Finding the Company that Lets You Be You

This is the fifth installment in the multi-site series “5 Ways to Live the Life You Were Meant To”:

  1. Get Motivated by Joel Runyon
  2. Be Your Own Boss by Eric Pratum
  3. Living the Dream by Mark Lawrence
  4. How to Build Your Community by David Crandall

Last week I wrote about how I ended up with the greatest job in the world, so when I was invited to participate in this series I was a bit challenged to explain how somebody else could replicate what I’ve done. I have a particularly unique situation since I don’t work full time and my side projects have a ton of overlap with my day job, so nothing I ever do really feels like work. It’s a great place to be.

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Finding the company that lets you be you, largely comes down to showcasing your personality in a way that a company can get insight into who you are that goes beyond bullets on a page and your job description. Fortunately, technology has given us a way to do exactly that.  I started this blog in April 2009 mainly in the hopes that it would help me to land a job. Once that goal was accomplished the purpose of the blog really changed. But looking back I realize that starting this blog was what gave my boss a very in-depth view into who I was as a person, something I think would have been impossible with just a resume.  I’m not going to go on an about blogging and its benefits because I think everybody reading this really gets that part of it. But that’s only one part of this formula. The second part is actually the one that is going to set you up to live on your own terms, even while you’re working at a day job.

4 Rules for Finding a Job/Company that Lets You Be You

First I’m going to be upfront and say that none of these things are easy to do.  I’m in the fortunate position to be able to take a risk here or there because I don’t have a family or kids. That being said what this really comes down to is understanding your own values. Often there’s a big disconnect between how we choose jobs and our values and hopefully this will give you some insight into making career choices that lead you where you want to go.

  • Don’t Choose Based on Money: I’ve mentioned before that part of the deal with going to Flightster is that I wouldn’t get paid as much as I would if I had tried to hold out for a typical MBA job.  Even if I was working full time, I still would get paid less than I would elsewhere.  But what I recognized in the opportunity were a few things. First, I’d have an opportunity to lead and drive a project.  Second, I’d get to see a direct impact of everything that I was working on. Finally, I realized that my boss was a really good guy. I didn’t realize just how good until a few months in. He’s a guy who really understands the difference between motivation by fear and motivation by freedom. Consider this. You’re interviewing your  future employer, just as much as they’re interviewing you.
  • Be Honest About Your Lifestyle: Another surfer once told me “don’t tell potential employers that you’re a surfer. It probably won’t do much to get you a job.” That was a fair comment. The stereotype of surfers isn’t exactly type-A ultra-motivated individuals.  But I wasn’t willing to compromise on this, so I told my boss during my interview that I was an avid surfer. All he said is “well, our office is not close to the beach, but I understand. I’m  an avid runner. I run 6 miles a day so I get it.” That’s all I really needed is somebody who understood it. The one thing that this did convey is that I lead a very healthy and fairly athletic lifestyle. The byproduct of this is of course a happy worker who does good work.  So, I’d encourage you to take a gamble and be upfront about your passions and lifestyle.
  • Choose Work that is Personally Fulfilling: I kind of touched on this above, but it’s worth mentioning. I don’t know how often I hear people tell me how mindless the work they do is.  But they are so caught up in the ego driven pursuit of a life that looks good on paper that they continue down their present path. When you find the work you do fulfilling it will stop feeling like work. Last week I was sick and I couldn’t get to the office. I was actually annoyed that I couldn’t be in the office because I had all these new ideas I wanted to talk to my team about.  In that moment I realized I had a great situation.
  • Be Willing to Walk Away: This is probably the toughest one to swallow. As I said before, I don’t have a family, kids or much else that ties me down or makes it difficult to take big risks. So I respect those of you guys who do and I’m not saying quit your job. But for those of you who are on the hunt for a job, young enough to take risks, or in search of what’s next, don’t be afraid to walk away. Leaving a job I hated in 2 weeks after a 6 month search was my defining moment. It was scary as hell. If I had tried to ride it out, all I’d be doing is prolonging the inevitable (something I see far too many people do).

Finding the company that lets you be you is no easy feat. It’s taken me quite a  bit of failure, two degrees that I wonder if I’ll ever use, and about 10 years. So I can’t say that there’s a formula. But what I can say is that understanding your values and choosing based on that will make a huge difference.

21 People Who Will Change the World in 2012

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about how to build an insanely loyal tribe, it’s to shine a light on emerging talent. Fortunately, my buddy Dave Ursillo decided to step in and do it for me by putting together this list of people who will change the world in 2012.   You might notice a sudden change in the writing style on the last two people (those were my personal additions to this list).

1. Sarah Kathleen Peck

Genuine, fun, and beyond brilliant, Sarah Peck (@sarahkpeck) is an emerging force on the blogosphere. Outside of being a record-setting swimmer, a communications specialist for an international landscape architecture company and the editor at LandscapeUrbanism.com, the mere handful of thoughts that she shares with the world are devoured by all who encounter them.

Sarah is an excellent writer, a natural creative, and an intuitive life-schemer. She is also one of the most down-to-earth and intelligent go-getter’s I’ve ever met. In 2012, more and more people will clamor to hear her voice. And big things will unfold for Sarah as she delves deeper into sharing her fun and heartfelt intelligencia with us all.

There are many famous persons who will inspire us more in lives with their experience and the way they led their lives. We can read many books on them to know more and more about them and their history. Because it will boost us to work more and more to make our lives even better and also it teaches us how to face the struggles and challenges in lives and the continued efforts they put in to make themselves strong and bold.

Sooner rather than later, you will know her name, devour her cuttingly beautiful offerings to the world, and be all the better for it. Sarah Kathleen Peck. Remember her.

 

2. Nate Damm

Nate Damm (@whereisnate) made headlines in 2011 for walking across America. I wrote about it here. But Nate’s story is still just beginning.

What makes Nate so special is his presence — fully-engaged but refreshingly nonchalant. He, to me, represents what it means to lead without followers. He does because he chooses to, and what he chooses is what he believes is right and good.

Nate’s writing, humility, friendliness and truth-seeking nature remind me of Christopher McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp of Into the Wild fame). And, reading excerpts of his forthcoming book that details his adventures of walking across the United States from Delaware to San Francisco, I believe that Nate Damm will be a name you’ll hear often in 2012.

 

3. Amy Clover

Amy Clover (@amy4leaf) is a shooting star about to soar across your horizon. I’m here only to tell you to look up and watch for her, because she’s coming fast.

Today, you’d never know today that Amy has had a troubled past, checkered with bouts of serious depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and even attempted suicide: She is luminous. Vibrant. Positive. Hilariously funny, and nothing but fun to be around. By her own admission, it’s taken years for her to begin anew, but today, her luminosity really shines through.

Amy is a successful fitness trainer and small business owner in the Greater Los Angeles area, and she’s now emerging into the blogosphere as a digital fitness coach — with a personal development edge — to help men and women reinvigorate their heads and hearts, in addition to their physical health.

I believe Amy will emerge powerfully across the blogosphere in 2012, before come into her own as a leader in her own right. Her blog, Strong Inside Out will emerge as kind of a feminine, West-Coast counter-part to my pal Steve Kamb’s NerdFitness. Check her out. And remember look up — you’ll know a shooting star when you see it.

 

4. Devon Mills

Speaking of shooting stars, Devon Mills (@devonamills) is soon to join the ranks of those soaring across the horizon: both figuratively and literally, as she embarks upon open-ended global travel in 2012.

