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  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: 4DX and The Long Game

    Fri 10:06am By Shawn Blanc
    Hello friends. First off, you know I have to say it: In just a few short days the Denver Broncos will be on the world’s stage. I’ve been drinking out of my lucky Denver Broncos coffee mug every day this … (More)
  • ✚ Permission to be Creative — With Special Guest, Havilah Cunnington

    Wed 11:19am By Shawn Blanc
    Today’s podcast episode wraps up our focus on Margin. And I’ve saved the best for last. Over the past several weeks we’ve covered so much ground: what margin is; why it’s important; how to get margin in our schedule, in … (More)
  • ✚ Deep Work and Focus — With Special Guest, Cal Newport

    Mon 12:29pm By Shawn Blanc
    In today’s episode of Shawn Today I have the honor of talking with Cal Newport. Cal Newport is one of my favorite writers and thinkers. His book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, was one of the most impactful books … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday

    Jan 29, 2016, 2:21 pm By Shawn Blanc
    A week ago it was snowing outside and I had no idea what the outcome of the Denver Broncos game would be. And here we are, the Broncos are going to the Super Bowl (sorry, not sorry, Chris) and tomorrow … (More)
  • ✚ Why Margin is Critical for Doing Your Best Creative Work

    Jan 27, 2016, 11:06 am By Shawn Blanc
    The past few weeks we’ve been talking at length about margin. Margin is so important because having that breathing room in your life is healthy. You need margin in your schedule, in your finances, and in your relationships. You need … (More)
  • ✚ Less Thinking, More Doing

    Jan 25, 2016, 11:57 am By Shawn Blanc
    I’ve got a very special episode of my members-only podcast, Shawn Today, this week. And I wanted to share it with everyone. In the show, I’m joined by special guest, Corbett Barr. Corbett is the co-founder and CEO of Fizzle, … (More)
  • Save 90% on 12 Fantastic eBooks With ReadBundle (Sponsor)

    Jan 25, 2016, 11:54 am By Shawn Blanc
    ReadBundle is an unbeatable collection of books and resources for entrepreneurs, designers, marketers, startups, and growth hackers. You can save 90% on 12 fantastic eBooks — usually $285, this bundle is yours this week for just $29! In this bundle, ……
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday: AMA, Card Games, and More

    Jan 22, 2016, 11:05 am By Shawn Blanc
    As I write this, the snow is coming down heavy in Kansas City and there’s a hot cup of coffee on my desk. In just a few days, my hometown football team, the Broncos, will be playing the Patriots in … (More)
  • ✚ Margin for Creativity

    Jan 20, 2016, 12:19 pm By Shawn Blanc
    In his book, Deep Work, Cal Newport states that as our information economy grows, there is an ever-increasing advantage for knowledge workers who are able to focus. His Deep Work Hypothesis is this: The ability to perform deep work is … (More)
  • ✚ Give Your Day Some Breathing Room

    Jan 18, 2016, 11:40 am By Shawn Blanc
    As we continue with this month’s focus on margin, today we’re going to talk about getting and keeping margin in your schedule. * * * I love how David Allen says that you can’t actually manage time. If you start … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday

    Jan 15, 2016, 11:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    Hello friends, and welcome to another edition of Fantastic Friday. The past several days have been fun as we’ve been diving into the topic of Margin. In case you missed it, there is a running list of all the articles … (More)
  • ✚ Margin Enables Intentional Living

    Jan 13, 2016, 10:06 am By Shawn Blanc
    As announced on Monday, for the next couple weeks we are diving deep on a specific topic: Margin. What is margin? Margin is breathing room. It’s the opposite of overwhelm, overload, and overtime. Margin means having some cash in the … (More)
  • ✚ Margin Month

    Jan 11, 2016, 11:29 am By Shawn Blanc
    Today I’m kicking off something a bit different than I’ve done before on shawnblanc.net. We’re going to take the rest of January and go deep on one specific topic. I’ve also got February, March, and April planned out as well. … (More)
  • ✚ Fantastic Friday

    Jan 8, 2016, 11:04 am By Shawn Blanc
    Welcome to the first edition of Fantastic Friday for 2016. Fantastic Friday is something I’ve been sending out for the past several months to subscribers of The Fight Spot newsletter, and the response to it has been great. But I … (More)
  • curbi (sponsor)

    Jan 8, 2016, 10:58 am By Shawn Blanc
    curbi gives parents peace of mind; helping manage screen time while providing the best solution so the entire family can enjoy the online world as much as the real world. curbi is now available on Android as well. * * … (More)✚
  • FYI: The Focus Course Special Pricing Ends Tonight

