Why Writing Is Not A Waste Of Your Time

Ever been told that writing is a waste of time? I mean it’s fine to do it on the side, so long as you focus on more serious pursuits. Right? That’s what I was told too and for years I believed it. As it turns out, that advice was a load of BS. Now I […]

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How a simple photo project got 4 million fans + a #1 bestselling book (7 lessons from the rise of Humans of New York)

I came across Humans of New York several years ago. Then, it was a Facebook fan page with some photos, and maybe 30,000 fans. I think the main reason I looked at it was that another page with the word ‘humans’ in the title got me curious. However within 20 seconds of browsing the Humans […]

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Do you get inspired with a new idea… only to drop it the next day? (3 ways to break that cycle)

  “It happens to me all the time”, she said. “I get really inspired about something, decide I’m definitely going to do that… and the next day or a week later completely lose interest and drop it.”  She shook her head “It’s like one moment the inspiration to do it is on full blast and […]

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Why “how can I get paid to do what I love?” is the wrong question (read this if you’re still looking for your one big “passion”)

  Out of the 80% of people that Deloitte’s Shift Index found don’t love their jobs, I’m willing to bet that over the last month: 10% have spent time drawing stick figures of people parachuting out a window graffiting “see ya suckers!” on the way down, 30% have been thinking about their next vacation and […]

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Why You Can Say F-You To Finding Your Passions

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS? “I’ve tried so hard to figure out my passions but I can’t find them. Maybe I don’t have any passions and this job is the best I can expect.” Desperate email from a blog reader. Not knowing your passions must suck. It must mean you’re an empty shell of […]

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Are Your ‘Good Ideas’ Getting In The Way of a ‘Good Life’?

So you have ideas. Multiple ideas in fact. Enough that you can’t do them all at once, so you don’t start on any of them. You’ve tried to work out how to decide for a while. But nothing is quite clicking. (What if you make the wrong choice? What if you get bored? How can you […]

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Why Gurus Are Bad For Your Health

So the other day someone called me a guru.   After I bundled them into the nearest dark alley, whacked them over the head with a baseball bat and sent them to sleep with the fishies*, I realized I might, just maybe, have a strong aversion to that word.   And I got to thinking […]

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Why letting people down might be the best life decision you ever make

Staying trapped out of fear of letting people down? Read this: “Just because he loves you doesn’t mean you have to love him back.” As a teenager discovering ‘boys’ for the first time, I received this advice one lunchtime from an Older Girl (you know, two whole grades up). She must have been very precocious […]

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Two common mistakes in coming up with a tagline (you’re not doing these… right?)

When you’re starting and running your own thing you’ll use words all the time: from writing your website, to explaining what you do to someone new, to asking for extra chocolate on your cappuccino as you free range in your favourite cafe… but there are 5-10 words that free rangers consistently find the most difficult […]

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Looking for an original idea? Read this.

It was early in my free range life when I met this man. It was at some event (I can’t quite remember what) and the sandy haired man in the blue shirt happened to be next to me, so I asked the usual “so what are you working on?” question, and smiled. He shook his […]

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