Why is it that each time we face a new, difficult task we need to work on, suddenly even a mediocre Netflix series or our former neighbor's Facebook profile becomes so intriguing we can't resist to check it out?
For many of us, this reaction has become the automatic response to a new task. Even though we know that doing the work will do good to our business, when we're about to get started, some greater power seems to take over control.
Why does it happen and how can we fight it? Can we turn that pull towards distraction off for good?
This is what we're aiming to help you with in the newest episode of the ActiveGrowth podcast. Listen in!Continue reading
I will launch the product, but I need a good logo first...
I can't publish my book yet, there are so many things I want to change...
I'm going to start selling my e-course, but first I need the perfect design..
Do you ever catch yourself saying this? Putting off a project because you feel like so many things are missing?
You're not alone.Continue reading
Do you ever catch yourself staring out of your window, getting dragged away by thinking about your future life? You visualize the successful empire you're going to build, the fame and recognition, the infinity pool in your villa's backyard, the private jet you're going to fly your loved ones to the Bahamas every Christmas...
While having these pictures in your mind is highly satisfiying, getting carried away by these daydreams is actually hurting your progress big time.
If you're one of those who often end up daydreaming about the future, stay tuned: our newest podcast episode is the treatment.Continue reading
Do you think coming up with a good idea for a product or learning the skills to build it is hard? If you've tried launching your own product or service before, you know that there's one thing that's even harder: shipping it!
We're here with a brand new podcast series that we named "Your Job Is To Ship".
As the title says, in this series we're discussing why shipping is the most important part of your business, why so many of us fail to do so and leave projects unfinished, and, most importantly: what you can do to get better at shipping quicker.
It's time to take that unfinished book out of your drawer and stop abandoning projects that you've been meaning to finish.Continue reading
This is a further video in my series about why publishing lots of stuff is more important than publishing great stuff.
One of the things that holds entrepreneurs back from publishing content and launching products is this creeping feeling of "it's just not good enough".
Is this a justification for not publishing? Isn't it better to spend more time working on your content or product, so that what you will eventually release will actually be good?
The answer depends on why you hesitate to publish in the first place, as you'll see in today's video.
If you're a creator (whether you're creating written content, videos or anything else), you need to focus on creating a lot and publishing fast.
In this previous post, I've laid out why you should focus on quantity instead of quality for your content marketing and here's a mental reframe you can use if you're stuck in the perfectionist mindset.
Today's video adds another reason why publishing often and fast is so important.
The way people work is rapidly changing – especially if that work is tied to online industries.
Instead of signing up to do a manager’s bidding from a drab office cubicle, more and more people are opting in to do remote work from locations of their own choosing.
Since working from home eliminates hassles like the stress of daily commuting – or even having to put pants on in the morning – the benefits of such careers are becoming increasingly appealing.
But even as people ditch the corporate cubicle, they’re not saying goodbye to the office environment all together. Remote coworking spaces are quickly becoming the productivity environment of choice for modern day solopreneurs and freelancers.
These work locations offer opportunities for coworkers to share their skills and build networks with other online professionals in a way they can’t do from home.
If you’re thinking about leaving the comfort of your home office to work from a coworking space near you, this week’s Silver Bulletin will show you the many productivity benefits and drawbacks these new work environments have to offer.Continue reading
There is one promise, one dream, that is the most alluring of all, in our industry.
The promise of easy money.
The hope for easy money brings floods of newbies into the fold of online marketing, entrepreneurship, digital nomadism etc.
Bold-faced promises of a simple trick to make money easily is the domain of (rather obvious) scams aimed at the naive and underinformed. However, everywhere you look in online marketing, there are echoes of the promise of easy money. From headlines of trending blog posts to the sales messages of even the most serious and enterprised-focused marketing tools, the implication is always that this will somehow make you more money, more easily.
Is it just an alluring trap? Or can making money truly be easy?Continue reading
If you run an online business, you know how much it sucks to schedule meeting after meeting, across multiple timezones, through your email.
Here's a typical back-and-forth email scheduling thread you're probably much too familiar with...Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why starting a business is so damn difficult? And all the while, some entrepreneurs make it look easy.
What's up with that?
In today's post, you'll discover a universal and unshakable principle that makes being an entrepreneur difficult. There's (almost) nothing you can do about it, but if you know about this, you're much more likely to see it through...Continue reading
Like last year, Paul McCarthy and myself took some time to reflect on the year past and extract the most important and transformative lessons we learnt.
2015 was a year of fast growth for our company (Thrive Themes) and today's podcast episode is chock-full of tips you can apply to grow your own business, become a more focused and productive entrepreneur and much more...Continue reading
Tell me if this seems familiar: you know a lot about what you could and should do to drive your business forward... but you can't seem to get yourself to do most of it.
Call it procrastination, call it inner resistance, call it being a lazy bastard, it all amounts to the same thing: the incredibly frustrating experience of being stuck for apparently no reason.
In today's podcast episode, you'll discover that this isn't at all uncommon among (even highly successful) entrepreneurs and the tools you can use to beat this problem.Continue reading