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  • ✚ Benson

    Mon 11:39am By Shawn Blanc
    Last week my wife and I had our third (!) boy. His name is Benson, and he’s awesome. Everyone is doing well, and there is much excitement here at the Blanc house. Benson’s older brothers love having this little guy … (More)
  • Tastiest Hot Sauces You Have Never Heard Of (Sponsor)

    Sep 12, 2016, 4:44 pm By Shawn Blanc
    There is no better feeling than stumbling upon something delicious that you can’t find anywhere else. The hot sauce addicts over at Fuego Box scour the globe every month and sift through thousands of sauces to deliver you the tastiest … (More)✚
  • Thoughts on Annual iPhone Upgrades

    Sep 8, 2016, 8:46 am By Shawn Blanc
    Last year I made the mistake of paying full-price for an unlocked iPhone 6s Plus so I could get out of my 2-year contract cycle with AT&T. If I had thought a bit harder about it, I would have gone … (More)✚
  • “Living a Focused Life (With Shawn Blanc)”

    Sep 8, 2016, 7:59 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of podcasts, I was just recently interviewed by Nick Snapp for his productivity show, Make it Snappy. Nick and I had a fantastic conversation. We discussed living a focused life, building a business, balancing creative entrepreneurship while raising a…
  • ✚ Special B&B Throwback Episode: The iPhone 7 Event

    Sep 8, 2016, 7:54 am By Shawn Blanc
    My friend, Ben Brooks and I recorded an impromptu podcast episode to talk about yesterday’s iPhone 7 event. (Those of you who remember the B&B Podcast, you’ll like this.) Topics we cover include our first impressions of the new Apple … (More)
  • ✚ Learning Not to Think About It

    Sep 2, 2016, 12:34 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Here is a quote from Ernest Hemingway that I often refer to in my own professional life: I learned not to think about anything that I was writing from the time I stopped writing until I started again the next … (More)
  • ✚ I Buy More Books Than I Read

    Aug 26, 2016, 11:57 am By Shawn Blanc
    And I don’t care. A quick survey of my Amazon order history for 2016 shows me that I’ve bought 30 books so far this year. Which is about one new book every week. While I’d love to say that I … (More)
  • ✚ How to Get Time For Your Projects

    Aug 19, 2016, 8:34 am By Shawn Blanc
    Between ideas, time, and focus, which do you have the most of? Ideas, right? We all have more ideas than time. Myself included. A few years ago I wrote about how I would often find myself wrestling with the tension … (More)
  • ✚ Taking Your Personal Project Full-Time

    Aug 12, 2016, 10:31 am By Shawn Blanc
    As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been asking folks what their biggest challenge is right now related to doing their best creative work. By far and away, there are two very common themes: The first theme is along the lines of … (More)
  • ✚ Why I Announced My Next Course Way Ahead of Time

    Aug 11, 2016, 8:21 am By Shawn Blanc
    Yes, I’m working on a new course. It’s about showing up every day, doing your best creative work, finding and serving your audience, and making money. The Creative Life course has been on my mind for quite some time. I’ve … (More)
  • ✚ How to Regain Lost Momentum

    Aug 8, 2016, 8:09 am By Shawn Blanc
    Do you know that feeling of returning from vacation and the challenge of getting back into your daily routine? It can be a challenge even if just returning from a long weekend. Or it doesn’t even have to be a … (More)
  • ✚ Ah ha!

    Aug 4, 2016, 1:44 pm By Shawn Blanc
    As I type this, I’m looking at a few pages from my notebook. The pages in the notebook contain notes I took from two very important conversations I had six months ago. These conversations took place in January, just after … (More)
  • ✚ Your Single Greatest Asset

    Aug 3, 2016, 12:10 pm By Shawn Blanc
    It’s social support. You can only go so far by yourself. In The Focus Course, the second-to-last day is all about Community. The micro-assignment for Day 39 is one with two parts: To give and to receive. You have to … (More)
  • ✚ Cash is King

    5:41pm By Shawn Blanc
    Last week I was driving down to Tulsa to buy a new family car. We got a 2006 Lexus GX470, and it is awesome. My favorite part of the trip was leaving the bank with the keys and title in … (More)
  • ✚ Books On My Shelf

    Jul 27, 2016, 8:30 am By Shawn Blanc
    My next course is about showing up every day, doing your best creative work, building an audience, and earning an income. Right now the working title of the course is “The Creative Life”. Because ultimately, this course is about developing … (More)
  • ​Open An App and Transform Any Space

