This Unconventional Business Strategy Will Set You Free

You started a business because you want to be in charge of your life. You found something you're passionate about that makes you feel alive. You're doing something you're proud of. You know your business will take off, but it's taking longer than you thought it would. You're starting to feel lost in the day-to-day.

You're one person, so there's only so much you can do. But how do you know if you're working on what's most important?

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Tired of Throwing Spaghetti Against The Wall And Hoping Something Will Stick For Your Daily Routine?

I've found myself coming back to a simple philosophy over and over. I've debated etching it into my forearm as a reminder – your business only grows as much as you do. If you are in the business of selling ideas (which is all of us) you can often be your biggest obstacle. You can't help but get lost in a spiral of constant busyness because it feels like a race without a finish line. If you're aiming to run a successful business where you're not sleeping on a couch like Elon Musk, because there are not enough hours in the day, you need to get your daily routine on lock.

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How To Get Unstuck And Kick Some Serious Creative Ass

I don't have enough fingers and toes to count how many times I've felt like I have no idea what to do next with my business. There's no manual I can refer to or oracle I can seek, dishing out divine business clarity. And thankfully, I don't have a nervous tick. I'd have a big fat bald spot on my head from all the scratching.

A lot of us get into entrepreneurship because we want to be our own bosses. We're sick and tired of being told what to do, when to do it and what's a priority. We want to make the decision of what's important. But that can also drive you a little bit insane.

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Want To Futureproof Your Career? Start Doing This

Does the future of your career leave you feeling a like a game of pong played in super-slow-motion? You'll drift in one direction or another, but a slight breeze has the potential to blow you off course for the day, month or year.

If you're a creative, this is magnified tenfold. You're coming up with ideas as fast as squirrels bury nuts – with a similar problem of not remembering where the hell you buried your ideas and which ones are even worth pursuing. That's what happens when we don't have a destination in mind. We don't know what to kick to the curb and what's worth pursuing.

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How To Think Like A Creative Genius

I've found myself back to exploring the minds of creative geniuses through a new relationship I’ve developed with learning. Building a business gave me a profound realization that learning can be damn right magical. I dove into creatives previously stuck in their cold dead form, black and white existences that haunt highschool textbooks. I didn't have the sense, guidance, or enthusiasm to pursue what interest me because I was conditioned to believe I only needed to know what was on the test.

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Lost Your Vibe? Find Your Tribe

When you are no longer able to change a situation, you are challenged to change yourself. I was sick of following a path that only had one destination (retirement). I was done with being told what I had to do. In the same sense an athlete can't blame their coach for a shitty performance, I'd be forced to take responsibility for my life and what I made of it. Entrepreneurship enticed me with its all-in philosophy. I knew it meant starting from scratch, a damn scary realization in your mid-thirties. Was I being crazy? Crazy felt like doing the same thing I was doing and expecting different results. Either I had to change my expectations of working for someone else or I had to leap and see what was on the other side. I wanted a job to be more than just a means to a paycheck. I heard how others talked about their careers. It's a source of purpose and meaning, a place in the world. That's what I dreamed of. A blank canvas to paint a fresh start.

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The Secret Formula For Success That No One Talks About

Sometimes the universe presents an unexpected detour. It takes us to places we never knew existed or invites us to explore the world with a new set of eyes.

No matter who I've worked for, the thought I wasn't living up to my potential rattled in my head like a caged animal. I'd read about people who love their careers, describing them as places filled with challenge, growth, purpose and even fun. I didn't get it. I felt like I was missing something. Huge parts of my day were spent in sheer boredom, "killing time." A sad reflection of how so many of us feel about work. I wanted a sense of purpose. I wanted a mission that fulfilled me. I wanted to not just wonder what my potential was, but to experience who I was capable of becoming. It came down to asking myself, what truly matters most to you and are you pursuing it every day?

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How To Get Off The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Entrepreneurship

I learned at a young age that I come from a long line of Wilsons who turn into the devil incarnate when hunger comes-a-knocking. It's a sobering reminder of how quickly our emotions can get away from us. And with entrepreneurship, you're exposed to a full rainbow of emotions that kick you into reaction mode. I knew I needed a better plan than sweeping them under the rug. I didn't want that same knee-jerk reaction of primal instinct to guide my business decisions. I wanted at the very least to have an awareness when my buttons were being pushed, so I could navigate situations with a little more tact than an unruly six year old throwing a tantrum in Walmart.

