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Inspired Entrepreneur book

I'm working on a book that's going to lay out my approach to entrepreneurship and life. I've got a pretty solid structure, a solid outline, and a couple of solid chapters down. I figured I'd start sharing works in progress here, and get some movement going that way, instead of laboring away in secret for months and months.

It consists of two half. The first I've called "Pillars". It's like axioms in math. They're the philosophical or conceptual underpinnings behind everything. It's what my...

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Track in progress: Hey Dive

I'm working on an instrumental track, titled Hey Dive. I always have trouble naming my instrumental tracks.

This one was named after a headlong dine my wife did in the pool at Calamigos that was so impressive it has etched itself indelibly into my memory. I made most of the track while at Calamigos while the others were at the pool. I simply can't do vacation for more than a few days, then I have to be creative again.

After putting it aside for a few days, I was just listening to it again in...

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Starting vs finishing

When you first start a work of art — a book, a piece of music, a painting, whatever — all the possibilities are open, it can become anything.

When you're putting the finishing touches on it, your options are much much more limited. There are only so many words, so many plot lines, so many sounds, so many notes, that are going to fit whatever you've created.

The first part is more open, head in the clouds. The latter is more closed, more grounded.

We need both parts. I happen to be really good...

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QA: Should I start my business in my local language and market, or go with international and English?

Got this question from a customer, and thought I'd share the answer here.

This is my answer:

I'd say that if international and English is where your heart is at, go for it from the start. It's not much different from Danish. The main difference is, the market is much larger, and there's a ton more competition, so you have to have an even more tightly defined niche in order to stand out. Your people have to really know it's for them. After that, it's all the same. Figure out where your tribe...

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Check out my marketing course

I created a 10-step marketing course a while back. I'm always about focusing on the fundamentals that never change, rather than the latest wiz-bang shiny object.

The content of the course is super solid. The presentation could definitely be more sexy. We might do something about that. But I figured I might as well share it the way it is right now.

Sign up for it here

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How to translate a coaching program into an online course

A customer asked me about this, and I figured I'd share my answer here.

The question was:
With personal coaching you talk to each client and develop unique progress plans for each client. With an online course I feel I need to create a generic plan and pre-plan everything (write the whole course first) and I struggle with creating manageable to chunks of lectures... How much info in each lecture? How many learning points? How many modules?
Here's my answer:

How about, instead of trying to make...

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Young explorers

Fantastic short films following toddlers who have just learned to walk as they explore their world.

We grownups get so scared on our kids' behalf. We teach our kids to be afraid, probably the least useful emotion after guilt and shame.

We're a society of terrified people with generally nothing at all to be terrified about, as compared to humans in history who could die from starvation, lack of water, disease, being eaten by an animal, or war with another tribe, any day or night.

Recently with...

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Is it a human right to not be offended?

I'm with Simon Black when he writes about the new Canadian law that essentially makes it a human right to never be offended.

There are people out there who are just looking for opportunities to be offended. It's a victim position. Anyone who's busy actually create a happy and productive and successful life for themselves will have other things to do than clinging to feeling offended. It's catering to the lowest in us.

The whole notion that we need to regulate speech and behavior in this way...

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Massimo Bottura's lucky accident

Watching Chef's Table on Netflix, episode on Massimo Bottura. He tells the story of creating the dish "Oops I dropped a lemon tart". They have only three lemon tarts left, and they're about to serve them when his co-chef drops on. That's when Massimo realizes how amazing it actually looks like that, and they end up recreating the other plates like that.

I love happy accidents. Happen all the time. We just have to be open to them. Of course, our first instinct is usually to beat ourselves up...

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Nik: Another great software company destroyed by Google

I bought NIk's photo suite back in 2012, and I loved it. Amazing photo effects. Made some really cool photos using it. Okay, sometimes I overdid it, but that's only natural when you're just starting out.

Then Google bought them, to get a leg up in the photo manipulation department, and made the product free (I'd paid $340 for it).

And then they stopped updating and supporting the software. Abandoned.

This adds to the list of products that I loved and that Google have killed (and the owners...

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