Blogging is a journey. Like any journey, there's a pathway towards becoming a fully committed and consistent article publisher.
And, knowing where we're at along the path is a key insight to helping us get where we're going. This guide provides mile markers along the road so you can find your place and the unique challenge you can expect to face now and later.
Those that succeed long-term at blogging arrive and sustain the fourth phase (Achiever). Embracing reality, they’re focused and diligent in their clearly articulated vision. They reap the fruit of their reliable labor.
Unfortunately, others get distracted, fall into traps, or simply realize blogging is not their path. To help you navigate the journey, I'm diving into all four blogging stages we go through, starting with our final desired state and working backward to the first.
Explore the blogging stages & pitfalls
The fundamentals of success in this life and our work don't change. And for thousands of years (go read the letters from the Apostle Paul and the proverbs of King Solomon) great men have shared these not so secret secrets.
One of those great leaders is Dale Carnegie. And its the memory of his Golden Book that recently prompted me to revisit it.
Explore the Golden Book principles by Dale Carnegie
"Hi, what's your name?"
After they respond, repeat it back to them to ensure you heard it correctly. I'll usually say it 2-3 times within a few sentences to help me remember. While doing this, I'll associate their name with a famous person. John? Like John Connor from Terminator? Katie? Like Katie Holmes, the actor?
Not only does this allow me to say their name a few times, but the famous connection helps me create a reference point, and memorable reference points are more effective in recalling our memory.
And, I'll do this same referencing for them when they ask about my name. For example, I'll ask them if they've ever heard of Jason and the Argonauts from Greek Mythology. If they don't I'll revert to Inigo Montoya, from Princess Bride and the actor Jason Statham to help them remember Jason Montoya.
What about you? How do you go about remembering people's names?
Call me weird or awesome (definitely that one), but I find raw sausage looks appetizing. Maybe it’s because I love pepperonis and raw sausage sorta looks like them spicy pizza toppings. The brilliant red coloring of raw sausage compels me to eat it.
But the problem is, whenever I actually eat cooked sausage I’m highly disappointed. When I go to eat the grey and greasy meat, it just doesn’t taste very good. Bacon is a much better alternative.
Explore how these two disconnected things somehow fit together
It turns out decisiveness is a powerful way to win and succeed big. But, even a slight hesitation can lead to failure.
How do you feel about its opposite cohort, indecisiveness? If there was a way to effectively combat it, would you be interested?
Explore how to leverage the Departing Train Effect and the inherent risks
Chasing business scalability is an elusive path. When we focus solely on the scale, we lose sight of what matters for growth. Losing sight means never attaining the scale we seek.
The key to successful scalability is how we start, and the initial structural integrity.
Explore my negative and positive business building foundations
For the past decade, a ball and chain have been attached to my wife and my ankles.
Student loans. School debt accrued by both me and my wife.
This large payment paid for something we both did in the past, but neither has experienced many benefits in day to day life. But as unaware as we were, we chose a college path that accrued great amounts of debt. To take responsibility required we accept this reality and move forward towards changing it. It's never easy, but the fruit of the journey has taught and shaped discipline, focus, and accomplishment.
Explore our journey to payoff the van and the final leg of our student loans
Explore experiments, and plans for the month of August 2018
We're past the halfway point and into the second half of 2018. How did July play out for you? Did you accomplish your monthly goals? For me, there was a bit of change in the air, but all leading to positive momentum forward.
Explore Lessons learned from the month of July 2018
There you are, listening to your boss (or client) explain an idea or cast a vision and all your thinking is how this can’t happen because of some limitation.
We don’t have the money, people or resources to realistically execute.
There are too many active projects and spreading ourselves thin will lower the quality of everything we’re doing.
This is going to take way longer than you think, and you’re not willing to see it through.
This initiative is a distraction from our core mission and will only cost us time and money, two things we don’t have in abundance.
Explore why resistance is futile, and what to do instead
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