Are You Creating Value or Just Advertising Space?

You don't have to be a celebrity anymore to take high-quality pictures with branded products and get paid for it. In fact, all you need is a large enough audience, and sponsorship deals will come to you and pay your bills.

That's what everyone seems to think these days anyway.

In this episode, you'll hear about the ActiveGrowth take on influencer marketing and getting a large number of following on social media or high traffic on your website, so that you can use those platforms to place ads on and just wait until you get rich. 

But is it a viable business model? Can you really make a living or even just enough money to cover your travels? And if you do, how long can you keep this up? 

Listen in to hear our take on these questions, which direction is online advertising heading, and what do we think you should do instead to make more money and provide more value!

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Are Your Goals Worth Having?

We all want to be successful. Whether it means becoming a millionaire, making enough money to travel the world, gaining recognition, popularity or making a difference in the lives of others... the entrepreneurial-mind usually wants more. We like to think of success as a shiny place with cherries on the top where only great things happen.

Yet, the news is full of highly successful celebrities who somehow end up taking their own lives. Money and fame just aren't enough to make them stay... 

But what should you do if you're the type of person that wants success and wealth? Should you drop it all and live as a monk? How can you hustle and build your empire without destroying yourself?

Today we're dealing with a heavier topic, inspired by an earlier episode of The Fizzle Show podcast: managing your mental health as an entrepreneur.

We're talking about the types of challenges you're inevitably going to face, and how to tell the hard times apart from each other – the ones that are normal and the ones that you need to do something about. As always, we're not just telling you what to do, but how we think you might go about doing it. 

Please note: while this episode is intended to help you, it is in no way a substitute for professional help. If you are in distress, please reach out to a healthcare professional.

Thanks to The Fizzle Show for bringing the topic up and allowing people to realize they're not alone with their internal battles. 

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What’s the Best Social Sharing Plugin for WordPress? Roundup Review

Check out any article on any website or blog online and you're almost guaranteed to find some colorful social sharing buttons alongside it. Content creators want to get their content spread far and wide and it stands to reason that prominent buttons help with this.

There are countless WordPress plugins to add social sharing buttons to your posts, but how do you decide which one to use?

In this post, you'll find the answer to that question.

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Getting Good On Camera: Why It’s a Life Skill Every Entrepreneur Needs

This is our third episode on making videos. We recorded it, because we know that you're still putting off sitting down in front of the camera and film. Aren't we right?

In this episode, we're talking to three guests who got over the resistance and have been making videos regularly now. They started making videos for different reasons, coming from different backgrounds, with different skills and tried different approaches, yet, looking back, the lessons they've learned and the stages they had to go through are nearly the same

Learn from their stories how they got themselves to record their first videos, got over the initial fear and resistance, managed to turn this into a habit, and how they improved their video making and communication skills fast with regular feedback and daily repetition. As part of this episode, you'll also get a bonus from us.

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Why Entrepreneurs Need to Learn Many New Skills Rapidly (and How to Do It)

When you start your entrepreneurial journey, it's easy to find yourself working multiple jobs - you're the idea generator, the executor, the web-developer, the marketer, the customer support person... and so many other things you've just never done before!

While outsourcing is a great solution, it's not always possible. Sometimes you need to give in and learn all the new skills to scale up. How can you to this without wasting a lot of time and energy that you could spend on moving forward? 

In this episode, the founders of Thrive Themes, Shane Melaugh and Paul McCarthy, are presenting a very specific way of learning and practicing new skills the fastest possible way, that helped them move the needle and grow their business. They're now applying this method to the members of their team and the improving their team management skills through it. 

This episode is about a skill building method called Deliberate Practice, exactly how it works and how you can apply it to your business. Listen in! 

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Still Haven’t Made Videos? Your Ego Is to Blame

You know that filming videos in 2018 is essential to build your online brand. Yet, you're still not making them. But one day you will – at least that's what you keep telling yourself...

Chances are that whatever your justification is for not getting in front of the camera ("My camera isn't good enough...", "There's nowhere to film in my apartment...", and so on), it's likely your ego that's preventing you from building the video skills you need to make it online.

In this episode, we'll provide you specific action steps on how to overcome camera shyness, stage fright and procrastination when it comes to filming and publishing videos. We'll help you quiet that fear-of-judgement keeping you from venturing out past your comfort zone.

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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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Billionaire Ray Dalio’s Unconventional Advice for Efficient Decision Making

In the previous episode about colliding ideas with reality we talked about how to tell business ideas that are likely to succeed from those that aren't. An important part of this process is to turn vague ideas into specific numbers.

Instead of thinking "I'll need a lot of traffic" we want to think "I'll need X visitors and a Y% conversion rate". But how do you come up with these numbers for a business that doesn't exist yet?

In this episode, we'll teach you how to use approximation to figure out as quickly as possible what ideas are worth pursuing and be able to implement it rapidly, without spending a lot of time trying to be precise, or being careless and making bad business decisions. 

Listen in, we're about to save you a lot of time!

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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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Colliding Your Ideas With Reality

Let's go for a hike! At the end of the hike, we'll get to the top of a beautiful mountain with breathtaking views of the crystal clear lake below and the pine forest that surrounds it.

Sound good? 

Well, we also want you to take your most durable boots, food for 3 days, a first aid kit and a rifle that can stop an angry bear. Then you might make it.

You see, coming up with a fantastic business idea is like imagining watching the sunset from the mountain top. It's fun to dream of the end goal but the road that leads there is way harder than you imagine. If you aren't prepared for a hard journey, you'll never get there. 

In this episode, we're giving you the best strategy we know to prevent you from losing all your time, money and self-respect by starting on a business or project that just won't work. 

We're about to destroy your dreams and wipe that enthusiastic smile off of your face... and you'll be grateful for it.

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Simple Business Case Study: How to Become THE Expert in Your Niche (by Making Your Niche Smaller)

If you want people to pay attention to you, it helps to be an expert.

But as you know, becoming an expert takes time. You must amass knowledge, apply it and then develop a strong record of practical success before the internet will consider you an authority.

It’s hard to shortcut that process, but today we’re going to look at a business that managed to do just that.

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You’re Focusing On The Wrong Thing – What to Stop, Change and Start Doing to Make Progress

A one-person business can be overwhelming. You're the CEO, the marketer, the support ​rep, the apprectice - all in one person. You just escaped the dreaded 9 to 5, and before you know it, you're working 5 different jobs and there's not even free office coffee.

This episode is specifically for solopreneurs. We'll discuss what you need to do to move your business forward without wasting time, what you should stop doing, what you could do differently and what are the key things you definitely should spend your time on instead.

Ready to take your one-man show to the next level? Listen in!

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