash: perfect doesn’t exist. Besides Perfect Is good enough. You don’t need to...

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...

Be Bold

The Problem With Hope “I hope they like it.”   “I hope it works out.”   “I hope they will buy it.” The problem with hope isn’t hope itself, but rather when we use the word hope as a replacement for “I wish someone else would take care of this problem for me.” When we “‘hope” for things that way, we might as well throw in the...

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