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  • ✚ Whole Brain Creativity

    Wed 10:46am By Shawn Blanc
    Are you a right-brain person or a left-brain person? Right brain folks are more artistic, feeling, intuitive, and creative — they like to find solutions by making connections and trusting their intuition. Left brain folks are more rational and logical ……
  • ✚ Building Better Defaults

    Aug 19, 2015, 11:27 am By Shawn Blanc
    As you know, I’ve been working for myself from home for over four years. And even still, I’m terrible at estimating how much time I need to spend on a particular task. At first, my bad time estimations would frustrate … (More)
  • ✚ Concerning the Ebb and Flow of “Work”

    Aug 3, 2015, 9:27 am By Shawn Blanc
    As I write this, I’m preparing to spend a week in the mountains. And, in fact, by the time you read this I’ll already be in the mountains. Up until this point, the entirety of 2015 I spent working on … (More)
  • ✚ Creativity is a Gift

    10:27am By Shawn Blanc
    Doing our best creative work is a fight. It strikes me this morning that I’ve been saying this often over the past few years. (Maybe it’s becoming my motto or tagline or something.) I love how Steven Pressfield puts it. … (More)
  • ✚ Don’t Let Success Breed Failure

    Jul 22, 2015, 11:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    At the recommendation of Jeff Sheldon, a few days ago I ordered Dale Partridge’s new book, People Over Profit. I’m half-way through, and the book is about so much more than running an honest and successful business. Partridge’s book is … (More)
  • ✚ Behind The Scenes of The Focus Course: Outlining, Architecting, and Writing

    Jul 15, 2015, 11:06 am By Shawn Blanc
    I built the Focus Course on 3×5 notecards. While there were other tools — such as highlighters, binder clips, the world’s greatest pen, iA Writer, MailChimp, WordPress, a Baron Fig notebook, and a stack of paperback books taller than my … (More)
  • The Tools & Toys Review of The Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 Lens

    Jul 14, 2015, 12:43 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of awesome reviews, over at Tools & Toys today, Álvaro Serrano wrote an incredible review of what is, in my humble opinion, the best lens for the Micro Four-Thirds system: The Panasonic Leica 25/1.4. I’ve been shooting with this … (More)✚
  • The Best Read-it-Later Service is Instapaper

    Jul 14, 2015, 12:31 pm By Shawn Blanc
    A few days ago we published the latest app review-slash-pick, and it was for our favorite read-it-later service. Instapaper is more than just the best app for saving things to read later, it’s an awesome app in and of itself. … (More)✚
  • Introducing the New Uuni 2 (Sponsor)

    Jul 13, 2015, 3:48 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Much of what people love about the Uuni still remains the same: It heats up to 840°F (450°C) in less than 10 minutes. That intense heat cooks a pizza in under 2 minutes. It burns wood for an authentic flavour. … (More)✚
  • Go Big And Go Home

    Jul 13, 2015, 1:55 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of zigging and zagging, Kyle Steed wrote an excellent article to accompany an equally amazing mural he illustrated. We can’t have it all. This is true. At one point or another we must all decide what is more important … (More)✚
  • ✚ Remembering to Take My Own Advice

    Jul 13, 2015, 10:28 am By Shawn Blanc
    Just because you know about something doesn’t mean you do anything about it. There are overweight dietitians, sleep-deprived sleep researchers, broke business coaches, and angry counselors. Common knowledge is not the same as common action. * * * The balance…
  • ✚ The Art of Price and Value

    Jul 8, 2015, 4:30 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Two years ago I launched my first real product. I remember waking up the morning of the launch and feeling sick. I didn’t have the flu. I was scared. There was a big knot in the pit of my stomach. … (More)
  • The Tools and Toys Review of The Fuji X100T

    Jul 7, 2015, 10:28 am By Shawn Blanc
    Marius Masalar wrote a review for us over on Tools & Toys of the Fuji X100T. Fantastic review, fantastic photos. While I’m very happy with my E-M10, my heart goes out to anyone in the market to get an awesome … (More)✚
  • Home Work Podcast: “Focusing with Shawn Blanc”

    Jul 6, 2015, 8:50 am By Shawn Blanc
    And, speaking of podcasts, I was also privileged to be a guest on the latest episode of Home Work. Dave, Aaron, and I talked about the glories and the terrors of life as a work-from-home dad. I also shared a … (More)✚
  • Best CIA Spy Submarine App