A talented photographer, engaging writer, avid runner and determined adventure-seeker, only within the last couple of months has Devon quit her 9-to-5 job, run a marathon in Las Vegas and publicly committed to traveling around the world in 2012. She’s also one of the sweetest, most genuine and friendly people you’ll ever meet.

If for her heart alone, Devon Mills will certainly turn heads and shake souls of her readers — through the written experiences of her forthcoming travels, photography, and (I’m sure) a ton of running adventures across all corners of Earth. By her quiet example, everyone who tunes in to her adventures will learn a lot in 2012!

 

5. Brandon Sutton

Social media consultant, documentarian and digital marketing aficionado Brandon Sutton (@Brandon101) is a bona fide world-changer with a heart of gold — and the creative intuition to forge brilliant works like Spirit of the Gulf Coast, a documentary that chronicled the effects of the British Petrolium oil spill in 2010.

Brandon has been very busy at the end of 2011 fundraising for a new documentary (with Hollywood star-power to back it) called Kids of the Gulf.

In 2012, I’m certain that we’ll see Brandon shoot higher than ever before with his world-changing ambitions rooted in genuine compassion and goodness. Watch out for him — he’s coming on strong, and for his determination to open hearts and minds, we’ll all be better for it.

 

7. Bernardo Mendez

Bernardo Mendez (@yourgreatlifetv) burst onto the scene as a heartfelt inspirer in 2011 through his young blog, YourGreatLifeTV.

Bernardo garnished quick attention from his quiet leadership and clear dedication as a new but talented video blogger. He posted powerful, personal, in-your-face vlogs at an incredible clip of nearly one new video every single day: pure dedication!

Bernardo has shown, to me, that the nitty-gritty details of blogging — so many that we continually get distracted by — come second to the simple want of helping people. His heart exceeds everything else. I’m excited to see how YourGreatLifeTV develops in 2012, and what loving inspiration Bernardo continues to teach online and in person.

 

8. Syndee Stein

Syndee Stein (@Syndee_Stein) will emerge in 2012 as the new High Priestess of dream-weaving, intuitive coaching and creating lasting change in her blog’s readers and coaching clients.

I didn’t know this when I started writing about Syndee, but I figured her new blog that just launched, Deeper Ground, was a new venture coming from other blogging and online pursuits. Nope. This is Syndee’s first shot at blogging and she already writes, looks, and comes off as a seasoned blogosphere veteran. Color me impressed.

At Deeper Ground, Syndee offers power-house 1-on-1 coaching and awesome insight, videos, forthcoming guest posts and more.

Syndee also holds a BA in Holistic Health, Nutrition and Dance, in addition to a Masters in Communications and Indigenous Studies. She’s further a certified Herbalist and has been a student of the Healing Arts for 15 years. Suddenly, I feel like an underachiever!

Tune in quick to Syndee Stein — there’s an incredible network of like-mindeds across the blogosphere who are bound to scoop her up into their world-changing circles in 2012, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds for her.

 

9. Ken Wert

Ken Wert (@KenWertM2bH) is a father, a husband, and a middle school teacher — from these perspectives, he holds an incredible ability to teach his readers important and moving lessons on life, love and bringing the best of ourselves to shine.

Ken just received some high praise from a top personal development blogger Steven Aitchison, who named Ken and his blog, Meant To Be Happy, winner of the Personal Development Blog of the Year in 2011.

I expect nothing but continued praise for Ken and his writing at M2bH throughout 2012. Ken is not only a teacher by profession, he is certainly a teacher by his nature and at his most fundamental core: he teaches not with a heavy hand, but by leading readers to open their minds, engage their hearts and for our natural goodness to easily come forth.

 

10. Diana Antholis

Diana Antholis (@DianaAntholis) is a Generation-Y writer and philosopher at Enter: Adulthood; a strategy consultant and media director at Performance Advantage; and most recently, a digital wellness coach and personal trainer.

Diana is a very talented and driven entrepreneur, and her jack-of-all-trades resume is a testament to her dedication to help people succeed: in life, in their health and in business. Diana’s latest venture, Unleash Your Sexy, is a wellness coaching and training program that promises healthy change and increased well-being to clients.

In 2012, Diana will surge into helping more people than ever as she emerges into her newfound love of one-on-one wellness coaching and fitness training.

 

11. Mike ‘Ambassador’ Bruny

Mike ‘Ambassador’ Bruny, a certified lifestyle and success coach, is a man of many talents: he speaks, runs blogs like Run the Point and Hip Hop Affirmations, and most recently launched #Hashtags to Handshakes: The New Art of Conference Networking.

To be honest, I don’t know where Mike’s ‘Ambassador’ nickname came from, but knowing him, I definitely understand it: Mike is a natural goodwill ambassador who knows no limits, often gracing conferences in the Boston area for women in business, WordPress, and entrepreneurship alike. He is also one of the greatest, most friendly and helpful guys I’ve ever met.

#Hashtags to Handshakes, Mike teaches the skills behind networking like a machine — something that definitely resonates with Skool of Lifer’s, as Srini has been so adamant in encouraging us all to branch out into attending conferences and networking offline and in-person!

I’m psyched to watch Mike’s ventures pan out in 2012 — and to see him again at conferences and get-togethers across the nation!

 

12. Meg Worden

“I could die for the love of you,” Meg Worden (@megworden) powerfully proclaims when you first visit her blog. Wow.

If a blog byline could be it’s own resume, Meg Worden’s certainly speaks to her nature, her passion and her mission: she is a very profound writer; has roots in nutrition, wellness, leadership and entrepreneurship; and is a Holistic Health Counselor with a love of sharing “luminous, living food” recipes and much more.

On the verge of being widely discovered and wildly consumed by the blogosphere, Meg’s bright life-philosophy — complemented by her naturally playful and shining demeanor — will turn her into a thought-leader and oft looked-to voice on nutrition, well-being and personal development in 2012.

 

13. Tessa Zeng

When I think Tessa Zeng (@teezeng), I think “power.”

There is world-shaping power in her writing. And although she conspires in word and verse with compassion, humility and heart, her writing rings in your ears as if you were listening to a rabble-rousing revolutionary of old rallying villagers in the town square to storm the castle gates of a cruel noble.

Tessa is an ex-art student and fashion designer turned writer, philosopher and world-changer. She left design behind, but her imagination and artistic creativity carry through her writing.

She has the natural spirit of a visionary and throughout 2012, I can’t wait to see her continue to shake and shape minds of those reader her blog, of those in industry, and maybe event those of entire nations.

 

14. Vivek Mayasandra

Vivek Mayasandra (@VivekMayasandra) is a writer, schemer and aviation enthusiast with an eye for the revolutionary: he helps share stories of world-changers at Amber Rae’s revolution.is; contributes to airlinetrends.com; and is a true globe-hopper with a philosophizing spirit.

I’ve had my eye on him for a while, so reading a recent blog post has got me totally amped up to see what Vivek is planning in 2012!

He recently declared: “I’ve decided it’s time this year to make my change — take a jump, and dive into doing work that makes me feel alive, and live a life that’s full of adventure, travel, new experiences and amazing people.”

This, my friends, bodes wonderful things. Keep an eye out for Vivek, and watch what magic unfolds.

 

15. Laura Calandrella

In her off-time, Laura Calandrella (@lauracalandrella) is an impact accelerator, a trilingual globe-strutter and a self-proclaimed medium for consciousness evolution. Yes, off-time.

