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We all have reasons to convince ourselves that we aren’t capable of taking a risk in our business. Being real…going live…letting yourself be seen. For every excuse/worry/concern, my response is always the same. This one-minute video explains it all. And that’s the same thing I want to tell you today. Heck, it’s the same thing […]

For Every Business Criticism, Remind Yourself of This

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A few weeks ago, I posted a video blog to my YouTube channel.  It was the first time we tried vlogging…and, sure, we made mistakes.  But here’s the thing when you try something new:  YOU MAKE MISTAKES. In fact, I’ll even take it one step further:  you’ll suck. That’s simply the nature of starting new. […]

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So I’m about to admit something, friend, and it ain’t pretty. In fact, it’s downright UGLY. As ugly as my Instagram grid in 2014… You see, back then, I’d look at other Instagram accounts and wonder how the heck they got followers and how they got people to talk back to them. In a nutshell […]

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Today’s Ask Me Anything starts with an experience yesterday that forced me to believe that we can figure out ANYTHING…if we want it bad enough. So often we battle the temptation to believe that we have a set of insurmountable obstacles to face that others don’t.  We look at the trials in our life and […]

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There’s this temptation, a lull that entices even the strongest creative.  Being an artist, running a business, pursuing a dream often feels gratifying when we get immediate satisfaction. [Booking a client.  Getting lots of likes and comments on Facebook.  Showing how busy! we! are!] But what if we were to flip it?  What if we […]

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Skeptics question me… Heck, even my biggest fans raise an eyebrow when I share this with them. They (lovingly) shout: “THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE, J-DAWG!” And you know what? I would have agreed with them, only 12 months ago… Because what I’m about to tell you sounds like some bogus promise from a 90’s infomercial—minus the toll-free […]

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As a kid I couldn’t play suspenseful games.  And by suspenseful I mean, games like Hide-n-Seek. Anything that required me to keep quiet caused my nerves to explode. Once, when I was eight years old, I got so nervous for David Guzman to finally count to the obligatory number 30 while us neighborhood kids could […]

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He ended his email with, “Help me I’m lost.”  I then asked if I could share his email (and my advice) publicly because I’m certain he’s not alone.  If this post helps just ONE other person, our efforts have scaled.  As a unit.  And together we’ll grow. This is his email: “My main social media […]

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So let me start this note stating the truth: I’m AWKWARD. I don’t take pride in this notion, it’s just a fact I’ve come to embrace in adulthood.  Walking into a room full of strangers sends blaring sirens off in my mind:  Danger! Danger! Danger! Warning: you’re about to say something stupid! But part of […]

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