Why the Place You Live Determines Your Success

3 Reasons You Should Call the Movers if You’re Serious about Following Your Dream

Everyone knows the old line from the real estate business, “Location, location, location!” But did you know it can have a direct impact on your professional success and satisfaction?

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I’ve lived just outside Nashville for almost thirty years. It’s been a major center for the music business for decades, but Nashville is now a major hub for mediapreneurs of all stripes.

Publishers, podcasters, bloggers, photographers, authors, agents, designers, marketers, musicians, filmmakers, speakers—you name it, and they’re here. So why aren’t you?

"Do one thing every day that scares you." -Eleanor Roosevelt

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9 Reasons You Need More Fishing in Your Life

How to Reconnect to Your Heart, Your Purpose, and More

Ever since I was a boy, I’ve enjoyed fishing. But the older I get the more I realize I don’t just enjoy it. I really need fishing.

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I recently went fly fishing on the Bighorn River in Montana. I was lucky to go with several other guys. Some were old friends, others I had just met. We had guides to help us, and we spent hours and hours on the water every day. It was fun, restorative, even magical.

Some of my favorite moments in nature have been on the water with a rod and reel. I wouldn’t call myself a rugged outdoorsman. I just love being outside, testing my luck, and hooking my lunch. It might sound like a humble time, but there’s hardly anything better.

"The grass is greener where you water it." -Neil Barringham

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"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -Thomas Edison

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Are You a Negaholic? 5 Ways Pessimism Is Ruining Your Life

Negative Thinking is Powerful—And Not in a Good Way

Norman Vincent Peale published The Power of Positive Thinking in 1952. But it’s only more recently that we’re learning about the destructive power of negative thinking.

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A few years ago, an author cornered me at a publishing conference to complain about his agent, gripe about his publicist, and grumble about his publisher. It was beyond awkward. I tried to change the subject, but he persisted.

Maybe you’ve had a similar experience. I was trapped, and I couldn’t escape!

Help Us Choose a Book Cover

Daniel Harkavy and I have written a new book about life planning called, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. Baker Books will be publishing it in the Spring of 2016. We need your help in choosing a cover.

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Contrary to the popular exhortation, people do judge books by their covers. That’s why it’s important we select the right one for this book.

That’s where you come in. Would you please take this short survey and tell us which option you prefer? It will take you less than one minute. I value your input and would be grateful for your help!

If you want to read more about the book—or be notified when it is available—click here.

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Why The Best Reading App Available Today Is Not What You Think

4 Scientific Reasons Paper Is Still Superior to the Screen

This is going to sound crazy. After all, I run an online content business. But the best reading app for comprehension, emotional engagement, and more is … paper.

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Whether we go back to the ancient Egyptians or the Chinese, there’s nothing new about paper. What is new is the understanding that reading on paper is superior in many ways to reading on screens.

What to Do When You’re Afraid to Commit

4 Steps for Taking a Stand with Confidence

When we think of the fear of commitment, we usually picture a guy who’s been dating a girl since forever and won’t get off the dime, right? But there’s another kind of commitment phobia we need to address.

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Forget about relationships. Think instead about deadlines, deliverables, benchmarks, and budgets. How willing are you to make commitments in business?

Season 4, Episode 1: The One Way to Guarantee You Won’t Succeed [Podcast]

6 Tricks for Training Yourself to Persist When You Want to Quit

We’re back! Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of our brand new season, Stu McLaren (who’s filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt) and I discuss the one way to guarantee you won’t succeed.

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Persistence is critical to success. But sometimes when things get tough we really want to bail, don’t we? The good news is that we can get through those moments and stay on course. I’ve got six tricks for training yourself to persist when you want to quit.

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