How to Get Organized Without Putting Out the Creative Fire

Dave Shea

The most common objections I hear about getting organized, planning, and de-cluttering is that such order is at odds with creativity. But there’s a huge difference between building a fire in a fire pit and triggering a wildfire. Understanding that difference will help you find the right level of organization for your creative process.

11 So-Called Secrets to Success

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with lists, especially those that claim to contain the secrets to success. That said, I’ve been reflecting for several weeks on what I could say about succeeding in life and business that would be generally true, widely applicable, broadly useful. What do I know about being successful that might possibly hold still long enough for me to get it into words without deteriorating into self-help pablum?

What to Do When Trying Harder Doesn’t Bring Success

Matt Cunnelly

In the fog or darkness of our lives, we have to stop looking outside for answers. We must stop struggling to see what is obscured and turn our gaze inward, attending to another source of information and guidance.

What Do You Have to Believe to Prosper?

A “have-to belief” is a way of understanding that resonates so deeply with your sense of purpose, meaning, and service that you willingly embrace it and subordinate your choices to it. A “have-to belief” is one that you hold with conscious commitment and self-reflective awareness, knowing that it is a belief (not a fact) and being responsible for the ways this belief endows your life with meaning, purpose, and focus.

Who can you trust? Why the hardest trust to earn is your own.

Some say we don’t trust ourselves because we’re neurotic. I don’t find that helpful. I suggest that a big reason we don’t trust ourselves is that we are less careful about the commitments we make to ourselves than we are about the commitments we make to others.

How to Turn Mistakes Into Profit

Attempts to make a profit are necessarily public, and that brings up all kinds of stuff: embarrassment. Feelings of rejection. Self-doubt. All of these can make you reluctant to try again. And if you don’t try again (and again, and again), you’ll be lucky if you make ends meet, let alone make a profit.

How to Stop Hiding When Clients Have Money Issues

A funny thing can happen when a prospective client questions whether they can afford your work. One minute you are right there with them, present and connected. The next, you’re looking for a box to put over your head. Somehow, money issues send us into virtual hiding.

Should you be giving things away?

By offering gifts and helping your prospects and customers use them, you make a path to your door. The point isn’t to force people along the path, but to make the path easy enough to find that those who want to make the journey can do so.

Creating money: The inner and outer work of setting and reaching financial goals

You and your just-right clients are connected through your work, the way you market that work, and the sales conversations you have. You are the leader, responsible for giving them care and guidance.

Bring Your Marketing Home

Don’t wait until you have something to sell to bring marketing and sales home. Whenever you get triggered by a sleazy marketing or sales technique, run these 4 questions…