2017. Well that went fast, didn’t it?
I just got back from Disney World, and it’s a bone-chilling 12 below here in Chicago. But no worries, I’ve been up since 5:15 and the creative juices are flowing. I can tell 2018 is going to be a killer year. For me. For you.
Next week will resume the flow of really groovy emails—handcrafted by yours truly—that can be expected to hit your inbox every Tuesday morning. Until then, I figured you were sorta-kinda-working this week, so I thought I’d pass along some of the best things I’ve read this past year.
Sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy.
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The most important part of your business — Paul Jarvis
Given all that, it’s easy to believe that this is The Paul Jarvis Show—both in terms of me sometimes thinking it and folks, like you, believing it too. In reality though, nothing is further from the truth.
The persistent, precious habit of self-belief — Hillary Weiss
My self doubt is my grey ghost, the monkey on my back. It is excruciatingly painful, and it comes complete with limitless energy and an unstoppable will to slow me down so it can eventually tear me apart, piece by piece.
The Price of Success — John O‘Nolan
When you have nothing, you don’t fear being torn to shreds by the mob. You stand up and you call bullshit when you see it. But then when you start to do well…
Seasons — Megan Gray
There is noise. Noise the others make when they check out, meant to distract you. A way of treading water, keeping a foot in the door. Noise your mind creates to fill you with doubt or fear. The noise of uncertain silence. Do not listen.
The Iceberg of Life — Cory Miller
What I am reminded by sharing these things are how good I’ve become at making the “Above the Stuff” stuff look so good, while “Below the Surface” I’m filled with hurt and doubt. Because the reality of my life looks like this…
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One more thing…
Yes, I finally—wait for it— converted. And not just because Nathan Barry is a good friend of mine. ConvertKit just works, and I’m moving my lists there.