Category Archives: Professional Development

Go your own way.

"Squeezing your business (or career, or relationship, or lifestyle) into someone else's plan hurts, and it denies your own self-leadership." — Tara Gentile, Quiet Power Strategy

There are a lot of plans and products out there that sell you a process or a formula. It seems so sexy, doesn't it? A prescription-ready answer for building your business, life, or idea?

There's a reason that the word "how" is one of the top-performing headlines in the copywriting world.

How ... to build a business
How ... to start your own startup
How ... to write headlines that get results.
How ... to get clear skin, fast.
How ... a certain entrepreneur built their multi-million dollar business from the ground up.

Take a look at what you click on today. How many headlines start with the word "how"?

Why the word "how"? Because we want desperately to have a result that we see others getting. So we want to know how they did it.

Be careful.

You're charting your own path. You are a unique set of skills, circumstances, relationships, and desires that aren't the same as someone else's. Copying someone else's process or language might sound silly on you.

Knowing how is so tantalizing.

But is it you?

Writers Resources for 2015: Make a Living as a Writer With These Sweet Courses

Want to make a living as a writer? Maybe you’re simply looking to improve your craft. Maybe you want to self-publish a book, or you want to learn more about publishing. Perhaps you’ve got a side-hustle, and you want to turn it into a full-time business. Maybe you’re working on a book proposal but you’reContinue Reading

Is making a blog really worthwhile?

It’s hard to understand why so many people are spending so much time investing in making “free content” when there are so many other things to do in building a business. Have you ever made a product and wondered why it didn’t go anywhere, or feel like you’re spinning your wheels at your company throwingContinue Reading

Sometimes I scream at trains underground

There are secret spaces inside of any city. In Brooklyn, the underground subway is noisy, chaotic, and dirty. I wear gloves to avoid germs, and I try not to touch anything if I can try. Loud advertisements are ripped and edited almost immediately after they are posted; teenagers often color in the eyeballs with redContinue Reading

A 30-day writing challenge, a brand new class, and a book giveaway.

Want to be a better writer? What does it take to become a better writer? I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions and goals lately, and every time I talk to someone, I hear the same dream: I want to write more. So these past few weeks, I’ve been making a few new things toContinue Reading

The upside of being busy

Being busy – being full, having a lot to do, filling your calendar to the brim — can be overwhelming, tiring, exhausting. Sometimes we’re busy for busy’s sake. And answering “busy” to how have you been is, well, annoying. But sometimes there’s an upside to being busy. When you’ve got a handful of projects toContinue Reading

Have you changed your narrative lately?

As I wander through cities, one of the things I look for is evidence of fresh construction. Cities are living, breathing, pulsating organisms, and a great indicator of change is the number of cranes you can see dotting the skyline. In San Francisco, new construction emerges when the lack of residential units becomes absurd; inContinue Reading

How to Create an Online Home You Love: a one-night live event in NYC with Holstee, my hubby & me.

How’s your internet home treating you? Are you loving it, hating it, indifferent towards it, or … not making it? If you’ve ever wanted to start a blog, write an e-book, or create your own online home powerhouse to showcase your creative ideas, then it’s time to make it happen. I’m thrilled to announce aContinue Reading

Ship. Iterate. Improve. Repeat.

How do you make something great? Start small. Build something that you can do today, this week. Ship a little piece of it. Stop holding on to it. Maybe keep the idea big, but just start with something so small you can’t not do it. Make the smallest version possible. Give it away. Share it. SellContinue Reading

You don’t have to do it alone. [an epic resource + event + spiritual program guide.] All my favorite programs for you, right now.

Many of us want similar things in life. Freedom. Love. Money. Safety. Security. Happiness. Depending on where you are in Maslow’s theoretical hierarchy of needs, your next immediate problem might either be finding a meal to satiate your hunger—or it might be reaching out to new meetup groups to make more friends. It might be heading out onContinue Reading