Be Open to Inspiration

I’ve been in a bit of a fog the last week or so. Nothing worth talking about, really. Depression stuff. But then it lifted. RDJR

What’s interesting to me is how I found my footing and how I got back on track, and so there are two items I want to share with you from this: the actual learning, and more importantly, the realization of what got me there.

Be Open to Inspiration

Humans have this way they deal with too much information. They discard tons of inputs and keep what they feel is important. This is necessary, by the way. Can you imagine how busy your brain would be if you thought all day about every single item you observed, every single sound you heard, etc?…

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Do Local Businesses Deserve Your Money?

I sat at the counter at my local restaurant the other day and waited for over 7 minutes without anyone bothering to acknowledge that I was there. 2013-04-23 12.30.55

And then I walked out. And so did my money. For good. In fact, I drove to McDonalds, got some scrambled eggs and an iced coffee, and was in and out of the system within the same 7 minutes. (You can save your comments with disdain for McDonalds. If you’re a parent, you go there, unless you don’t. Either way. It’s not the point.)

Now, before you try to defend this other place, no, it wasn’t busy. Yes, at least two employees had seen me, and frankly, I don’t much care.…

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Why Use These Outlier Social Media Tools?

Why should you bother using tools like Vine and Instagram, and the like? Instagram Stuff

That question was asked to me by Pam Vitaz, and she asked it somewhat in this context (my words not hers): Vine’s interesting, but you basically just shot a funny video. Why do that?

Here’s the video she meant:


Can’t see the video? Click Here. Can’t hear sound? Hover over it and click the little sound thingy.

On the surface, it’s the kind of question you can answer with “why not?” But that’s not good enough.

Why Use These Outlier Social Media Tools?

First, it’s your call which of the social networks or tools you think of as an outlier.…

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Can You Work at Being Fearless?

Fear is at the heart of most of our worst choices. 2013-04-27 10.11.11

I read this facebook post by James Altucher and it really punched me in the stomach. But that’s just one punch in a series, because every time I question how I ended up somewhere, the real answer (underneath all the bull answers) is fear. It’s why most stupid things happen, why all bad things happen (when humans are involved), and is even worse than you think.

I’m afraid of a weird collection of things. I’m afraid of sharks (ever since seeing Jaws at a very young age – because I pestered my parents tirelessly til they succumbed). I’m afraid of being invisible (not like the superpower, but not being worthy of anyone’s attention).…

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Sponsored Post – Mobile Productivity and the Future

Can you be productive while on the road? I say yes. In fact, I’m writing this from a hotel room before heading off to a meeting with a client. Toronto at Night

The following is sponsored by Cloud Powered Work, which is a project with IDG, LinkedIn, and Microsoft’s Office365. Everything in this post is mine, and my opinions are my own.

I just produced an episode of my radio show from my hotel room, because I realized that an episode was due and I hadn’t done the work before I took off for the day. Last night, while I waited for my slightly delayed airplane, I cracked open SkyDrive pulled down three writing projects I had due.…

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How Do You Keep People Engaged?

I’ve just come to discover something and wanted to share it. Harold Brogan, Creator of Crario

My son, Harold, has never cared about a toy in his life. For maybe the first few minutes, it’s interesting, and then, it floats away to the discard pile. The same is true of most of the video games he plays. Though he loves the lore of Mario, he could care less after acquiring the game whether he plays it all that often. And then there’s Minecraft.

Harold plays the adventure game Minecraft (so do I, so does his sister). And recently, he used a tool called Skin Creator for Minecraft to rebuild a model of a character he made in the game, and then send away to have that character printed onto a plastic toy via (loosely) 3D printing.…

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Do You Invest in Yourself?

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It took a long time to realize that I should invest in myself, that I should put my own mask on first, etc. Too long. To that end, I wanted to share some thoughts with you.

When I was in my 20s, I flirted with college over and over again. My parents paid the first time around. Then, different employers would foot the bill and I’d march off to some other university or another. (There are over 20 in Boston). For any number of reasons, college didn’t do much for me. I found the learning to be too boring, too outdated, and rarely applicable to what I thought would happen next. So I didn’t bother.

I have only the smallest of regrets.…

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Free Live Event for Real Estate Professionals

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You’ve heard that using social networks like Twitter and Facebook will improve your sales, but that’s not working quite the way you expected. Someone else told you to blog. Another mentioned YouTube. And what about good old fashioned email? Chicago

If you’re a practicing real estate professional, you are invited to a FREE webinar entitled MASTERING THE DIGITAL CHANNEL FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS. Hosted by marketing and publishing veteran Chris Brogan, you will learn the following:

* Best practices for setting up your online profile.…

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Get Started With Google+

Google+ For Business You’ve been putting off actually doing much with Google+. Maybe it’s because you’re already feeling behind in keeping up with all the other social networks. Maybe you think there’s no one there ( 500 million users). Maybe you just don’t know where to start.

I can help.

Getting Started with Google+

Personal Vs Professional Vs Business Page

First question first: should you have a personal page, a professional page, and/or also a business page?

My experience thus far has been that a personal page seems to do more for most people than separating out a professional page.…

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Sponsor Thanks – GoToMeeting

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At our New York ImpactNEXT event, we were lucky enough to have our friends at GoToMeeting sponsor “GoToLUNCH!” I’ve worked with Citrix Online (now, I guess, just Citrix) for a really long time, now. Why? Because:

1.) I like what they sell (the work anywhere lifestyle).
2.) I love the humans there (Lisa Horner and Justin Levy especially, but Beth and Scott and tons more people).
3.) They support the kinds of communities that matter to me.
4.) They support me. (Selfish, I guess.)

I’m saying thank you with this post, but I’m also saying that the reason they sponsored my event, from my side, is that I like what they do and endorse their stuff.…

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