    11:19am By Shawn Blanc
    Just a friendly reminder that the special price for 2016’s big update to The Focus Course ends today. As you know, The Focus Course was just updated with about 50 new videos! It’s awesome. The Course is normally $350, but … (More)✚
  • ✚ Five Reasons to Join The Focus Course

    Jan 4, 2016, 10:59 am By Shawn Blanc
    As you look back on your past year, did you make progress in the areas that matter most to you? On the scale of “reactive versus proactive”, where do you think you landed in areas such as your best creative … (More)
  • ✚ The Focus Course: Updated for 2016

    Dec 29, 2015, 9:57 am By Shawn Blanc
    Version 2 of The Focus Course is now available. I’ve been working on this version for the past several months, and there are some awesome updates. On the nerdy side, The Focus Course has received several updates to the custom … (More)
  • ✚ Money Back Guarantees

    Dec 28, 2015, 8:57 pm By Shawn Blanc
    When I first launched The Focus Course last June, I did so with a 30-day Money Back Guarantee attached. When my customers buy the course, it can be hard for them to know what they’re getting in to. I’ve done … (More)
  • Community

    Dec 24, 2015, 10:20 am By Shawn Blanc
    It’s Christmas Eve. And as I write this I’m in Colorado with my family. Which is why today’s Elements of Focus video is all about community. For those of you who’ve been taking the free class, you’ll know that everything … (More)✚
  • Workflows with Shawn Blanc

    Dec 21, 2015, 1:41 pm By Shawn Blanc
    I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I should link to another podcast episode. Well, today’s your day. Because Katie Floyd and David Sparks were kind enough to invite me back on to their incredible podcast, Mac Power Users. In … (More)✚
  • How Happiness Fuels Your Success

    Dec 16, 2015, 9:34 am By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of podcasts that are speaking of success, there’s an episode of the EntreLeadership podcast with Shawn Achor that’s quite excellent. Shawn Achor’s studies and teachings on what he calls the Happiness Advantage are fantastic. If you haven’t…
  • Create Your Own Definition of Success

    Dec 15, 2015, 2:41 pm By Shawn Blanc
    If you’re an entrepreneur (just starting out or seasoned), you’ll love The Fizzle Show podcast. I’ve long been a fan of the Fizzle Show (they even had me on the show once). When I was creating The Focus Course earlier … (More)✚
  • The Elements of Focus

    Dec 11, 2015, 2:51 pm By Shawn Blanc
    As you may already know, I’m doing a free class. It’s called The Elements of Focus and it starts now. There are 16 videos I recorded just for this. Each one is fun and personal. We’ll be covering a handful … (More)✚
  • The New Uuni 2 (Sponsor)

    Dec 11, 2015, 1:06 pm By Shawn Blanc
    What is Uuni? It heats up to 840°F (450°C) in less than 10 minutes. That intense heat cooks a pizza in just 90 seconds. It burns wood for an authentic flavour. Uuni is super fast to assemble — less than … (More)✚
  • ✚ Introduction to Margin (Part 2)

    Dec 9, 2015, 10:02 am By Shawn Blanc
    A quick note: This is the second of a 2-part series on Margin. You can read Part 1 here. In January, we’ll be going much more in-depth on this topic. There will be podcast interviews, resource recommendations, articles, and more. … (More)
  • ✚ Introduction to Margin (Part 1)

    9:40am By Shawn Blanc
    In a word or two, how would you describe your average day? Busy? Overwhelming? Relaxing? Pointless? Productive? Boring? Stressful? Fulfilling? For me, in this season of life, I’d say that my average day is a mixed bag. While most days … (More)
  • Col. Littleton on The Art of Craftsmanship

    Dec 3, 2015, 12:03 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Last Christmas I was given a Col. Littleton No. 1 Grip weekender bag. It was an epic gift. It’s beautiful. Then, last week I came across this episode of the EntreLeadership podcast where they interviewed Col. Littleton himself, and he … (More)✚
  • Living Differently

    Dec 2, 2015, 5:22 pm By Shawn Blanc
    A couple of weeks ago I recorded 60 videos over the span of 5 days. (It was much less crazy and much more fun than it sounds.) 41 of the videos are for a major update to The Focus Course … (More)✚
  • Lecharl (Sponsor)

    Nov 30, 2015, 1:36 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Lecharl is a watchmaker brand from Sweden. Our vision is to create beautiful, timeless and elegant timepieces, where classic and modern design seamlessly merges. When it comes to design and quality, we at Lecharl follow our own mind and vision, … (More)✚