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  • ✚ Four Lifestyle Practices

    Fri 11:35am By Shawn Blanc
    This week for Fantastic Friday I want to peel back the curtain a bit and share some personal notes. I didn’t fully realize it until this week when it really hit me, but for the past several weeks (at least) … (More)
  • ✚ A Confession

    Wed 10:11am By Shawn Blanc
    I’m lazy. And I’ll tell you why in a minute. If you recall, last Wednesday I wrote about why you should show up every day. And then on Friday, I shared some thoughts on Hustle. (As a side note, I … (More)
  • ✚ Hustle Friday

    May 20, 2016, 9:27 am By Shawn Blanc
    You can’t throw a rock at the internet without hitting a webpage where someone is talking about hustle. Ask Gary Vaynerchuk how he defines hustle and he’ll tell you it’s “maximizing the energy you put into what you are passionate … (More)
  • ✚ Why You Should Show Up Every Day

    May 18, 2016, 9:14 am By Shawn Blanc
    Because if you do, you’ll be more creative, you’ll make more money, you’ll improve at your craft, and you’ll build an audience. And gosh-darnit, people will like you! I’m completely serious. You may never write a NYT Best Seller or … (More)
  • ​MailButler — Your Personal Assistant for Apple Mail (Sponsor)

    May 17, 2016, 12:26 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Have you ever wanted to schedule your email rather than send it right away? Or sent an email to a wrong person? If your answer is yes, then MailButler is just the right thing for you. This program allows you … (More)✚
  • Focus Camp

    May 16, 2016, 3:39 pm By Shawn Blanc
    The silliness of the name is (I hope) inversely proportional to the awesomeness of what we’re doing… In a couple of weeks I’m leading a group through The Focus Course. I’ll be doing the course myself — sharing my daily … (More)✚
  • The Longest Shortest Distance

    May 12, 2016, 9:45 am By Shawn Blanc
    Kyle Steed: There is never any secret to someones success. There is only one foot in front of the other. There will always be someone ahead of and behind you. There will always be an unfair advantage. There will always … (More)✚
  • ✚ Quality is a Probabilistic Function of Quantity

    May 11, 2016, 10:10 am By Shawn Blanc
    (Or: Why The Fastest Route to Doing Your Best Creative Work is to Show Up Every Day, Ship Early, and Ship Often.) This is part seven in a series on creativity and entrepreneurship. You can find the previous articles here: … (More)
  • Quitter

    May 9, 2016, 2:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    When Marco shared his AppleScript for “Automatic Social Discipline” last fall, I built a Keyboard Maestro version of it. Except that my Keyboard Maestro version had this weird bug where it would just quit Tweetbot or Mail after 10 minutes … (More)✚
  • Elgato Eve Energy — Switch & Power Meter (Sponsor)

    May 9, 2016, 12:26 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Live smarter by knowing more about the place you care about most. Eve Energy understands your energy consumption — instantly see how much energy your devices are using, and switch them on or off with a simple tap or using … (More)✚
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Books and music and podcasts

    May 6, 2016, 11:16 am By Shawn Blanc
    Here we are, the first Fantastic Friday of May. Welcome! On a personal note, my wife and I are almost done unpacking! It’s been 3.5 weeks since we moved in to our new home. We’re down to just the last … (More)
  • ✚ Creative Goals (Part 6)

    May 4, 2016, 9:13 am By Shawn Blanc
    Pre-S. This is part six in a series on creativity and entrepreneurship. You can find the previous articles here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. There are two types of creative goals. The first type of goal is the goal a … (More)
  • ✚ Thoughts on Risk (Part 5)

    Wed 9:23am By Shawn Blanc
    Creativity and business are both packed to the rafters with risk. If you’re trying to do your best creative work or if you’re building a business, then you’re going to have to take risks. But they don’t have to be … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Gadgets

    Apr 22, 2016, 11:02 am By Shawn Blanc
    Hello friends, and welcome to another edition of Fantastic Friday. The past two Fridays have been silent because, as you know by now, my family and I moved into a new home. We’re nearly settled in! As fun as it … (More)
  • MailButler — Your Personal Assistant for Apple Mail (Sponsor)

