If we live truly, we shall see truly. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?
(Author: Chris Guillebeau)
Guest Posting is a powerful way to grow your blog readership. You write something for a blog you like, and in return you get to link your blog from there. Gets you visitors and SEO brownie points with Google. Simple, however you’ve got to get the owner of the target blog to cooperate first. Here’s how.
Makes some great points. There’s also some formulas for the analytical types out there. Beats me but it sure looks scientific.
Words are not always what they seem. Doubly so if English is not your 1st language (yeah, that’s me included).
I’ve just added these 10 words to my “never use in a phone conversation” list. Not that I would have in the 1st place; half of them were new to me. ) LOL. (<- I can use this now, it’s in the Oxford Dictionary.)
I’m grateful to live in a free country. No-one is limiting the internet, banning social networks and twitter. Makes me wonder what Syrians, or other oppressed people around the world would give for this chance. Are you making the most of it?
What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
Here’s today’s challenge:
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
(Author: Buster Benson)
The Traffic Blogger: 101 Ways to Draw More Traffic to Your Site
As bloggers we all want more traffic, right? RIGHT?!? Chris aka the “Traffic Blogger” is at it again.. serving us a real long list of ideas. Well worth going through.
David Ogilvy’s “Secret Weapon” of Online Marketing, Selling, and Business Success | Copyblogger
Could a 7 minute video recorded 40+ years ago help you in your marketing today?
Google Images Gets Shinny On Google’s Search Results
Looks nice, indeed. Useful? Not sure. What do you think? Comment please!
The F-word, overused.
Sound marketing advice that you should put on your wall. If you don’t have kids, that is. From the “aspiring to inspire” designers @The Donut Project
Leading From the Dark Side: 4 Dangerous Leadership Styles
Darth Vader would love this. A fascinating read illustrated by 4 (real) figures from history.
Happy Memorial Day folks! Salutes to the all those who make/made it possible for us to live in the free world.
Think about this freedom we all take for granted at times. Also think about what less fortunate people would give just the have a shot at life blessed with all the opportunities we have in the free world. Think China, 3rd world countries, etc.
I’ll take this occasion to start an experiment. I’ll be posting my daily favorites from now on. Things I like and I think you, my reader would find useful. Please comment ~ share your like or hate! Continue reading
If I could have a superpower, I’d definitely go for teleportation. As I was writing this on a 747 heading for the Carbon Copy Pro Master Marketing Event, I coundn’t help but wonder all the unproductiveness and discomfort associated with flying. (More on the event later. It was an absolute blast!)
At one point, my attention slipping, and I found myself repeatedly glancing at the in flight entertainment system. Bad move. There was a sitcom on, with lots of pretty people.
What they were doing was less pretty, unfortunately. By the looks of it they were giving each other the most through screwings I’ve ever seen on TV. Unfortunately it wasn’t happening in bed, either.
Making all kinds of faces, showing myriads of negative emotions all the way from angry to frustrated to desperate. Gesticulating as if the room was full of mosquitos and there was a prize on them (there’s an arcade game idea). The actors were probably told they’ll be shot if they smile.
As I felt this tsunami of negative emotions wash over me, I wondered what’s the point. Oozing with stress and (probably) self-inflicted hurt, the characters seemed to be on a constant emotional rollercoaster. To the point that I started wondering if they sleep at night and if they can move without being caffeinated.
Are they the example to follow? Who’d want to be like them?
Yet, unwittingly, this is the example the makers of the show set for us.
I don’t know the name of the show, but I came up with a title. It may apply to other similar shows as well. I call it “20 minutes of disempowerment”.
At first I thought I’d make a “junk food of the mind” analogy, however it does not stand. Junk food, you see, has its good points. It feels good while you eat it. Afterwards is a different story of course, but at least there are moments of pleasure involved.
This TV show, however, felt like crap while watching, and then left a bad taste in my mouth. Ouch. My fault for watching, of course. Won’t happen again.