While, by day she is an organizational and workforce development strategist, 2012 beckons big things for her still-young blog — only a few months old! — and her driven entrepreneurial spirit.

As a natural intuitive and deep-seeing visionary, Laura’s strategic consultation work shines in her blog, where her biggest project to date — daringly called, The [F] Word — invites her readers to challenge their perceptions of failure as the very means to create brilliant things and succeed.

Watch out for Laura in 2012 — her off-time hobbies may soon become her full-time, full-blown job.

 

16. Abby Kerr

Abby Kerr (@AbbyKerr) is not only a fiction writer, but a skilled and heart-filled brand editor who helps entrepreneurs “up their addictability factor.”

Abby works with creatives, solopreneurs and indie entrepreneurs to really develop, understand and best articulate their brands to the world. Her blog, AbbyKerrInk.com, is simply an excellent free resource for getting expert insight and know-how on branding, copywriting and much more.

I’m expecting to witness Abby emerge as a queen of heartfelt branding — less marketing, more mastering the expressive art of creativity. Tune in, learn something, and watch what unfolds in 2012!

 

17. Kristin Glenn and 18. Shannon Whitehead

Adding the lovely ladies of Revolution Apparel (@allofusrev) would have sounded a lot more prophetic when I began writing this list, long before Kristin and Shannon’s debut Kickstarter campaign went mega viral and raised over $60,000 in support of their new business and sustainable fashion line.

But their recent astronomical success is a testament to what these two world-changers are striving to achieve.

The outcome of their fundraising campaign speaks to the hard work, imaginative creativity and sheer determination of two bloggers turned business entrepreneurs: Kristin and Shannon, well over a year into their journey, warmly shared all of their small successes and major setbacks in public. And they’ve showed that many small steps of forward momentum and progress can suddenly accelerate like a rocket.

Their premier product, the Versalette, is already making waves. And, I’m sure this is just the first Earth-moving step by the ladies of Revolution Apparel. I’m psyched to see what else unfolds in 2012 — and, even if some of us won’t be wearing the clothes they create, for revolutionizing an industry that impacts us all, we’ll all be better for it.

 

19. Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is already a rockstar in her own right. But hear me out: I’m predicting Danielle LaPorte will soar into popular, mainstream fame in 2012.

Danielle is the kind of leader that our world is craving. She’s unapologetic, strong and confident. She shakes rooms through a refreshingly quiet presence, and sheer humility. Danielle is wildly empowering in her every whisper. Beyond all else, she is atomically engaging through her simple, effervescent humanity.

Danielle’s new book, The Fire Starter Sessions, is the cherry on top of a dream story: a six-figure book-deal birthed from a wildly popular digital product for entrepreneurs known as The Spark Kit. And her book’s release in April 2012 is just the beginning.

In 2012, I foresee Danielle exploding onto the national scene — again, with neither force nor fight, but because our world so desperately craves such a figure and her message. I see a magazine spread, an afternoon talk show, maybe an entirely new magazine crafted for her under her name –all with very real, serendipitous and auspicious probability in the coming year.

In whatever form it may arise, you’ll hear the name Danielle LaPorte often in 2012 — and, trust me, we will all be way better for it.

(Side note: I wrote this description of Danielle at the end of December. Since then, her book, before it has even been released, launched into pre-sale fame on Amazon’s Top 100 list.)

20. Craig Mcbreen

Craig Mcbreen (@CraigMcbreen) came on my radar shortly after his amazing post about schools killing creativity. Having recently gone through a 2 on 1 consultation session with him, I know that he’s got about 8 pages of empire building plans in the works. By the end of this year, I’m betting that you’ll see Craig develop a speaking platform and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll even be organizing some of his own events.

He runs McBreen Design, a full service branding and design agency with experience and expertise providing branding solutions, from website design to printed collateral and Logo ID. Keep an eye on him.

21. Bradley Gauthier

Bradley Gauthier (@couchsurfingceo)  joined the ranks of aspiring entrepreneurs  when he conquered his fear and quit his day job. With a name like CouchSurfingCEO how could you not get sucked in this blog. His content is really kicking ass too.

He’s on a  mission to improve the lives of as many people as possible and to make the world a better place for future generations.

 

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3 Success Secrets That People Don’t Talk About Enough

Today I want to talk about something that has been on my mind lately. I’m going to put a bold statement out there and say that the attention of the A-list is not what’s going to make you a successful blogger. I should know since I’ve had the attention of the A-list for 3 hours a week for the last 8 months.  After 100′s of interviews with many A-list bloggers I can tell you that while their advice has helped me to grow, their attention hasn’t.  Don’t get me wrong.This is how it works and I have no qualms about it. I believe in each to his own. For instance, when I began trading, I chose an unconventional software called the Bitcoin Loophole in spite of all the A-listers advising me against it. over the months, I have realized that it has worked for me perfectly well! But I do not doubt their wisdom at all. Learn more about this at These are all great people who have given me priceless advice. But in the scheme of things, I’m a blip on their radar and I respect and recognize that.  Let’s face it I’m 1 of 50,000 to 100,000 people clamoring for their time and attention.  The people responsible for my growth have been the fans and friends who I’ve developed a genuine connection with.

How to Find Your True Fans

Connect with People You Find Interesting: One of the first things I recommend to people I talk about growing their blogs is to find other bloggers who they genuinely find interesting regardless of if they are well known or not. I think is is tremendously powerful because it leads authentic ongoing friendships and connections.

  • Jack Bennett runs a blog called Thirty Two Thousand Days. When I arrived at his blog, I noticed it wasn’t huge, and there weren’t a ton of comments on every post. But I loved the content and the concept. I even contacted Jack directly about writing a guest post here at The Skool of Life. Whether 32,000 days becomes a big A-list blog or not is really not something I’m concerned with. I like Jack’s content and he’ll be in my network regardless of what his status is.
  • Matt Koenig runs a new blog I came across called 1yearsabbatical, a story about packing up his life and moving to Bali. I’m drawn to his story because it’s interesting. I’ve even invited Matt write a guest post for the blog I run for work because I like his story so much, which takes me to the next point I’m going to make below.

Make Another Person Successful: This is what I consider the goldmine of blogging success. The A-list wasn’t always the A-list and when I mentioned the concept of creating a blogging entourage, I mentioned that each of these people have played an instrumental role in each other’s success. I would love it if you guys all went and subscribed to Thirty Two Thousand Days and to 1 year sabbatical. I measure the success of BlogcastFM not by how much money it makes or how big the audience is, but by how successful other bloggers become by listening to the content of our interviews.

  • April Bowles Olin runs a site called Blacksburgbelle. She was the winner of a free 1-hour consulting session that I gave away. Whether April ever hires me as a paid consult is of little concern to me. The advice I gave her got her some phenomenal results and that was tremendously rewarding for me.  Feel free to check out my recent interview with her where she goes into detail about the series she wrote.
  • David Crandall at Heroic Destiny read a post I wrote about how to use interviews to grow your traffic and mentioned that he was planning on starting his own podcast. So, I reached out to him and asked if I could be his first interview. His podcast which has been going for a few weeks now has been quite successful. To top it off we ended up launching a product together and now have an ongoing strategic partnership. But I didn’t do it to get any of those things. I did it because I wanted to help him with the podcast since I knew a little bit about podcasting.


