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On the podcast today we interview someone who actually found out how to make his living doing something he loved. And, I swear to god, if he can do it with this niche, there’s at least a chance for you to do it in whatever topic that’s got you excited. Because this guy, Ross Symons, literally makes little paper animals. THAT’S. IT. Origami, that’s the interest Ross pursued.
“Though usually regarded as the result of trying to give too much, burnout in my experience results from trying to give what I do not possess.” That is a quote from Parker Palmer. Parker Palmer is awesome. I’ll prove it. And you are awesome too. But you’re in danger of burnout. If you want to create something interesting… you’re up against burnout.
Might sound crazy, but in this podcast we literally teach you how to be successful. Simple as that. You want to become successful. You want to make headway towards your goal. You want to feel inspired and insightful about the work you do. You want to live life on your terms, employ your own damn self, define your own lifestyle.
Among the Fizzle team, I’m known as the skeptic. I like to think I have a finely tuned bullshit meter. If an idea lacks in evidence, I’ll usually either question it, ignore it, or ridicule it, depending on my mood. Chase and Steph fall somewhere on the other end of the spectrum. Over the years they’ve learned how I see the world and now often preface a topic they think I might ...
As indie entrepreneurs we live and die by the execution of our ideas. Without the right focus and motivation, discipline alone won’t save you. I find it’s very common for creatives and business builders to feel they lack discipline. We think if we had more discipline then we’d be making more progress on our idea. I don’t agree. You don’t lack discipline, you lack motivation.
I made an embarrassing mistake on YouTube and I loved it. Making mistakes out loud is a pre-requisite for entrepreneurship. Because if you’re too worried about making mistakes—about being seen as “immature” or “uncertain” or even “stupid”—you might not launch anything at all. You may not know this but I am a kind of professional small business builder.
Burning out and blowing up costs us all way too much in our businesses. “Just power through it” is terrible advice because it’s a recipe for burnout, for blowing up. Nobody gets to storming out of the office yelling “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” without powering through a whole lotta bullsh*t for a while.
When I was a kid, my dad used to give me a stern sideways glance and say, “you are who you choose to be friends with.” It always drove me insane. I am ME, I reassured myself uneasily. I’m not so easily influenced by other people. But was that really true? Even back then, I knew there was something to this notion.
We spoke to one of the most prolific and successful course makers we know, Vanessa Van Edwards, about how we can all improve our online courses. For any of you course makers out there these insights are going to help you make much more successful courses — both for you and your customers. Online courses are being created like crazy these days because the market for e-learnin ...
“Lots of people tell you what you "should" want as a creative or as an entrepreneur. Shut out the noise for a hot second and decide what success looks and feels like for yourself.” Oh man, you guys, there’s this entrepreneur named Stephanie Halligan… I think you’re going to love her story. “I spent a long time trying to sell and monetize my list on Art to Self and it kept fe ...
As indie entrepreneurs, sometimes all it takes is a little travel break to remind us why we started our business in the first place. Travel is amazing for inspiration and perspective. It would be terrible to make a business that doesn’t allow you to travel. Just think about that! You put all this work in to get your business WORKING. Topic we care about… check.
Lately we’ve been obsessed with a simple idea here at Fizzle. When we hear a success story from someone who built a business, there’s usually a distinct turning point in the story. This turning point revolves around something the entrepreneur changed that made everything click. Sometimes the change is small, other times it’s a larger pivot.
As an indie entrepreneur, if you want to make sales and build a thriving business you need to overcome the hurdle between free and paid. When we say “free” we mean the stuff you do for free… the content, the social media stuff, the free guides you create as lead magnets. That free stuff is the first step in seeing if people like what you have to offer. It’s an important step.
One of the things we hear most often is that people want CLARITY in order to get started. They feel overwhelmed and murky, like they would totally get started if only they knew what to DO! Maybe you feel like you need answers before you begin, because you have to get this right. Today, we are flipping that. I know you think you need CLARITY in order to take ACTION.
Business ideas almost never work right out of the gate. Nevertheless, entrepreneurs put a ton of pressure on themselves to make their idea work. The truth is, every business goes through natural shifts over time. It’s true. If you’re building a business, expect to make shifts and tweaks over time… because from our experience it seems that’s just what entrepreneurs do.
Think back to the beginning of your journey. Or, perhaps you’re here right now: overwhelmed by the choices, drowning in info, all the options and none of the focus. In today’s world, with the “minimalism movement” upon us, there’s a good chance you’ve heard that more does not equal more. More stuff doesn’t mean more happiness (in fact, the science is starting to reveal that the opposite is true.
Email is the centerpiece of modern indie businesses. It’s a critical way we engage with our audience for direct sales and relationship. So, all us modern entrepreneurs know we need to be growing our email lists. And by now most of us have been to websites offering something for free via an email capture form.
You know how important it is. We don’t have to tell you. Your email list is one of the most valuable parts of your business… or at least it should be. But yours isn’t growing, not as fast as you know it should be anyway. Or, maybe you haven’t even started one. You’re worried your competitors are passing you by because their lists are growing much faster. You’re right to worry.
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