What the Success of Slack Can Teach Us about Creating Winning Products

I love watching people succeed, especially if I can learn something I can apply in my own life and share with you. That’s why I’m excited about what I learned from watching Slack’s success this year.

What the Success of Slack Can Teach Us about Creating Winning Products

Slack is a communications tool that enables natural and effective team collaboration. The company, started by Stewart Butterfield, the cofounder of Flickr, has been making news since going public earlier this year and is already worth more than a billion dollars.

The One Thing That Separates the Successful from the Unsuccessful

People often ask me how I’ve been able to build a successful business that’s doubled every year for the last three years.

The One Thing That Separates the Successful from the Unsuccessful

I had similar wins in the corporate world. I was able to set some audacious goals and beat them again and again. This has been a pattern for me professionally, but I have a secret: I’ve never assumed I could do it on my own.

So how have I done it?

Season 2, Episode 06: What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this second episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the difficulty of waiting.

What to Do When You Are Forced to Wait

I am good at a few things, but waiting is not one of them. Whether it is being put on hold when I call a business, sitting in the waiting room of my dentist’s office, or standing in the security line at the airport, I am impatient.

How about you?

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How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It

If you’re in a position of leadership, chances are better than good you’re going to blow it with your people sooner or later. It’s like messing things up in your marriage. Don’t ask me how I know this, but it’s inevitable from time to time.

How Leaders Make It Right When They Blow It

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There are pluses and minuses to that comparison, but one benefit is that making things right with our spouses can teach us how to make things right with just about anyone.

How? I’m not a counselor, but after decades of professional and personal experience, I’ve found mending relationships involves the same basic five steps.

Get the Product Launch Blueprint for Free

I was talking with a friend yesterday who just finished his first online sales campaign using Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula. He generated almost a million dollars in sales on the last day.

Product Launch Formula Blueprint

This is just a portion of the free Product Launch Formula Blueprint Mindmap

Needless to say, my friend was over the moon. He said, “I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to Jeff. I was skeptical. But, I now I’m a believer. Thank you!”

In case you are not familiar with Jeff, Forbes magazine called him the “$400 million man” because his Product Launch Formula students have made hundreds of millions of dollars with his proven approach. I’m one of them.

Right now, Jeff is offering his Product Launch Formula Blueprint Free. This is an all-new downloadable 22-page PDF, with a comprehensive mindmap, plus a full-length training video that walks you through each step of the Blueprint.

It’s 100% free. There are no hidden upsells, no cross-sells, and no catch. The only thing you need to do is opt-in (no credit card or any other payment required). It’s an invaluable reference you will refer to again and again.

But it goes away tomorrow (Sunday) night. So get it while you can. Just click here.

Why Everything Is Awesome When You’re Leading a Team

If you’re trying to build a business, a platform, or just a better mousetrap, it’s a lot easier to hit your goals if you have a team behind you.

Why Everything is Awesome When You're Leading a Team

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When I left Thomas Nelson to start speaking and writing full time, I was mostly on my own. I had a speaking agent to help coordinate my events, but beside that I was running solo. It felt exhilarating at first. Liberating. Back to basics.

But that feeling didn’t last long because soon I was running into my own limitations. It wasn’t long before I was bogged down by the basics. It turns out that The Lego Movie is right: “Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.”

Season 2, Episode 05: How to Confront Someone Who Offends You (Or Others) Without Ruining Your Relationship [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to confront someone who has offended you or others without jeopardizing your relationship with them.

How to Confront Someone Who Offends You (Or Others) Without Ruining Your Relationship

Confrontation is hard. Unfortunately, most of us avoid it. As a result our relationships suffer—or never reach their full potential. But there is hope.

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Bashful About Selling Your Own Products

Many people who want to build an online business are reluctant to sell. They seem hesitant, almost apologetic, when it comes to promoting their own products. Why is that?

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Bashful About Selling Your Own Products

I recently saw a Facebook promotion for a book that actually asked, “Anybody interested?” It’s almost like the author didn’t believe in his own message. Crazy as that might sound, it’s more common than you’d think.

What I Wish Someone Had Taught Me About Marketing Before I Published My First Book

If you’re an author, you know it’s as much about marketing today as it is about writing a good book. If you are an aspiring author, you’re about to learn this lesson—perhaps the hard way.

What I Wish Someone Had Taught Me About Marketing Before I Published My First Book

Whether you self-publish or publish through a traditional publisher, YOU have to drive the marketing engine. You can’t afford to leave it to someone else.

But how?

Enter Jeff Walker. Forbes magazine called Jeff the “$400 million man” because his Product Launch Formula students have made hundreds of millions of dollars with his proven approach. I’m one of them.

3 Surprising Ways to Defuse Your Stress Bomb

If there is one thing that defines our work experience today, it’s stress. It can be exhausting or exciting—often both. But if we’re not proactive, it can really ding our health.

3 Surprising Ways to Defuse Your Stress Bomb

For several years I mentored a small group of young professionals. We met once a month and discussed our jobs, families, and personal lives. One recurring topic of conversation was stress.

There were guys at the top of their career and others struggling through rough times. But regardless of their circumstances, they all confessed to feeling under heavy pressure a lot of the time.

The Proven Formula I Use to Launch Every New Product

About two years ago I signed up for Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula course. It was pricey—and it was also priceless. It totally revolutionized my marketing.

The Proven Formula I Use to Launch Every New Product

Forbes magazine named Jeff the “$400 million man” because his Product Launch Formula students have made hundreds of millions with his approach.

Based on those numbers, and my own personal experience, whenever Jeff talks, I listen. And now anyone can because Jeff has just released a brand new free video series.