Make friends instead of business contacts

  • Crystal Street is a journalist, photographer and multimedia producer.  I think her photography is incredible and she’s one of my favorite people to talk to on twitter every single day. AT this point I think it would be kind of weird if there was a day that I didn’t have a conversation with her on twitter
  • Mark Lawrence at Lifestyle Ignition is out of his damn mind for spending an insane amount money on body painted girls as a way to market his blog. But I love him for it. He’s even here visiting me this week and hopefully he won’t drown while I teach him to surf. If you ever plan to visit me and the surf is up, you should plan on learning how to surf or our friendship will suffer ;) .
  • Ashley Ambirge at The Middle Finger Project is somebody  who stands out in the blogosphere.  If Ashley writes a post she’s automatically on my read right away list.  She writes the kind of content that  makes you want to stop what you’re doing and dive into it right way.  I can’t wait to meet her in person because she’s awesome.

At the end of the day these success principles can be applied to any area of your life, not just blogging. Don’t underestimate the power of the people who are on your same level to help you spread your influence in a way that can change your life.

If you want to learn more about these success secrets and how you can use them to grow your blog, check out my e-book Relationship Marketing for Bloggers.

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10 Different ways to meet new people and make new friends

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Meeting people in adult life can be somewhat challenging and we often get to a point where we just don’t even try to meet new people. Yet, meeting new people is one of the things that adds variety to our lives. As many of my close friends have left LA, I’ve had to figure out how to make new friends and even last summer when I lived in San Diego and I didn’t know a single person, I had to figure out how to build a social circle from scratch. Fortunately the Internet has made it easier than ever to meet new people.

1. Yelp: If you don’t know about Yelp, it is probably one of the greatest resources in existence for finding information about whatever city you are in. For almost any bar, night club, or restaurant you are likely to find at least 50 different reviews. But, the real genius in Yelp is the fact it managed to bring relationships that only existed online into the real world and result in many new friendships. When my friends all moved away from San Francisco, I was still around for another 2 years. . Friends are the pillars of support for our lives. So, we should first make some good and ideal friends make our lives even more fruitful. Because they will help us in all the struggling situations and try to make ourselves feel better. Friends are just next to the gods as they will do everything for us just like the gods do. We can try here in the schools itself to make friends who will be with us forever. Thanks to Yelp I ended up meeting a ton of new people and making lots of new friends. Once a month they throw a great party for their members and drinks are free at their events. However, make sure you are an active member and write one or two reviews a week.

2. Meetup.com: Meetup has been an interesting site for me. After I’ve started surfing I’ve been invited to a number of meetup groups related to surfing and I realized that there are meetup groups related to almost everything. Whatever your hobby is, there is probably a meetup group for it and you can find other like minded people. Some groups are not active, but many are and can be a great way to grow your social network. The best way to find out which groups are actually active is to look at the frequency of events and check the attendance at each of the events.

3. Sports Team/Activity: This one seems pretty common. Many people often join sports teams to meet new people. One of my classmates joined a beach volleyball league for 80 dollars for the entire summer and as a result has made a ton of new friends. I would recommend you find a team with people who don’t take their sports too seriously, but are just out to have a good time.

4. Networking Events/Alumni: Communities: Believe it or not these events can be a great way to meet new friends. I have been going to a ton of networking events over the last few months. As a result I have met a ton of new people and have ended up becoming friends with many. It’s just one more avenue through which you can grow your social network. It amazes me how many alumni networks I’ve seen suffer from alumni apathy. If you have attended undergrad and graduate school at two different colleges, then you’ve got a huge amount of possible events at your disposable. Just do a little research and you’ll be amazed what you find.

5. Volunteer work: Volunteer work can be another way to meet a ton of new people. One of my friends volunteers as a mentor in his Armenian community, and as a result he has met alot of other mentors and made some new friends. I volunteered at many of the networking events I’ve attended and as a result have met new people.

6. Take a class: Community colleges and other places have many classes that are inexpensive and offer a great way to interact with other people. Just because you are done with school it doesn’t mean you can’t take classes. It’s also a great way to explore interests that you haven’t explored before. When I lived in San Francisco, I took a standup comedy class and I took an improv acting class. Both turned out to be a great deal of fun.

7. Talk to Strangers: While this might seem obvious, if you go to a bar/club on a weekend you’ll see just how afraid people are of talking to new people. Most people only ever talk to the people they came with. Talking to strangers is a good thing. I have occasionally made a good friend or two by talking to strangers. While you might not form the greatest bonds in the world talking to strangers, it gets you really comfortable with being social. The old rule that you were taught as a child “don’t talk to strangers” is something you should forget. With the right energy, you’ll be amazed how much people will enjoy talking to you.

8. Start an Organization/Club: One thing you could do is even start an organization. One of the organizations that I do some volunteer work is called Digital LA. The guy who started Digital LA had a day job but, by starting this organization has probably met several hundred, if not several thousand new people in Los Angeles.

9. Throw a Party: This is one that probably you want to do last after you’ve done all of the above things. To throw a party you need to have a network of contacts. As of today I have about a thousand friends on Facebook. I probably know about 500 of them in real life. Others are people I have formed relationships with over time. But, one of the things I have been thinking about doing is inviting all the people I’ve met over the summer to the same bar on the same night. The byproduct would be an opportunity to introduce all these people to each other and it’s likely they would bring new people as well.

10. Online Dating Sites: If you are looking to meet someone in a romantic capacity, online dating sites can be a great way to open up your options. My honest opinion is that the 9 options above are better because they take the pressures of “dating” off of the interactions, and seem much more natural. But, if you are dead set on dating, then Match.com, Plentyoffish, and Eharmony are great sites.

Lessons Learned from 1000 Days of Blogging

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On April 20, 2009 I registered the domain, TheSkooloflife.com. Today my blog is 4 years old. The journey has been a perpetual roller coaster ride and opened up opportunities beyond anything I ever expected. It’s been 1000 days of blogging and the journey seems like it’s just starting.

One of the questions that my friend Roger Law asked me was “what mistakes  have  you made? What would you have done differently?” Although I’ve made enough  mistakes to write a book about it, I’ve also learned some valuable lessons along the way. So in no particular order, here they are: Lessons learned from 1000 days of blogging.

Have Fun

I think back to a quote I heard in the movie Step into Liquid when professional surfer Keala Kennelly said “the best surfer in the world is the one having the most fun.”  In the midst of trying to grow, increase traffic, and keep up with all the rockstars, many of us lose sight of this. If you’re having fun, then working on your blog will never seem like a chore. It becomes something you get to do instead of something you have to do.

Live a Life Worth Writing About

I have to give Colin Wright credit for this, since he really does live a life worth writing about. But you don’t have to sell everything you own and travel the world to live a life worth writing about. All you need is a passion that lights your eyes up. I’m not sure that my writing would have evolved the way it has if it hadn’t been for surfing. Find the fuel for your creative fire and you’ll never be at a loss for words.

Be Vulnerable

I’m as far from perfect as one might get, and thank God for that.  The pursuit of perfection is a rather exhausting fools errand that leads most to misery. Vulnerability makes it easier for people to relate to you and connect with you. Don’t be afraid to showcase your imperfections in your writing.

Make a Long Term Commitment

There are many people who started their blogs when I did. Some of them have disappeared. But the ones who have stayed the course have achieved remarkable things.  I’ve seen people get book deals, launch speaking careers, and launch companies because they had the courage to stay the course.

Ask for Help

I’ve probably said this close to 100 times on BlogcastFM. Every single person I’ve interviewed who has been successful has had a mentor or coach of some sort. Maybe you want to escape from cubicle nation, have somebody light your fire, or get your creative juices flowing. Asking for help will save you years of trial and error. Don’t be like most males who drive around unwilling to ask for directions.

