“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
In a world where everything seems like it’s spinning out of control, we already possess the means to solve most of our problems.
We have our mind and our will to do and be something truly remarkable. That is the Stoic wisdom penned by the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius around 180 AD.
This is the kind of wisdom we need today. Perhaps the worst thing about COVID-19 and other big crises is that things will never be the same again. …
On September 11th, I curiously poked my head out of the door to see how bad the smoke from the forest fires was. It was so dense, it gave me an instant headache. I walked outside and looked up to see a foreboding and menacing burnt orange sky looming over my house.
Suddenly, all the horrible images I’ve been seeing on the news for the past week flooded my mind. I kept thinking: We’re next.
You see, my family and I live just outside of Portland. Every city around us was already on a Level 3 Fire Evacuation Notice. …
Do companies now parallel or exceed mainstream media in producing great content? In light of all the fake news and the pressure for newspapers to produce clickbait-ish content or close its doors, it makes me really wonder.
We’ve seen countless companies like Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Nissan, Mercedes, Wells Fargo, and Sequoia Capital explicitly hire professional writers to augment their marketing department. Many seasoned journalists from The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and The New York Times have traded in their newsroom digs to become content editors and journalists serving under CMOs.
The digital marketing landscape is changing before our very eyes. It’s not only more competitive than ever, but the very means of media communication is also changing. …
It’s hard to get very far online without being slammed with countless COVID-19 posts about how to work from home or how to be more productive. Add to that, there are even more posts talking about how to start a home business, and why anyone can be an online millionaire with just three easy monthly payments.
While some of the information is incredibly useful, don’t miss the point of it all.
If you don’t have a new skill or a vastly improved skill after this COVID-19 dilemma, you’ve wasted your time.
And when I say skill, this could mean something personally or commercially valuable. If you stayed up every night trying to master Robert Johnson’s Delta Blues licks on your guitar, I’d say you did something useful with your time. …
D o you harbor negative thoughts? What about the time someone cut you off? Or the time someone at work totally screwed you over. Or the relationship that went south that you can’t forget. Or when they forgot the fries.
Okay, maybe you never had it that bad. Count your blessings!
However, if you’re normal and like everyone else, bad events and the negative thoughts thereafter sometimes plague you.
Even famous people have/had this problem, especially regarding self-doubt:
“Oh my God, I’m rubbish and everyone is going to see it.” …
I n 2008 after some deep thinking and soul-searching, I decided to do something crazy. I left a highly lucrative medical executive role to get into teaching.
I finished up my state teaching license and quickly found myself in front of at-risk college and high school students. My focus was in business and writing.
To my surprise, my first year had very few wins. I quickly realized that I was a massive failure in teaching. I was so bad, I began to think about going back to medicine. …
I f you are quarantined at home because of the Coronavirus outbreak, there are a million things to do. Before you get excited about Marie Kondo-fying your place, hang on a minute. Don’t rush to tidy up and fold your shirts up in some impractical way.
Your downtime is still limited.
Yes, most of us still have to work (I’ll get to that in item #3). At best, you’ll recoup a couple hours of commute time that you get all to yourself. Milk it!
First thing’s first: sleep an extra hour. …
When I signed up for my first SMMA course, I noticed something peculiar. Most of the students were like me, male. In fact, women only comprised of 15% of the group. That correlates to mostly male agency owners in the industry too. But should I be surprised?
A lot of industries are male-dominated, especially in the STEM fields. Look at big business. There are 33 of CEOs in the Fortune 500 who are women. That’s only 6.6%, but the number of women leading companies is growing.
Still, it’s 2020 and I find that pretty sad.
And it doesn’t make sense financially. A study done by Quantopian revealed a huge insight about women in top roles. They compared the performance of women CEOs running Fortune 1000 companies against the S&P 500’s performance for over a decade (2002–2014). This comparison showed that 80 women CEOs during those 12 years produced equity returns 226% better than the S&P 500. …
In October 2017, the research firm Technavio released a comprehensive 83-page report entitled Global Content Marketing Market 2017–2021. For many, this was exciting news. The report showed the explosive growth of content marketing. And it’s a trend that is not slowing down.
It was only a few years ago (2016) when this market was hovering at around $216B. Today, that market is growing and it is predicted to be at $412.88B by 2021. And the trend is only getting better. Countless research firms have verified that the amount of businesses that invest in content marketing nearly doubles every year. Business leaders are seeing the light, and it clearly points to generating more content to attract ideal customers. …
It’s 5:30 AM and I’m anything but awake. I have a long day ahead of me with lots to do. However, I made a promise to myself to meditate first thing in the morning.
Every. Single. Day.
On my Oak meditation app, it says that I’ve meditated for 279 sessions, 95 of them in a row. In terms of badges, I’ve achieved all 10 in just a few months. (I moved from Grasshopper to whatever is beyond Infinity.) I’d say the gamification of this app worked.
According to the European Journal of Social Psychology, on average, it takes 66 days to form a new habit. Not 7 days. Not 30 days. Over two full months. It makes sense that if you did something every day for 66 days, it would stick. …