The Download for April 5, 2016

GirlBossWoo: How I saved my soul from online business burnout

Most of us build organically, and slowly, over time.

In the age of online entrepreneurship, this is not a popular message. Online entrepreneurship is having a moment: we are all inundated with courses, ebooks, eproducts, workshops, and a shitton of other things that promise multi-figure launches and thousands of people on your first webinar.

High numbers are awesome. Epic. Encouraging. If you have experienced those things, GO YOU! And I think they are absolutely healthy things to want and to work towards. (Capricorn here. All about setting high goals and achieving ’em.)

But the risk in the non-traditional education that has sprung up to accompany online entrepreneurship is that it is almost exclusively built around one key strategy: “How to get more, faster.”

When this is the kind of content we are taking in 24/7, it breeds any number of unrealistic and toxic beliefs and practices in your brand and business.

Career Contessa: One bad habit you should change this week

Choice is a powerful thing. It’s also the single greatest threat to our productivity. Consider this study by Columbia University psychologist Sheena S. Iyengar (also referenced in Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance):

At an upscale food store, Dr. Iyengar set up display tables that offered samples of jam. Sometimes there were only six samples to taste, and other times she offered 24. Customers who were offered 24 different samples were more likely to stop and have a taste, but they were almost 10 times less likely to actually buy jam than the people who only had six options. The results make sense when you think about how you feel when confronted with complex decisions. Simpler is often better—and more rewarding.

Crew: The art of wandering

When you continue the learning process, you keep your mind fluid and adaptable by strengthening the connections between different parts of your brain.

Alexandra Frazen: You’re an adult. Do what you want 

Then, like a sunburst of clarity, clouds parting, angels rejoicing in harmony, I remember:

Wait a minute… I am a grown up. I can do what I want.

I sign up. I dash out. I take the class. It’s amazing, challenging, intensely rewarding. Just like I knew it would be.

Do I regret going? No I do not.

Do I feel silly for wasting five precious life-minutes wavering, stammering and hovering over the SIGN UP button for no reason? Yep, I do.

Blacksburg Belle: Running your business with chronic illness

One of the best pieces of advice I could give to anyone who’s struggling with chronic illness is to take ownership of your health. Pay attention to what makes you feel better and what makes you feel worse. Learn how to give yourself more good days.

No matter what you take away from this blog post, I want you to know that if you’re running a business while managing an illness, YOU ARE AWESOME! It’s not easy but it’s worthwhile.

I hope this helps those of you who have to deal with chronic illness. If you have other tips or advice, please leave them in the comments below. We should all try to help each other!

The Muse (via Fortune): 4 ways to keep your hard-working self from becoming a workaholic

…I don’t see any problem with being particularly motivated. After all, work is a huge part of your daily life, and it’s hard to find fault with someone who gets an incredible sense of satisfaction and fulfillment out of his or her job. I mean, that’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it?

However, when you turn into a red-eyed, stressed out robot who forgets to eat dinner three days in a row because she’s so involved in constantly refreshing her inbox? Well, then you’ve got a whole new set of problems.

Creative Live: 5 unconscious ways your driving money away

It’s often the case that as budding entrepreneurs start making serious progress towards building the kind of business we’ve long envisioned, we’re shocked to discover that certain negative, unconscious beliefs about money begin wielding a powerful and unwanted influence upon our thoughts and actions.

What makes the situation even more frustrating is that these wayward beliefs about money tend to start bubbling up at the very time we ought to be feeling the most encouraged. Yet, instead they threaten to erode the potential of the opportunities we’ve been working so hard to achieve.

Melanie Duncan: What to do when running your dream business is a nightmare

Don’t own your own business just to have a job, being an entrepreneur means getting to define success on your own terms. Don’t hold back, design the life of your dreams.


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