Have a Plan

If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you ever going to get there? If you want to write a book then find the people who have done it. If you want to launch a speaking career talk to those who already have. Figure out what you need to do and start doing it.

Deviate From Your Plan

When I started The Skool of Life, the only goal I had was to use the blog to get me a job. I had no plans to launch BlogcastFM, but my willingness to deviate from the plan opened up a world of opportunities.  Be flexible.

Focus on What Matters

It’s easy to get caught up in measurements, metrics and the success of other people. Social media can become a giant time suck and hurt  more than it helps.  Do the things that move the needle forward. That could mean creating content for products, writing guests post to grow traffic, or attending conferences and events to connect with people.

Don’t Neglect Your Email List

This is hands down the biggest mistake I’ve made in the time I’ve been blogging. Chris Guillebeau said something in the 100 Dollar Startup that really struck me. The only metric he measures on a daily basis is the number of subscribers to his email list. My friend Dan Andrews was spot on about the silent majority.  The real members of your tribe, the true fans are the ones that read your newsletter. Treat them accordingly.

Create Things That Have Lasting Value

When I look back at BlogcastFM, I can happily say that I’ve created something that has lasting value. I’m always amazed by what I find in my own archives that I can still utilize today.  Something you wrote a year ago could have a profound impact on somebody today.

Blogging is nothing but writing about something we have experienced in our lubes. It may be of any type like happy and sad incidents. Blogging will help us to remind everything happened in our lives and while writing blogs we will again go back to those days and will definitely make us feel fresh and happy. The bloggers can earn money by writing blogs for some websites and they will give More bonuses when they are impressed with our writing style.

Surround Yourself with Awesome People

When people ask me what I do, I can tell them “I talk to extraordinary people who are doing extraordinary things.”  I’ve been really fortunate to pick the brains of some of the smartest, most interesting and successful people I’ve ever known.  I’ve also been fortunate to make some of the most amazing friends I ever have.

Don’t Compare Yourself With Others Too Much

There are bloggers who started after I did, who by many measures are more successful than I am.  But comparing myself really doesn’t help me accomplish anything worthwhile.

Show up Early and Show Up Often

I have to give credit to Tim Conolly for this bit of wisdom that applies to life just as much as it does to blogging.  When you show up early you set yourself apart. When you show up early and often you’ll become a household name.

Design Matters

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across blogs by people with amazing credentials that make me want to gouge my eyes out.  In the online world people do a judge a book by its cover.  You wouldn’t show up at the oscars in jeans and a t-shirt. The same applies online.

Get Away From Your Computer

After spending the last three days away from the computer, I’ve realized how much a digital sabbatical enhances your creativity. Incorporate it into your life on a daily basis and you’ll be amazed how much your productivity will improve.

Buy a Moleskine

For the longest time I thought spending 20 bucks on a notebook was ridiculous.  But when you put that kind of money into it, you take writing in it a bit more seriously.  As much as I love all the technology at our disposal, I think it limits the imagination. It puts us in a creative prison made up of the things we already know.

When you’re unplugged, and have nothing but pen and paper, the imagination can run riot. You can create things that don’t already exist. I’m convinced that’s why Sarah Peck is such an amazing writer. It doesn’t hurt that she has handwriting nice enough to write greeting cards (p.s. send me a commission check if you ever start that business).

Trash Things that You’ve Made Lots of Progress With

Sounds completely insane right? If you don’t know anything about Pixar you might not know this story. Jon Lasseter apparently scrapped Toy Story 2 after close to 2 years of working on it and they started from scratch.  The results speak for themselves.  Even when I wrote this post, I read through it and though, “this is crap.” The words flowed so much better with a blank slate and as you know by now you can’t paint a masterpiece on a cluttered canvas.

Keep Making New Friends

The other day my friend Jon said to me ” you probably have the most interesting listing of amazing people you’ve talked to out of every one I know.” Even though I’ve become really stringent about the guests on BlogcastFM, I still make it a point to continually befriend new bloggers. In fact some of those friends that were baby bloggers when I met them became guests on BlogcastFM.  Besides that, they bring a fresh perspective to things.

Things I’ve accomplished in 1000 days of Blogging

Since I just interviewed Danielle Laporte, I thought it was worth sharing something she calls “Gloryboarding” aka things you’ve accomplished or are proud of. So here are mine:

  • Secured Livfeyre as a sponsor for BlogcastFM
  • Interviewed over 200 people including best selling authors, successful entrepreneurs, and other people who are kicking ass and taking names.
  • Grew BlogcastFM to over 70,000 downloads  month and a 5-star rating in itunes
  • Took the Skool of Life to over 50,000 Monthly Page Views and over 4000 Subscribers
  • Became a contributor at Mark Schaefer’s blog GROW
  • Spoke at both Blogworld Expos in 2011 and at Eye for Travel 2011

There are probably several other less significant things, but those are  my “hell yeah, I did that” accomplishments.

So after 1000 days here’s what I can tell you. It’s been a bit like riding a wave. You continually adjust to what the wave is doing, so you don’t wipe out and eat shit.  And when you inevitably do eat it, shake it off, and paddle back out to the line up. As I’ve said before, if you’re not in the water you’re not going to catch any waves. 

A Long Drawn Out Look Back at 2010

Quick Note: Last Year at this time my blog had about 300 subscribers. Most of what you see below has taken about a year, so don’t underestimate what you can accomplish in a year.

First I want to let you know that this post is going to be fairly long. So, you’ll probably want to set aside some time to go through it. As many of you know I like to review my progress and write about it every quarter. The end of the year report is one that’s always really interesting because it ends up being full of valuable insights for me, so I recommend you actually consider doing one yourself. I think you’ll find it has a very powerful impact on your blogging efforts.

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This has been one of the most amazing years of my life and one that I feel truly grateful for. After close to 10 years of IBS, ADHD, and uphill career battles, I’ve finally found my groove and I realized that I was nothing more than a victim of the late bloomer syndrome.

In the first part of the year I had set one goal to reach 1000 subscribers. Despite insane amounts of guest posting and numerous other efforts, I failed to reach that goal. But I can honestly say that I’m grateful that it took me a bit longer to reach some of my goals. As you start out, you might be in a real hurry to grow your blog. The fact that it took me longer than many other people who started after me has given me so many valuable insights and lessons that I think will be instrumental to my success in the future. So consider that when you think about the fact that you’re not growing as fast as you might want to.

BlogcastFM:

This has really turned into my calling card in the Blogosophere and I have to credit Sid Savara for having the foresight to see that my weekly series Interviews with up and Coming Bloggers could stand on its own as a completely separate site. Because of BlogcastFM, I’ve had the good fortune to pick the brains of the most successful and interesting content creators in the blogosphere. I want to share a quick story with you about why BlogcastFM turned out much differently than we thought it would.

In the early days of BlogcastFM, Sid and I thought we’d interview the biggest and most well known bloggers we could find and they would tweet their interview with us, and it would go viral. It’s safe to say that idea was a complete failure. The first 6 months were an uphill battle. We weren’t growing that fast and the numbers just didn’t seem to be all that great. But then something really interesting happen.  Our listeners started coming out of the woodworks, sending us emails about how useful they found the site, and started to make us realize that we were in fact creating something of value.

