I am a productivity geek. I want to get more done in less time. I’m always looking for that edge that will make me more efficient.
But the last week has been tremendously unproductive. Though I had big plans, I’ve not accomplished much of anything.
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than two years since I left Thomas Nelson Publishers. After fifteen years at the company and six years as the CEO, I stepped down to pursue my life-long dream of being a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur.
Almost immediately, several of my readers asked, “Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a new CEO?”
Everything takes more time than you thought, everything costs more money than you thought, and almost everything turns out not quite as cool as you expected.
Over the course of my career, I’ve listened to thousands of sales pitches. These have come from authors, speakers, vendors, employees, investors, and even politicians.
Some of these pitches were remarkable; most were not. Those making them squandered the opportunity to make the sale. What they needed was a carefully-crafted “elevator pitch.”
Writing is lonely but fascinating work. That’s why I love talking to other writers, especially accomplished ones like my good friend, Max Lucado. I had the privilege of being his publisher for many years.
As you probably know, Max is the author of almost 100 books with more than 80 million copies in print. There are probably less than five authors in the world who are that prolific—or that successful. It’s mind-boggling.
A while back I had the opportunity to sit down with Max and talk about his writing process. In this five-minute interview, he shares:
Good habits lead to good outcomes. Bad habits lead to bad ones. But if it’s his simple, why is it so hard to change?
Maybe it’s time to step back and deconstruct the whole process. In this episode I confess to a bad habit and what I learned in the process of trying to overcome it.
Several months ago, I hosted a teleseminar with Jeff Goins. If you don’t know, Jeff is a full-time author, blogger, and speaker. I wanted to re-post it here as a way of introducing you to his Tribe Writers course (more about that in a minute).
We had some technical challenges in the call when we were both suddenly dropped by Skype—twice!—but we kept forging ahead. Regardless, Jeff shared some powerful content for anyone who is serious about building an online platform.
Specifically, Jeff explained how he:
At our recent Launch Conference, my partner Ken Davis joked from the stage, “All you have to do to become an expert is read five books on the same subject.”
Everyone laughed. But in our get-smart-quick culture, it sometimes seems that way, doesn’t it?
In this video, I ask my three-year old grandson, Ben, if he listens to my podcast or reads my blog. (This may or may not be a paid endorsement.)
Your business’ website is everything. So how do you make sure it’s designed to perform its primary duty—converting visitors to customers? Let’s find out…
Whether you’re designing your own website from scratch, using an off-the-shelf theme, or hiring a designer to create your website, you’ll need to end up in the same place: with a website that performs for your business.
People tell me all the time that they know they should be reading more but can’t find the time. They also tell me they know they should be exercising but can’t find the time.
I have good news. You can kill two birds with one stone. All you have to do is join Audible.com and listen to audio books while you exercise. I have been doing this for years. It’s one of the reasons I am able to read as much as I do and stay in shape.
The Audible app for iPhone is terrific. You can listen to books at normal speed, 1.5x, or even 2x. It really enables you to cover a lot of ground at once. I can usually read about a book a week using the Audible app.