This Speed Is Going To Be The End Of Us.

This Speed Is Going To Be The End Of Us.

Why don't we slow down? Every once in a while?

The pace is never ending. We're always in motion. But we're not pushing toward a destination. We're pushing for more speed. More speed. All the time. 

There's an old saying in the country town where I grew up.

All that speed just slows down the crops. 

All that speed just leads to fuck ups. Errors. Let downs. Complications. Exhaustions. It doesn't end. 

It doesn't end unless we stop it, ourselves.

When I look at the constant pace that I've kept up over the past 10 years, I know what it's done to me. I know how tough it's been on me. Slowing down is becoming more and more vital.

If you keep up that speed for long enough, you'll wipe out. There's no other end to that story.  

 

On Grieving

On Grieving

After a death in the family, I've spent a lot of time thinking about grief over the last week. It's an incomparable feeling - that sense of loss. That emptiness where a part of you should be, and that ache within the emptiness where nothing should be. I've been thinking about how we all process and grieve in different ways, while all feeling the same thing. 

Life is unpredictable. If we stopped to think about who fragile it all is, we'd be living in a constant state of grief. Grief in advance, grief in anticipation. The only way we stay sane, as human beings, is by pushing down that knowledge that we're all headed the same way and that everything is temporary. 

But every now and then, that knowledge surfaces. It surfaces and we have to come face to face with it, and judge ourselves on how we react and transform and respond. 

There's no easy answer to grief. Anyone who tells you there is, is selling something. There's no easy response, and there's no easy way to process. You don't move on. You never move on. That implies that you could one day be a different person to the person you are now, with a new situation, untouched by what you've lost. 

That doesn't happen. We remain who we are, with some parts stripped away by the cruelties of life. And I think that's actually beautiful, in its own way. 

There's No Right Way To Have A Career

There's No Right Way To Have A Career

People are going to tell you that it's important to have a career plan. It's not that simple. Really, it isn't. The best analogy for a modern career that I can think of is that it's a lot closer to untangling a pair of headphones that you just pulled out of your pocket. It's frustrating and confusing and you can't even work out how it could have turned into such a wild mess in the first place. 

My career has been just like that. I don't think i could put it into a simple narrative structure no matter how hard I tried. There's no plan that could have foreseen or accounted for it. It's chaos in the best possible way, and it's chaos in the worst possible way. 

When I was younger, I certainly intended for my career to be a straightforward, linear progression from start to finish. That was the dream. I was going to do A which would help me do B which would make C happen...but that wasn't realistic. 

It all went off the rails almost as soon as it began. I walked off the grill at McDonalds' to start my own company and achieve the immediate success that would set me up for life. It didn't take long before I wound up broke and applying back at McDonalds' just to be able to have enough money to eat. It's gone up and down and around in circles ever since, and I can tell you that if anyone were to show me their One Right Way to have a career, I'd never match it. 

But I think I'd call myself a successful person. I've done things I loved. Enjoyed the work that I love. Done the things that mattered to me above all else. Stayed true to my principles. Worked hard. Tried hard. That's what's really been important. 

Tell Your Self Doubt That It Doesn't Matter And You Don't Care.

Tell Your Self Doubt That It Doesn't Matter And You Don't Care.

I get self doubt. I understand it, because I battle with it. Self doubt is pretty crushing, because at the end of the day there is nobody whose opinion you trust more than yourself. 

You trust yourself to make your decisions about everything, and to form your opinions on everything. So when you’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t do something, that you don’t stand a chance — you’re going to believe that more than you would if anybody else in the world said it to you. 

Self doubt is a real danger. If I can work my ass off for years and then have every single moment of sweat and hard work wiped out by a few edges of self doubt, what does that say about what I’m achieving and accomplishing?

For me, it says that I'm human. It says that I'm full of imperfections. It says that I have the potential to take the wheel and take control of my life, but I also have the potential to be incredibly flawed. When it comes down to it, there's a lot of things about me that speak to that lack of perfection. My inability to hustle 24/7 the way we're told we have to. My obsession with sit coms and junk food. The fact that I'd rather drink whiskey than stay up working on business every single night.

None of that means that I'm going to fail or that I'm not capable of putting a dent in the universe. So why should my self doubt mean anything different?

Why Do You Hustle?

Why Do You Hustle?

