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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...

What Matters

[infopane color=”1″ icon=”0101.png”]This is the first in a series of 3 articles I’ll release over the course of the week. Stick around to find out the formula for great work and how to create it, one step at a time.[/infopane] Are You Doing Great Work? Sure, you might be doing above average work… Or very good work… Or even your best work… But are you doing GREAT work...

9 Dos and 2 Don’ts for Creating Success in Business (and Life)

Every day, hundreds of thousands of blogs are started, thousands of books are published, and hundreds of businesses are created. The majority don’t last. So what separates those that last from those that fail? The ones that succeed – do they do something different? Is there a common pattern, strategy or framework that successful projects use?  And if so, can we model it and use it in...

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...

Choosing Your Own Path

The Comforting Myth Coming up with a brilliant, life-altering idea is what matters. If you could only come up with that one perfect idea… It could re-energize you to tackle your project, inspire you to go after your audacious goal, and light your path to success, happiness and contentment. Of course, this is a myth. The moment we stop to really think about it, it’s clearly irrational – one idea...

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...

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...

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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