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That thing you can’t not do.

That thing you can’t not do.

What constitutes art? What is it that defines what art actually is?

I remember growing up in school and going to art class. It was the place where they talked about creative freedom and creating what you wanted to. But the problem was that it was inside of an industrialist culture that had boundaries and processes. They gave us projects where we had to copy what was placed before us. We had to draw with a particular technique or you got a prize for coloring inside the lines better than all the other kids. How I wish I could go back and do the total opposite of what the rules were.

We learned what art was from a culture that didn’t know what it was to begin with. Art was put into a box and given processes and confines just like everything else. And now most of us can’t see that it can be so much more than a drawing or picture.

Your art is what you do. For me, I’ve finally come to the realization that my art is being an entrepreneur. Will I always be a web designer? Probably not. A writer? Maybe. Will I always want to push the boundaries of what I do? Absolutely.

And so the commitment continues. The commitment to doing work that matters if even only to me. The commitment to searching out my perfect audience and my perfect worldview of which I am to share what I learn with. But most of all, my commitment to doing that one thing I can’t not do each and every day.

Create.

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January 31, 20140 commentsRead More
What I’m learning about these days and why you should be too

What I’m learning about these days and why you should be too

These days I’m learning about choosing a market for building a product and all the different ways that can be done. This might not appeal to you directly, but bear with me, it’ll relate to how you can use what I’m learning to help yourself as well.

Market Research

I’ve long been an advocate for choosing a niche market. I even did that with my blog and you’re likely in it. But I’ve never done something like I’m embarking upon these days. For the longest time, I’ve designed websites for companies and built a few to solve problems in industries. (BookLaunchPlace.com is one of them)

But I’ve never built an actual product before that digs deep into an industry, finds a pain, and solves it. That is my quest these days.

As it turns out, market research is a pain. Well, it’s sort-of fun, but mostly just time consuming and you have to go in not knowing what you’re looking for. And that’s hard for most of us. We want to know what we’re looking for when we go looking for it. At least I do.

But market research to determine a need means that you have to go in search of a need without having one in mind. Because if you have one in mind, you’ll find all kinds of things that point you in that direction. And it might not be a need that someone would buy which pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for your product before you create it.

Confusing huh?

What I’m Learning

I’m learning how to ask questions that aren’t leading. Ones that don’t suggest an answer to the person I’m talking to. Which is surprisingly difficult.

My theory is that you need to ask less leading questions too. Whether it’s writing a blog post, a book, building a website or anything else, we have to understand that we can’t assume what the person on the other end is after. The moment we do that, we begin to lead them down the path we have chosen for them.

So in my quest for determining what exactly it is I’m going to be building, I’d like to invite you to take up your own quest. What are you doing these days that market research would help determine the need you can solve? Or, even simpler, what quests are you embarking on these days?

Peace. Out.

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October 1, 20136 commentsRead More
Are You Living or Existing?

Are You Living or Existing?

Well…are you?

kimanzi-bookIf you don’t know Kimanzi by now, you should. He’s got some mad passion for making radical life changes and has been an integral part of my growth, personally.

In the interview above we talk about his book. We talk about life. And we made sure not to waste your time. The video is less than 15 minutes and well worth the watch as he goes through the 9 steps you need to take to change your life.

Be sure to grab his book immediately and you’ll get $100 in awesome bonuses! But hurry, these bonuses are only good May 1 through May 19!

More info on the bonuses on Kimanzi’s site here.

In a nutshell, go buy the book now. It’s well worth the puny investment. Peace.

By the way, here’s my review of it I posted on Amazon.

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There Are A Lot Of Worms

There Are A Lot Of Worms

The following is from Tom Dixon, a really neat guy. More links to his resources are at the bottom.

I recently had a great idea for a blog post. I had it all worked out in my head. It was going to be awesome. About five minutes later I was checking my news feed, and saw that someone had beaten me to it. Not just anyone. Dan Miller, of 48 Days fame, had stolen my thunder. We had both evidently read the same article and had the same idea. He just got pen to paper a little faster.