I hustle because I want more. Because I dream of more.
I hustle because I wouldn't know how to do anything else.
I hustle because I love the thrill of seeing progress. 
I hustle because I know what happens when I stagnate (it's not good)
I hustle because to stop would be to quit
I hustle because there's money out there, and I want to make it mine
I hustle because there are folks out there that I know I can help
I hustle because my time is limited and I want to get out there now
I hustle in case I don't see tomorrow
I hustle in case I do see tomorrow
I dream of doing great things, changing the world.
I dream of providing for my Mum when the time comes.
I dream of building, with my two hands, a movement that could last a lifetime.
I dream of making my mark on the world. 

What about you?

Can You Do It In Excel?

Can You Do It In Excel?

I wrote a pretty long post yesterday on Medium about how to bootstrap a startup using simple, niche services, and people seem to have liked it. As a part of the post, I used a simple chart showing revenue projections for Creatomic:

And you know what the first emails I got were? People asking me what apps I used to create that "killer graphic." Seriously, people wanted it and said they'd been searching for something that can do that. It blew my mind, because that graphic was created using one piece of software that probably came installed on your laptop anyway. One piece of software that has an equivalent app on a Mac if you're not a PC user. 

It's called Microsoft Excel. And the graphic was based on a really easy template:

What really blew my mind was that people were searching for a new, shiny, fancy tool when they had the tool they needed right in front of them. The idea that if you can buy the latest SaaS product, you'll be able to do the "real" work. When I stopped to think though, I realised that it's an attitude I used to have too. 

It wasn't enough for me to be able to run my marketing off Gmail and a Spreadsheet. I *had* to have Hubspot, and Salesforce and all these bells and whistles products that were costing me several hundred bucks a month. I had to have 'em. My business couldn't function without them!

...that's bullshit. I'm not saying that you need to run everything in Microsoft Excel, I'm just saying that the best tool to use is sometimes the tool you've already got. At the end of the day, it's what you do with it that counts. If you can do a projection and a graphic in Excel, why not do it instead of shelling out for a bunch of new software options??

When Is It Enough?

When Is It Enough?

Ask yourself what success looks like. Really, ask yourself. Because there's a lot of difference between having a healthy ideal or a healthy goal and never letting yourself feel like you have...enough.  

When I was younger, my goal was simple. I wanted to be rich. I grew up poor and I wanted to have and never be a have not again. That goal was never enough.  

I made a bunch of money. I couldn't stop. I lost a bunch of money. Somehow I didn't feel too different at either of those points.  

When you don't ask yourself what "enough" is going to look like, you're leaving it up to your emotional self. You're waiting until it "feels" like enough. And you'll be waiting a hell of a long time. Because I don't truly believe that feeling ever comes.  

When you decide exactly what enough is - that's a whole other ball game. You're setting limits.  Not limitations - limits.  

Today, enough is something a lot healthier to me. I want enough money for a house that I can call a home and a car I can one day pass onto my kid for their 18th birthday. Anything else is gravy.  

That's not to say that I want to build Creatomic to be a small company, because I want it to be the biggest company in the fucking world. It's just to say that I won't be doing it in the pursuit of cash. I'll be doing it because I want to help as many people as I can. 

Question Everything. Read Great Books. You'll Learn To Stand Your Ground.

Question Everything. Read Great Books. You'll Learn To Stand Your Ground.

The man who doesn't question is the man who has no answers. 

I think that's something we need to remember more and more. When you're trying to do anything that requires a change in the world, in your community or in yourself, having the knowledge and the information necessary is vital. 

This is why books are the most powerful weapons ever created. It's why every organisation that wants to stop progress has tried to destroy, ban or limit them. But books and knowledge always survive. 

Books cause us to question things. They introduce us to ideas that hold a challenge, ideas that throw up obstacles to the people who want to stop us. Those people are out there. No matter what you do, there are folks who want to see it end. 

i think no matter what you're trying to do, whether it's promote activism or build a company that you love and believe in or challenge the status quo, you need knowledge, you need to gain that knowledge through questioning and finding answers, and you need to learn to stand your ground. 

That's how the world changes. 

We're All Going To Be Lonely.

We're All Going To Be Lonely.

Loneliness is a part of life, as natural as birth and death. Sooner or later, we all go through it. I’ve gotten used to my loneliness, and I can feel isolated and as though I’m plunged into solitude, even in the most crowded room, even surrounded by the people I love.

Loneliness is hard to understand. It’s not feeling as if you’re the only person in the world, although that’s often how it’s described. It’s feeling as though you’re in a room so pitch black and dark that you can’t quite make out the people around you.

