The Download for April 12, 2016

About.me: Thinking of freelancing? 5 things to do first

  1. Update your portfolio.
  2. Do research on your rate.
  3. Make it easy for people to learn about you.
  4. Let everyone know you are freelancing.
  5. Get discovered.

Creative Live: You can’t price yourself if you have no self worth (Word.)

Crew: Get out of your damn bubble

Your bubble is the safety net you surround yourself with every single day. It’s the routines and schedules that make your life stay stable and on track.

And yes. Your bubble is also the building blocks of happiness, meaning, and even creativity. But it’s also a wall—one that separates mediocrity and greatness and that gets harder and harder to cross the higher you build it.

FEA: How to create your business blueprint

Harvard Business Review: You need to practice being your future self

You need to spend time on the future even when there are more important things to do in the present and even when there is no immediately apparent return to your efforts. In other words — and this is the hard part — if you want to be productive, you need to spend time doing things that feel ridiculously unproductive.

Marc and Angel: 9 toxic beaviors holding good people back (#2 hit home for me.)

Procrastinating on everything, again and again. – Lack of confidence and discipline, mixed with unrealistic expectations of rapid success, fuels long-term procrastination.  Many studies suggest that procrastinators are self-handicappers: rather than risk failure, they prefer to create and indulge in conditions that make success impossible – a reflex that of course creates a vicious cycle.  The best thing you can do for yourself is to break this cycle – stop saying “I wish,” start saying “I will,” and then go do something about it.  The world isn’t going to dominate itself.  If something doesn’t have space in your day, it probably won’t happen in your life.  Knowing isn’t enough; you must apply!  Willing isn’t enough; you must DO!  And if all you can do right now is a little bit, do it.  Those little bits will add up.  Value that is built over time, in small increments, tends to be value that also lasts for a long time.

Marie Forleo: How to be uber-successful without being an asshat

In order to make it to the top, you have to be a ruthless, cold-hearted jerk.

Curious. Do you believe that to be true? Do you believe that in order to get ahead you have to be dishonest or unethical? Because if you do, even just a little bit, that belief could be holding you back — BIG time.

Because your beliefs drive your behavior, whether you’re aware of those beliefs or not! And since your behavior drives your results, this stuff matters.

Oh My! Handmade: You do, therefore you are (The title is taken from a Shel Silverstein quotation.)

What use are brilliant ideals, talents, and thoughts if we don’t act on them? The only way to learn a craft is to do it. Put paint on a canvas, write a silly limerick, tend your favourite tree, live your life. Dedicate yourself to doing anything often enough and you can become a master. To work steadily, learn constantly, craft our days patiently with the resources we have – this is craftsmanship of the highest degree, the making of a meaningful life.

Shopify Blog: 6 types of Facebook ads that will win customers and keep them coming back (Ones I have to try: lead generation ads, customer thank you and new product ads)

Advertisers on Facebook have access to over 1,300 targeting options, 15 types of campaigns, and over 1.59B users. It’s no wonder Facebook’s advertising platform is used by businesses of all sizes—from small mom and pop shops to Fortune 100 companies.

While having access to a massive variety of advertising options can be a marketer’s dream come true, it can also make getting started a daunting task.

 

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