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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Update! Help Us Pick the Winner of the Next Platform University Makeover

We Have 5 Finalists. Who Deserves to Win? You Decide

The votes are in, and Mike Berry has won an official Platform University makeover. See the winning video below. I am thrilled to award him a full-service, bumper-to-bumper branding overhaul. Congrats, Mike!

One of the things I love most about Platform University is our ability to help platform-builders at all levels reach more people and create a bigger impact.

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One way we’ve done that is through platform makeovers. Last year we received an incredible response to the work we did with Jackie Bledsoe. Now we’re ready to do it again.

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?

5 Reasons Publishers LOVE Bloggers

Why Blogging Might Be Your Fastest Way to Secure a Book Deal

This is a guest post from Chad R. Allen, a blogger and entrepreneur who serves as an editorial director for Baker Publishing Group. In Spring 2016 Baker will publish my next book, coauthored with my friend Daniel Harkavy, titled Living Forward. Find out more about it here. You can follow Chad on Twitter, Facebook, and his blog.

If you have ever known a clean-shaven man who quickly grew a beard, you have a clue about changes in the publishing industry over the past five to ten years. Publishing today looks very different from how it looked a few years ago, and the transition can catch you off guard.

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Whether it’s the decline of bricks-and-mortar retail, the advent of ebooks, the audiobook boom, the democratization of media channels, or any of innumerable other changes, the shifts have been rapid and dramatic. Even the nimblest publishing professional can have trouble keeping up.

But among authors one group in particular has been able to capitalize on upheaval in the publishing world: bloggers.