Some say I’m a gadget-guy. (You know who you are.) I don’t know about that, but I am definitely a tool guy. The right tool can make me more efficient and save hours of my time.
For example, a few years ago, I stumbled on a simple software tool to create beautiful—and elegant—3D book covers (like the one above). Previously, I tried to create these in Photoshop, but I just didn’t have the skills to pull it off.
No New Podcast This Week
For the second week in a row, I’m not posting a new podcast. I came down with laryngitis two weekends ago. It persisted through this past weekend. I didn’t have a voice until Monday. As a result, I was unable to record my show.
I finally broke down and went to the doctor on Saturday. He gave me some strong meds and, thankfully, my voice returned on Monday. This was just in the nick of time, as I had a speaking engagement that same night. All my symptoms are now gone.
This is more information than you need to know, but since you showed up, I felt I owed you an explanation. Thanks again for your patience. I look forward to connecting with you next week. In the meantime, you might want to check out an episode you missed by clicking here.
If this doesn’t inspire you to bless somebody today, I don’t know what will. Thanks to Chris Brogan for sharing it via his Google+ account.
We’re about 50 percent short of our goal, Dad.” My oldest daughter, Megan, had just called to brief me on our recent new membership campaign for Platform University. It was day four of an eight-day promotion. My heart sank.
Number of New Memberships by Day
I don’t like missing goals. Our campaign target was to add one thousand new members to the site. Based on previous experience, we should have added five hundred members by the end of the fourth day. We were at 256.
In late 2009 I hit burnout. I’d been working sixteen-hour days, six days a week. I was spending hardly anytime with my beautiful wife, or our three children, whom I love more than anything in the world.
I was desperately unfit, unhappy, and becoming unappreciative of the success I had amassed thus far. I realized there and then something had to change.
A little over a year ago, we launched Platform University. Since that time, it has been fascinating to watch how the world of platform-building has changed.
Working at the Desk in My Library
If you want the short version, it is this: platform building is getting easier every year. For the first time in history, ordinary people can build a real business or take their existing business to a new level.
If there is one frustration that I hear more than any other from people working on their platform, it’s that they’re not going far enough fast enough. They get stuck on being stuck and discouraged whenever someone goes flying by.
My grandson, Jonah, age three
If you’re one of these people, you’re in luck. My grandson Jonah has the answer.
He’s only three years old but zooms past older kids at the park on his little two-wheeler. Unlike a lot of those older kids, he doesn’t have training wheels on his bike. They’re astonished when he zips by, peddling like he’s going to win the Tour de France.
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