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Starting Fires

In 2007, I read a book that changed my life. While the book itself is simple (borderline elementary now that I’ve gone back to reread it years later), there was a single idea that I couldn’t shake at the time; one that still sticks with me today. Before I explain what that idea is, I want to put this in context: I first read this book when I was a 20 year old West Point cadet. At the...

$6,000 in Completely Passive Income from One Book (The Automated Book Sales Funnel Method)

Passive income. The holy grail of online (and offline) business. Everybody talks about it, but the reality is most “passive” income isn’t passive at all – instead it forces the creator to continue to spin the wheel (at least intermittently) to keep the money flowing… Well, in 2014 I did something mostly by accident that has led to over $6,000 in completely passive income. And this is from just...

Work From Anywhere in the World with these 14 Business Apps

Last week, my computer crashed. Have you ever had one of those “Oh ****!” moments? Well this was it for me. I run my entire business from my computer, so this was like finding my office space burned to the ground. To make matters worse, I am in the Philippines and the internet here is basically nonexistent. Not a good feeling. While this could have been one of those freak-out moments...

How to Achieve Your Goals through a Structured Evaluation Process (2014 Year in Review)

I love the start of a new year. The desire (and energy) for positive change; the ideas that become goals (and eventually reality); the seemingly limitless opportunities that beg us to step up to the plate, at least to give it a try…at least this once… The beginning of every year is a time when aspirations collide with unconquerable optimism in a beautiful, chaotic, hopeful cluster...

The Complete Guide to Crowdfunding Your Book

UPDATE: thanks to all your support, I finished my crowdfunding campaign with $12,979.00 in preorders. The last few days saw the crowdfunding campaign skyrocket – something I did not predict happening at all. This has been a whirlwind ride and I’m so grateful – so thank you! If you’re interested in being notified about the book when it releases, to hear about its progress...

It's Time to Stop Thinking Like a Freelancer

I started consulting 10 months ago. The first time I offered my services I felt like a phony. Who am I to offer training / coaching / consulting? There are so many people better than me out there in the world, why bother? Who would pay me for my time? While I felt comfortable and confident with the topics I teach (publishing, product launches, online biz, etc.), I wasn’t sure people would...

The Lever, The Fulcrum, and Great Work

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. -Archimedes Archimedes was an Ancient Greek mathematician, scientist, engineer, philosopher, inventor and all around badass. Among hundreds of inventions and discoveries, it is Archimedes who is credited with defining the principle of the lever. (source) You probably know what a lever is, but just to...

Why You Should Collaborate (a $63,659 Case Study)

On Monday, November 11th, I’m launching a new book about collaboration. I’ll be using a platform known as Publishizer.com to crowdfund the book. Publishizer is a lot like Kickstarter, but for books. If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a crowdfunding platform that allows artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and creators of all types to pre-sell their idea before they build it. Crowdfunding...

Success Hacking 101: How to Turn an Idea Into A Business Without Money, an Audience, or Technical Skills

How can you turn an idea into a business: if you don’t have a “technical” skill (i.e. you’re not an engineer or programmer)? if you don’t have a lot of money (nor do you want to spend a lot of money to get the idea started)? if you want to get it up and running without going all in and putting your life (or credit) on the line for it? That’s what Jon Nastor, ex-punk rocker turned entrepreneur and...

The 3 Step Framework for Starting Anything From Scratch

I get asked questions every day about starting, finishing, and shipping things. Let’s be honest: I bring this on myself. Not only do I write about these topics, but I ask everyone I meet or who joins The Resistance to tell me what they’re struggling with (and how I can help). The nature of this is that some questions come up again and again. I find they fit a certain trend. So today, I want to...

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