Paul Jarvis on Productivity and Growing Your Online Business


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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How Sarah Stodola (Author of ‘Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors’) Writes


Journalist and creative non-fiction author Sarah Stodola shared her writer’s file with host Kelton Reid in this episode of The Writer Files.

Her recent book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors is a fascinating collection of the habits and habitats of heralded scribes.

Ms. Stodola is also an accomplished journalist and editor whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Mental Floss, The Daily Beast, The Fiscal Times, Condé Nast Traveler, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, Storyboard, Slate, and many others.

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Are Productivity Articles Making You Unproductive?


This week on No Sidebar, host Brian Gardner responds to an article written by Paul Jarvis, entitled “On becoming digital hoarders.”

Our yearning to find information that will somehow magically fill some void in our life continually leaves us unsatisfied.

We are promised endlessly how to make our lives better, how to be more productive, and how to get what we want.

But the reality, and main takeaway from Paul’s article, is at some point, we need to take off the training wheels of acquiring knowledge and ride the bike of applying that knowledge …

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The Aggressive Work Ethic of Highly Creative People


Listen. You have control over inspiration. You run the show. Look at magicians, for examples. Curious bunch.

They pull furry mammals out of their hats. Levitate humans. Hide automobiles out of sight.

The great ones make a killing, jet set around the globe, and beat groupies off with a brass-tipped wand. The not-so-great ones — the average ones — are still amazing.

Getting to that point, where the illusion is flawless (thus, magical), involves hard work. Content creators are no strangers to hard work. But we often view what they do — their level of originality — as magical, something even mystical.

So what’s the trick?

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5 Ways to Blast Off Your Freelance Writing Income Through Massive Action

3 ... 2 ... 1 ... go big or go home

You know how to reach success as a writer because you’ve heard it a million times: It’s all about the baby steps, baby.

Break down your goal into manageable chunks and take one tiny step at a time towards your vision so you don’t get overwhelmed — and you’ll make steady, if slow, progress.

Well, maybe that works for some people. But for me, taking teeny steps towards my goals is hugely demotivating.

Seriously, when I think about sending out a single email sales letter, making one cold call, or buying the supplies I need for my business one Post-it note at a time, it makes me want to just give up and binge-watch Project Runway instead of writing.

And I suspect a lot of writers and entrepreneurs are the same way.

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How to Deal with Creative Block and Creative Envy


There are two things that consistently get in our way of being creative entrepreneurs — and with a little bit of intentional effort, they can both be avoided.

If you’re a writer or designer, creative block and envy can easily limit your productivity.

So what’s the best way around it?

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