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Too many think that if it doesn't feel good - you're not following your passion. Bull. If you have a vision and you know that you have to climb a mountain to get to the top, you're taking the steps to land on your passion.
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I don't pretend to have all the answers. But lately I've been implementing a little trick that has helped me. I think it can help you too. My agency is growing. We have amazing clients. We also produce a world class conference. The conference and the clients are synergistic events on paper. In execution they are at odds. One takes from the other in time, energy and sweat equity. I needed to clone myself, or find a solution.
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I have lots of experience being out of work. It happened to me three times in a two-year span. Five times total throughout my career. I'm only 40, so that's a pretty impressive streak. Also - I split up a business partnership. I didn't read the fine print of our contract. I battled my partner for almost a year. I made almost no money.
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Three years ago I launched the first Westchester Digital Summit. Last month Forbes magazine called us one of the "Conferences That Will Keep You Ahead of Marketing Trends This Year." We've hosted over 1000 executives in that time. I'm an extrovert, and I understand the power of networking. What hurts me is to see introverts not capitalize on the opportunity of an event like the summit. So here are 15 practical tips you can use the next time you're at an event. I hope you join us at this year's summit and test them out.
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What a Year. A look back at 2014 for the Silverback Social team - Westchester Digital Summit, Baltimore Digital Summit, & clients like Legendary Pictures.
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I had lunch with a friend today. She told me she wished there were other people in her industry that used social media to promote what they were doing. I told her to be the first. I told her not to ask for permission and do it. She cringed at first, and but after she saw the beads of sweat build up on my upper lip and realized that I was dead serious with my advice she perked up. Here's what I told her:
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Two years ago, my Father had come home from the hospital and was settling in for the evening. Leaving his room that night, I kissed him and told him I loved him. He called to me. "Christopher!" I turned, standing in the doorway and replied: "yeah Dad?" He said, "keep up the good work." I replied, "ok, Dad." I sort of chuckled to myself at the absurdity of the comment. No context. A simple directive. I didn't think much of it and went about my evening. Those would be the last words my Father would ever speak to me. It's difficult to write that sentence. It was two years ago, and as I write this I can feel a deep swell of emotion in my chest. I used to run from that emotion. Dad was ill for six years. I didn't allow myself to feel the terror of his terminal diagnosis of ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease. I drank a scotch to numb the pain. I worked too much to avoid speaking about my pain with my wife. I lost myself.
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By definition entrepreneurs are not quitters. We persevere, push through barriers and succeed. But the most successful know when it's time to quit. When I say quit, I don't mean throwing in the towel and giving up. That's not it at all. It's deciding to go a different direction. We can often get caught up in the well thought-out plan but sometimes, actually, often times, change is good. Those who can embrace the change are the ones who will achieve their goals.
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Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of emails constantly flooding your inbox? You're not alone. It's estimated that 269 billion emails are sent daily. An office worker receives an average of 121 emails per day. Yikes. Sometimes I feel powerless when I stare at my inbox. It's a constant game of whack-a-mole. I delete one, three pop up. I respond to three, five more pop up. Will it ever end? The bad news: Probably not. The good news: There's a trick that can help you tame the email beast!
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Exploring how successful people conduct their lives can motivate and guide our own. Sometimes, while seeking deeper understanding, we find ourselves drawn to something other than success.
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10 Simple Patterns of the Most Incredibly Successful People
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In the final days of my Father's life we knew he was dying. Frankly, so did he. Our family flew in from around the country and hunkered down. In those final days, I learned more about life than my previous 39 years. Today I'd like to share that with you.
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While I admire those who do big things with big budgets, I worship those unicorns that do big things with small budgets. It's no secret that money makes most things easier, but when budgets are tight creativity thrives.
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I use their CoSchedule Headline Analyzer to ensure every headline on my blog is compelling. I use their Wordpress plugin on this blog. CoSchedule has a Drag-And-Drop Marketing Calendar. It's so beautiful and simple.
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How to Create a Wordpress Blog In 15 Minutes or Less