Do You Know When to Shut Up?

Shut up

There are writers. And then there are writers.

But I was a cartoonist.

Let me take you way back to the year 1988 for a lesson in shutting up.

I was drawing cartoon strips for a very popular newspaper called ‘Mid-Day’. And every day, I’d draw a new strip, and submit it to the newspaper. And since it was back in the days before the Internet, I often had to get on a train, travel 20 miles, and walk for 15 minutes to get to the newspaper office before the 7:30 am deadline.

One day I ran into the editor. And he commended me on my cartoons.

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Gary Vaynerchuk’s Secret Ingredient
(And Why You Might Not Need It)

Gary Vaynerchuk

A lot of golfers envy Tiger Woods. And a lot of bloggers envy Gary Vaynerchuk.

But is that a good comparison?

It may well be, because Gary has used social media to rocket his company to fame (and reasonable fortune). And he’s done it mostly through blogging and social networking.

So does that mean Gary Vee succeeds purely on the basis of his enthusiasm, content, and consistency? Of course, all of that counts.

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How to Succeed at Content Marketing
Even if Your Content Skills Suck

Sad Content

Turn on your TV at 6 pm. What do you get?

The news, right?

Then turn it on tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after, and the week after.

You can turn in on at any day and guess what?

The news is still on at 6 pm.

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How to Super-Charge Your Content
With Emotion

Super-charged

There’s a specific reason why I wake up in the morning and end up writing 3-4 articles before I even hit the first sip of coffee. It’s because I’m all charged up.

The emotions are flowing:

  • I’m happy.
  • Or I’m sad.
  • Or I’m frustrated beyond belief.

And the reason why I get into these crazy moods is because I’ve just read a blog post. Or someone’s just written me an email that I strongly disagree with, or maybe simply asked me a question.

I don’t need caffeine to get going.

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The Ramen Noodle Attraction Factor for Easily-Digestable Content

Struggle

Most of us don’t realize the attraction power of two-minute Ramen noodles.

So let me explain…

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3 Tips to Make Writing Less of a Struggle

Struggle

Let’s say you want to blow up a lab.
What do you do?
You take two explosive chemicals and mix them together, right?

But what if you took Na + Cl and mixed them together somehow.
What would you get? You’d get salt.
What’s worse is that the lab would not be “blown up.”

And you’d be a failure.
The more labs you tried to blow with Na + Cl, the more you’d fail.
And the more you fail, the more you’re going to fail.

And this slides us right into why most of us struggle to write.
You see we don’t struggle to write an email.
We don’t write, re-write, re-think and then write something boring.

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