How to Find What You Were Meant to Do [Free Book]

Art of Work BookI don’t know about you, but I LOVE free books.

In fact, there are only 3 things I like better than free books.

Guacamole. Toast. And more guacamole.

Oh yeah, and my wife and kids.

(Let’s keep the fact that I forgot to mention them FIRST between us, ‘mkay?)

Anyways, have you heard about the newest book by my friend Jeff Goins? Well, he’s giving it away free for a limited time (you just pay shipping). And I want to tell you more about it.

Jeff is an author and he runs one of the most popular blogs for writers. And yet, for a long time he was just like most people – working a day job and struggling to figure out what he was passionate about.

Once he figured out the meaningful work he loved doing and how to get paid to do it, his success was meteoric.

And now, he wants to share what he knows with you.  (And a free book!)

Jeff’s book, The Art of Work, is all about finding your calling, that thing you were meant to do. It’s full of inspiring stories and research about how you can take your passion and turn into a lifestyle.

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How to find friends who won’t let you fail [video]

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It was my birthday this week, and I woke up on my birthday to a nice present: someone I had never met had sent me $500.

Now, that might seem kind of strange.

But it wasn’t some accident. And it wasn’t luck. The $500 was in payment for a digital course I had created.

I don’t tell this story to brag — that’s not the point. I mention it because about two years ago, I looked at my business and I decided I wanted to make some changes. Here’s the never-before-told story of how that happened.

What I Was Doing All Wrong in My Business

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I’m giving away 1 year of Contactually & lifetime access to Connect with Influencers

Hey Revolutionaries!

Are you making the most of your relationships?

Are you building relationships that will grow your income and attract more clients?

If you’re reading this, then there’s probably a part of you that thinks ‘errr… maybe not.’

Well, I want to give your relationship-building a kick in the butt. That’s why I’m pleased to announce …

 

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You can sign up here.

(And yes, I did design that image above. How did you guess? Answer: because it looks awful.)

About Contactually: Contactually is a hot new startup software service which helps you to manage the hundreds of relationships that lead to more business growth, more income, and more clients.

I’ve been using Contactually for over a year now and I can’t believe I ever survived without it. Contactually syncs with all of your existing social media accounts and keeps track of all your relationship-building activities.

It helps you to build relationships with new influencers and VIPs and to keep in touch with people already in your network who you would otherwise lose touch with (losing associated opportunities as well).

After signing up for this giveaway, I highly recommend you go try Contactually out with a 30-day free trial. You will also get 10 free email templates from me if you sign up through my affiliate link.  You can read my full review here.

Full disclosure: I do get a modest affiliate commission if you sign up through my link, but let’s just say I’m not going to be buying a new iPhone 6 with the commissions unless this contest goes seriously viral.

About Connect with Influencers: Connect with Influencers is my flagship video course and community. I share everything I know about relationship building with influencers learned over the past 20 years of working at the White House, for DreamWorks in Hollywood, and in the heart of Silicon Valley.

About Power Networking System: my Power Networking System is a self-paced product I created to show you how to grow the relationships in your network.

“Succeeding in business is all about making connections. It’s all about personal contact. You need to get out and about, meeting people and developing relationships.” — Sir Richard Branson.

I am so motivated to help you start building relationships that I am giving you the opportunity to start growing your network for literally $0.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

Simply click here to be taken to the giveaway signup form.

A huge thanks to Contactually for donating this 1-year plan for the giveaway.

The Ultimate Guide to Talking About Your Accomplishments (Without Sounding Like a Jerk)

Parachutists deliver American flag for Rodeo opening ceremonyAn earlier version of this post appeared at Art of Manliness.

Let me tell you about my friend Tom.

He’s one of those guys whose personal story just blows you away.

First of all, he went to West Point, which is like the Harvard of military schools.

Then he joined a U.S. Army special forces unit where his job was to parachute deploy into warzones from helicopters.

