7 Types of People Everyone Wishes Would Just Shut the **** Up

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Do you ever wish you could just tell someone to “shut the **** up?”

  • They’re trying to talk like they’re a genius, when they are obviously as dumb as a doorknob.
  • Or they’re trying to beef up their own credibility, so you’ll listen to their stupid advice.
  • Or they’re bragging about some moronic thing that they did in the hopes that you’ll think they’re cool.

But really, you just wish they would shut their freaking mouth.

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The Susan Boyle Guide to
Being Loud and Proud

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Isn’t calling attention to yourself… wrong?

Some people certainly think so. We are raised to admire the quiet hero, the saint that sacrifices without hope of thanks or recognition, the humble servant that gives the glory to God. We scorn people that brag, take too much credit, or appear to be enjoying their success too much.

Then you have another school of thought that rallies around the motto of, “If you don’t toot your horn, no one else will.” They tell you to be proud of what you’ve accomplished, ask for help when you need it, and fill your resume with details of your life’s every victory. Do anything less, and you’re not just naïve. You’re wasting your potential.

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The Courage to be Wrong

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I used to think being “right” was a big deal.

I had to say the right thing, dress the right way, know the right people, read the right books, live in the right neighborhood, go to the right school. It wasn’t because I wanted to, exactly, but because I thought it was a prerequisite for success.

If you want other people to respect you, then you have to look and sound a certain way, right? Makes sense, if conformity is all you’ve ever been taught.

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It’s Time to Shoot Your Blog

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Imagine for a moment you’re John Wayne. You know, a gun-toting, horse-whipping, tobacco-chewing kinda guy. A real cowboy.

Then imagine you have a blog (weird, I know). In this story though, your blog isn’t on the Internet. It has nothing to do with social media. Comments don’t exist. No, for the purposes of this post, your blog is something much simpler:

It’s your horse. And he’s dying.

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How to Get a Copyblogger Blog Consultation, Even if You Didn’t Win

So, there’s good news and bad news.

The bad news is that if you haven’t heard from me, you didn’t score one of the free blog consultations.

The good news is that Brian and I talked, and we are going to open up 10 more spots. This time though, I’m going to do things a bit differently.

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Screwed Up Your Blog? Here’s What to Do

Screwed

It’s inevitable, you know.

One day, you pull up your blog and realize you did everything wrong. You picked the wrong topic. Your design looks amateurish. Your posts sound desperate for attention.

You didn’t do it intentionally, of course. You just didn’t know what you were doing when you started, and the mistakes have kind of piled up.

The question is, what are you going to do about it?

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