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  • ✚ Unordered Thoughts on Life at 35

    11:21am 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

    Wed 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)

    Mon 10:37am 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)✚
  • ✚ Notebooks, Business Models, and Solutions

    Jun 10, 2016, 11:39 am By Shawn Blanc
    We meet again for another Fantastic Friday. Under normal circumstances, right now I’d be packing for WWDC. I’ve been to the conference in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Alas, this year, I won’t be attending. The main reason being … (More)
  • ✚ Four Lifestyle Practices

    May 27, 2016, 11:35 am 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

    May 25, 2016, 10:11 am 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)

    Apr 27, 2016, 9:23 am 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)