Shiny: The Firefly Guide to Producing More Creative Content

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I was reading Jonathan Fields’ new book Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance this weekend, and one of the insights that struck me the most was his breakdown of the two types of creativity.

Because analogies help us learn, and because Firefly is the best show that has ever been on television, I’m going to call the two types of creativity Mal Reynolds creativity (insight, vision, and brave new ideas) and Zoe Washburne creativity (actually getting something done).

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How to Master the One Trait That Makes You Unstoppable

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote about the black swan — the impossible-to-predict event that changes everything. The terrorist attack, the earthquake, the worldwide economic meltdown.

But in the world we live in now, it’s the white swan — the ordinary, predictable event — that’s becoming rare.

Black swans show up every day. Storms and disasters … and positive black swans, too, like world-changing technology.

Unpredictability is the new predictability, and the only thing we can be sure of is that the world will look almost unrecognizably different — even just a few years from today.

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Would You Trade Boredom for Stress to Have Your Own Business?

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I don’t have a cool life-or-death story.

I didn’t almost die from a snowboarding accident.

I wasn’t diagnosed as a toddler with an illness that was supposed to kill me.

I was a working mom with a good job. The money was good, the benefits were great, and the people were smart and nice.

I had a cute little private office and the company was doing interesting work. I had created my own department, and everything we did was based on something I had built. (For a control freak like me, this is a very pleasant.)

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How to Rule the Whole Freaking World

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Have you ever noticed how obsessed we are at Copyblogger with wanting to help you get more?

Every week we write about how find more readers, convert more sales, make more revenue.

Get more traffic to your site. Build more buyers for your business. Be a smarter, more confident businessperson. Get more out of your time.

More, more, more.

So let’s just cut to the chase. What you really want is to feel rich and powerful enough to rule the world, right?

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Please Help Us Defeat Breast Cancer

Brian Gardner walking the Komen 3-Day for the Cure

On August 5-7, fellow Copyblogger Media partner Brian Gardner (founder of StudioPress) and his wife Shelly will be walking 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for The Cure in Chicago.

This is Brian’s tenth year walking, and in that time he’s raised more than $60,000 to fight breast cancer. And he’s not even close to being finished.

You might not be able to join Brian and Shelly in Chicago for their three-day odyssey. But there is a way you can join us in spirit …

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Meet the Lazy Marketer’s Best Friend: The Email Autoresponder

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No one loves blogs more than I do. They’re a great way to build your authority, attract an engaged audience, develop trust and rapport, attract links, and stake your claim in search engines.

I love blogs. But like babies and kittens, two other things I love, they’re also a lot of responsibility.

Blogs take time. You’ve got to write terrific content that stands out from the general noise, promote it intelligently, and cultivate reader relationships. And that’s in addition to everything else you do in your business, from producing your product to getting your taxes filed.

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