The Secret to Becoming Awesome

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.

Headlines That Grab Readers by the Eyeballs and Suck Them into Your Message

This is a guest post by Ray Edwards. He is is a marketing strategist, copywriter, speaker, and author. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. (I recommend both!) If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

If you’re a blogger who wants more traffic, more readers, and more engagement with your tribe, this post is for you. I’m sharing a simple five-part framework that will make your blog post titles (“headlines”) more compelling.

Headlines That Grab Readers by the Eyeballs and Suck Them into Your Message

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In my work as a marketing consultant and copywriter, I see this problem all the time: great content obscured by boring titles and headlines.

3 Blogging Mistakes That Are Killing Your Traffic [Video]

It’s easy to make mistakes when you start blogging. I’ve made plenty myself. Thankfully, none of them were fatal. But they kept my blog’s traffic from growing as quickly as it should have.

You don’t have to make these same mistakes. In this video, I share the three biggest mistakes I see other bloggers making. These will kill your traffic if you don’t eliminate them.

How to Make the Most of Your Unfair Advantages

The Smart Passive Income Blog
April 16, 2013

We all have “unfair advantages” such as skills or resources that no one else has. These unfair advantages give us an edge over our competitors and can help us stand out in the crowd.

This blog post by Pat Flynn explains this concept in depth and provides a list of seven unfair advantages and how to best use those advantages in order to be successful.

Question: How are you using your unfair advantages? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

#050: 8 Leadership Lessons from a Symphony Conductor [Podcast]

Not long ago, I sat in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center watching Hugh Wolff, a world renowned conductor, lead the Nashville Symphony in a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. It was fascinating!

Concert

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Toward the end of the evening, it occurred to me that conducting an orchestra and leading a team have much in common. In fact, this analogy has become so powerful to me that I can hardly talk about leadership without referring to this example.

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Are You a Catalytic Leader?

I’ve known Brad Lomenick for over a decade and have participated in his Catalyst leadership events for almost as long. Helping leaders grow is their stated desire, and it’s one that I fully support. Our growth as leaders is central to our success. It’s also increasingly urgent.

The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick

The tools of influence are more accessible today that ever before. When barriers come down, participation goes up. That means a growing number of people are flooding into leadership roles, many of them unprepared.

4 Ways to Connect with A-List Bloggers

This is a guest post by Dean Dwyer. He is a former teacher who now makes a living online. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

I have been pretty fortunate to have the opportunity to connect with some big hitters online. Aside from Señor Hyatt himself, here are a few of the others who have been gracious enough to give me a significant portion of their time.

Four ways to connect with A-list bloggers

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How to Get Started Selling Advertising on Your Blog

I am frequently asked, “How can I begin to monetize my platform.” Of course, we deal with this at Platform University, but I thought I would tell you how I started.

How to Get Started Selling Advertising on Your Blog

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In 2008, my friend John Saddington convinced me to convert my blog from TypePad to WordPress. It was one of the best decision I ever made.

I will be speaking at INVEST Financial Corporation’s 2013 Leaders Conference in beautiful Palm Springs, California. I will be talking about “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” specifically tailored for people in the financial services industry.

Date: April 25, 2013
Time: 09:00-10:00 a.m.
Event: 2013 Leaders Conference
Topic: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Sponsor: INVEST Financial Corporation
Venue: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Location: 41-000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-4497
United States
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

Mark Twain