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5 Reasons You Should Write (and Publish) Your Work

Ever since I can remember, I loved the idea of being a writer. After all, how cool would it be to create something as epic as The Lord of the Rings, or The Chronicles of Narnia, or Gates of Fire and know that this amazing story came from you? But time passed and I never did write my great novel… Sure, I made some half-hearted attempts; a few paragraphs here, a few sketches there…but...

How to Sell Anything (That's Worth Selling)

This is part 3 in a 3 part series. For bonuses, including the copy-and-paste sales script from this blog post, grab The Business Building Toolkit here. Learn how to sell anything (that’s worth selling) in this 7 minute video that film critics everywhere are raving about*: *I can’t confirm nor deny this statement. Last month, I led and shipped a collaborative business project – a business...

How to Build a Lean Sales Funnel From Scratch

  In 2014, I collaborated on and launched a 5-figure business. What started as just an idea several months prior culminated in a launch that brought in $40,000+, allowing us to fund our operations for the foreseeable future and take our business to the next level. In part 1, I wrote about “The Open Loop Product Development Framework” – a process I use to thrash an idea until it’s clear...

How to Launch a Business from Scratch (part 1 of 3)

For a more in depth look at building a team and shipping a product to market, checkout Collaborate: The Modern Playbook for Leading a Small Team to Create, Market, and Sell Digital Products Online. The Open Loop Product Development Framework A couple months ago, I mentioned I was collaborating on a new business venture – a business training platform for veterans. Last week, we wrapped up...

What Makes You The Expert?

This past June, my wife and I spent 15 days exploring Ecuador. Unlike the other countries we visited this past year, our Ecuador adventure involved a lot of bus travel. On the plus side, Ecuadorian bus travel is cheap. We traveled by bus from the Pacific Ocean to the Amazon jungle, with a couple stops in between for good measure, all for less than $100 USD. On the not-quite-plus-side, the bus...

How to Build a Business from Scratch with a GUARANTEE You Won’t Lose it All

I had a conversation with a friend the other day. We were talking about her situation and what her 5 year goals were. The response: “to be self-employed with a healthy, cashflowing business.” “What’s stopping you?” I asked. “My biggest reservation to becoming an entrepreneur is money. Current funds are limited, and I’m not sure the steps I need to take to make money in the beginning. I mean, I...

How to Get Paid While Traveling Around the World

In the past twelve month, I’ve: Traveled to 5 continents Spent time in 12 countries Literally lived out of a car for two months in New Zealand Almost got stomped by an elephant in Africa Snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef Driven through the deserts of Namibia to find cave man paintings (found them!) Had way too many doble espresso con crema’s in Argentina Canoed around the Amazon And a lot of...

How to Lead a Revolution (lessons for startups and bootstrappers)

On 16 October, 1890, in a small farm off the windswept southern coast of Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland, the leader of the Irish Revolution was born. Of course, no one could predict this at the time, but like all history it now seems inexorable. The youngest of 8 kids, Michael Collins didn’t grow up with a lot of money, but what his family lacked financially his parents made up for with an...

The 3 Step Pivot Framework: How to Turn Failure into Success

Last month I got an email from a friend. After 6 months of hustle, she’s throwing in the towel. Why? Not enough sales. No traction. No growth. I felt bad. I hate seeing people fail. I hate it even more when a project fails that hasn’t  been properly tested in the marketplace. In my friends case, she had only tried one option. It didn’t work. Surely there’s a better...

5 Reasons to Share Your Work

Today’s blog post is about a question I don’t ever get asked, but I wish people WOULD ask me: Tom, why should I share my work online? Great question, Tom! And I’ll explain in one second. But first, a backstory… I started my terminal leave from the Army 1 year ago this month (actually, 28 June to be exact, but I’m a little delayed on posting this). Terminal leave is the confusing name the Army...

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