You know they’re there, and you know they’re probably your friends and family, but you can’t see them, and you can’t reach out to them, and you’re colliding with unseen things as you stumble around, searching.

You feel as though the safest thing to do is to try and back up into a corner, away from everything else, and hope you can just wait there safely until the lights go back on and you can finally see.

I know a lot of creative people experience this. They become so wrapped in their work, in their art, in their writing, in the companies and products they’re trying to build, that they start to forget everyone and everything else, and when they finally come up for air, they don’t recognize their people or their places.

I know that when that happens, it makes it hard to ever go back into your work, because you’re afraid of the loneliness taking hold once again, and making a home in your soul or your heart or your mind, or wherever you believe it lives.

But the real joke, I’ve always thought, is that although loneliness makes us feel like we’re isolated from everyone else, the fact that everyone in the entire world is lonely sooner or later is the most unifying, uniting characteristic of being a human.

Loneliness is real, and it’s hard to cure. But loneliness isn’t the same thing as being alone, because there’s always people around us and out there and waiting to show love and friendship, and show that they care. It’s tough to remember, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

I don’t struggle with it as much as I used to, when I was a kid in a band, or a kid starting his first startup, or a kid with a bottle of cheap scotch and a punk rock record, alone his room drinking.

Loneliness still comes hanging around late at night when I’m vulnerable, and when my guard is down, and when I least expect it. Some days, when I go home alone, it’s waiting for me just behind the door, to follow me around an empty apartment.

It’s okay though. I’m a happy guy, and I do what I love, and I do it when I love. Life is good, and life is manageable, and life is kind of beautiful.If I’m lonely, from time to time, it doesn’t mean life is anything less, or I am anything less.

Sooner or later, we’re all going to be lonely. And you’ll find that when you get through it, you start to fear it a little less. It’s not a great feeling, and I’ll always be a little scared of what it can do, and the games it can play, but it’s never the end of the world.

There’s one quote I always go back to, when I think about being lonely:

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” — Henry Rollins

I Don't Always Know Who I'm Going To Be

I Don't Always Know Who I'm Going To Be

When people email me to ask me how I knew what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be, I have to explain that they’ve got the wrong idea. The way the question is phrased

I know it seems like I must be incredibly together, because I get a lot of shit done and I write a blog that gets a lot of views — but the reality is, on any given day, the best I can ever know about myself is that I’m a blogger, an entrepreneur and a creative. 

If that seems vague, that’s because I’ve never been able to maintain a strong hold on any more detailed idea of who and what I am. I’ve never been able to define myself in some visionary way. 

I have no real idea where the hell I’m going to be in 10 years, and if I told you I did know you’d be well within your rights to call bullshit. 

struggle with this all the time. There are so many things I want to do. I want to draw comic books, and write prose, and create art installations — but equally, I want to grow businesses, and explore being an entrepreneur.

There’s such a clash, with these different areas of interest. These different things that I desperately want to do. Finding a way to marry them becomes incredibly difficult, and daunting.

I’ve never wanted to give away any of these parts, these interests and passions and ideas that make me who I am. And I still don’t. As my career progresses, I’m getting more and more caught up in the world of business and entrepreneurship. It’s something I’ve been involved in for the past 10 years, and I love it.

Up until the past few months, I’ve been constantly dealing with a state of panic, asking myself if I’m compromising who I am by not taking the time to fully explore all of my passions 

The good news is - it's okay to have that conflict. We don't always know 100 percent of the plan 100 percent of the time. You don't have to have it all laid out in immense detail. Humanity is meant to be a little messy. That's something that I believe you have to embrace. 

How To Generate Ideas Like A Boss

How To Generate Ideas Like A Boss

People are always asking me where I get my ideas for posts. 

That's not something that I can answer in a simple sentence. Largely because there's no one source for ideas. 

My ideas come from pretty much everywhere. The books I read (and I read a lot of them) tend to be my biggest source. But they're not just a bunch of entrepreneurship or marketing books. They're more than that. They're books about wizards and elves, books about people who showed courage in difficult situations, books about rappers and rockstars and artists and photographers. Comic books, novels, biographies, text books, anything I can get my hands on. 

My ideas flow from these pages all the time. I keep my mind open to the content that I consume.

My ideas come from my conversations, with the guy who makes my coffee, with my family, with my collaborators and fellow writers and entrepreneurs. The conversations I have with the people who read my blog and reach out to talk. 