I jokingly left the comment: “…you have to get up pretty early to beat Dan Miller!” Well that was that. The post was already written. That was going to save me a lot of time.

About an hour later I got a response. Dan knew what I was thinking, and prompted me to go another direction: “ Hey I’m an old “early bird gets the worm” kind of guy. But there are a lot of worms out there – so go for it anyway.”

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April 12, 201324 commentsRead More
The Connection Brand: Official Book Launch

The Connection Brand: Official Book Launch

subscribe-download-connectionbrandToday is the day my awesome launch team has been helping me prepare for! They’ve been awesome at giving me feedback and I want to give a shout out to them all. You’ll find links to all their sites at the bottom of this post so be sure to check them and their blogs out, they rock so much!

So with that, I want to introduce to you the book, The Connection Brand.

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April 3, 20130 commentsRead More
The subtle dilution of art across multiple industries

The subtle dilution of art across multiple industries

You’ve heard my little rant on mediocrity. And it recently came to my attention that the word “art” is getting diluted more so now than ever.

With as much technology as we have, we are often using it for the wrong things. My underlying question is

“Are we doing to the Information Age what we did to the Industrial Age?”

Are we streamlining too much and making knowledge too accessible? Are we creating too much and not focusing enough on the “art”?

All questions we need to answer. Let’s explore this a bit.

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March 14, 201313 commentsRead More
Remembering why you started toward your dream in the first place

Remembering why you started toward your dream in the first place

As entrepreneurs, we struggle to focus much of the time. We neglect the many things that got us to where we are today.

We lose inspiration.

I remember this from the Killer Tribes conference of 2012 (affiliate link) when Daddy-O talked about the music industry and how the inspiration for creating art has dwindled. He reminded me that we all lose inspiration because we forget how we got inspired in the first place.

That really struck me at the time, but recently, I’ve lost it. Let me explain.

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March 7, 201315 commentsRead More
Break that ridiculous routine of trying to be normal and get weird already.

Break that ridiculous routine of trying to be normal and get weird already.

The following is from Dave Arnold. He’s an author who just recently released a book, Pilgrims of the Alley. You can check out his blog or follow him on twitter

When I was growing up I so badly wanted to fit in. I didn’t want to stand out or be different. I sought to be just like the cool kids.

The only problem was, I wasn’t.

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February 22, 20138 commentsRead More
2 Highly Important Keys to Pursuing Your Passion Responsibly

2 Highly Important Keys to Pursuing Your Passion Responsibly

This is a guest post from Drew Tewell, author of The Dream Job Program: Get the job you want. You can purchase it on Amazon, or get it for free when you subscribe to his blog. You can also connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

“The secret to not flaking out on your friends and family while still pursuing a dream is going to work before your world wakes up — that’s what I’ve found, anyway.” – Andy Traub

Do you have something that you love to do, something that you would do for free if you had the money to pay your bills and take care of your other responsibilities?

I love blogging. For me, there is nothing else like it. Writing and connecting with other people are things that I can do all day for days at a time.

But I also have a family and a day job. I have responsibilities that are very important.

We all do.

If you are like me and you are pursing your passion, I’m sure you have had to deal with the tension of doing what you love and also being responsible in the other areas of your life.

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February 8, 201317 commentsRead More
Sick of the mediocrity? It’s time to take a stand.

Sick of the mediocrity? It’s time to take a stand.

There’s just something different about the companies we know and love.

But what is it exactly?

What are they doing that gets us to entranced that we read every word they say and hang waiting for more from them?

And what about the companies we hate doing business with? What are they missing?

There is something there and today I’m going to take a stance on something I feel we need to do in order to move in that direction.

I’m asking you to come alongside me and rethink things a bit. Wouldn’t you like to begin to be on the path to becoming a brand that people love? I know I do.

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January 30, 201318 commentsRead More