Putting Yourself Out There; Miss Scaredy Pants

If you’re in business for yourself you’ve been there. If you’re anything like me you’re probably there all the time….like every other day.

But then again, you wouldn’t be self- employed if you weren’t up to the challenge of creating a risky new project, right? I just got finished reading Seth Godin’s wonderful blog entry Out On a Limb where he talks about his newest venture and book- The Icarus Deception, feeling scared, still, 16 books and 4 insanely successful business launches later…still to this day. Earlier today as I was eating my Caesar salad in the car Al Roker was being interviewed by Joan Hamburg on WOR talking about the same thing. On national TV for the last 22 years, a household name, and still doubting his worth, still feeling scared that he won’t be accepted, or that he’ll wake up one day and it will all have been a dream. No one is immune. [Read more...]

Less Is More

I love when I think along the same lines as Seth Godin, and at the same time to boot. I’d just woken up this morning thinking if I had to read one more long email or blog entry I was going to explode. And then  this hit my in box.

Listen: if you want people to read your brilliance and pay close attention to your sage advice, you gotta keep it short and sweet. We are all too ADD these days because there is so much being thrown at us. Ok, I’ll speak for myself but I know I’m not alone. Less can be more. Look at Hemmingway. I think he’s more popular now amongst the ADD crowd then when he was first published. Why? Because his sentences are short. To the point. Sparse, yet crafted beautifully into phrases that hit your sweet spot. He would have made a great Tweeter!

Here’s the skinny: if you want more folks to read your stuff, and to remember your words, break them down into small but memorable sound bites. We’ll remember you more. Think like Hemmingway:

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut”. Brilliant.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Spent the early hours between 7:15 and 8:30 walk/running the New York City Highline and the sleepy streets of Chelsea. Just me and some runners…I am a lucky, lucky girl to have these few weeks. There is no doubt about it. I love the city and the city loves me and we make no bones about it. Other love affairs should be so easy….That being said, as much as I would love to be reporting that being here has made me more focused and targeted, without the distractions of the children, I instead sullenly admit to a different bright and shiny thing—called the city of Manhattan. Damn! I confess, father, to prioritizing the well planned out rendezvous for my dad and stepmom’s visit tomorrow to ensure the least steps possible to save his aching hip but still allow him to enjoy the Highline, to taking a bike ride down to Battery Park when I should have been on a webinar, to gazing out my balcony with binoculars at the rooftop decks to see if I can tell where that barbecue smell is coming from, to standing and loving the scene on the corner of west 23rd and 7th where the street musician and the little girl totally dig each other and have a moment. I admit to taking too many yoga classes, to losing the $16 I swear I stuck in my sneaker on my run this morning, and to eating way too many home made tortilla chips. I admit that its really important to me that my friends and my kids have an outstanding time when they’re here and that they see the city through my eyes and that they in turn love it as well. Which leads me to admit to spending altogether too much time on Living Social and Groupon. [Read more...]

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