Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Here's a few things to kickstart the short week. Enjoy!
One of my favorite things to do is chat about insane business ideas with friends. So I thought it would be fun to open source some of those ideas. I tried to come up with 100, but only made it to 15. Please add your own!
A few notes:
- I'm sure some of these exist. The idea is that it's a business you could start and run, not a 100% original idea.
- These ideas range from earning a little beer money to world domination.
- I consider these ideas entirely open source. Use them! Add some more!
- It would be really awesome if these list grew well beyond 100. I encourage you to share it around.
2. "If you repeated today every day for the next year, realistically, where would you end up?"
A simple and revealing post from Benjamin P. Hardy — Tell Me What You Did Today, And I’ll Tell You Who You Are:
We are all in complete control of how we spend our time. If we don’t believe we are, we have an external locus of control (i.e., victim-mentality) and will remain so until we claim personal responsibility.
3. "I have no idea what I am doing."
A great post from Buffer CEO Joel Gascoigne, who identifies something we can all relate to.
The key turning point was when I started to believe that I knew what I was doing. I let the comments, the kind congratulations and the small successes affect my mind. I actually thought I knew what I was doing.
4. Content marketing advice
Someone recently asked me for content marketing resources worth checking out. Here's the email I sent them:
- GHOST_URL/big-wins/ - This is a post I wrote that applies some of Ramit Sethi’s “Big Wins” principles to content.
- http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/ - A classic.
- http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/05/28/how-to-build-a-large-audience-from-scratch-and-more/ - Podcast where Tim Ferriss touches on how he built his blog to ~2 million readers.
- http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Well-Classic-Guide-Nonfiction/dp/0060891548 - Probably the most useful content marketing book I’ve ever read for. And I’m certain William Zinsser never used the term “content" to describe writing.
- http://paulgraham.com/ds.html - So much of this applies to content strategy as well.
- https://www.helpscout.net/blog/company-blog/ - Just a super useful list.
- http://backlinko.com/ - SEO gets a bad rap, but Brian’s stuff is very solid.
- http://adcontrarian.blogspot.com/2015/05/nobody-gives-flying-shit-about-your.html - Rated “R” for cursing. This one too: http://adcontrarian.blogspot.com/2016/04/lets-call-content-shit.html I don’t agree with everything he says, but Bob Hoffman’s regular reminders that “No one cares!!!” can be very helpful.
5. Tweet of the week
This tweet comes from author (and friend) Ira Chaleff, whose new book Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You're Told to Do Is Wrong is getting rave reviews.
Have a great week!