    Apr 20, 2016, 11:30 am By Shawn Blanc
    Have you ever wanted to schedule your email rather than send it right away? Or wondered if the person has actually opened your email? MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. … (More)✚
  • ✚ Family Balance (Part 4)

    Apr 20, 2016, 10:38 am By Shawn Blanc
    “Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.” That’s Robert Louis Stevenson. I love that quote for two reasons. Not only is it good life advice, but … (More)
  • ✚ We Moved

    Apr 18, 2016, 5:02 pm By Shawn Blanc
    As I type this, I’m surrounded by cardboard boxes. My desk is temporarily crammed here in the corner of the guest room. The Monument Valley soundtrack is playing (as always), but this time it’s via my iMac’s not-so-great, built-in speakers. … (More)
  • Save 93% on 11 Fantastic eBooks With ReadBundle (Sponsor)

    Apr 12, 2016, 9:58 am By Shawn Blanc
    ReadBundle is back, with an unbeatable collection of books and resources for freelancers, designers, marketers, startups, and growth hackers. In our second bundle, you can save 93% on 11 fantastic eBooks — usually $395, this bundle is yours this week ……
  • ✚ Consistency and Honesty (Part 3)

    Apr 6, 2016, 4:26 pm By Shawn Blanc
    A few days ago I asked this question: Is there a path to creative success? As I’m sure you know, the answer is yes. Now, the definition of success varies wildly. But I like to define creative success like this: … (More)
  • ✚ Creativity and Entrepreneurship (Part 2)

    Apr 5, 2016, 12:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Quitting my job to blog for a living was so embarrassing. It didn’t seem like a “real job”. People would always ask me questions like: “So what exactly is it that you do?” And I never knew how to answer … (More)
  • ✚ Five (Part 1)

    Apr 4, 2016, 10:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    It was Monday morning. My first day on the job. And I was completely underprepared with no idea what to write about. I felt terrible. That was exactly five years ago today. What I did end up writing about has … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Read This

    Apr 1, 2016, 9:26 am By Shawn Blanc
    Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to make your cup of coffee. Because this week I have a few articles for you to read with your morning coffee. But these quotes and articles are special for another reason. On … (More)
  • ✚ Just a Question

    Mar 30, 2016, 12:24 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Next week my family is moving to a new home about 5 minutes down the road. Anna and I are expecting our third child this fall (!). So we are about to officially outgrow the small home we’ve lived in … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Coffee Paraphernalia

    Mar 25, 2016, 9:45 am By Shawn Blanc
    Unknown to both my wife and I, our coffee grinder was losing its edge. Nearly four years ago, Anna bought me a Bodum Bistro Grinder for my birthday. It was an awesome little grinder for a great price. I used … (More)
  • ✚ An Index of Ideas

    Mar 23, 2016, 9:35 am By Shawn Blanc
    About 18 months ago I stopped buying non-fiction books on Kindle. At first, it was all about the money. In my research for creating The Focus Course I was buying a slew of books. And used paperback books from Amazon … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Newsletter Edition

    Mar 18, 2016, 9:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    Before we dive into this week’s top four links, I have a challenge for you. It’s Friday. Which means the weekend is upon us. And then, in just a few short days it will be Monday. What’s your general attitude … (More)
  • Clothes that Work as Hard as You Do (Sponsor)

    Mar 16, 2016, 3:09 pm By Shawn Blanc
    We’ve all come to expect the most from our athletic clothes. But for some reason, the clothes we wear to work – when we’ve got to perform at our best — still hold us back. In an age where clothing … (More)✚
  • ✚ Q&A: My Writing Workflow

    Mar 16, 2016, 11:08 am By Shawn Blanc
    You may remember a few weeks back when I shared my top four writing tools. That article brought about some additional questions from folks regarding my writing workflows, etc. And so I’m going to answer those questions here. If you … (More)
  • ✚ The Five-Minute Rule

    Mar 14, 2016, 11:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    The first five minutes are the hardest. To prove it, I just set a timer for five minutes. You see, I’ve been thinking about this article all day. Yet, despite all the mental preparation I’ve done for what needs to … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: Reading Edition

    Mar 11, 2016, 6:19 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of Fantastic Friday. Life in Kansas City has been a bit busier than normal. For one, earlier this week we launched a new class on time management. The response so far has been … (More)