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WWW = Words of Wyatt Webb

One among many things that I learnt from Wyatt Webb, was his simple rule for how to do anything:

  1. Do what you know or think that'll work
  2. If that doesn't work, try something else
  3. If that still doesn't work, ask for help

I love it. So simple and clear. Above all, if something isn't working, don't try the same thing again. Try something different. And don't be afraid to ask for help.

What if they say no when you ask for help? Ask someone else. And keep asking until you get the help that you...

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The Courage to Teach

If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I don't care much for step-by-step how-to type teaching. How to be successful in seven easy steps. Five steps to launching your info-product. I think chunking a process down to some simple steps can be a really useful tool, a part of the process, but the act of teaching is something way deeper and more profound. And today, I have words to describe how.

I've just been at a 3-day intensive workshop with Wyatt Webb and his horses....

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What a tube of toothpaste taught me about trusting my feelings

One of the hardest lessons for me to learn has been to live in my body and my real feelings rather than my head.

Right now, I'm in Vegas for a tech conference (Collision), and I haven't brought any toothpaste. It's entirely my own fault. We were down to only one tube, and it was either me or Phoebe. And I decided that I couldn't leave her without toothpaste. I'd have to get some myself either at the airport or from the hotel. And of course I forgot to ask when I checked in, and by the time I...

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Interview: Why Carolina Björk Switched From Simplero to InfusionSoft and Back to Simplero

I had the pleasure of speaking with the wonderful and long-time Simplero customer Carolina Björk.

A few months back, she bothered me quite a bit, because she was the first customer to ever leave Simplero for something else after having built a sustainable business. From time to time we lose customers who never get their business off the ground, or whose revenues are so low that even $100/month doesn't make any sense. I get that. We can't serve that market. Or they decide to close up shop and...

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10 things I've learned about feelings

Dances with WolvesWhen I was in high school, I went to see the movie Dances with Wolves with my mom, my brother, and my aunt. It touched me deeply. After watching it I felt like crying. In fact, I desperately wanted to cry. It felt like there were tears right there beneath the surface, but I couldn't get them to come out. I hadn't cried for as long as I could remember.

When we got home, I went for a walk, alone, with our dog. It was night. Quiet. Nobody on the streets. I tried again to see if I could cry....

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What are you using your creativity on?

Today, I'm attending the 99u conference in New York. If you're not familiar, it's an annual conference (6th year) for creatives. The tag line is that it's not about idea generation, it's all about idea execution. 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

I wanted to talk about creativity, and specifically what you use that creativity for.

When I signed up for this conference, something within me compelled me to sign up for the VIP option, which gave access to the speaker's lounge. I figured...

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Drop the To-Do List: Introducing the Today List

We all have to-do lists. And there's always way more on it than we can possibly do. Often it ends up being the list of things we never actually get done. It becomes a nagging reminder of all that we should've done but didn't.

Another problem is that life offers us the opportunity to rediscover who we are on a daily basis. Each morning when you wake up, you are literally not the same person that you were when you went to bed. Every moment is new. Life invites you to ask yourself who you are...

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Managing overwhelm

One of the reasons so (relatively) few people succeed in business is that it's complicated. Business is not just one thing - it's the integration of hundreds of little things, that all need to be done just so, in harmony.

You've got to have a great product. You've got to market it. You must close the sales. You must have good customer service. You must continue to nurture your relationship with your customers. You must continue to improve your product. You must balance the books and make sure...

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Love your competitors

Have you ever had the experience of having a panic attack as your response to discovering a new competitor? You feel like "oh shit, I'm doomed, I'm sure they're much better than us, we can't compete, we're going to be fucked".

I certainly know that feeling, and I've seen it in others. Sometimes it feels like it would be so much better if the competitors didn't exist, and we could have the market to ourselves.

Of course, that's not how the world works, and it turns out that's a good thing.

Did...

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