That’s right — his job was to jump out of a perfectly good helicopter.

And that’s not all. While he was still in the Army, Tom wrote two books and founded a boutique publishing company.

What a jerk.

Here’s the thing: Tom is actually a nice guy. If he wasn’t such a nice guy, I’d probably hate him.

But his background is so incredible – it so blows my coward butt out of the water – that it’s hard to imagine how he can talk about his background at all without coming off as an insufferable jerk.

Tom is actually quite modest, which is part of the reason I like him.

But the problem for guys like Tom is how he can share his background in a way that doesn’t come off as bragging.

In other words, one of the most interesting things about Tom is that he’s a combat veteran who got paid to jump out of helicopters, but he can’t always talk about the thing which makes him most interesting without alienating the person he’s talking to.

It’s kind of a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation.

Tom Morkes

Helicopter-jumper Tom Morkes

Tom’s not as different from the rest of us as you may think. Even if you didn’t do a stint in the U.S. Army as a helicopter-jumper, almost everyone has something interesting or memorable about them which makes for good cocktail party fodder.

Yet social norms tend to prevent many of us from sharing these great stories out of fear of alienating people who might think we are trying to show off.

One of the questions I frequently getting from running this blog is “Hey John, how do I talk about myself without bragging? I want to make small talk but sometimes if I talk about what I’ve done, it turns people off.”

Well, here’s your answer.  In this article, I am going to share 10 tips for how you can shares the stories and experiences that are most interesting about you so that you are memorable to others, without coming off sounding like a jerk and a blowhard.

In other words, I believe there is a better way – a way you can talk about your most interesting achievements without sounding cockier than The Situation on spring break.

Why You Should Talk About What You Have Accomplished

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How to Grow Your Network and Your Income by Creating Your Own Blog, in Under 10 Minutes [with 3 videos]

In this post, I show you how to set up a wordpress blog

Tinkerbell decided to finally set up her own blog. And enjoy some Kung Pao chicken at the same time.

Let me let you in on a little secret.

One of the best things I’ve done for my business is also the simplest: I started a blog.

Creating and publishing my own blog has made a bigger difference in my business than almost anything else I’ve done to date.

However, I recognize that setting up a blog for the first time can be kind of intimidating.

It’s been known to reduce grown men to tears.

Well, not anymore. It’s actually gotten much, much easier.

And what barriers do remain I am going to tear down for you.

In this post, I am going to show you how you can use a blog to grow your network, your impact and your income.

I am also going to show you, step-by-step, how you can set up your own blog in under 10 minutes. Or even faster, if you work quickly or if you just downed a Starbucks triple macchiatto.

I even recorded 3 videos below showing you how to do it — so you have no excuses.

But first, let’s examine why you should set up a blog.

Why You Should Create Your Own Blog

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The Formula for Getting More Clients for Your Freelancing Business

I can be difficult to do freelancing and to find clients and customers and new business. An earlier version of this post appeared at WritetoDone.com.

Let’s say you work for yourself.

It doesn’t matter what you do.

You could be a coach, a consultant, a photographer, or a pet therapist for neurotic cats for that matter.

For the sake of argument, let’s just pretend you’re a freelance writer. You’re self-employed.

Question: What’s your biggest problem?

Answer: Getting clients. It’s always getting clients.

You’ve tried everything. But actual paying writing projects are still few and far between.

It makes you question whether you’ve got the chops to do what you do, doesn’t it?

Well, good news. It may not be your technical skills. In fact, you may even be a spectacular writer.

But I’ve got a newsflash for you. Being a successful freelance writer takes more than good writing.

Just like being a successful freelance photographer takes more than knowing how to operate a camera.

Sure, you can be a good writer slaving away in your closet and no one beyond your mother and your cat will ever read your words.

But being a successful writer takes something else. Something that might shock you.

Successful Freelancers Know the Value of Relationships

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