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Why you shouldn’t care about originality and what you should care about instead

Why you shouldn’t care about originality and what you should care about instead

Originality is overrated. There’s a pretty lively discussion happening out there in our online business world on this topic right now. Last week, my friend Srini posted a really interesting essay in discussion of this topic – as a response to Derek Halpern’s [Yeah, I’m talking about Derek again – what can I say? The… more>>

99 Tweetable ways to not be terrified all the time and crack the secrets of the universe

99 Tweetable ways to not be terrified all the time and crack the secrets of the universe

1. Put one foot in front of the other, even when you don’t want to. [Tweet] 2. Remind yourself that today is not the day that crushes your spirit. [Tweet] 3. All you have to do is get through the next 23 hours and 59 minutes and you get a do-over. [Tweet] 4. Don’t forget your triumphs. [Tweet] 5.… more>>

Never get good at the things you hate doing or you could miss making out with Robert Redford

Never get good at the things you hate doing or you could miss making out with Robert Redford

I used to make cappuccinos for a living. Brilliant, amazing, PERFECT cappuccinos. I started doing it because I really, really loved cappuccinos. I was nineteen and that seemed to be as good a reason as any to pursue a “career” in cappuccino-making. But something happened after cappuccino #3,771; I realized that I was really good… more>>

How to work backward from happy

How to work backward from happy

Goals are not my thing. In my brain, goals = rules, and rules = stupid-crap-I-go-out-of-my-way-to-ignore. But this interesting thing happened recently: I realized that I accidentally managed to find myself with a goal [picture me with the sour-lemon-face while saying that]. Visual aid: To explain, I have to tell a little story… A few years… more>>

The amazing magical secret that makes a good brand. For reals. Actual magical secret. And unicorns. And cows.

The amazing magical secret that makes a good brand. For reals. Actual magical secret. And unicorns. And cows.

“What IS a ‘brand’, anyway? And why do I need one?” This is a question that landed in my inbox this morning. It was actually the subject line of an email from a prospective client who was genuinely inquiring about my new service. To give you some context, this person already has a well-established ‘brand’.… more>>

How to Find Balance When You Wear a Thousand Hats

How to Find Balance When You Wear a Thousand Hats

by Makeness Contributor David Delp Make no mistake: Balance is necessary for a successful business and a fulfilling life— especially when you play so many roles to stay connected to so many interests, people, and priorities. We all know what it’s like to be tipped off balance, overwhelmed with too many decisions, run ragged, pushed… more>>

The 5 blessings of entrepreneurship

The 5 blessings of entrepreneurship

I don’t often write about things like blessings and thankfulness and self-care and other well-covered territory [at least, I try not to], because I leave that to the people that specialize in it, and who are good at it. I am neither, but as Makeness Media grows, so has the weight of the responsibility that… more>>

How to be extremely talented and totally blow it anyway

How to be extremely talented and totally blow it anyway

Fucking stellar design? Check. Brilliant content? Bam! Fab photos? Presto! Premium WordPress theme? Duh! SEO sexyness? I’ve got meta tags for DAYS! Subscribe box? Wait… what now? RSS? Does anyone else hear crickets? Yup. This is what happened to me with a client the other day. She is brilliant. Like MAD brilliant. Style and smarts… more>>

What the first year of solo business REALLY looks like.

What the first year of solo business REALLY looks like.

IMPORTANT: If you are reading this in your inbox, click on ‘display images’ – ‘cuz this post is, well one big image. This post is a visual representation of what solo entrepreneurs go through in their first year. One part education, one part inspiration, one part gift. Clicking on the infographic will open it full… more>>

Celebrate client on client love.

Celebrate client on client love.

Valentine’s Day is dumb. We all know that. But, like any other dumb thing, it’s usually only as dumb as you make it. So let’s make it smart instead. Let’s use it to tell our clients how much we love them. And that happens to be something I’m good at. So, I decided to help… more>>

What does the moment before THE moment feel like?

What does the moment before THE moment feel like?

Today’s post offers a new gift from Makeness. As I continue to explore interesting ways to communicate with you, it occurred to me that those ways shouldn’t feel like you’re being talked at. This got me thinking about what the qualifying indicators should be for a happy interactions [sales or otherwise]. Here’s what I came… more>>

The Leap.

The Leap.

You stand there… looking at the divide that stands between what you have and what you want. The chasm is where all the things you’re afraid of lie – waiting in the quiet shadows. They don’t even notice you. They share their quiet existence only with themselves – creeping softly in the dark. But you… more>>

How to be happy when you feel broke and hopeless.

How to be happy when you feel broke and hopeless.

It’s launch season people. Everywhere you turn there’s a new fabulous product/ coach/ system/ course popping up like bunnies. Everyone is telling you why their way is better than the other guy’s. Your inbox is packed to the gills with teaser webinars, info-calls, sneak peaks, and bonus add-ons. If you’re like me, you have a… more>>

4 Reasons why you CAN do it.

4 Reasons why you CAN do it.

Small business is full of excuses. We all make them. ‘SEO is too hard.’ ‘I don’t understand social media.’ ‘I don’t have enough money.’ ‘My brother says the Internet is dead.’ We all have our crap. Seriously, you know Tony Robbins lies in bed at night going, “If only I had smaller teeth, people would… more>>

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