    Jul 26, 2016, 2:47 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Transform your home. Avea transforms any place with beautiful dynamic light moods. Control your ambience from your phone, iPad, or Apple Watch, and unwind in one of these carefully crafted settings with subtly changing light: Magic Hour Northern Glow Mountain…
  • ✚ Creativity, Confusion, and Community

    Jul 25, 2016, 11:05 am By Shawn Blanc
    This past weekend I rented a car, drove 4 hours to Tulsa, bought a new (to me) family car that I’d found on Craigslist, and drove it back. To accompany me on the road trip, I loaded up the audiobook … (More)
  • ✚ Take it Apart, and Put it Back Together Again

    Jul 19, 2016, 9:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    What you’re looking at here is some white board scribbling that represents the first module of my next course. The white board is so messy and random, you might think this was our very first whiteboard session for Module One. … (More)
  • ​Rindle: Simplify Your Workflow (Sponsor)

    Jul 18, 2016, 6:07 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Wouldn’t it be great to have a personal task management app that integrates with the tools you already use, allowing you to seamlessly view all of your tasks on one screen? Rindle does this and more, making it easier than … (More)✚
  • Canopy – all the best products on Amazon (Sponsor)

    Jul 12, 2016, 3:06 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Amazon is a great place to shop, but it’s not the best place to discover new, beautiful things. Canopy brings a more curated, community-driven experience to shopping on Amazon – with an organized catalog of beautiful products recommended by experts ……
  • ✚ The Challenge of Showing Your Work

    Jul 11, 2016, 12:23 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Right now I’m wrapping up the second article in my Focus Course Case Study. (The first article, that’s all about the launch of the course is here). As I’m working on this next article, something I’ve realized is that I … (More)
  • ✚ Unordered Thoughts on Life at 35

    Jul 1, 2016, 11:21 am By Shawn Blanc
    Tomorrow is my birthday. And every year around this time I open up Day One and jot down an unordered list of reflections and thoughts on life. It’s a chance for me to give advice to my future self. What … (More)
  • Six Figures in Seven Days

    12:20pm By Shawn Blanc
    We spent a lot of time putting together this behind-the-scenes case study that shares all the details about The Focus Course launch. (Which, as a matter of fact, was exactly one year ago. Waddayaknow?) Over the years, as I’ve been … (More)✚
  • Build a Website to Showcase your Creative Work (Sponsor)

    Jun 27, 2016, 10:37 am By Shawn Blanc
    Beautifully simple. Showcasing your creativity is easy with Portfolio. When your creative work is your life’s work, nothing is more important than having a beautiful portfolio website. With Portfolio – which comes free with any Adobe Creative Cloud plan…
  • ✚ On Community

    Jun 22, 2016, 10:40 am By Shawn Blanc
    Once you’ve committed to do your best creative work, you may find that it can get lonely. Sometimes it’s lonely by default… You’re in “monk mode”. You’re disappearing to your cave for hours at a time to get some serious … (More)
  • ✚ What Do You Want to Know About The Focus Course Launch?

    Jun 20, 2016, 5:22 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This coming Thursday, June 23, it will be exactly one-year since The Focus Course launched. For those of you who have built and launched something, you know first hand just how much work goes in to it. Especially if you’re … (More)
  • Automate Your App’s Growth For Free (Sponsor)

    Jun 20, 2016, 3:52 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Mobile app revenue is on track to exceed $100 billion by 2020. A few apps are making over a million dollars a day but unfortunately the large majority of app publishers today make less than $500 a month. The publishers … (More)✚
  • Life Lessons From a Lifestyle Business

    Jun 20, 2016, 2:49 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This interview with MetaFilter founder, Matt Haughey, has made the rounds. It’s an excellent read, a difficult story, and is filled with a ton of business lessons. My two biggest takeaways from it were regarding (a) the importance of income … (More)✚
  • ✚ Defining Work / Life Balance

    Jun 17, 2016, 12:31 pm By Shawn Blanc
    As you may know, there are nearly 600 folks — including yours truly — who are going through The Focus Course right now. We’re a few days in, and our Focus Course assignment for today entailed listing out my life … (More)
  • Simple Doesn’t Mean Easy

    Jun 16, 2016, 3:31 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Corbett Barr: We know what needs to be done. The strategy part is almost laughably simple. But the execution… the execution phase is the graveyard of good intentions. Showing up day after day after day, to do repeatedly do something, … (More)✚