Anyway, the point is (yes! there is one!), that if you want to be a success, a producer, you gotta carefully select what you put in your head. For one, you won’t be able to get it out once it’s in there. There’s something else, too. Napoleon Hill wrote that “there’s more gold been mined from the minds of man that from the earth”. If this is what you put in than how’s the gold going to come out?
Simply put, just as big macs don’t serve a person on a diet, disempowering thoughts, emotions, or matter of fact anything that doesn’t send positive messages to your subconscious, should be off the “mental menu”. Quality and selectiveness are gold.
In Japan where we live there’s a crazy abundance of the weirdest of snacks. Senbei (strange rice crackers), shrimp and spinach chips, lightly killed and dried fish-in-a-bag are but a few examples. The latter goes well with wasabi lemonade.
My favorite of these snacks, however, is the simple rice ball (onigiri). These are universal sandwich replacements for all occasions. It’s made of Continue reading
Back from Hungary and back in action! We’ve had a fab time and got a lot done & it all feels great.
Look out for new articles. I’ll be posting here more often from now on.
For today, here’s 4 assorted but equally important Twitter tips. Each of these have come up repeatedly in my coaching recently, so I figure there is a point.
1. Be a PRO! Don’t Make Continue reading
I read a story on a travel blog a long time ago.
It stayed with me for some reason.
I can’t seem to find it anymore, but the gist of the story is as follows. Continue reading
“News Feed” looking thin recently? Have you been wondering how to get it back?
Facebook, in their infinite wisdom, has again made a significant change to a default setting, without telling anyone.
I thought the recent addition of thick black frames around pictures is annoying enough (funeral, anyone?), but this tops it by far.
A picture tells a thousand words, and that is especially true for tutorials.
I took and edited some screenshots of my own Facebook account. Continue reading
[update: This limited time offer has now expired. If you're in Japan like me, use this amazon.co.jp link to get a hard copy.]
David Bach is cool, and I’ve been getting into his stuff a lot recently. He is the #1 personal finance author in the USA and he has lots of good info to share.
If you have no idea, just check out finishrich.com.
More on him later; this is just a quick post to let you know about an incredible free offer. Continue reading
Worthy vs. Unworthy
There are activities that are worthy, but on the other side there are activities that are unworthy of if as well. Once you figured out which ones to focus on (and have the discipline to follow through with it), your effectiveness as a leader will be liberated. That I can promise you. Today, make a commitment and switch from being busy to achieving results. There is nothing so useless as doing the effectively that which should not be done at all. Want more time? Quit doing the things that aren’t required to be done.
What Deserves To Remain Undone?
I follow many blogs. Being a blogger myself, it is somewhat natural. Keeping track of them used to be an issue. Bookmarking is fine, and works to a degree. But if you follow many sites, perhaps in the 100s like I do, checking for updates gets tiresome. There are better ways to spend your time. Enter feeds. Here is my quick and dirty guide on how to make the most of them. Continue reading
What is victim mentality?
It is when you blame the outside world for that happens in your world.
We have all seen it; people who drag their feet and drag their soul like it was some heavy drapery. Emotional and dramatic, you’d think they are after an Academy Award for a role in a Greek tragedy. Yet, they seem to revel being trapped in this vicious cycle of emotional suicide and self-flagellation. (My, I gotta cut back on heavy words. ) They come in, light goes out.
Victim mentality in Business
When I ask other leaders in my industry I always get the same answer: “time”. Not money, but time. Interesting, isn’t it?
Because you can always make more money, but you can’t make more time. The old lie, that “time is money” does not stand. Time is time and money is money, and once time is gone it can not be regained. This is root of why being an employee and trading time for money is a dead-end street.
The “Secret” of More Time Continue reading
There was a stressed out traveler at an airport, late and in fear of missing his plane. He walks up to this guy and asks:
“Hey man, Continue reading
With the way things are unfolding in the New Economy, jobs are not that easy to come by. Unemployment rates are a subject of daily talk. People seem to be very interested about the reasons, but that won’t get anyone a job. I hear “I need a job” so often that it made me think. My approach is that if you can’t find a job, create one. Start with yourself instead of blaming the economy and other circumstances. It is now easier than ever thanks to the power of the internet. Continue reading