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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...

Spend Your Best Words Today

Great Work (part 3 of 3) This is the final post in a short series on great work. To be honest, I originally wrote a short book’s worth of content on this topic. But right before I hit publish, I decided to scrap everything and get to the heart of what I wanted to say: what great work means at the most fundamental level. Great work is all about impact.  And sometimes, the best way to make an...

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...

Do Great Work

The Most Likely Result This is it – your project is almost complete. You took the uncertain and difficult steps from start (creating the idea) to finish (bringing the idea to life), and now you’re ready to ship. It’s tough work, creating something from scratch, but you didn’t give up. And now is the moment of truth – the point where you reap the reward for your hard work and labor. Confident, you...

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...

Overcoming Drag Part II

[infopane color=”1″ icon=”0101.png”]Last week, I wrote a post about overcoming drag. Today, I want to dig deeper into drag itself, its cause and effect, and the only way to avoid drag entirely.  Thanks to Alan at The 365 Effect (twitter: @the365effect) for the inspiration.[/infopane] Drag Drag, in relation to flight, is a mechanical force that acts against the force of the...

Overcoming Drag

Experiencing Drag It’s tough, time-consuming work to finish a project. While there is always an optimistic energy when we begin a project, finishing takes time, energy (physical and emotional), and comes with no guarantee of success. When we’re doing something that requires our daily, personal energy to accomplish, a lengthy project can wear us down and make us question our efforts. This is drag...

The Creative Entrepreneur

The Conventional Entrepreneur en·tre·pre·neur: “The owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits” The entrepreneur seeks to make a profit – at least, conventionally speaking. The conventional entrepreneur believes he can do something better (cheaper, faster, closer etc.) than what exists in the market place. He builds something to...

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...

Why Seeking the Tribe Will Destroy You

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. [Mark Twain] The thing about writing, building, inventing, designing, or creating (essentially anything that requires leadership) is this: it’s not safe. Not only do you expose yourself to the dangers of a foreign environment (leadership by its nature takes the unknown path), but you expose yourself to the...

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