The Dangerous Myth of the Magical Tool

Reality Check: Is your mind playing tricks on you?

When we’re starting out, we want to know the best tools to use.

What platform should I build my website on? What’s the best tool for writing? What should I use to create images for my site? What social media platforms should I invest time in?

These thoughts can swirl around and around and keep us firmly planted in analysis paralysis.

Don’t get me wrong: It makes sense to look for solid tools from the very beginning. You want to get your business off to a good start. You want to build it on a reliable platform and avoid having to make a painful switch to a different platform later.

But you have to move on from that stage. Don’t dawdle there.

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5 Simple Steps for Creating Content, Even When Life Gets in the Way

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If you’re about to start a content marketing strategy for your business and you’re wondering how to keep showing up consistently, or you’re already struggling with sporadic publishing habits, this episode of Hit Publish is for you.

If people tell you that creating content regularly is easy, they’re telling fibs. It’s one of the biggest challenges businesses face when Hitting Publish and host Amy Harrison has got a confession to make … she has struggled with it a lot in the past.

Fortunately, this means Amy has a few sneaky tips for helping you out if you’re in a content creation jam.

You can turn things around, and Amy won’t be asking you to go from zero to hundreds of posts in just a week.

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The Write Way to Answer Your Most Pressing Questions

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I’m going to go out on a limb here. Because what I’m about to suggest might seem a little crazy.

But it really works.

And I want you to know about this simple habit, because the sooner you adopt it, the sooner you’ll start to see what I discovered.

I stumbled upon this weird (and unexpected) benefit while I was developing a different habit.

Now the habit is a daily practice for me because of the powerful results it produces.

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Deviance, Obsession, and Sharing Your Gifts with the World: A Conversation with Bill O’Hanlon

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Therapist, writer, coach, businessman, iconoclast: Bill O’Hanlon has a complicated résumé.

Bill is someone who approaches life and business with a lot of curiosity and humor.

Sonia Simone and Bill got together to talk about his passionate approach to business, therapy, and life.

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How Bestselling Author Austin Kleon Writes, Part One

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New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon has been called “one of the most interesting people on the Internet” by The Atlantic magazine, and he stopped by The Writer Files to chat about creativity and the writing life.

Austin is the author of three illustrated books: Steal Like An Artist, Newspaper Blackout, and Show Your Work!. They’re guides The Writer Files host Kelton Reid recommends to all writers seeking insights for tapping into your endless reserves of creativity and innovation.

In addition to being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS’s Newshour, and The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Kleon speaks about “creativity in the digital age” for organizations as varied as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist.

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The Art of Working Between Your Comfort Zone and Your Panic Zone

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Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur wasn’t always an entrepreneur. He attended Harvard and worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, did policy work for the National Economic Council at the White House, and political organizing for the Service Employees International Union.

Then he gave it all up to become an entrepreneur.

He is the CEO and co-founder of Mic, a leading news and media company for young people. Each month, more than 20,000,000 readers rely on Mic’s unique sensibility to stay informed and make sense of the world.

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