Find Your Voice, Change the World

If you want to make a difference in the world, you must find your own voice.

My friend Chris Brogan wrote a great post last year, in which he posits that Seth Godin has already said or written everything Chris ever will.

It made me smile, and think of how I recently wrote that all of my brain-surgerization advice could basically be found in the Bible.

But I didn’t mean to say that I have nothing new to offer the world, and neither did Chris.

Here’s the thing: there’s nothing new under the sun. It was true back when King Solomon said it, and it’s still true today.

Over the past year, Lisa and I have learned a lot about marketing and online businesses, since my book release and all that has gone into promoting it. Something we’ve noticed: all the gurus are saying the same things, over and over.

The Path to Richness with Matt Ham [YST Podcast Episode 047]

Matt Ham is dedicated to helping people be rich in all the ways that last.

His own journey through life led him to discover the principles of a truly rich life, and he shares those RICH Principles in his new book, Redefine Rich.

Matt helps people discover true richness, joy and contentment in their lives. Matt and his wife, Liz live in Wilmington, North Carolina and have three sons.

You’ll be blessed and inspired by getting to know Matt Ham.

The Trap of Sameness

sethgodin.com
April 25, 2015

In our quest to achieve success, we risk falling into sameness.

This post from Seth Godin points out how important it is to maintain the things that set us apart, make us unique, differentiate our voice and story and work from everyone else. 

Ironically, being yourself and whittling down your message to its essence is the true path to broader appeal and success. 

If you want to achieve greatness, don’t try to be like everyone else. Believe so much in what it is you can contribute to the world that everything you do is unmistakably you. We don’t need another Michael Hyatt, Chris Brogan, Marie Forleo, or even another Seth Godin. Those people are successful because they’re following their own paths, listening to their hearts, being true to their purpose. 

That’s what we need from you. You’ve got something the world needs. It’s okay to borrow a theme, copy a recipe, modify something that works. Just make it your own. Michael Hyatt didn’t invent leadership, he’s just teaching us all more about it. But he’s doing it in his own way. And it’s different than Chris Brogan’s way. We need them both.

Take two minutes and let Seth Godin inspire you to be yourself. 

That’s who we really want to follow, by the way. You, not your version of someone else.

Hone your message into its purest version and share it with the world.

That’s the good stuff. Avoid the trap of sameness. 

And start today.

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Style and Success with Antonio Centeno [YST Podcast, Episode 046]

Antonio Centeno has led men into combat, and he can lead you into a better, more squared-away life.

Antonio is the founder of www.RealMenRealStyle.com and www.ATailoredSuit.com. He has created over 1000 articles & videos on men’s style, blogs over at the www.ArtofManliness.com, and is the creator of the internet’s best style course for professionals – A Man’s Guide To Style.

Over 100,000 people read Antonio Centeno’s blog every week. His story is inspirational, and he’ll help you decide it’s time to start today.

NYT Bestselling Author Chris Brogan [YST Podcast Episode 044]

Chris Brogan is a New York Times bestselling author and a leader in the world of online entrepreneurship.

He’s also my friend, business coach, and a brilliant tactical thinker.

You’re going to love Chris Brogan. His story is inspiring, and his business is equipping people to own their lives, to be the CEO of their own space. Chris has made a huge difference in my life, in Lisa’s life, and he can help you too.

Chris Brogan is a man on a mission to help other people succeed. He’s done it in many ways, and he’s constantly reinventing himself and his businesses to accomplish that mission. From being one of the early proponents of podcasting and blogging, to fame and success as a speaker and writer, to now running a huge online empire of businesses with over half a million followers, Chris Brogan walks the walk.

In this episode, he shares his story of how he gets back up again when he falls, and how leaders find a way even when it looks like they’re lost.

When You Want to Quit: How to Persevere

It happens to all of us sometimes: That moment when you want to quit.

By ‘us,’ I mean every aspiring writer, artist, entrepreneur and anyone else who feels compelled to start doing something new. The creators, the innovators, the new Wright Brothers.

Raise your hand if you have a perfectly good job, but you find yourself up at insane hours working on that novel, crafting your perfect blog post, or sketching that widget for your patent application.

That’s right: I’m talking to you.

I received an email the other day from a friend who has one of the most awesome jobs in the world. It’s really cool, trust me.

But my friend isn’t satisfied. It’s not the money; he makes plenty. It’s that he’s got a nagging sense that he’s supposed to publish books.

He started a publishing company. He’s blogging, writing. And he’s terrific.

He writes really moving stuff. It’s helped me a lot. He’s inspiring to me, not just because his day job is so interesting, but also as an entrepreneur, businessman, and artist.

But in his email, my friend said: “I’m just not seeing any success as an entrepreneur. Maybe I should hang it up.”

Can you relate to my friend’s frustration?