2017 Year in Review

I used to write year-in-review articles every year, but stopped a long time ago. I don’t remember why.

But I’ve really enjoyed reading other people’s this year, and have been particularly inspired to start doing it again by Justin Jackson’s recent post.

I’m not big on resolutions. I never make them. Probably because I never keep them, but anyway… I do think there is value in taking some to think about the previous year, what worked, what didn’t and how I can grow.

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Binge Working

A few nights ago I was working in the late evening, as I like to do, and noticed myself doing this “just one more task” kind of thing.

I worked on this website until about 3:30a.m. before finally going to bed. The next day I was completely wiped. I couldn’t get any work done. And I realized this is actually a pattern I follow all the time.

I put in a long stretch of hours, then I’m totally depleted and need a day or two to recover. Then I do it again. Rinse, repeat.

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There Are No Rules

I’m trying something new again. I decided to record this week’s newsletter as a short episode of my podcast, The Gently Mad.

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Are You Trying to Build a Personal Brand?

Instead of the typical article I send out, I wanted to share a piece of content I heard on the #AskGaryVee Show.

If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a short video show (and now a podcast) where Gary answers the questions people send him.

In the latest episode he answered the question, “What would you do if you were starting all over building the “Gary Vaynerchuk brand”?

His answer hit me like a cannon. Seriously. I resonated so completely with what he said that I just couldn’t not share it with you.

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Do The Work You Love

So many times, the things I really want to do are the things I’m most scared to do.

Like most of you, I’m curious and I love learning. I have tons of interests and could probably be happy pursuing many different things. But if I’m honest, it doesn’t take much soul-searching to find the things about which I’m truly the most passionate.

But for some reason, I can’t even let my mind GO there. Because those things? Those are the things that are truly impossible. Those are the things at which I will absolutely, undoubtedly fail.

Or so my mind tells me.

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A Failure Isn’t Always A Failure

In that article I talked about how, after five years of being a solo entrepreneur, I felt like it was, well, time for a change. I had been given an opportunity to join the amazing team at Lift UX as Director of Product. My role was going to be leading the charge on a new family of products related to the the company’s acquisition of Churchthemes.net.

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W. Clement Stone on Integrity

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.

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How to Have All the Time in the World

Busyness. It’s a sign of pride these days. The problem for most of us, is that even if we don’t take pride in being workaholics, we don’t know how to change. Especially for those of us who are entrepreneurs, there’s a never-ending pile of stuff to get done. I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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