Are You Investing Your Best Resources in the Wrong People?

It is easy to see other people making this mistake. It is more difficult to catch yourself doing it. I’ve been guilty plenty of times.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/weka

For example, a few years ago, while I was still CEO of Thomas Nelson, I met with an important author. In the course of the meeting, I learned he was unhappy with the cover design we had done for his previous book.

#021: My Best Advice for First-Time Authors, Part 1 [Podcast]

In this episode, I share my best advice for first-time authors. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a book or don’t think you could, this episode is for you.

This Is Your Life Podcast, Episode 21

There are at least four reasons why you should consider writing a book:

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My Favorite WordPress Plugins: Updated

Since posting my screencast on How to Install WordPress in 20 Minutes or Less, numerous people have written to ask, “What WordPress plugins should I install?”

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gwmullis

That depends on what you are trying to accomplish. However, I thought I would post my current list in order to stimulate your thinking plus getting a few ideas from you.

Why Frequent Trips Outside Your Comfort Zone Are So Important

Earlier this year, Gail and I attended Tony Robbins’ Life & Wealth Mastery event in Fiji. On the very first morning, with less than an hour of instruction, we were asked to climb a thirty-foot pole and then stand on top of it.

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This was no surprise, of course. I had known for several months this was going to happen. But it was still frightening to consider.

We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

4 Truths Every Pioneer Should Know

This is a guest post by Mary DeMuth. She is an author and speaker. You can read Mary’s blog or visit her on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

Pioneering is hard. It is especially hard for those around them. It is even hard for the pioneers themselves.

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Through God’s strength, I’ve pioneered a lot of things in my life. I parented my kids in an entirely different way than I was raised (and am still plowing that ground). I broke up the fallow ground of publishing, starting from nothing. And my family and I planted a church in one of the most unchurched places on the planet: France. So I get pioneering.

When You Realize You’re Living in a Bubble

The following is an excerpt from the Foreword I wrote for Jeff Goins’s new book, Wrecked. It’s an excellent book that I recommend you pick up. At the end of the article, I’ll tell you how you can get over $158.00 worth of free resources if you buy it this week.

In 2009 my wife Gail and I traveled to Africa at the invitation of Rich Stearns, president of World Vision. It was our first trip to “the dark continent.” We had always wanted to go to Africa; we just never seemed to find the time.

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Like Truman Burbank (played by Jim Carrey) in the movie, The Truman Show, we pretty much lived in a “constructed reality.”

#020: 3 Strategies for Taking Your Life to the Next Level [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about what it takes to get to the next level in any area of your live—health, marriage, or career. Based on my own experience, I share the single most important thing you can do to make your dreams become reality.

The very fact that you are listening to this podcast (or reading these show notes) tells me you are the kind of person who wants to grow. I am too. Personal growth is the driving force of my life.

According to Dr. Timothy Pychyl, writing in Psychology Today:

… the successful pursuit of meaningful goals plays an important role in the development and maintenance of our psychological well-being. To the extent that we’re making progress on our goals, we’re happier emotionally and more satisfied with our lives.”

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I am looking forward to being in Texas again this year. This time I will be speaking in Ft. Worth for Cendera Funding and a lecture series they are sponsoring called, “Business with Purpose.” I will do two sessions: “The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership” and “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.”

Date: August 9, 2012
Time: 10:00-12:30 p.m.
Event: Lectureship Circuit 2012
Topic: The 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership
Sponsor: Cendera Funding
Venue: Cendera Center
Location: 600 Benbrook Hwy
Ft. Worth, TX 76116
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

15 Resources for Pro Bloggers (or Those Who Want to Be)

I get asked every week about the various resources I am using. Last week, a blogger asked about my podcast equipment. Another asked about the productivity apps I am using on my Mac. Still another, asked if I could recommend some leadership resources.

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So, I thought I’d write a series of posts on these resources, devoting one post to each category. When I get done, I plan to collect these into a permanent page on my blog. In this post, I want to share my blogging tools.

Here are my fifteen go-to resources: