Which eBook Cover Do You Like Best?

I have selected the winning cover. You can view it here. If you want to know why I used crowd-sourced design, you can read about that here.

I have a written a new eBook called, The Virtual Assistant Solution: Dig Out from the Pile, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best. It is based on what I have learned in the last two years about building virtual teams. It will be available for sale in the next few weeks.

The Virtual Assistant eBook Cover Contest

I’ll tell you more about it later, but right now I need your help.

#068: Sleep and Your Productivity [Podcast]

Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?”

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The fact is that it is incredibly easy to confuse these two feelings because the symptoms are similar.

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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn: An Interview with John Maxwell

Last week marked the publication of Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn by my good friend, John Maxwell. I recently had the opportunity to interview him about his book. In a moment, I’ll tell you how to get a free copy.

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John has been my friend and mentor since I first started working with him in 1998. He had just finished writing The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I was the VP of Marketing at Thomas Nelson and and part of the team that helped get the book on the new York Times bestsellers list. It was the first of many for John.

Why You Should Do It for the Money (and Stop Feeling Guilty About It)

For the first five years of my blogging career, I gave all my content away for free. Then I began running some ads, selling an e-book or two, and charging to give speeches.

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Even though I continued to give my blog content away for free, it was a difficult transition. For some reason, I felt like I was “selling out.”

The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.

Steven Pressfield
The War of Art (Brooklyn: Black Irish Entertainment, 2002), 79

#067: How to Have Better Dinner Conversations [Podcast]

A few weeks ago, my wife Gail and I were invited out for an impromptu dinner and movie with friends. Our schedules are often so tight that when we get a chance to do something like this we jump at it. We weren’t disappointed.

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The movie and the dinner were great. But what really stood out was our conversation.

It reminded me that being a good conversationalist is a critical success skill. It matters—not only in our personal lives but also in our professional lives as well.

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11 Situations That Commonly Elicit Resistance

I have been a fan of Steven Pressfield since I first read The War of Art. He wrote about the roadblocks that keep us from fulfilling our creative potential. He referred to these collectively as “The Resistance.”

As a writer and speaker, that resonated with me. Every time I sat down to create, I squared off against this internal, malevolent force. Pressfield gave me a name for it, along with the tools I needed to defeat it.

Ask a Question on My Podcast

If you’ve listened to my podcast, you know I answer questions from my listeners. Callers leave messages on my listener feedback line, I go through and pick the best, and then answer those on the show.

In the past, I have restricted the questions to the subject I covered on that particular episode. However, I am now allowing my callers to ask any question on any subject.

If you have a question about personal development, leadership, productivity, platform, publishing, or anything else, I’d love to hear from you. All you have to do is call me and leave a voice mail message. You can do so here.

If I answer your question on the show, I will also provide a link to your blog or website in my “show notes” (the blog post that accompanies that podcast episode). This is a great way to promote your site and get new traffic.