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This Year (2017) Has Been A Wild Ride Of Expected Change

It’s that time of year again where I take a moment to reflect, thank others and enter into a blogging break. This annual reflection point blog post is my last article for 2017. Come back and see me in 2018 or visit the blog archives for ones you may have missed.


“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” -Bill Gates

In the past three and half years, we’ve completely changed our lives after the shut down of our marketing company in 2014. It’s involved numerous small steps and big leaps after we rebooted. I’m encouraged by the progress we’ve made in just over three years!

Continue Reading About My Highlights From 2017

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November Reflections: Finishing The Blogging Challenge, Falling Behind A Tad With Freelancing, & Some Fun Photos

How did your month of November play out? Did you accomplish your goals and move forward with your life?
 
It’s been a jam-packed month for me, but I’m happy with the progress made on all fronts even though I fell behind on my freelance hour tally. Since I’m doing an annual reflection point tomorrow for 2017, as part of my last blog of the year, I’m using today’s post to reflect on my journey this month.

Continue Reading My November Reflections

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The Magnum Test: Will Your Business Survive Beyond You?

While driving to work, you realize you're almost out of gas. You pull over to the next station to fuel up. While filling up your tank, you notice someone mugging a poor lady and her children in the car next to yours. You're the only one who sees this man holding a large magnum gun at the lady.

Quickly, you tackle him smashing him into the wall and knocking him out. His gun drops from his hand and BANG! It fires upon crashing to the ground. You look down at your stomach and your bleeding profusely. Sirens and lights dance around you as you and your vision fades to darkness.

And now, You (the business owner) is dead.
 
Your company must continue to deliver for the clients, and provide for you and your team's families. How well do they succeed without you? How much direction, systems, and a structure was in your head instead of documented and culturally ingrained? 
 
To get to my point in a less morbid way, does your company continue flourishing when you're no longer around? What about if a key employee leaves? What about all the people reliant on the success of this business? Their families?

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The Comprehensive Guide To Finding A Job In The Modern Era

You've resigned or been laid off and now you need a new job. I get it because this is where I found myself after shutting down my marketing company in 2014. During the end of that transition, I thought I would end up finding traditional employment working for a business so I took the initiative to make this happen. 
 
While I ended up becoming a full-time freelancer instead, I ramped up my activities in a way that was helpful to landing a new job. In fact, some of the potential job opportunities turned into freelancing work. 
 
If you're asking why in the world I'm writing about job seeking when I'm excelling at freelancing, it's because I've got multiple people in my community seeking a job, and as part of this writing challenge, I came across an old Evernote where I outlined what I was going to do to land my next position. While I don't expect to write a book on the topic, I can at least share these insights and empower those in need here in this blog post. 

Continue Reading My Job Search Insights

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These Are The Google Chrome Extensions I Actively Use

Are you still using Internet Explorer? If you're using Google Chrome, have you installed any extensions to give you more control and power over your browsing and work experience?

I'm an active user of Google's Chrome browser. I primarily switched (from Firefox) because of its speed and simple interface. Over the years I’ve installed and used a variety of extensions to powerup my internet experience. Here’s the list of add-ons I’m currently sporting.

View my list of Active Chrome Extensions

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What’s Your True Professional Freelance Value?

When push comes to shove, do you know the true value you bring to the table?
 
A few years back, I had a referral client who hired me to help him with his Wordpress website. The project went well at first but it became obvious that my customer was having financial troubles. It was at this point he began questioning the value I brought to the project in his attempt to negotiate a lower rate. At the time I was at $75/hour (now $90/hr) and he stated that he could get someone to work on his website for a fraction of the cost. 

Continue Reading How I Responded To A Negotiating Client

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Are You Willing To Accept Less Than What You Want?

We want what we want, but the important question is, are we willing to let go of our desires when the circumstances require it?
 
I currently own four pairs of Vibram Five Fingers shoes thanks to Zullily's sales. Yeah, Vibrams are the shoes with toes. Many years ago, I walked into my chiropractor's office and the staff was wearing and talking about these shoes. I was intrigued so in the following trip to visit my mother-in-law in Florida, I decided to buy my first pair of these odd minimal shoes and a pair of black toe socks to go with them. 

Continue Reading My Story Of How I Let Go Of My Desires

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How Self Inducing Constraints Leads to Creativity & Innovation

Are you brave (and disciplined) enough to impose constraints on your self to create the best possible product?
 
I'm taking small steps towards making movies, and I recently had an interesting idea on how I could go about developing and honing my craft through self-imposed creative constraints inspired by a famous director's recent success in doing just this.
 
M. Night Shyamalan (director of Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, & Signs) rediscovered his filmmaking ability with the huge financial success of Split earlier this year. I recently watched an interview with the director where he discussed how he artificially constrained himself to move back to his successful storytelling roots. 

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I'm Interested In Reading The Bible, Where Do I Get Started?

Have you ever read all of the Bible? Or, any of it? While I grew up a Christian, it wasn't until several years ago that I read the Bible in its entirety (From beginning to end). I had read and known a majority of the Scriptures but in a fragmented way, so when I finally came to realize I had never read it from the beginning to end, I decided to make it happen. Here's how I did it.

Continue Reading My Guide On Where & How To Read The Bible

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