That was the beginning of a fundamental shift in how I started to approach the site. I decided to forget about the numbers for and focus on creating value for the listeners. Once we made that shift our community really started to take off. An excitement and buzz started to surround us. When I emailed Jade Craven (aka Kevin Bacon of the blogosphere) for the first time about interviewing her for the site, she decided to included us in her 50 Netsetters You Should Know about list, and before long I found myself with a list of close to 100 people to interview. That resulted in an ongoing series of highlights and growth moments which I’ve briefly summarized below.

  • As of this writing, BlogcastFM is averaging about 6000 downloads per month which is really exciting.
  • To date I’ve interviewed over 100 of the most successful content creators in the Blogosphere. In other words everything I know is just a compilation of other people’s brilliance ;) .
  • In November we launched the BlogcastFM premium service, a paid version of the site to add additional value for our listeners.

Let me also say thank you to all our listeners and interviewees who have made the project possible. Without all of you we wouldn’t have had nearly the success we’ve had.

The Must Listen Interviews

The other day when I put out a tweet asking what I should cover in this report, some of you had asked what my favorite interviews were. That’s something I consider an impossible question, so instead I want to give you what I consider the must  listen interviews for 2010

  • Yaro Starak: Nothing I’m doing today would exist if I hadn’t discovered Yaro Starak and his Blog Mastermind program.  That program really was the start of major changes in my life. So, I definitely consider him one of the must listen interviews for 2010.
  • Dave Navarro: It was a chat with Dave Navarro that finally convinced me that I was capable of launching a product. He packed so much information into my conversation with him that to this day I think I should be charging you for it ;) . The result of this interview was my first mini product How to Grow your Blog with Interviews, which I co-created with David Crandall.
  • Jade Craven: We jokingly refer to her as the Kevin Bacon of the blogosphere and if you read her post The 6 Degrees of Jade Craven, you’ll understand why she’s earned that nickname. To say that Jade has been instrumental in putting my name on the map would be an understatement. I’ve learned so much because of my friendship with her and her interview was an eye opening look into relationships and networking in the blogosphere.
  • Ashley Ambirge: In a recent post I referred to her as a literary seductress. I consider Ash one of the most unique voices in the blogosphere.  Everything she writes is inspiring, entertaining and draws you in. As you explore finding your voice, I think spending a few minutes listening to her interview would be an essential component to your growth.
  • Ramit Sethi: To say that Ramit Sethi was one of the smartest guys I interviewed in 2010 would be an understatement. Famous for letting us know that “blogs are a horrible way to make money”, this interview was a game changer for me. He’s been massively successful and he’s somebody you should consider listening to.
  • Scott Stratten: I used to hate twitter when I first started blogging. I thought it was complete nonsense and a ton of noise. While I started to embrace it slowly, it was a conversation with Scott Stratten that got me in the deep end of the twitter pool. Personally, I think you could learn everything you ever wanted to know about twitter in this one hour chat with Scott.
  • Danielle Laporte: I had heard about Danielle’s work from Kelly Diels (one of my great friends and mentors from the early days of blogging). Danielle’s interview was another one of those that I’d have no issues packaging as a product and selling because I thought it was that good.

10 Thought Provoking Posts from 2010

In the past I would make a list of all the guest posts I’d written all over the blogosphere, but for the purposes of this review I wanted to share what I consider some of my most important ideas that I shared in 2010

Community Building

  • How to Build An Insanely Loyal Tribe One Reader at a Time
  • 150 Followers Is All You Need
  • Networking Awesomely, Kissing Digital Babies, and the Lifeblood the Blogosphere
  • How to Leverage Another Blogger’s Audience to Grow Your Business
  • Focus on the Creation of Value

Career/Productivity

  • Why the 8 hour work day Doesn’t Make Sense
  • Finding the Company that Lets You Be You
  • How I ended up with the greatest job in the world

Personal Stories

  • A Culture of Expectations8 Failures that Led Me to Where I’m at Today
  • A story of Immigration, Persistence, and Inspiration
  • Don’t Look for a Job, Look for an Opportunity to Remarkable

Tipping Points and Key Moments in 2010

  • 1000 Subscribers: The 1000 Subscriber goal was a major milestone for me because it seemed like it took forever. There were bloggers who started after I did who reached 1000 subscribers in a matter of months, while it took me close to 15 months. Oddly enough, shortly before the goal I stopped caring about it and realized it was mainly an ego inflation statistic. My advice to anybody who is on the path to 1000 subscribers is to make your readers love you. The numbers are really nothing more than ego-inflation statistics and not really valuable in the long run. You’d be better off with 100 people who spend tons of time on your site than millions who don’t stay very long.
  • Reaching 100 Interviews: This was an interesting moment and an important lesson in focusing on what matters. Sid and I had planned on having a special guest or doing something special for the 100th interview on BlogcastFM. We got so caught up in producing content and running interviews that we completely overlooked the fact that we had already reached 100 interviews. In many ways, this came  down to putting our focus on what mattered, creating value for the listeners.
  • Attending Blogworld: Getting to go to Blogworld as part of my job at Flightster was one of the most amazing experiences I had this year. To meet all the people that I’ve been talking to online over the last year was really just incredible. It would be hard to quantify the value that comes from attending Blogworld, but I will say that it definitely helped us to put BlogcastFM on the map and it also inspired tons of new ideas for content, products, and collaboration. More importantly it created a deeper connection between many of us who only had interacted online. I’ll be writing a separate post about the members of my tribe you should pay attention to in 2011.
  • Watching a Post go Viral: My dream of putting an end to the 8 hour work day didn’t quite become a reality but it definitely got some attention because the post ended up going viral, and received over 20,000 visits in one day. The day I wrote the post it got tweeted over 42 times while I was on the phone screaming at Godaddy about the fact that my site was down.  About a month later it went viral and received about 300 tweets.

3 The Keys to my Growth in 2010

  • Consistent Posting: I had a fairly slow, but consistent upward trending growth pattern. I think consistent content production played a major role in this. I’ve kind of blanketed the social web  with a content production schedule that looks something like this:
    • 3 Posts a week on the Skool of Life
    • 3 Interviews a Week on BlogcastFm
    • An occasional guest post
    • A weekly presence on Flightster
  • The Inner Circle on Twitter: Believe it or not I think this was the biggest factor in the growth of my blog in 2010. I turned into a mad social scientist conducting experiments on Twitter and I’m still conducting different ones.  I went from hating Twitter to seeing an absolute gold mine of information and interesting people. I think when I started to see twitter for the people rather than the stats, it became much more valuable.
  • Improved Content: One thing I can say for sure is that I’m a better writer now than I was when I first started. I make a point to write almost every single day. Sometimes I’ll put fingers to keyboard in the morning and what comes out is gibberish. Those days I just abandon the writing. I think this has been instrumental in my ability to improve my writing. I’ve also made a point to experiment with different content ideas.

