Promoting other Cool Peeps

We all know that I love talking up people that are doing cool and inspiring things. Usually this is confined to my Monday Madness posts, but in the past couple of weeks some of my favorite bloggers have been particularly inspiring. I would write about them anyway, but they’re all offering unique rewards for my time (other than the chance of winning a contest, I am not getting paid for any of this). Dave Navarro at Rock Your Day This guy has a wonderful talent for making you not only think, but act. He ends his inspiring blog posts with a prompt for you to answer in the comments, and suggests you post anonymously as “Kick Ass” if you’re feeling shy. No excuses not to participate! He also has a library full of free content to help you with your business. He also has stuff to sell, but by the time you’re done reading your first free report, you’ll be delighted to send him money for more. Or you may just keep reading his blog, which is fabulous in and of itself. Emma Newman at Post Apocalyptic Publishing Short bio (read the rest here): Emma is a brilliant writer who shares her short stories with the nets for free. She has a Short Story Club, which is free to join. In exchange, you get to suggest prompts/opening lines for stories and receive a new story every month. The person whose suggestion is picked gets first look at the story. How cool is that? Emma also has a fun little collection of her stories available for  a nominal fee, which...

Mad Love Monday #22

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. What would you keep if you had to pay for it? As Charlie Gilkey goes on to explain, this applies to physical as well as intangible stuff. One thing I’m “paying” for and would love to just get rid of is the belief that I can’t be happy until every single person on earth can be happy. As James at Men With Pens says, people see what you project, and if you project that your business isn’t serious, that’s how people will treat it. My poor business; I keep waiting for it to earn serious money before I feel I can take it seriously–and that’s exactly what other people do, too. Time to switch that around. This probably hurts my street cred a little, but I have to brag about going out to a club on weeknight to watch Evaline, an up-and-coming underground music world favorite. Rock on! * * * Have a madly marvelous...

At the Smithy #1: Magical Map

“At the Smithy” is a place where I discuss what I am currently learning about, be it through a book, an ecourse, a teleclass, or a life experiment. This is my opportunity to model what I’m teaching others and legitimizes all the self-work I like to do (bonus!). Apparently this is a great productivity tool for me. Last Friday, I introduced my first “At the Smithy” Project, Magical Mapping. I committed to Steps 1-3, and wound up accomplishing steps 4 and 7 as well. I guess I don’t need to feel so lazy after all! Here’s how it went: I blocked out two hours on Monday to work on this, from 9:30-11:30. I began by pulling up my brainstorming document and revising it. I also tried a mind-mapping freeware program, but as fun as it was it didn’t really help me. I’m more of an outline person. Next, I reviewed the productivity and planning resources I’d collected. I’d been afraid that I would get lost chasing down rabbit holes but I actually did okay. I mostly decided they didn’t really apply anymore. I got a bit stuck at the visioning step, but managed to create income stream tables for each of the next five years. I know I have an idea of what I want my business to look like in each stage, but for some reason that wasn’t really translating to the page. Oh, well. As I am great with structure, mapping out a daily/weekly/monthly schedule was easy. Now I just have to try it and see what adjustments need to be made. Next week, I’ll revisit the...

Mad Love Monday #21

A collection of all of the random things I loved on the internet in the previous week, and why you might love them, too. Or at least crush on them. Now this is some elitism I want to be a part of! It’s all about idea generation, pushing boundaries and changing the world. Darren Rowse at Problogger asks what you would do if you only had one month before you had to stop doing something. He gives the example of blogging, and I like this twist on the one-month-to-live question. Hmmm, food for post. I’m one of those people who actually likes working out (most of the time). I try to make it a priority, but since I’ve started my own business that’s become a tad difficult. Not because I’m too busy, but because the extra time I want to spend working up a sweat I feel should really be spent on business development. Now I don’t have to choose! Thanks to Jonathan Fields, I can include working out in my business model: Just as an out-of-shape, pained body becomes a constant distraction to hard intellectual work, a fit, able body becomes bio-chemical, structural and emotional support system that allows you to work harder, longer and more intensely than most others around you. Your “physical” abilities actually translate to an increased ability to develop your intellectual capacity. Thank goodness there are people like Mark Silver out there who talk about spirituality and money. Here, he talks about the conflict of wanting to make money but feeling greedy. My question: If I would gladly take a job that paid me...

How To Write a Magical Map in Seven Steps

Sigh. Okay, let’s try that again. SSSSSIiiiiiiiigggggggghhhhhhhhhh. Ah that feels better. I have been planning to redo my Magical Map for 2010 (aka Strategic Plan) for-gulp-a few months now. I have lots of ideas and I’ve even started a brainstorming document, complete with links to resources that will help me in my magical mapping. My genius idea for actually diving into this project? Telling myself at the end of every week that next week, for sure, I will take a day or two and dedicate myself to getting it started, if not done. A-huh. Yeah, how’s that working for me? Let’s see: NOT WELL. It’s not getting done, the ideas keep bopping around in my head, and the Guilt Monger yammers on and on about doing something already. This is not helping my business or my life. So this Friday, instead of rinsing-and-repeating the whole “next week” schpiel, I’m going to try writing about it. This is going to be kind of a pilot test of one of my new ideas that will get developed in the Magical Map, and it’s a series called “At the Smithy.” At the Smithy “At the Smithy” will be a place where I discuss what I am currently learning about, be it through a book, an ecourse, a teleclass, or a life experiment. This is my opportunity to model what I’m teaching others and legitimizes all the self-work I like to do (bonus!). I was very happy to have this idea because I don’t just want to blog for the sake of writing. Sure, part of my mission is to just write (I...