It’s Not all Bad News: The Upside of Social Media

4 Reasons Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram Are Making the World a Better Place

It’s popular to complain about social media and talk about how it is destroying our culture, but what if the exact opposite is true?


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I joined Twitter on April 6, 2008. A friend urged me to check it out. He was already using it and loved it. So after some initial eye-rolling, I tried it and fell in love with the medium too.

It wasn’t long at all before I discovered that Twitter is one of the most powerful communication tools ever invented. It also wasn’t long before I got an earful from critics who said social media was bad news.

Should You Self-publish or Go Traditional? One Resource That Can Help You Decide

People ask me all the time: Should I release my book with a traditional publisher or try it on my own? There are pros and cons to both. So how can you decide? My new ebook simplifies the question by breaking it down to just four factors you need to consider. And here’s the great news: It’s free.

All you need to do is register for my new three-part video series, Breaking the Publishing Code (also free). It’s only available for a limited time, so if you have book inside you but are unsure which publishing route to go, act soon!

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Do You Have a Book inside You? Don’t Miss My Free New Video Series

Publishing Can Seem Overwhelming, but Breaking the Publishing Code Guides You Step-by-Step through the Process

Eighty percent of people think they have a book inside them. I bet you’re one. But the idea of getting published can feel overwhelming. Where do you even begin?


Nothing makes an impact, creates authority, and opens doors like a book. But the publishing world seems so intimidating, full of unspoken rules, procedures, and expectations. Plus, publishers are pickier than ever.

What you need is a guide to demystify the process and show you step-by-step what it take your dream out of the clouds and put it on the page. After thirty years in the publishing industry, including as the CEO of one of the world’s largest publishers, I’ve created a free new video series to do exactly that.

Register for my free video training series, Breaking the Publishing Code, to discover how to get your book published. It’s available for a limited time, so register while the doors are still open.

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Season 4, Episode 11: Escape Perfectionism Once and for All [Podcast]

3 Steps for Defeating Procrastination and Finally Launching

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to escape perfectionism once and for all.


Perfectionism is the enemy of productivity and success. It costs us opportunities, even freedom. But anyone can beat perfectionism and finally launch with the three simple steps we lay out in today’s podcast.

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"Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours." -Tom Hopkins

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3 Reasons I Hate Text Messages

Here's How I Respond When I Get One

I pride myself in being responsive. If someone emails or calls, I try to get back with them right away. However, text messages make it difficult to maintain my standard.

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Just this afternoon, I suddenly remembered Roger, a business associate, had texted me—last week! Unfortunately, this is happening with increasing frequency, and I am embarrassed each time it happens.

Season 4, Episode 10: The Hidden Dangers of Sitting [Podcast]

4 Stats that Will Motivate You to Stand Up

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the hidden dangers of sitting.


Modern Americans are the most sedentary people in the world—ever. Between our beds and our seats, we’re on our feet only a few hours each day. The bad news is that it’s killing us. Here are four stats that will motivate you to spend more time standing—starting today.

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The Busy Blogger’s Guide to Creative, Compelling Images

My Top-5 Resources for Blog Posts, Social Media, and More

If I told you there was one thing you could do with your blog that would boost your traffic by 94 percent, what would you say?

A young editor deciding on images to use in her publication

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I recently blogged about seven mistakes bloggers cannot afford to make. No. 2 was failing to use compelling imagery.

Some bloggers don’t use images at all. That’s a miss. Others use low-quality, unprofessional images. And that’s a miss, too, because it trivializes their brand. Using subpar images on your blog is like saying, “Readers, don’t take me seriously!”

It turns out a large number of Americans have no idea what the Fourth of July is all about. That’s tragic!

Almost thirty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan gave an address for the Fourth of July. Whatever your party or politics, I hope you’ll find it both inspiring and informative.

Season 4, Episode 9: Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast]

4 Temptations Every Leader Faces

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces.


Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about certain temptations. I don’t know a single leader who has not dealt with at least one of these four.

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