10 Lessons Learned in 2010 in 140 Characters or Less

  • Relationships fuel the blogosphere
  • The best way to be interesting is to be exactly who you are
  • Prioritize your lifestyle and passions as much as you can
  • Take the Scenic Route Through Life
  • Use twitter to surround yourself with brilliant, interesting and creative people if you really want to get value out of it
  • Don’t underestimate the power of the lesser known bloggers. They won’t be small forever
  • Make sure you watch at least one TED.com talk a week
  • Read as many books as you can. Then put the ideas you read into action
  • I think it’s all about art and creativity, not about marketing and metrics
  • Don’t get caught up in the comparative and competitive disadvantage

Things I would have done Differently

  • Email: I honestly think my email newsletter here at  The Skool of life could use some work. I’ve mainly been sending out the content on the blog via my newsletter. Fortunately Sid is doing an amazing job on the BlogcastFM newsletter. One of things I’m planning on doing is turning my newsletter into a 6 part course on all the things you should have learned in school, but didn’t. I feel like that would be really fitting with many of the themes of the Skool of Life.
  • Monetization: A few things happened here. I lost a client that was paying me $500.00 a month in income because their budget dried up. This might have actually been a good thing because it forced me to start thinking about how to most effectively do this. I think I’m going to make a point to create more mini-products over the course of the next several months. I stopped posting craigslist ads for consulting opportunities as well. I do think that BlogcastFM Premium will be a substantial income stream by the end of 2011 and it I think it’s much more scalable than consulting.
  • Strategic Guest Posting: One of the opportunities I believe I wasted was the byline in guest posts. I read somewhere on Problogger that you are better off plugging your product or email newsletter in the bio of your guest post rather than just your site.  So that’s something I’ll do in the next quarter. I actually scaled back on guest posting in this quarter to focus on creation of some evergreen content for my own blog.  Like most strategies, even guest posting has a diminishing return after some point, so I started to look at where the overwhelming majority of new subscribers were coming from when I did a guest post, and focused my efforts there.

Overall, I would say 2010 has been an epic year for almost all of us who started this journey together in the middle of 2009. People have left day jobs, setup full time income streams, and had the good fortune of surrounding themselves with brilliant people. I’m excited about what the future holds for everybody that is taking this journey and the possibility of an extraordinary life that lies ahead for all of us.

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11 Steps to Starting Over Today

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Eric Pratum, the social marketing strategist at the nonprofit marketing agency, Grizzard Communications Group. Find him on his smart marketing blog or, even better, say hi on Twitter.

Often, very often actually, I am asked how to find a new job, pick up a new skill, become location independent, or otherwise change a person’s life and lifestyle significantly. I’ve done it. Well, most of it, and no, I’m not a location independent travel blogger or some 20-something living on a shoestring budget. I have a nice “corporate” job that I love, helping clients that I really care about, working alongside people that have made an emotional and financial investment in me…and conversely I in them.

To get here, I worked diligently to pick up new skills, meet people, and make it known to the world that I had something valuable to offer. But, to do that, I almost had to start from scratch, building off of what I already knew, but picking my own path as if I was starting from square one.

For all of you that are looking for a change, here are 11 steps to starting over today:

  1. Determine what you really want to do, what you are meant to do. Saying, “I don’t know what I want to do,” is not an excuse. This is your life. Do you want to talk to people for a living, design things, be a wordsmith, something else? In my case, I chose marketing because I like talking with people and numbers fascinate me. Plus, I saw people in the blogosphere that I aspired to be like, and they worked in marketing.
  2. Stop wasting time by not focusing on getting where you want to go. Everyone wastes time, and rarely do people feel like they have free time, but if you want to make a change and get ahead, it requires sacrifices and a time investment. If you watch TV, waste time reading unnecessary “news” online or offline, or otherwise do things unrelated to your new skill and field, stop.

    Everyone wants to do something great in their lives. It might be searching for a good job and get settled in lives. Job searching is not an easy task because we have to search for a job which will be suitable for our timings and the skills we have. Once we start liking our job, we will definitely give out our best in all the endeavors we do and this will make us very strong. We can also go to this web-site to look for more jobs available based on our skills.

    As much as I’ve hated it at certain times, I stopped playing music (now and then), stopped collecting comic books, stopped spending time on Reddit, seriously cut back on time spent with friends, and more. I’m not saying you have to do this forever…just for a while. Don’t pay lip service to something by saying, “I’d like to be a…” Do it by saying, “I am a…”

  3. Find more time. It’s amazing how much time you spend commuting, exercising, cooking, waiting for appointments, and doing many other things that are generally necessary to hold a job, have friends, and be healthy. That is all time that you could be reading, listening to related podcast, or otherwise keeping yourself up-to-date and in-the-know. For my part, I listen to podcasts when I walk to and from the train commuting to work and also when I go for my daily run. As well, I read on the train each day.
  4. Save your money. Eventually, you will quit your job, and whether you’re traveling the world, becoming a freelance consultant, or just trying to find your next gig, you’re going to need a launch fund. As hard as it is to do, you have to scrimp and save. That might mean selling your car and other possessions. It could mean buying cheaper food or canceling your internet or cell phone. Also to save money, join a frequent flyer program and peruse FlyerTalk so that you can find out how to get thousands and thousands of dollars worth of airfare for free. This will be invaluable, whether you’re location independent or just still working on your skills and want to, say, go home for the holidays without breaking the bank.
  5. Pick a technical skill to learn. Anyone can talk the talk, but it takes technical skills to walk the walk unless you have years of experience in your new field. If I was coming to marketing from some other field, I would choose to learn things like HTML, photoshop, or SEO. I would get a book, enroll in an evening or weekend course, and practice practice practice. You’ve got all of this new free time. Now, you need to focus it on learning a new skill that you can put on your resume, demonstrate, and sell to a client or employer.
  6. Blog about it. You might hate writing. You might even be a bad writer, but you cannot get around the fact that search engines love text, and so do people. Even if you know nothing right now, as a potential client or employer, a blog that chronicles your development tells me what level you are at, what your thought processes are, and most importantly what you are about. Additionally, having a blog is great for networking. SEO bloggers read each others’ blogs, point out problems or solutions, and help each other…as do photography bloggers, social media bloggers, and a million other kinds of bloggers.
  7. Find a volunteer position or side job. If you’ve been a diligent student, chances are that, after 6 months, you know HTML, SEO, or whatever else pretty well. You’re not an expert, but you’ve learned as much as you can without further guidance. As long as you’re not violating a work agreement, either volunteer your newly found skill to a local organization (charity or otherwise), find yourself a client on Craigslist, or get a job where they know you don’t know a lot yet, but are okay with that since they’re not paying you much. Do not get yourself into a hole though by committing to an arrangement that doesn’t make sense for your current plans. 3-6 months is probably all you need to spend on this if you are working hard for 10-20 hours each week.
  8. Find an overseas position doing what you’re meant to do. This is really only for those of you that want to be location independent overseas, but there are plenty of opportunities where you can get overseas at the very least working if not also doing what you’ve been training for. While it is not necessary that you get a position before going overseas, working for WWOOF, teaching English, and any number of other things, even if unrelated to your goal field, can make it much easier to get acclimated and learn your way around before really going for what you’ve been working on for months. Just after I finished college, I went to Germany and received room and board in exchange for 20 hours/week spent on a WWOOF farm, which led to me moving to Sweden, playing on their national baseball team, writing an essay that got me a scholarship to do my masters in Germany, and then being offered several jobs over there afterward. Mine is just one of many examples.
  9. Offer your skills online…if you’re not looking to work for someone else. You’ve now been working on your new skill for six months, had a volunteer or side job for 3-6 months, and maybe worked overseas. It’s safe to say that you know this skill, and probably others, very well by now. You might not be an expert, but you know enough to turn that blog of yours into a business, put yourself on Elance (or oDesk or Guru), and let your network know that your business is open for business.
  10. Look for that new job…if you want to work for someone. You know your field well by now. If you want to find a dream job working for someone else, it’s time to let your network know, start applying, and get smart about getting your name out there. Now, let’s get smart about advertising. Figure out where you want to work and for whom. Then, buy Facebook ads targeting people that work at the companies you want to work at, and buy Google ads for the names of managers in the departments you want to work in. Direct those ads to custom landing pages on your blog that have content specific to the company, person, position, and your skills. Having examples and videos does not hurt either.
  11. Be happy. No matter what happens, you’ve learned a new skill, demonstrated your expertise, introduced yourself to a whole new field, and likely made friends you did not have before. Don’t be impatient if things don’t go perfectly, and definitely do not give up. Stick to it. If things do go well and clients or an employer pay you a lot for your new skill, be grateful and stick with them. Hard work and change can be addicting, but always putting this type of work before other things in your life can ruin relationships and even make you selfish…making you always think about how other people “waste” your time, cost you money, or keep you from improving yourself. I know, I can now and then be a workaholic. Be happy. Take a breath. And, enjoy your new position in life.

