Month: January 2011

Every Entrepreneur's Struggle

Overcoming DoubtDoubt.

It doesn’t matter how sure you are of your purpose and your pursuit, you’re going to experience seasons of doubt. I’m not talking about doubting the likeliness of events or results, but doubting your very ability to succeed. This is dangerous.

Doubt comes down to a lack of trust; in our vision, in ourselves, in God’s provision… If we truly believe what we’re doing is what we’re supposed to be doing, then what reason do we have to doubt our success? Still, we all do it. No leader is immune.

Where does that doubt come from? Is it completely internal, or do other people ‘inject’ doubt into our lives?

Both…

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Fun Friday: Verizon or AT&T?

iphone 4 on Verizon or AT&TI started to write something weighty, but then I realized it’s Friday. It’s only the first week of my new content plan, so I certainly can’t go breaking the rules just yet!

Fridays are for fun and connecting with you guys. So, my question for my iPhone-friendly friends this week is this:

Are you sticking with AT&T or are you jumping ship to head to Verizon?

Explain yourself. Either answer is fine. I reserve my judgement.

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Digital Identity Crisis: Are You Really Who You Blog You Are?

Digital Reputation Management…or who you Tweet you are?

Facebook? LinkedIn? Chat?

I’m asking because this new explosion of social media has created a billion bite-sized authors; each one published and readily available to influence the masses. Everyone has a story to tell and an outlet in which they can tell it. This is a truly wonderful thing. We all have a voice.

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Network Like a Pro: 21 Tips From a Closet Introvert

Networking For IntrovertsYou can’t build a business without a network. You can’t start a new project without support. It just can’t be done. You need people in your corner. For an introvert, this can be the one obstacle that freaks you out and keeps you from getting into the game.

A year and a half ago, one of my biggest fears was the fear of meeting new people. I was a complete introvert. I had my friends and that was about it; no need to meet new folks. Well, that’s a dangerous attitude to have if you’re starting up a real estate business.

The introvert in me had to grow up and learn how to get out there and meet people. It’s been a great journey in which I’ve learned much more than can be contained in just one blog post. These are the tips I’ve picked up along the way….

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Soccer Moms, Grocery Carts, and Content Strategy

Soccer Moms, Shopping Carts, and Content Strategy

Track along as I explain what my style of grocery shopping revealed to me about blog content strategy…

Grocery Shopping:
The Single Man Method

Unfortunately, this is the method that I’ve been using.

  • Go to the store, grab a cart.
  • Pick up some stuff from the produce section.
  • Zig zag up and down each isle.
  • Pick up whatever piques your interest.
  • Make a few random trips back and forth.
  • Go home with a dissolved assortment of goodies.

This approach typically leads to a decent dinner on grocery night followed by a week full of gleaning random junk from the refrigerator and pantry. This method will also inspire you to fill the holes in quality refrigerator content with not-so-quality fast food. Like a car running on low-grade gasoline, the single man putters and slogs along on McDonald’s and Taco Bell.

Grocery Shopping:
The Soccer Mom Method

  • Plan a few meals for the week.
  • Create a shopping list.
  • Head to the store.
  • Pick up the things on the list.
  • Go home with the week’s necessary ingredients.

These ladies know what they want to accomplish before they even think about heading to the store. The result; they make a list, go to the store, and get the job done. Undoubtedly, this method saves time, money, and energy. Also, the soccer mom receives the added benefit of raising a healthy family that can go out and be productive.

What on Earth does this have to do with content strategy?

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What's Your Problem?

What's  your problem?

I’m writing for you.. most of the time.

Sometimes, I like to write for me.

But most of the time I’m writing for you. I want to add a little value to your lives. I love helping people find information, think through things, and create solutions. That said, I need to know what your problems are before we start trying to solve them.

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One Word 2011: WISDOM

One Word 2011 Wisdom

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They don’t stick. If you need an arbitrary date in order to start working towards a goal, odds are that goal wasn’t very important to you.

If it was, you wouldn’t wait till January 1st to get cracking on it, would you?

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