My ideas come from podcasts, from movies. Movies like Star Wars, Bad Boys and Ghostbusters. Comedies, horror flicks, anything. 

My ideas come from my Uber drivers - who always have a perspective worth listening to. They come from blogs, and from the time I spend diving into the work of other folks on Medium.

If you want to generate ideas, you need fuel. That fuel comes from every single experience, thought, piece of content or entertainment you open yourself up to. The more you learn, see and consume, the more you'll be able to dream up. 

The world is a magnificent place. It's full of idea fuel. You just have to be open to it. 

Here's What I've Learned From Doing 43 Coaching Calls In The Past 2 Days

Here's What I've Learned From Doing 43 Coaching Calls In The Past 2 Days

A few days ago, I ran a promotion where I gave away 30 minutes of my time to anyone who wanted it. Just 30 minutes, and folks only had 24 hours to take advantage of the offer. You know what was great? I had so many people book in a call with me that I barely have a moment free for the next week.

I was astounded at the response, and I felt so lucky that there are people who want to talk to me about entrepreneurship and creativity. It was inspiring, astounding, and a little scary. I started doing the calls yesterday morning, and so far I've taken 43. Over 2o hours of good, honest conversations.

Here's the two biggest things I've learned about you over the past couple of days. 

So many of you have big dreams and don't know where to start.

That's been a big eye opener for me. There are a lot of people who I spoke with who know exactly what they want to do with their lives, they just aren't sure of the first step to take. They're worried about what will happen if the step they take is the wrong one. They're worried about what other people will think of their first step. 

My advice? The first step almost doesn't even matter. It can be anything. Any small action. Any action at all. The point of the first step isn't to get it right, it's just to get started. You only get started by taking the plunge. 

You're people have experienced pain and loss, and are getting back up again.

That's something that amazed me. The strength of the people who read this blog, and who are members on Creatomic. You have such a strong, powerful dedication to getting right back up again and giving it your best shot. I've spoken to cancer and abuse survivors, people whose businesses have failed, people who have had to drop out of college to support their families - and all of these stories had such hope in them. 

My advice? Life isn't about never getting knocked down. It's about getting up, every single time. 


For me, I've always said that life isn't just about what you achieve. It's about what you overcome. There's so much that we struggle with, and we don't always have the advantages that other people have. I think there's a lot to be said for measuring your success in the blood, the sweat and the tears you've put into your dreams, not in something material like a load of cash in the bank. 

Doing these calls has reminded me of how true that really is. That's the story of the Creatomic community, more than anything else. It's a story of people who are brave, who have learned to be tough, and who have learned that it takes raw guts to follow their dreams. 

I think that's something to be proud of, as a community member. To be proud of the fact that the people who read this blog, and join in with the mission are strugglers, strivers and battlers. I know I couldn't be prouder. 

Why sponsored posts are a dead end strategy that will fuck with your audience

Why sponsored posts are a dead end strategy that will fuck with your audience

This is about advertising. Specifically, advertising on social media. 

One of the most difficult truths of any social platform is that for businesses, the window for organic growth and success is really quite small, and it tends to cover only the first few years of a platform’s existence. 

Beyond that period, businesses will struggle to reach success without paying for it. This is the cold, hard fact. It’s one of the reasons social media is still media. It won’t give you much for free. 

So, brands pay. They pay for ads, and they pay for those dodgy fucking posts that may or may not be ads. The ones you see everywhere for skinny tea.

The people who post those skinny tea ads are abusing their audiences. They're duping them. They're pretending they actually care about the folks who click, subscribe, follow and like. But they don't. If they did, they wouldn't lie to them about these products.

You can say I should give these influencers the benefit of the doubt, that maybe they authentically do use and endorse these products. But as soon as money comes into play, there's no authenticity at all. 

Ultimately, your audience are worth more than just the money you're paid to shill something. How do you want them to feel...as though you're interested in the time they've invested in you? Or as though they're suckers lining up to make you rich?

PS. 

I can't mention Skinny Tea brands without commenting on the incredibly dangerous body image that they and their promoters are pushing. It's unhealthy, it's unintelligent and it's crazy shallow. I'm sorry if you don't agree with that - but a person is more than their body in a bikini.

Functioning Is Not The Same Thing As Living

Functioning Is Not The Same Thing As Living

When you got up this morning, did you take any time at all to think about what you were doing? I'm asking for an honest answer. When you woke up, did you wake up at all? Did you roll out of bed, groping for your phone and stumble into the bathroom, with it?

