All posts by Shane Melaugh

Pay VERY Close Attention to Your Failures – They Hold the Keys to Your Success

We've all been told a dozen platitudes about failure. For example, that it's not about how often you fall, but how often you pick yourself back up.

This is technically true, but if all you do after a fall is pick yourself back up and keep going, you're missing out on possible the most powerful learning tool at your disposal...

If you've been frustrated because you constantly have ambitious goals and you constantly fall short of them, the strategy I'm sharing with you today might just change all that.

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How a “Braindump” Board in Trello Will Make You More Creative

If you're a content creator, you'll love the technique I'm sharing with you today.

Whether it's writing blog posts, creating videos, hosting webinars and livestreams or creating podcast episodes, content creators all face the same problem: you have to keep coming up with new ideas. You have to keep producing content and keep it fresh and interesting.

In today's video, we'll look at a setup I create in Trello, which solves this problem. It may seem strange, but setting up this system actually makes you more creative and makes it easier to produce more ideas.

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To Reach Your Goals, You Need to Be Stubborn (About the Right Kind of Thing)

The story goes that if you work hard, you'll eventually get rewarded. If you just put in the effort and stick with it through the hard times, it will pay off, right?

Well... maybe.

Unfortunately, for many of us, that "sticking with it" part seems to drag on forever and the paying off part is nowhere to be seen.

Sure, maybe your problem is primarily procrastination, but maybe you follow this simple formula or have found some other way to beat procrastination and you really do put in the time and effort.

And yet, still no success in sight.

If this describes you, then maybe you've been stubborn about the wrong things.

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How to Combine Strategy With Productivity to Reach Your Goals

Recently, I've published a lot of content about productivity. Productivity is important, but let's make sure we don't put blinders on, here.

Productivity alone is not enough.

You can be super productive, squeeze many hours of work out of every day... and still make zero progress towards your goals.

Today, let's take a look at how you can combine productivity with strategy, to make sure you aren't just spinning your wheels real fast.

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Are Success Stories Eroding Your Ability to Get Things Done?

Everybody loves a good success story. It's inspirational to read about someone achieving the kinds of goals we dream about and seeing how they did it.

Unfortunately, the kind of success story we typically see might be eroding our ability to get things done. If you expect massive, breakout success, how motivated can you be for the daily grind. And how do you feel when your level of success absolutely pales in comparison with every story you read about?

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How to Turn Productivity Problems & Procrastination Into an Advantage

You may be suffering from procrastination and a lack of productivity. Feeling stuck, even. But in this, there's also a potential advantage...

Doing focused, deep work, being productive and avoiding distractions and procrastination is getting harder for everyone. It's not just you

I would go so far to say that focus is a rare and somewhat exotic skill, these days. And that means that if you learn it - if you build this skill - you gain a massive advantage over (almost) everyone else.

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If You Are Multi-Passionate, Watch This to Fix Your Productivity Problems

Some people always come up with new ideas, always see new business opportunities and love to start projects that solve some problem or change the world in a better way.

This is often referred to as being "multi-passionate" or being a "multipotentialite".

If you're one of these people, you have strengths to be reckoned with... but you also have a big, problematic weakness: you're great at starting things, but you suck at follow-through.​​​​

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You’re Not Getting Lazier, It’s Getting Harder to Be Productive

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be good at getting sh*t done. It's no secret that I believe your personal character and skills determine the success or failure of your business.

Reading that might fill you with dread. After all, you've not been particularly productive. In fact, it seems that you're more distracted now than you used to be. You spend more time procrastinating and less time working with deliberate focus, on what matters most.

Why is that? Are you getting lazier, somehow?

Actually, that's not it. Your ability to focus hasn't gotten worse, but your environment has changed... and if being productive is crucial for entrepreneurs then succeeding is slowly becoming more and more difficult.

Watch the video to see why this is and what you can do about it.

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Why Getting Up Earlier Doesn’t Make You More Productive

If you're an entrepreneur, you need to hustle 24/7. You need to be always on. You need to make superhuman efforts and far outperform the average 9-to-5 working chump.

And getting a solid 8 hours of sleep just doesn't fit that picture, does it?

This is the kind of message I'm seeing a lot in entrepreneurial circles. More specifically, I've recently seen the spread of the idea that entrepreneurs ought to wake up at 5 AM or earlier, to get some extra productive hours in.

It fits the picture of the look-at-me-I'm-working-so-hard hustler, but it has little to do with real productivity. In this video, I explain why I think getting up super early is the dumbest trend in entrepreneurship.

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How to Get Free Traffic to Your Website – The Big List

​Everybody wants more traffic. And free traffic, especially.

We've previously covered why you should forget about traffic when you start out. Instead, focus on getting paying customers, right away. If you follow the advice on this site, you'll soon find yourself with a solid business and a small number of customers or clients... but what then?

At some point, traffic generation becomes the logical next step to focus on. That's what this post and our next series of podcast episodes is about.

To start things off, here's a comprehensive list of methods and strategies you can use to get traffic. Specifically, these are bootstrap-friendly "free" traffic generation methods.

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You Project Your Character Onto Your Business – Here’s My Mistake That You Need to Avoid

Here at ActiveGrowth, I believe there are 3 pillars to building and running a successful business

  1. The value in the products you create.
  2. The tech and tools you use.
  3. Your personal character and skills.

In other words, your personal character, work ethic, productivity, skills etc. are one third of the equation.

In today's video, I confess one of the mistakes I've made in this very aspect, even though I'm the guy who should have been able to predict and avoid such a mistake more than anyone...

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Why “Board Velocity” is a Key Factor for Highly Effective (and Motivating) Work in Trello

Trello is a powerful tool for managing your tasks and projects. But unless you use it the right way, working with Trello can feel slow, frustrating and demotivating.

In today's video, we're looking at a key factor that can help you get more out of Trello, whether you're working alone or with a team. What we're diving into today is a psychological factor - it affects how you feel and how motivated you are. And that will have a huge effect on how much work you get done.

Check out the video to learn all about this factor, which I call "Board Velocity".

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