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Why Standing out Is Essential to the Survival of Any Creator, Brand, or Business

Why Standing out Is Essential to the Survival of Any Creator, Brand, or Business

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The survival of any creator, brand, or business depends on their ability to stand out in a sea of noise.

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Option for Everything

Anything that doesn’t stand out will eventually become irrelevant, commoditized and ignored. There will always be a faster, better, or cheaper option for everything.
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Unless You Capture Your Ideas You’ll Never Capitalize on Them

Unless You Capture Your Ideas You’ll Never Capitalize on Them

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If you talk to any prolific writer or successful entrepreneur, you will find they make it a point to capture their ideas.

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An Audience of One

In your lifetime, you will likely have thousands of ideas. As I wrote in An Audience of One “none of us have a shortage of ideas, we just lack the discipline to capture them.
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How Our Use of Social Media Fuels Envy, Comparison, Anxiety, and Depression

How Our Use of Social Media Fuels Envy, Comparison, Anxiety, and Depression

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Through social media we have a continual window into the lives of friends, pseudo-friends, and celebrities.

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Highly Idealized Image

A few weeks ago I was looking at my Rescuetime dashboard and saw that I’d spent about an hour and 45 minutes on Facebook in September. Then I noticed some other interesting patterns:
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How Writing for One Hour a Day Can Improve the Quality of Your Life

How Writing for One Hour a Day Can Improve the Quality of Your Life

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When most people think about developing a writing habit, they imagine having to spend countless hours in a quiet room isolated from the rest of the world.

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Project or Idea

This keeps them from trying to develop a writing habit at all. But you can accomplish remarkable things in just one focused hour a day of uninterrupted creation time.
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If You Want to Design Your Life, Start by Designing Your Environment

If You Want to Design Your Life, Start by Designing Your Environment

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A few nights ago I was teaching the first session of our Fearless Writer’s workshop.

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The Designing Your Days

One of the common challenges people had was maintaining some semblance of consistency. It was the same problem I had before 2013. But once I understood the impact that environment has on behavior, and started to design my environments for my desired behavior deliberately, my daily writing habit became automatic.
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