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5 Reasons Blogging Might Not Be For You

  • January 17, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Note: I’m launching a new course today called How to Start a Blog that Matters, so I know it may seem strange that I’m writing this article about why blogging might not be for you.

Here’s the deal: while I know blogging is an incredible opportunity for some, the fact is blogging isn’t for everybody. If blogging isn’t a good fit for you, you’d probably be better off spending time pursuing something else.

If you’re thinking about starting a blog, read the post below. If you still think it’s for you, head over and check out How to Start a Blog that Matters.

Also, just announced: we’re offering some very special bonuses with the course. See our special bonus offers here.

Blogging can change your life.

For people with the desire and ability, I strongly recommend starting a blog for all kinds of reasons.

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You Have to Choose to Be Awesome

  • January 13, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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It used to be there.

You used to feel like you were pretty awesome. You liked yourself, people were drawn to you, you had a bright future ahead. You had fresh ideas and a zeal for life. You felt like you could accomplish anything you wanted to.

Then somehow it slipped away. You lost it, and you don’t exactly know how.

Maybe it was a slow drain of awesomeness that you didn’t notice.

Maybe the demands of your career or your family extinguished your awesomeness. Maybe you lost your confidence as you got older, put on a few pounds and stopped making new friends. Maybe there was a traumatic incident that changed your life’s trajectory dramatically.

However it happened, it doesn’t matter.

The fact is that you know you could be living a bigger, better, bolder life than you are now.

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Let It Go.

  • January 10, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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Let it go.

These are the three most powerful words you can tell yourself.

As you go through your day, pay attention to your thoughts. Pay special attention to moments when you start feeling negative thoughts. When you’re stressed, depressed, worried, anxious, angry, etc.

How often do those emotions happen for you every day?

How long do you dwell on these things? Do they get you off track or sometimes ruin the rest of your day?

In our hyper-connected, always on, need-to-be-productive-every-moment world, there are hundreds of things we want to influence and change every day.

We burden ourselves with too much. We expect to change too many things every day. We try to be in control of everything around us.

That desire for control works against us.

Negative emotions come from wanting to change things we cannot.

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Starting a Business Isn’t All Unicorns and Rainbows (the Other Side of the Story)

  • January 6, 2012 by Corbett Barr
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A reader emailed me this week with a suggestion.

She left her job over a year ago to travel the world and start a business with her partner. After struggling to get her business off the ground for the better part of a year, anxiety got to her.

Despite having significant savings, she became so distracted by money-related fears that she could no longer focus on building the business.

She started look for a job.

She found a great job. Excellent pay, fantastic benefits, flexibility on travel. The ability to live a great lifestyle without being self-employed.

So what’s the problem?

As I was reading this story, I couldn’t help but think about how familiar it sounded to my own story.

I too left a comfortable job to start a business. I too started feeling anxious about living off my modest and hard-earned savings.

My anxiety got so bad I sought medical attention. Stress can be debilitating for entrepreneurs. For some reason I slogged on, despite having no income, no investors and dwindling personal funds for a year. Twice.

I also came very close to looking for a job, and my path could have been very different if I had.

This reader wrote in to suggest that I offer some perspective on the issues and questions both she and I faced when starting a business.

So here it is, the other side of the story.

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When Goals Make You Crazy

  • December 27, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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New Year’s resolutions. End-of-year planning.

Goals. Plans. Hopeful futures.

They say goals are important. They make us happier and help us accomplish more. They’re the cornerstone of a fulfilled and productive life.

But what about when goals make us unhappy? What happens when we get so wrapped up in chasing goals that we can’t be happy in the present anymore?

I tend to set and pursue goals like most people do, but more and more I’m wondering where it all leads. Is life supposed to be a series of goal planning/chasing/accomplishing cycles?

Where does it all lead?

Maybe goals are like cameras. If you spend an entire vacation behind a camera, do you really experience it? Sure, you captured some shots to look at later, but how often will you really look back on them?

If you spend every moment chasing goals and shaping your future, are you ever happy in the moment?

If goals have been making you feel a little crazy lately, here are a four ideas for planning less and living more:

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4 Ways to Design a Happiness-Inducing Employment Arrangement

  • December 21, 2011 by Corbett Barr
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Last week, I wrote a post aimed at those of us with the entrepreneurial bug. If you’re like me, you’ll probably never be completely satisfied working for other people.

BUT, that doesn’t mean I think self employment is for everyone. I know people who love their jobs, and I know other people who would find working for themselves way too stressful and uncertain.

Also, many of us who long to be entrepreneurs will work as employees at some point in our lives.

Jobs aren’t going away anytime soon, nor do I think they should. For everyone in employee relationships out there, whether short-term or long-term, wouldn’t it be great if you could have a job AND live the life you want? Can’t jobs be more fulfilling?

Can’t we design better employment arrangements?

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