- 5 Steps to Become a Pioneer That Makes Great Things Happen!
“The moment we decide to begin the journey to cross a great plain of uncertainty is the moment we all become pioneers” quotes blogger and leadership expert Todd Nielsen in this compelling post which provides a number of touching examples of ordinary folk who went on to become great pioneers, but also outlines five key traits we can employ to blaze a trail for ourselves and make wonderful things happen in the world.
- What I Learned During My Journey as an Accidental Entrepreneur
Fellow Lifehack.org contributor and author of the awesome 'Rule Breaker's Club site Courtney Johnson details 21 lessons she learned after purchasing a one-way ticket to France and subsequently establishing a new career as an entrepreneur. There's a lot to take to heart here, though my favourite is undoubtedly #10: "The world is not your competition. We’re all in this life thing together."
- Writing: Passion vs Profession
This is a great post from Blogger, entrepreneur, digital marketing consultant and recording artist, Christian Hollingsworth on the fine art of balancing a passion for creativity with a professional approach. I always remember a time, only a year or two into my first paid writing job when the daily drudge of churning out copy was beginning to seriously drain my passion and love for the written word. Luckily, I regained my enthusiasm by switching gears and writing a novel in my spare time but still, Christian's post serves as a welcome reminder.
- A Little Music Industry Career Advice
I was planning to save this link for a post on the Almost Famous blog, though after reading it again, it certainly fits the bill as one of the best things I've read in the past five days. Digital music executive Leena Sowambur provides some sage advice for those interested in pursuing a career in the much maligned world of the music business. It's my experience that much of what Leena says here can be applied to other creative industries too, particularly writing and journalism.
Less a post and more a rather fun little website I came across thanks to a tweet from The Art of Non-Comformity writer Chris Guillebeau. THQK does one simple thing but does it very well; provides an assortment of inspiring quotes, each one displayed in a beautiful, clear design. Whether you're simply looking. With one quote per page, you simply need to hit the + sign on each page to bring up a new one, and if you're so taken with a particular passage, the # sign takes you to an Amazon link with books by/about the creator of that quote. Perfect for a pick me up or to find inspiring quotes for your blog, I urge you to at least take a pick.
A little shameless self-promotion this week, here's a bunch of stuff I've published this week.