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How I Dumped Social Media And The World Didn't End

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." These words gave me the satisfying clunk of dropping a square peg into a square hole. But as I read those words, immortalized in Henry David Thoreau's book Walden, I understood this was a sentiment shared since the dawn of man. It's all relative.

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How To Break Through Resistance As A Creative Entrepreneur

Resistance is the enemy of every creative entrepreneur. It lurks undetected in the blackness of the ocean. We know it waits, hoping we set sail on a  journey into the unknown. For those that leave the comfort of the shore, it rears its ugly head like a serpent from the sea. The emotional scars of past attempts pulse with a sobering reminder that we may not have what it takes.

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The Six Steps To Master Your Emotions For Creative Entrepreneurs.

Who am I to be brilliant, talented, creative, or worthy of running my own business? These horrible beliefs haunt many of us. Mine stem from a whole whack of experiences, but none more formative than school. I got used to a whole lot of rejection (in the form of bad grades). I've come to learn that it's great to have schooling but it's better to have an education (experience). This perception shift changed my life and business. Your business only grows as much as you do. Being a successful creative entrepreneur comes from mastering your emotions.

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All Problems Have Solutions. That's What Makes Them Problems.

For the last 146 days (but who's counting?) I've been getting up at an ungodly hour. A time reserved for paper boys, vampires and people who have yet to go to bed from a hard night of partying. My Fitbit vibrates at 4:38 a.m. My hands search the darkness for the headphones plugged into my phone. Two minutes later the sound of my alarm breaks the eerie silence. I hop out of bed, followed by a plump little Pug who seems lively but is only awake for a 47-second scarf down of kibble before crawling back into bed. For me, this is the start of my day. This feels like a problem without a solution.

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What To Do When You Don't Feel Creative But NEED To Be

Some weeks I feel inspired to write. I'll sit down and the words flow with the ease of turning the tap for a glass of water. The flow can be damn right magical. But the flipside is the unrealistic expectation you have for the next time you have to (insert any creative endeavour). A scary realization when you don't feel creative but need to be.

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Seinfeld and Seth Godin's Life-Changing Marketing Advice

Finding advice is never hard to come by. Finding good advice, on the other hand, is like scrolling through Netflix when you have no idea what you want to watch. I wanted to start a business that gave me a mission and a reason to get up every morning. I wanted to have meaningful impact in the lives of others. I wanted to lead a happy, healthy, purpose-driven life and business.

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How To Lead A Happy, Healthy, Purpose-Driven Life And Business

If you asked me a year ago what keeps me up at night, my answer would match that of most entrepreneurs. Along with the excitement and adventure of running a business, life can feel like a never-ending twenty-four-hour Le Mans car race. Until you realize there's another way of leading a happy, healthy, purpose-driven life and business.

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What Would Make You Attempt The Impossible?

This is coming from a guy who's not married, but I get the sense that most people marry with the intention of being partners for life. You found the person that understands you (and still loves you). You're not the same with anyone else. Your partner gets you in all your raw glory. They push your buttons with the expertise of an untouchable high score in Pacman. No relationship escapes the blood, sweat and tears that come from the oddly neurotic lives we all live. Yet, who would you be without that person in your life? Would your sense of purpose be lost? For Dashrath Manji, the near death of his wife set him on a quest to attempt the impossible.

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What Destination Are You Trying To Reach?

If you're anything like me, you listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks. I can dive into a mastermind of the world's most brilliant and successful thinkers at the tap of a finger. There's no shortage of valuable insight and guidance for what you should be doing with your business. Here's the problem, we don't all have the same destination in mind.

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How To Find Your Own Voice

It's easy to forget how powerful a single experience can be in shaking us awake. Lit by the glow of candles dancing across bricks hand-laid a hundred or so years ago, I sat on a cushion with 75 strangers for a night of mindfulness and meditation in a converted spice factory. I'll probably never see any of them again, but it left me feeling the opposite of a night of social media. I felt fulfilled and rejuvenated. When's the last time you said that after spending time on your phone?

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Who Do You Want To Become?

You've probably heard the advice you need to trust the journey a million times before. But what if your life and business aren't meeting your expectations? What if the life you dream of having feels no closer to reality than it did a year ago? If you don't like some part of your life, it's time to make changes and new choices that put you on a path to a purposeful life. It starts by asking the question, who do you want to become?

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