Okay, I've done that. I still do that, every now and then. We're almost programmed to do that, these days. It's a part of this modern mode of existence where we function almost without living. It's pervasive.

There's so much going on, so much to engage and entertain us, that there's not a lot of room left for conscious thought. Not really, and not often. We have devices in every area of our lives, in every room, in our cars, ears, hands, eyes...and it all does one thing.

It keeps us moving, and it keeps us going, without pause for thought.

That's not a criticism of anyone's life. It's a criticism of what tech companies and entertainment companies are doing to us almost without us noticing.

I've climbed into my car, multiple times, and driven somewhere only to not be able to recall a single moment of the drive over. Not a single moment. I was on autopilot the whole time. How dangerous is that? Is it sadder than it is dangerous?

What if I told you that you could get to the end of the line and have the same thought about the life you've lived? What if you reached your last days and realised that you'd been living on autopilot and you can't recall much more than the stop signs and traffic lights and bad drivers along the way?

I know it's hard to break out of this rhythm. We're not meant to. We're meant to dive in deeper and deeper with each new innovation, reality TV show and social post. But we don't have to live like that. We can set boundaries.

Boundaries like putting down the screen, turning off the TV, looking out the window and noticing who's walking by. Boundaries like sleeping with our phones plugged in another room so we aren't constantly aware of their presence. Boundaries like spending time talking to other human beings and making eye contact and not letting our thoughts slip away.

When I get to the end of wherever the hell I'm going, I don't want to look back and ask myself where all the time went. I want to know.

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Maybe We Don't Have To Get Used To It.

Maybe We Don't Have To Get Used To It.

Here's a thought about the way we handle failure.

When I first messed up, I used to tell people that it was okay - I'd get used to it.

I learned that phrase from the people around me. You don't like your job? Get used to it. You're tired? Get used to it.

As though life might be a little better if I just acclimatised myself to the misery. That's a bad attitude to have, and it's not one I have today.

I have a very different perspective today.
I don't want to get used to anything. I don't want to get used to writing Creatomic, or get used to being an entrepreneur, or get used to feeling loved and excited about the world. Getting used to it means no longer noticing it.

I want to notice it all. Constantly. Every single day. I want to notice the good and the bad, and I want to feel the good and the bad. I'm on a crazy journey, just like everyone else. But the journey's only worth while if we're moving with our eyes open. 

I know that it's easy to let even the most extraordinary parts of your life become commonplace. 

I've seen it happen before. Look at what it means to fall in and out of love. To fall in love, you have to be hit with the powerful, overwhelming force of one of humanity's strongest emotions. You meet someone, and you're smitten. Your mind shifts, your soul shifts, your heart shifts. You can lose your words and your breath and your way all at once. 

But despite how powerful that is, people still fall out of love. It doesn't matter that at one point their heart felt so strongly about a person that the earth moved - at some point, they just got used to it. And when they got used to it, they stopped valuing it And when they stopped valuing it...they stopped feeling it. 

If we can let it happen to the way we feel love, how can we ever say that we won't let it happen about other parts of our lives? Our businesses? Our passions? Our hobbies? The things that make us excited right now, how can we say we'll never just get used to them?

I think it's all about choices. I choose to wake up every single day and like what I do. I make a choice. I don't wait and see how my mood feels for the day. Because I'm a sentient human, and we have the power to decide things for ourselves. It's the best thing about us. 

We can decide not to just get used to it. And I hope we do, because the world I can see is so extraordinary, I never want to reach a point where I see it as commonplace. Not ever.

We Are All Each Other's Emergency Contact. We Just Don't Know It Yet.

We Are All Each Other's Emergency Contact. We Just Don't Know It Yet.

This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately. 

One of the things I've changed my mind about - the older I've become - is the idea that we're all on our own. I used to think that my business, my entrepreneurship, my emotional ups and downs were all meant for me to deal with in isolation. 

I used to be of the misguided opinion that it was a sign of weakness if I wasn't able to handle everything. If I wasn't able to function at 100% without the influence, assistance or companionship of the rest of the world. 

I don't believe that's the case. Not now. Over the past few years, I've had some experiences that have shown me the truth in that. 

One of the worst nights of my life was spent drinking alone in a bar in Sydney, with tears running down my face. Outside it was pouring with rain, and inside I was focused on the complete failure of a business that I had given everything to. 