    Jul 6, 2015, 8:47 am By Shawn Blanc
    I was just recently a guest on Joe Darnell and Joshua Peiffer’s podcast, TechTonic. It was a great show where we talked about writing, design, using technology, and a whole lot more. ✚✚
  • ✚ And Now For Something Completely Different

    Jul 1, 2015, 10:16 am By Shawn Blanc
    Wow. What a wild and awesome past few weeks. The Focus Course has launched (as you well know, haha), and now things return to their regular schedule. (Well, technically, they’ll return this coming Monday. I’ve got a birthday and a … (More)
  • Last Call for Special Launch Price of The Focus Course

    10:14am By Shawn Blanc
    Just a friendly reminder that today is the last day to sign up for The Focus Course at the special launch price. The Focus Course is normally $249. But during the launch week (which ends today), the course is just … (More)✚
  • Bonus Video From The Focus Course: “How to Get it All Done”

    Jun 27, 2015, 10:15 am By Shawn Blanc
    First off: I can’t even mention the Focus Course without giving a huge thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word about the course and all those who signed up this week. The response and positive feedback has been … (More)✚
  • ✚ The Focus Course is Now Available

    Jun 23, 2015, 1:34 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Here it is. The Focus Course has launched and is now available for you to sign up. The Focus Course is normally $250. But during the launch week, it’s just $199. It’s 40 days and 5 modules. 18 videos. 75,000 … (More)
  • ✚ Tomorrow: The Focus Course

    Jun 22, 2015, 12:01 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Tomorrow at 10:00am EST, The Focus Course will be available. This post is to tell you exactly what you’ll be getting when you sign up for The Focus Course. And, I hope to convey just how much value there is … (More)
  • ✚ Fatherhood

    Jun 21, 2015, 3:47 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My life has been mile-marked by my first son’s birth day. There is life before I was a dad and there is life after his birth. And this. Now. This is the real and the good life. My wife and … (More)
  • ✚ Interview with Joanna Eitel

    Jun 20, 2015, 4:22 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Joanna Eitel is another one of the 90 pilot members who took The Focus Course this past spring. Joanna and her husband Tyler actually live here in Kansas City, Missouri. They have a 3-year old son and 1-year old daughter. … (More)
  • ✚ An Interview With Tyler Soenen

    Jun 19, 2015, 10:12 am By Shawn Blanc
    Tyler Soenen was one of 90 pilot members who took an early version of The Focus Course this past spring. Tyler and his wife Kristen It was an honor to have Tyler as part of that early group because he … (More)
  • ✚ Fight

    Jun 18, 2015, 11:47 am By Shawn Blanc
    Every now and then an idea just hits you like a ton of bricks. Have you ever experienced that? You’re reading something, or listening to something, or driving to work and thinking about nothing in particular, but then a couple … (More)
  • ✚ The Jolt

    Jun 17, 2015, 12:36 pm By Shawn Blanc
    My life changed forever when my wife and I had our first child. Becoming a dad was one of the most incredible and defining moments of my entire life. In fact, I’d say fatherhood is perhaps the most prominent milestone … (More)
  • ✚ You Have Ideas

    Jun 16, 2015, 10:42 am By Shawn Blanc
    What you need is more bad ideas. You know the drill. It’s late in the morning on Saturday and you’re outside mowing the lawn. Or maybe you don’t mow the lawn. So, say it’s a Monday evening and you’re taking … (More)
  • ✚ Living Without Regret in the Age of Distraction

    Jun 15, 2015, 11:25 am By Shawn Blanc
    It took us over a century to realize the changes and impact that the Industrial Revolution was making on our lifestyle, culture, economy, and educational system. Technology has changed all of that again, but this time it took less than … (More)
  • ✚ Countdown to The Focus Course

    Jun 14, 2015, 3:52 pm By Shawn Blanc
    The Focus Course launches in just 9 days. This course is unlike anything else out there that I know of. Tyler Soenen is an engineer and project manager, and was one of my pilot members. He told me that compared … (More)
  • WWDC 2015: Highlights and Awesomeness

    Jun 12, 2015, 5:19 pm By Shawn Blanc
    I’m back from San Francisco and am glad to return to the podcast microphone. (Yes, yes. I hear you. I could have taken my podcast rig with me. But I’m lazy. Also, I went to SF to meet with friends … (More)✚
  • Introducing the New Uuni 2 (Sponsor)

    Jun 9, 2015, 11:58 am By Shawn Blanc
    Much of what people love about the Uuni still remains the same: It heats up to 840°F (450°C) in less than 10 minutes. That intense heat cooks a pizza in under 2 minutes. It burns wood for an authentic flavour. … (More)✚
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