Time Management for Bloggers With Short Attention Spans

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I honestly had no plans to write an e-book in the upcoming weeks and I never thought it would get done this quickly. This book was the byproduct of two things

  1. A Tweet I jokingly sent out about wanting to write an e-book called time management for bloggers with short attentions spans (it turns out I“m not alone here).
  2. The strategies and methods in this e-book.

Over the last year I’ve managed to turn myself into a content production machine using everything in this e-book. For those of you who don’t know me, my content production over the course of the week is something like this:

  • 3 Posts on this blog
  • Multiple Guests Posts (sometimes there’s a time delay after submission)
  • 3 Podcasts on BlogcastFM
  • 3 Interviews every week for BlogcastFM (sometimes more)
  • A day job managing a team of 5 other bloggers

That’s more than 8 pieces of content every week and something everyday. I also manage to maintain authentic relationships on twitter and get projects done. That being said, I have an attention span that sucks. (ask any one of my ex-girlfriends) So like me, many tend to not make profits in intraday trading because they fail to pick up the right stocks. Visit This Link to understand how to pick the stocks to trade intraday. This is an art and it takes a lot of practice to know how to spot the right intraday trading opportunity. I have to do as much as possible in about 2 hours each day because once that 2 hour window is over my attention span goes to hell.

So, let me give you a preview of what’s inside this e-book:

  • I limited it to 17 pages because it’s for people with short attention spans
  • A series of highly effective basic time management strategies that TURN YOUR SHORT ATTENTION SPAN INTO A HUGE ADVANTAGE
  • The 5 Keys to Highly Productive Blogging
  • A Very Simple Implementation System that you can you use to finally implement advice you’ve been reading instead of loading your brain with information and doing nothing with that information.

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What makes you sure this will work for me?

Nothing. Everybody works differently, so I can’t give you a 100% guarantee that everything will work for you.

Why did you make it so cheap?

So there’s a good amount of discussions on how to price an e-book. I honestly will say that I’ve repurposed content from my blog to put this together. So, I don’t feel justified charging you more than $10.00. Given that I’m also throwing in the consulting offer, I think it’s a fair bargain.

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5 Myths That Help Corporate America to Fuel Its Own Existence

by srinirao on November 17, 2010

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This post is possibly going to hit a nerve with some of you and be a real wakeup call for others. It’s possible that I’ll really piss some people off with this post, maybe get labeled a conspiracy theorist, and more. But that’s a chance I’m willing to take.

Last week when I posted my talk at Pepperdine which I decided to title “Don’t look for a job, Look for an Opportunity to be Remarkable”, some of you had asked me to write a post about the reactions that people had to the talk. For those of who you watched the talk and those who didn’t have time, I ended the talk by saying that inevitably when you start to blaze your own trail, make your own rules and veer off the tried and true path that skeptics will emerge.

I am not saying that this is the dead end but if you do not wake up now and find a way about it there is a chance that you will end up being very late for it. That is why I knew exactly when I had visit site of crypto code that this was something that was not just unconventional but worth a try before it is too long and I repent that I did not act up fast on https://top10binarydemo.com/review/crypto-code/

I finished it by saying ordinary lives are for ordinary people, extraordinary lives for extraordinary people, and that I was never meant to be ordinary. One of my classmates caught the speech on Facebook and in our exchange he said something to me that really stuck. He said “yeah, it might take a while, but eventually you realize you’ve been had by this whole system of going to a school and getting a job.” There is a sad truth to what he said and by the time most people realize it, they feel like there’ s nothing they can do.

5 Myths That Help Corporate America to Fuel Its Own Existence

Myth: 9 to 5 jobs are Stable

Reality: Somewhere along the way you got convinced that a 9 to 5 job is stable. From experience I can tell you it’s only stable until a company decides to go through a layoff. When somebody else is in control of your income is that really stable? Sure there’s short term risk in an entrepreneurial venture. But isn’t the risk worth it considering the long term risk is letting somebody else control your financial future? It’s something that I encourage the skeptics on the sideline to consider.

Myth: I can climb the ladder and I’ll get my payday:

Reality: Let’s look at the numbers. In a company of several thousand employees there is 1 CEO, a few vice presidents, a shitload of middle managers, and even more cogs. I’m sorry to burst your bubble but I’m an Indian person who sucks at math and even I realize those are some piss poor odds. I had a friend who worked at Apple for about 12 years. I remember when he hit the 10 year mark. I asked him what happens at the 10 year mark and he said “they give you a really nice pen. I got one at the 5 year mark too.” Apparently you get another one at your 25 year mark. I’m not trying to single out Apple, but just giving you an example. To top it all off, what you’re actually doing is working in order to make somebody else rich. This might sound harsh, but this is like playing career roulette. Are you really going to bet your whole life on one job?

Myth: If I make enough money and have enough things I’ll be happy

Reality: A life made up of experiences is far better than one made up of possessions. The majority of possessions depreciate in value almost immediately after your purchase. The cycle of buying our happiness is vicious, but it helps to sustain the economy. It’s twisted, but it’s unfortunately true. The corporate world benefits because people will not only work at jobs in order to buy their happiness, they’ll even help to keep this cycle going without realizing it.

Myth: Not everybody can be Steve Jobs, Chris Guillebeau...insert successful person of your choice

Reality: Not everybody needs to be any of those people. In all honesty, when I heard these words from my dad last summer I nearly lost it. I couldn’t believe that my own father would tell me “not everybody can be Steve Jobs. You shouldn’t have such lofty goals.” But it’s really not his fault. Nobody ever told him anything different. That kind of thinking is exactly what enables the corporate american fire to keep burning. The more people that think like that, the more they’ll take jobs that are not necessarily what they want, and the more fuel corporate America gets for its existence. You don’t need to be any of those people. You just need to find a way to live life on your own terms.

Myth: This whole social media/blogging thing is just a fad like everything else.

Reality: Technically corporate America hasn’t said this. But it was one of the reactions I got from the students after my talk at Pepperdine. I think fads don’t result in millions of people finding their true calling and the numbers essentially tell us that this not just a fad. The world as we know it is changing and there are those who will embrace the change and those who will be fighting an uphill battle when they get left behind.

Ashley Ambirge who has really given the finger to conventional wisdom, in her recent post Why you don’t need a job part Deux, had some reader reactions that I thought really spoke to the fact that there always skeptics on the sidelines. Sometimes those skeptics are the evil voices inside our heads (aka the Lizard brain). While I’ve said I want to marry Ashley Ambirge, she asked for an affiliate link instead of an engagement ring, so go check out her awesome new ebook.