6 Beautiful Ways Artificial Constraints Can Improve Your Creativity and Life

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Like accumulating capital, hard work has its own momentum. If you want to master digital media, then produce it often.

Maria Popova, the woman behind Brain Pickings, publishes three substantial blog posts every weekday, typically about substantial books she reads. Each post is an elegant display of her ornate knowledge and polished creativity.

And when I was asked to host a show for our digital marketing podcast network, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Here was a chance to organize my work, tackle a new challenge, and consistently produce a new type of digital media.

Yet — I was warned — it was essential I dismissed any optimistic notions about the quality of my show.

During a kick-off call with the rest of the Rainmaker.FM podcasters, Robert Bruce, our overlord, said, “Your first 100 shows will be crap.”

It was meant to encourage us.

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5 Easily Avoidable Mistakes That Cause Most Podcasts to Fail

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Most podcasts fail. It’s unfortunate, but true. That might psyche out some potential showrunners before they even start. But savvy showrunners will recognize an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others.

Obviously, there are many possible mistakes that can lead to podcasts failing. But there are some common ones that The Showrunner hosts, Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor, have seen over and over.

And what’s encouraging is that many of these mistakes are avoidable — simply by knowing what they are and knowing how to turn them into positives instead of negatives.

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How Our Obsession With Greatness Kills the Ability to Do Good Work

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The pressure to be great — well, so great that it cripples us — injects us with expectations that are typically unrealistic.

We spin our wheels trying to write that epic post. But we have a tendency to measure ourselves up so inadequately to those we admire — so much so that, in the end, we don’t write anything.

It’s okay to focus on being great, but not at the expense of being good. You can’t reach the summit unless you start at the base of the mountain.

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Deadly Conversion Busters: How a Lack of Goodwill Could Be Hurting Your Authority

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Goodwill can be the difference between a happy, growing community and a declining audience where you get more unsubscribes than opt-ins.

Join The Mainframe hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett as they discuss how goodwill works in your digital business, what you can do to generate more goodwill, and how to nurture it with your content.

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The Anatomy of a Hyperlink That Woos Readers

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Links are hugely important for the web.

In a macro, 30,000-foot way, links are the currency that help search engines evaluate the essence and quality of content. They help search engines determine the authority behind a web page.

On a micro level, though, from the reader’s perspective, links also serve as one more of these landmarks that stand out for the reader as she surveys her media landscape.

And when you have mere minutes to woo a potential reader, you do whatever you can to make your page stand out.

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8 Tips for Running Wildly Successful In-Person Events

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As soon as I walked in the room, I could feel the energy of the audience. There was a palpable buzz of anticipation and excitement in the air.

We were all waiting for Seth Godin to deliver the opening keynote at Copyblogger Media’s first-ever live event, Authority Intensive.

Everyone was excited about Seth, but as members of the Copyblogger community, we were also completely delighted to be together, in person, all in one room.

It felt like we were in the middle of a huge family reunion of people we really wanted to hang out with. People we actually like.

Live events. There’s nothing like them.

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Do We Celebrate Failure Too Much?

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The only people who don’t fail are people who don’t try anything outside of their comfort zones, which is no way to grow.

So a certain amount of failure is not only okay, it’s desirable. But have we reached a point where we are now over-glorifying failure?

The Lede hosts Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth dive deep and discuss.

And in case you’re wondering where the idea for this episode came from … just look back one week in the archive.

In the last episode of The Lede, James Altucher used a term that made both Demian and Jerod do a double take: “failure porn.”

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Jeff Goins on Creating Amidst Chaos

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Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a communicator, consultant, creator, and an entrepreneur. He is also a writer, speaker, and master audience builder.

Originally from Chicago, he then moved to Nashville after graduating from college and spending a year traveling with his band.

He has written four books, including his latest The Art of Work, and also teaches a popular online course called Tribe Writers.

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4 Deep Marketing Questions (with Answers!)

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Once again, Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer host Sonia Simone is jazzed to have four great questions from the audience about marketing and business.

How do you move forward when you’ve made a big change with your business? How do you get the confidence to launch your product?

And just what is Sonia’s evil ulterior motive for recording her podcast?

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The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Bullet Points That Work

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Why bullet points? Like it or not, they keep people reading your blog posts, pages, articles, and copy like nothing else …

In the online attention economy, studies show us that readers behave in very predictable ways.

They’ll read the headline, the first sentence, they’ll scan the page, particularly the left-hand side of the page, looking at the sub headlines and slowing down at the bullets.

But they’ll fly by those bullets if you fail to craft them in a certain way …

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