"Every artist was at first an amateur." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every artist was first an amateur.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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How to Get Out of That Funk

5 Simple Tricks to Tame Your Mood and Tackle Your Day

Do you ever find yourself in a funk? I sure do. Once I was on the road, preparing to deliver a speech. I love speaking, but I was experiencing an unusual amount of distraction and self-doubt.

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I had about four hours before I went on stage. So, I decided to call my wife, Gail.

How to Get Your Big Idea off the Ground

2 Ways Entrepreneurs Fail and a New Book That Can Help You Succeed

If there’s one thing most entrepreneurs don’t lack, it’s ideas. I dream up new products and businesses every week. You’re probably the same way. The problem is lots of ideas aren’t worth pursuing, are they?

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One major facepalm for me was when we launched the Best Year Ever Leaders Edition last year. Best Year Ever is hugely successful, and I thought a version for leaders was a no-brainer. Not so much. After heavy development costs and rushing to market, we sold exactly one unit.

I wish I had Pat Flynn’s new book Will It Fly? then. It would have saved me thousands of dollars, a couple week’s worth of wasted time, and tons of grief.

It’s Time to Stop Drifting and Design the Life You Want

Preorder My New Book, Living Forward, and Find out How

I could barely contain myself when the truck arrived. It’s finally here!” I said. The second the boxes were unloaded I opened one up. I couldn’t believe it. I was holding a copy of my new book, Living Forward!

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Like any author, I was excited because holding that book represents years of work for me and my coauthor, Daniel Harkavy. But there’s another reason for my excitement. I know this book is going to change lives.

Season 6, Episode 13: How To Win With Your First Book [Podcast]

My Best Advice For New Authors

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 13 of the This Is Your Life podcast. If you’re an aspiring author, you’re going to love this episode. Why? Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to win with your first book.

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, counselor, pastor, or pundit, writing a book is one of those bucket-list items, isn’t it? But navigating the publishing world is like exploring a new country. You need a guide, and today I want to share my best advice for new authors.

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One Simple Trick to Strengthen Your Marriage

And Here’s a Hint: Relationships Die When Discovery Ends

This is a guest post by Jackie Bledsoe. Jackie is a professional blogger, author, and speaker who shares his story and model for lasting and fulfilling marriage in his new book, The 7 Rings of Marriage. You can read his blog here.

I’ve been writing about marriage and family for the past four years. This is the equivalent of the time I spent getting my undergraduate degree almost twenty years ago.

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I never had a successful career in anything related to my degree. But my career as a blogger, author, and speaker in the area of marriage and family is having a major influence on many couples.

What’s the difference?

“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” –Alex Elle

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Why It Never Helps to Pass the Buck

6 Battle-Tested Leadership Lessons from the Navy SEALs

I once had a boss who with the reputation of being very harsh. He could be hard on people. But that wasn’t my experience. Why? I knew the secret.

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My boss was definitely tough. On a few different occasions I saw him chew a person’s face off. But here’s why: He hated it when someone tried to shift blame for an outcome, especially someone in leadership.

Season 6, Episode 12: Blow Up Your Blog! [Podcast]

10 Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic This Week

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to blow up your blog traffic.

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We blog because we have something to share, right? A message, a story, a solution we think will make a difference. But sometimes it seems like no one is paying attention. What does it take to multiply your audience and increase engagement? Here are ten ways to boost your traffic this week.

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"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle

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Why I’ve Brought Comments Back

After a Year-Long Experiment, I’ve Changed My Mind

A year ago I decided to pull comments from my blog. I did it as an experiment, but I was pretty convinced it was the right thing to do. Then I wasn’t so sure.

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After a while, I missed comments. Still, I decided to stay with it for at least a year and measure the results. Well, the results are in.