Inspiration

The 15-Minute “Focus Card” That Will End Your Stress and Fatten Your Wallet

How’s your business been treating you so far this year? Is it the friend you can’t wait to wake up to? Or the beast looming in the next room? People with “real jobs” don’t quite understand how it can be. This relationship we have with our business. It’s complicated. Sometimes you can feel like you …

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The greatest benefit of a freelance career

When I was a skinny, punk-ass 16 year-old… my step-dad, Scotty, ran a construction crew building new homes in Tampa. He was a tough-as-nails, but fun-to-be-around guy (picture Willem DaFoe and Jeff Spicoli merged as one) who had one rule on the job site: Never get outworked. That summer, rather than sit around broke watching …

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Lessons From Chicago #1: What The Gurus Want From You

Anybody serious about marketing success studies other marketers – a lot. Some attend seminars, others prefer private study, and the most determined seek personal attention from the best mentors. And none of it is worth a thing until you turn it into cold hard cash. There are legions of “serial learners” out there who attend …

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If Michael Jordan Wants To Be Your Fan—Let Him.

Chicago, 1994—I was a relative newcomer on the Windy City comedy scene, but I’d landed a gig headlining the Improv comedy club about twice a month. The show was a cabaret, so I’d share the bill with all kinds of acts; jugglers, magicians, acapella groups, dancers, even the occasional ventriloquist. (Twisted bunch, ventriloquists.) Backstage at …

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