A Day to Be With Family and Remember

Sgt. Benton Thames inspects a sentinel before the sentinel begins his walk on the mat at Arlington National Cemetery.

At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desperate joy we go back to the fight. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes fought in the Civil War, enlisting with the Massachusetts militia during his senior year of college. He suffered numerous wounds and nearly died of dysentery.

After three years, in 1864, Holmes was able to walk away from military service. He would go on to live another 71 years, ultimately becoming one of the best-known and most oft-cited U.S. Supreme Court Justices in history. (He defined “clear and present danger,” for example.)

Holmes would serve all the way until just a couple of months before his 91st birthday. His was a full and vibrant life.

Unfortunately, so many of the men Holmes fought with and against in the Civil War did not make it home. Nor have so many of the men and women who have fought in the wars that have occurred since. So much life unlived. So much potential unable to be fulfilled.

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Behind-the-Scenes Online Marketing Insights from Authority Rainmaker 2015

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Authority Rainmaker 2015 wrapped up a week ago, and those of us who were there are still processing the online marketing insights we had at the live event in Denver.

If you didn’t make it this year — and even if you did — we’d like to invite you to experience some of the energy at the conference.

There were so many smart people — attendees, presenters, and sponsors — gathered in one place. The collective energy of the group could be felt in the opera house seats, in the lobby, at the meals, and at the parties.

Listen below to Clark Buckner of TechnologyAdvice interview Authority Rainmaker 2015 presenters, attendees, and sponsors.

Hear their favorite takeaways below. And read on for the most compelling quotes we heard.

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The 3 Components of Podcast Profitability

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Last week, Jerod Morris gave a presentation at Authority Rainmaker entitled “Become a Showrunner: The 4 Essential Elements of a Remarkable Podcast.”

One of those elements is profitability, which he and Jon Nastor break down on this week’s episode of The Showrunner.

Jerod and Jon begin by sharing their biggest “Oh crap!” moments while recording, then dive into a discussion about podcast profitability.

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Paul Jarvis on Productivity and Growing Your Online Business

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As creative entrepreneurs, we have a tendency to get stuck in the learning process and fail to push the needle by taking action.

Perpetuated by fear and criticism, the failure to launch a product can be crippling. We continually find ourselves spinning our wheels and getting stuck in a place that’s completely avoidable.

It’s a good thing we have pioneers and thought leaders in our space who speak encouraging words that help us take the leap of faith.

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Deadly Conversion Busters: Turning ‘Yeah, But’ Into ‘Yes, Please’

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Why is your prospect on the fence?

How can you convert that concern into a reason to buy?

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How to Read a Book in 2 Hours

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If you’re like Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth, you like to read. And you like to read a lot.

In fact, some people might call you obsessed. Demian gets that all the time. No surprise, since he tries to read 100 books every year …

But it can be frustrating. Daily demands. Lack of time. Big books. You get so close to reading 100 … but alas, at the end of the year Demian falls, slump headed, 16, 20, or 40 books away from his goal.

If that’s you too, you’re not alone.

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