I’m all for bootstrapping but at some point you need to open your wallet if you want you and then your business to grow. A danger of experiencing success is the temptation to stop learning. My business has grown tremendously in the past two years and the more success I’ve experienced the more I have invested in my business. They’re not expenses. They’re investments. Here are a few.
Build a Better Blog in 31 Days
This product by Darren Rowse (@ProBlogger) improved my blog tremendously. It’s more a reference tool than a quick read. I even spent another $20 to get it printed in a special binder so it ended up costing more. If you blog then buy it.
World Domination Summit
Chris Guillebeau (@ChrisGuillebeau) is hosting this event in June in Portland, Oregon. It’s a really random group of people who want to dominate the world (in a good way, if that’s possible). It’s sold out, sorry. [Read more…]
It’s universal. We all struggle at some point with implementing ideas to improve our personal, professional or spiritual life. Here are four steps to get what you need to implement your intentions.
No one likes accountability, that is unless you’ve completed your task you’re being held accountable to. The question is, do you dislike accountability MORE than you like achievement? Which do you have stronger feelings about? That’s the one that wins.
Create a web site is not a goal, it’s 78 goals wrapped into one statement. You have to create achievable steps (goals) to reach your overall goal. The smaller the step the better because you’re more likely to do it which brings you closer to your big goal. [Read more…]
Monsters in closets don’t exist. They’re not real. It’s an irrational fear fed by folklore.
Every time you don’t write something on your blog, record a podcast episode, send out a newsletter or start the first page of the book you want to write, you are believing in a monster in the closet. You have an irrational fear. The fear is real, the threat is not. Get over it and say something.
What’s your password? You know, the ONE password you use for everything. If you have an answer to that question then you need to keep reading. A recent study by an internet security company (ZoneAlarm) listed the top three user passwords:
It gets worse. The fourth most popular password was…password. They go on to offer tips on creating a great password and I think their formula is great. Here’s the formula I use to come up with my passwords. Please keep in mind that I sign up for a massive amount of on-line services to test them out for my podcasting audience and clients so I needed a system that would allow me to sign up quickly and not store that password.
Name of service or site (4-8 letters) + upper case letter(1) + symbol(1) + lower case letter(1) + number(1) = 8-12 character password
Real life examples
Here’s where it gets simple instead of confusing. Just repeat the last four characters for your other passwords.
Keep it fresh
Changing your passwords every 3-6 months is a great idea so my suggestion is to keep a list of the services you use this system for but never write your password down anywhere. Do let at least one person know your pass code in case its needed in an emergency situation.
Here is a link to the original info graphic by ZoneAlarm