What would it look like if your business took an entire year off? Is it possible or crazy? What would the fruit of this endeavor look like?
In 2013, the entire Noodlehead Marketing team embraced an entire year of rest and release, a Sabbath Year (Shmita in Hebrew). At the time, I never heard of an organization taking a sabbatical (just individuals) and after extensive research to find an example, that didn’t change.
As we explored taking a year off for the company, we were limited in trusting God and the few scriptures he left on the topic to discover what it was and how to apply them to our upcoming year.
Once we committed, there was a roller coaster of wonderful and scary moments throughout. In retrospect, it was critical in instilling values and changes in me, my marriage, and elsewhere.
So while it may feel quite risky to do, taking a Sabbath year could be the best thing you ever do. It was for me.
The following interview with Jason Long launches a new experiment exploring the stories and perspective from my friends, colleagues, clients, and mentors. These interviews will span multiple mediums to provide a platform for others to share how they grow themselves, others, and their small businesses.
In this discussion, I sit down with my friend and serial entrepreneur Jason Long who shares how he pushes himself to be a better person, partner, and leader. We also explore how a difficult season of his life culminating in a horrific car accident left him with brain damage. This moment in his life and business became the catalyst to change how he saw the world and what he deemed as most important. In the conclusion of the interview, Long leaves us with two tactical insights worth embracing in our daily life.
Earlier this year in May, Timecamp conducted a written interview exploring how I organize my projects, use timecamp, and tips for entrepreneurs. You can read it here.
Today, I'm happy to announce Timecamp invited me back for an audio interview on their podcast, Stay On Top Of Your Work. In this interview terrifically conducted by Kata Kurzawska, I share my story, talk about freelancing, Path of the Freelancer, how I use Timecamp, interesting books, motivation, other useful tools, and how I stay on top of my work. It's 35 minutes of helpful insights to help you grow you and your business.
Disclosure: As an affiliate of Freeeup, I receive a commission if you sign up for their services.
In may, Connor Gillivan, Chief Marketing Officer at Freeeup, reached out to me about Path Of The Freelancer. As a result of our discussion, I became a customer (through one of my clients), and an affiliate of their business for finding quality freelancers (a better alternative to Upwork for small business owners).
If you've built a network and you're still growing it instead of sustaining the relationships you've already established, you're taking the more difficult road towards success. The gold mine is not ahead of you, it's right in front of you.
With my escalating blogging goal (to reach 400 posts by year's end) nearby, I've surveyed the archives to discover which articles are performing well with the search engines.
My first high performing blog post took about ten months to gain traction, so I suspect the landscape will change greatly over the next year as the over 200 articles I've written in the previous fourteen months will find their place on the search engines. To maximize my existing library, I'll also need to go back to many of the articles not performing and complete focused updates to get them on track.
In the meantime, I'm keeping a close eye on the break-out pages gaining momentum and listed below.
Instead Of Micro Managing, Leverage A Visibility System That Includes Communication And Action Management
As a business owner, you want to control what happens, how it happens, and when it happens. And, justifiably so. Your lively hood and the success of so many individuals is dependent on a business reliably producing value for its customers.
But, many small business owners take this too far when they remove their team’s agency and dictate to employees exactly how to do their job. While they may feel and be justified in their doing so, micro-managing this way removes the mind of the team members and turns them into robots.
The beginning of 2018 Q4 is upon us! This month begins the Montoya family's journey to the new normal. Thankfully, our new arrival has been a minimal adjustment (especially compared to the previous two children). It's possible that could change, but I'll embrace it while it lasts.
There was a seismic shift last month and out popped our fifth child, Zoe Rene Montoya. You can get the wonderful details and see more beautiful photos here.
My generous mother was here to help out around the house and with our other kids so the transition was fairly mild (especially compared to the last two).
Why do we resist the responsibility that leads to sustainability?
Because it's hard. Embracing responsibility requires setting aside the short-term benefit for the long-term gain. But it's not easy, even when we've fully committed. In fact, it can feel quite like we're being relentlessly hunted.
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