A young woman came up to me, sat down and asked what was wrong. I think I was so taken aback by it that I just opened up, honestly and vulnerably, without hesitation. We must have talked for about an hour, about my business and hers - as it turns out, she was a pretty successful founder herself - and we forged a connection I've never forgotten. 

She pulled me out of my low point, as a total stranger. To this day, I haven't forgotten the debt that I owe her, and I haven't lost touch with her. She was my emergency contact, and I didn't even realise it until she came out of nowhere to help me. To hold out her hand and tell me to get up. 

I think we have to be open to having experiences like that, and to giving experiences like that. Since I founded my blog and turned it into the business it is today, I've been amazed at the chances that have been given to me to do the same thing for others as they've done for me. 

Just yesterday, I got a call on my Skype from an 18 year old from England. She's been feeling lost and unsure and she knows that she wants to break out of her current situation, shake the foundations and create work that she'll be proud of. We must have talked for at least an hour, about what it means to be 18 and how hard it can be, wanting to take your place in the world but not knowing what that place is, or if there's a vacancy for whatever it turns out to be. 

It was the highlight of my week. Because I was able to connect with someone who needed it, at the moment that they needed it. 

We're all each other's emergency contact, we're just waiting for the right time. 

The Notebook I Use To Combat Depression In My Life

The Notebook I Use To Combat Depression In My Life

Creative people suffer depression. Entrepreneurs suffer depression. We don't like talking about it, because who does? Who wants to seem vulnerable, and open, and who wants to show their deepest selves?

But the thing is, the more we hide it, the more we make it seem unacceptable for ourselves and others to feel it. To experience it. To struggle with it. 

I like to be extremely open about my own struggle. I suffer depression, and I have for a great many years. Yet, I'm happier and steadier now than I've ever been.

A huge part of that has been using a notebook to track my moods, my triggers and my experiences. I write in it every single day, almost every single hour. I make a note of what my emotional status is, and what has contributed to it.

If I don't know what's made me feel a certain way, I take note of everything I've done, or everything I've gone through since I last wrote, and I try to find causation through correlation. It's not a perfect system, and yes - it fails from time to time.

But it's the way I've been able to get on top of my mood swings and my down moments. It helps me to recognise where externalities are affecting me and guard against them, while also avoiding feeling like I'm betraying myself or failing just because I feel something. 

You know, I don't think that emotion is a dirty word. I've said that a lot. I think that there's something inherently wrong with assuming that only positive emotions are good and all other emotions are bad. 

So I don't advocate trying to cut any emotions out of your life completely. Sometimes, sorrow and sadness can play a huge part in creativity, in our choices, in the things that make us who we are. The trick is to find a way to manage that, to find balance wherever possible. 

Kicking off Creatomic membership. The right way.

Kicking off Creatomic membership. The right way.

I care a lot about the readers I have. Largely because I've spent years slowly building up an audience of people who are interested in what I have to say. That's been an amazing ride, and I wouldn't have missed it - or done anything else over the past couple years - for all the world. To me, this new membership only publication is just an extension of that.  

It's an opportunity to get a little closer to me and what I do, to support my mission, and to read the raw, no filter content that can sometimes get a little lost when I'm publishing for a wider audience. So I want to thank you for jumping on, putting your hand up and choosing to support Creatomic in this way. 

Here's how this is going to be working.  

The regular content will still go live on Medium.com every single day. But every afternoon, a new and exclusive post will be featured on the membership only site and nowhere else. It will be more of the content that you love, with no bells and whistles - just great writing (I hope) and great ideas (I promise).  

Every Friday, a weekly report post will go live, and that will be specifically about running an online business based on content, running the business that I believe in, and the actionable tips and information I've learned that you can put to use in your own business.  

Starting next week, every Friday there'll be a live Q&A session for the community, where people can jump on and ask anything, and talk about business, creativity and living independently. I'm particularly excited for that, as I see it being a great chance to connect with each and every one of you.  

There will also be a Slack community. 

That's going to go live the week after next. I'll be on it every single day, ready to chat to folks, talk about what you're working on and going through and encourage community discussion around Creatomic, entrepreneurship, self-improvement and being who you are meant to be. I want this community to be bold, encouraging, nurturing, and fucking fun. So let's make sure it is.  

The first members only post goes live this afternoon. Thank you!  

How to scale a service business without the bullshit

How to scale a service business without the bullshit

No, you’re not an idiot for starting a service based business. If anyone tells you that, you can make one thing clear. They don’t understand you, they don’t understand your business, and they don’t get to tell you what business you should be spending your time on.