Your Products vs. Affiliate Promos – Which One Should You Focus On?

3 Things You Must Do To Balance Them Successfully

I’ve made it abundantly clear that I believe you should promote affiliate offers before you have your own product. But what if you already have a product or several products? Should you promote your own products or should you focus on affiliate offers? Today I’m going to show you how this isn’t an either/or question. You can (and should) do both.

Episode 097: 8 Ways to Overcome Burnout (And Enjoy Your Life Again) Part 2

Finding Balance in a High Demand Life

Odds are you have experienced burnout in your life. You know, those times when you wake up tired, you go to bed worn out and the rest of your waking hours are filled with anxiety, irritability and a feeling of hopelessness? Today we share Part 2 of our discussion on How to Overcome Burnout and start enjoying your life again…

Episode 097: 8 Ways to Overcome Burnout (And Enjoy Your Life Again) Part 2

Today’s episode is Part 2 of a 2-part series on How to Overcome Burnout and Enjoy Your Life Again. You can listen to Part 1 here. Today we are going to talk about the ways 5-8 to avoid burnout.

This topic is one that many people will relate to. It’s a strange, and somewhat terrifying experience when you realize the things that used to bring you so much joy are now literally sucking the life out of you.

This episode came out of a conversation that I had about a year ago with my co-host, Mark, when he was still working a full-time job and trying to build a business on the side. He was the definition of “burning the candle at both ends” and he was approaching burnout. The suggestions we talk about in this episode (and Part 1 last week) are the ways I gave Mark to overcome his feelings of burnout and enjoy his life again.

Today’s Topics

In today’s episode, we talk about ways 5-8 for overcoming burnout:

    • Family Date Night
    • Get out with just your spouse
    • Take an afternoon off
    • Talk about it with a friend

And here is the full list of 8 Ways to Overcome Burnout:

    1. Plan a week off
    2. Keep time off simple
    3. Eliminate something from your schedule
    4. Create a daily family ritual
    5. Family Date Night
    6. Get out with just your spouse
    7. Take an afternoon off
    8. Talk about it with a friend

Episode 093: I Hate My Job, Now What?

Mark Sieverkropp on Networking Your Way to a Job You Love

Have you ever had a job you hated? I mean REALLY hated? Are you in you in it now? Well in today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how to leave a job you hate using the power of a great network.

Episode 093: I Hate My Job, Now What?

Today’s Topics

In today’s episode, our guest and I talk about:

  • Power of building a network
  • How to use projects to change your life and world
  • How to get out of a job you hate

5 More Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Live Longer

Why do entrepreneurs live nearly six years longer than the rest of the population?

Yesterday I shared the number one reason why: control. Despite the stress of “going it alone” and the perceived risk entrepreneurs take (the reality is that entrepreneurship is the least risky career path), entrepreneurs are in control. Or at least they feel in control, and that is what matters most according to the research.

5 reasons why entrepreneurs live longer
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But what are some other reasons why entrepreneurs live 7.47% longer than everyone else? Here are five.

5 more reasons why entrepreneurs live longer

1. Freedom

Aracelli McWilliams feeding a giraffe
This moment made possible by entrepreneurial freedom.

When I worked for any of my previous companies (including my dad), I always had a schedule. That schedule didn’t change because someone (even someone as cute as our daughter) asked me to do something.

Networking Advice for Introverts

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“The rules is the rules.”

I’m pretty sure it was Popeye who said that.

Whoever it was, he or she is right. The rules of life are the rules. What got you ahead two hundred years ago still applies today. What works in California works in Mississippi…and Italy, China, and Morocco.

And yet, so often we try to find the exceptions to the rules or make our own. We fight against the current, rather than riding it. How exhausting and unproductive!

Networking tips for introverts

I’ve written numerous posts about the “rules” of life and success. Here are some of my favorites.

Who do you Need to Know? | Life is a Good Ol’ Boys Club | Don’t go it Alone, Community Matters | Maintaining a Warm Network – What I’ve Done

Almost every time I write something about networking, relationship-building, or the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people, I get asked:

What about us introverts?

There are no special rules for you. Just as there are no special rules for extroverts.

Every Business is in the Relationship Business | Salt to the World

What business are you in?

That is a common question that new acquaintances ask us (even if it is grammatically incorrect). We’re all curious what widgets someone is making and selling.

I’ve never heard anyone answer it the right way. But I’ll bet David Baldwin would. He is the owner of the legendary Pancake Pantry in Nashville, the restaurant with the line wrapped around the restaurant every Saturday morning…it’s that popular.

I was recently reading about his restaurant in The Spirit of Nashville: The Art & Soul Of Music City, a collection of posters and stories about famous Nashville landmarks. His quote is highlighted below:

“Now we’re in the business of building relationships.”

How NOT to Network on LinkedIn

A warm network is critical in today’s economy.

We live in a connected world, dependent upon relationships. I have written quite a bit about networking before and include links to those posts at the bottom of this one. I have also had the privilege of consulting one-on-one with numerous people about building and maintaining a powerful network. The success stories have been inspiring.

Networking on LinkedIn is Not Hard

In your efforts to develop a network, please don’t make the mistakes one poor fellow made below.

A friend of mine and I recently got the exact same email from a mutual connection on LinkedIn. This is someone I worked extensively with at another company, so we have a decent relationship.

A Revolution is Total Chaos

Do you want a life of total chaos?

Stick with me on this…

Seth Godin writes in his new book, The Icarus Deception:

A Revolution is total chaos. That’s what makes it a Revolution.

The Thank You Revolution is no different. It is total chaos. But in a good way.

The Thank You Revolution by Matt McWillliams
If you practice the discipline of writing at least one thank you note each week for a year, you absolutely will:

  1. Spend more time developing relationships than ever before.
  2. Get more job offers than ever before.
  3. Get invited to more lunches with colleagues and business superiors than ever before.
  4. Get invited to more birthday parties, weddings, and corporate retreats than ever before.
  5. Have more passion in your marriage.
  6. Probably get promoted or get groomed for a promotion.
  7. Make more money.
  8. Develop deep connections that could result in new business opportunities.
  9. Get special treatment from your bosses, baristas at the local coffee shop, and everyone else who receives them.