Following Michael Hyatt’s lead, I guess you can say I have a significant platform. I’m mother of sixteen children. There’s “wow” for you. Needless to say, I get asked to speak for all sorts of occasions—women’s groups, conventions, and churches. I have a unique message on “Love in the House” that I enjoy sharing.
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My problem is this: I hate public speaking. I love the message, but the actual public speaking part makes me sick. My knees lock up, I can’t keep my notes organized, my voice shakes and I sound like I’m about to cry—because I am! Not a good combination for an audience who just wants to hear what a mom of sixteen has to say.
A little over two years ago, I jumped into an epic adventure while still in college. My friend, Joel, had just launched a small app to help him post better on Twitter. Joel had called it “Bfffr.” He quickly changed the name to “Buffer” a few weeks later, after he realized, that was much easier to spell.
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Fast forward two years into today. We were incredibly lucky to see Buffer thrive. Just this month, we crossed 650,000 users and $100,000 in monthly recurring revenues.
Nearly ten years ago, I made my first sale online for a $7.95 ebook. You would have thought I had just won the lottery. Dancing, high fives, pictures and a huge ego boost—all from one measly sale of $7.95.
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Now I’d like to tell you that from that day forward I became this “sales machine,” but that wouldn’t be true. Anytime you make something available for sale, self-doubt will kick in no matter how much experience you have.
Haters only get loud when you do things that matter.
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People who don’t stand up never get rocks thrown at them.
Remember the successful hamburger campaign that promised you could “have it your way”? If you want no mustard, extra ketchup and two lettuce leaves, just voice your desires.
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Consumers today are used to getting it “their way.” Hamburgers with extra pickles, radio with no commercials, an individual chapter in a book or a pair of socks that purposely do not match.
If you want to get noticed in the digital age, waiting for someone to choose you is the worst strategy. You have everything you need to start sharing your message today—fingers, keyboard, and the Internet.
Even if they don’t consider themselves writers, most people dream of writing a book. And there’s never been a better time to do so. The stigma of self-publishing is fading away, replaced by countless success stories from first-time authors making a name for themselves.
Psychologists believe there are two reasons people choose their behavior: They are motivated intrinsically or extrinsically.
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Intrinsic Motivation: This means a person chooses a behavior simply because of interest or enjoyment. The act of doing the behavior is itself the reward. One researcher defined intrinsic motivation in terms of what people will do without external inducement.
No matter how bad (or good) your writing is today, it’s possible to improve it overnight.
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Here are seven quick “tricks” that can improve the very next piece you write.
For months I wrestled with a new book idea. I didn’t want another rejection. So I crafted a killer proposal, polished the chapters, and sent it off to a publisher. Then I waited. And waited. The only time I’d gladly wait so long for results is on a deathbed.
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It’d been six years since I first started writing. Finally, after thousands of hours spent learning, creating, and rewriting, I believed my time had come. My book would be published.
Your readers decide whether your blog post is worth their time within a few seconds. Most of that decision is based on the post title (or “headline”).
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Some of the highest paying work in the copywriting business is creating headlines for magazine covers and tabloids. Think about it. Aren’t you sometimes at least tempted to pick up those magazines in the grocery store line? That’s the power of a great headline at work.
Nobody wants to lead an average life—at least nobody I talk to. But it's easy to do. We get lulled into a coma of ease and familiarity. Then we medicate our boredom and futility with entertainment. Before we know it, half our life is spent and we've done practically nothing important.
Jon Acuff's new book, Start, is the perfect alarm to wake us up and help us pursue a truly meaningful calling. The subtitle says it all: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work that Matters.