The Fear of Failure

It must be a year end trend. Not one, but two articles showed up this morning on the fear of failure. Maybe because it is the end of the year and there is some soul-searching about we did or did not accomplish? No matter why (or what), we all experience that fear.

From Seth Godin:

We live in an extraordinary moment, with countless degrees of freedom. The instant and effortless connection to a billion people changes everything, but instead, we’re paralyzed with fear, a fear so widespread that you might not even notice it.

We have more choices, more options and more resources than any generation, ever.

And from Neil Patel:

When we fear failure, we’re at a crucial point of development. We’re admitting to ourselves that something is bigger than we are. In this case, it’s our fear.

Take a step back mentally, and ask this question: “What am I really afraid of?” “Failure” is not clear enough. There’s something more, something concrete.

Keep thinking, and find the big monsters that are freaking you out…

Both articles offer some excellent points and thoughts to consider when you have your own battle with the fear of failure.


Happy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving Day


“16 Tips for Getting 90% of Your Work Done Before Lunch” [Inc.]

We have yet to meet the person who feels they have too much time and not enough to do (ok, maybe some bored children in the summer, but otherwise…).

So here are some great tips on how to work smarter. Our favorite?

Schedule your day the night before.

Every day, you should list all your tasks and when you’re going to do them the following day. You will not be productive unless you plan out everything you’re going to do the next morning.

Quick tip: Don’t schedule too much. Keep your to-do schedule light to actually accomplish real work.

You can read the article here.


Ideas for Your Social Media Network Strategy [grow]

Grow

In the early days of Twitter, we were just happy to have people follow us. But as time went on, we realized we needed a strategy that ensured we were getting the most out of our work on Twitter. This article has a list of ways you can strategically build you social media network.  Our favorite?

Mining Twitter Lists. Once you are on Twitter for awhile, you’ll notice that people will place you on public “lists.” Twitter Lists are a superb way to find relevant people to follow. Lists are generally categorized by a special interest or geographic location. For example, I might be on lists for “marketing experts,” “bloggers,” or “business educators.”  Once you find a relevant person to follow, dig into their Lists and you are likely to a goldmine of interesting people to follow.

You can find the rest of the list here.


5 Ways to Stay Focused in a World Full of Distractions [Fast Company]

Focus

We live in a world that seems to constantly find new ways to distract us. This article provides five tips to help stay focused. Our favorite?

Constantly remind yourself of your ultimate goals. Create a vision board, a mind movie, or some system that serves as a constant reminder of what you are working toward. The “why” behind the goal is crucial as it will serve as a motivator.

You can read the article here.


10 Surprising Social Media Facts [Daily News]

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We enjoy statistics around here, particularly when they reveal something we were not expecting. Lori-Turn Wilson has written an article listing 10 surprising social media facts. Some we had seen other places, but there were some eye-openers in the list. Our favorite?

“The fastest-growing demographic on Twitter is 55- to 64-year-olds – growing 79 percent since 2012. The fastest-growing segment on Facebook and Google Plus is 45- to 54-year-olds, according to Fast Company.”

You can read the list here.


Project management for work that matters [Seth Godin]

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It is no secret that Seth Godin is one of our favorite writers around here. More than once something he has written has inspired us to take a look at not just what we do, but why we do it. Well, he has done it again by creating a list of 10 project management guidelines/principles. Our favorite?

“Keep a log, a notebook, a history of what you’ve done and how. You’ll need it for the next project.”

You can find the entire list here.


One Minute on Youtube [Infographic]

One Minute on YouTube


The Monday Morning Social Media Checklist [Hootsuite]

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After a weekend of fun and relaxation (hopefully), it can be difficult to get back into the swing of posting to your social media. Often there are emergencies that seem to fill our time and remove our focus. However, if you have a checklist for your social media for Monday’s you can stay on target. Our favorite?

Browse and Relax (Seriously)

When you get to work in the morning, take 15 minutes to relax. Check Facebook, check Twitter, check LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+, have a laugh and then continue. If you’re able to get comfortable at the beginning of the work day on Monday, you’ll have an easier time with the rest of the day. And a productive Monday usually means a productive week.

You can find other tips for your checklist here.


The 2nd Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference – June 27-29, 2014

The 2nd Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference Schedule


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