Month: January 2011

7 Things You Need to Stop Doing Right Away

7 Things You Need To Stop Doing TodayIf any of these messages is for you, you’ll get it. If not, you won’t. Either way, I love ya.

Stop Saying No

Stop saying no to the things that will stretch you. Stop depriving yourself of amazing opportunities in which you can meet new people, try new things, and truly grow. Stop saying no to the calling God has placed on your heart.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Tim 1:7

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The #RealFF Challenge

Real Follow Friday

The other day I wrote a post about why #FollowFriday is a joke. If you haven’t already, head over there and then come right back. Then, you’ll be ready for the challenge…

The #RealFF Challenge

Today, we’re going to focus on adding value to people’s lives by suggesting quality folks for them to follow. This is how we’re going to do it:

#RealFF @username (because/for/to) insert reason here

I’ll share my #RealFFs here as well as in my stream:

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Are You the Mayor of a Ghost Town?

Ghost Town

Tell me if any of these scenarios applies to you.

  • You’ve got a long list of volunteers, but only a tiny percentage of them show up when they say the will.
  • The employees in your business are extremely difficult to motivate and not very dependable.
  • You keep a large database of past customers, but can’t get them to purchase from you again or send you new business.

Now, tell me if any of these scenarios applies to you online.

  • You have a Facebook page with 1,700 Likes, but no one is engaging with any of your posts.
  • 5,000 people follow you on Twitter, but you can’t manage to get more than 1 or 2 replies when you post a question.
  • Your blog has 150 subscribers, but none of them engage with your content (comments and shares.)

If you can identify with any of these situations, you’re probably the mayor of a ghost town.

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Why #FollowFriday is a Joke

Follow FridayHello, I would like you all to know that I know Joe, Bob, Suzy, and Frank. I would also like Joe, Bob, Suzy, and Frank to be notified that I told a couple thousand people that I know them.

I realize that to simply say I know these people would seem a tad bit strange and mostly irrelevant, so I’ll tell you that you should know them too. I don’t really care wether you would like to know them or not. I just want you to know that I know them.

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3 Steps to Saving Your Business

Save your Business

Yesterday, we dealt with the intersection between vision and reality.

You’ve decided that you’re not ready to give up.

You realized that your game changing get-rich-quick idea is going to take a little more time to mature than you thought. You’re ok with that and would like to hang in there. You can handle a get-rich-slow scenario. It’s the stay-broke-forever situation you’d like to avoid.

This is how you move forward in your new business reality…

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The Intersection Between Vision and Reality

intersection of vision and realityYou took the leap. You…

  • quit your job and started a new business.
  • designed a bold new product and started marketing it.
  • coordinated a new outreach project in an underserved neighborhood.
  • convinced your boss to let you run with an exciting new idea.
  • finally launched your blog.

Here’s the problem: 6 months have passed and things aren’t going as planned.

  • Nobody’s hiring you.
  • The market isn’t embracing your new product.
  • Very few people have volunteered to help you with your outreach.
  • Your new idea hasn’t produced the fruit that you expected it to.
  • You have far fewer readers than you originally anticipated.

If this is where you’re at, you’re plagued by doubt.

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Fun Friday: Who's Your Favorite U.S. President?

Theodore RooseveltWho is your favorite U.S. President?

We don’t need to go 8th grade essay format on this one, I’m just curious to know.

Although I don’t necessarily agree with all of his economic policies, mine is Theodore Roosevelt.

Some quick points about ‘ol Teddy:

  • 26th President of the U.S.
  • Medal of Honor winner
  • Leader of the ‘Rough Riders’
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Advocate for the ‘little guy’

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The Violent Opposition of a Mediocre Mind

Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

I came across this quote earlier and spent a good bit of time thinking about it. My mind immediately gravitated towards examples such as:

  • Christian Martyrs (St. Stephen, John Huss, Jim Elliot)
  • Revolutionary Leaders (Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Ghandi)
  • Business Innovators (Henry Ford, Sam Walton, Charles Schwab)

I saw it as black and white. “Great spirits” were amazing trail blazers and “mediocre minds” were the sluggards standing in the way. The violence, whether physical or emotional, was between two opposed parties. Then I realized that I was seeing it all wrong.

Yes, you and I are those great spirits… but we are also those mediocre minds.

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What You Need to Know About Online Community

Building Online Community

In the social media world – thought leaders, activists, or business brands are nobodies until they build a community. This is much like networking in the real world, but far more leveraged and relational.

Instead of starting a breakfast club for 5, it’s like creating a forum for thousands.

You can learn all the tools; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Moophly, etc. If you don’t understand and focus on building community, all your efforts will be an exercise in futility.

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How to Save Time, Stay Focused, and Be More Productive

time management

Save time. Stay focused. Be more productive.

Lofty goals for a 655 word how-to guide right? Not really when you realize these three objectives can easily be accomplished by learning a little time management trick called time blocking.

I was having a conversation with my business partner, Josh, yesterday about our goals for the week. We came to the realization that if we were faithfully time blocking our days, we’d accomplish in 5 hours what we normally allotted 8 hours for. I used to be a time blocking rock-star, but have fallen from grace a bit these past few months. This post is my recommitment to sound time management.

You’re coming along for the ride. Here’s how we do it…

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