5 Ideas For The Interested This Week

“If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.” — Bob Marley

A funny thing happens when you get asked questions.

It forces you to consider why and how you do the things you do and inevitably leads to new realizations.

Tomas Laurinavicius recently interviewed me for his website about my habits and routines including what my most influential habit is, how I manage my time, and the books, people, and experiences that have most shaped my thinking.

You can check out what I said here.

Now, on to this week’s ideas…

1. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE WRONG STUFF ON SOCIAL MEDIA

“Just because you don’t get engagement on a post doesn’t mean it’s low quality or people don’t find it helpful — it simply means they don’t have something to say about it or a reason to share it.”

A friend reached out to me this week after a LinkedIn post she spent hours writing was greeted with nothing but a couple likes from her partner and her old roommate.

Been there, felt that.

My conversation with her inspired me to write this post about why you shouldn’t worry about the wrong stuff on social media.

In it I suggests you remember reach and likes are not indicators of quality, not to be fooled by the engagement others get on posts, and that the goal is not to get mass engagement, but rather the right kind of engagement.

Side Note: Next week I’m sending For The Interested All Access members a great four-tweet Twitter strategy to grow your following. Become an All-Access member here if you’d like to receive it.

RELATED: Seven ways to stop social media from driving you crazy.

2. 10 SIMPLE STEPS TO HELP YOU ENJOY DAILY LIFE

“Embrace mediocrity. Too often, we let perfection get in the way of enjoyment.”

This is a basic post, but that’s what makes it valuable — it provides a simple checklist you can follow to get more enjoyment out of every day of your life.

Pattern shares 10 simple steps to help you enjoy daily life including to do something before checking your phone each morning, take control of your leisure time, and do one thing at a time.

RELATED: Bored with your life? Do this.

3. HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS

“For any new project you’re thinking about starting, ask yourself: How can I build and launch this in ONE day and still deliver 50% of the results?”

Here’s an interesting way to jumpstart a business, side hustle, or make a little extra money in a hurry.

Danny Forest explains how to make money within the next 24 hours using the 1–50 Rule, which is essentially to launch a product or service in a single day in a way that delivers at least 50% of the results you ultimately hope to deliver.

His advice on how to implement this strategy includes to define the expected results of your offering, rate how critical each action or task related to it is, and promote it to potential customers.

RELATED: Money is fuel.

4. IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE SUCCESSFUL

“We all develop on a different timeline. The ‘race’ we are running is a one-person event. The most important comparison is to yourself.”

There’s an increasing focus on “whiz kids” and the idea that success is something that comes when you’re young…or not at all.

That couldn’t be further from the truth and Larry Cornett, Ph.D. offers a reminder that it’s never too late to be successful.

He looks at where our obsession with early success comes from, explains why it’s wrong, and offers several ways to reframe your mindset and avoid giving up.

RELATED: How to turn a struggling project into a successful one.

5. NINE WAYS TO MAKE BETTER CREATIVE DECISIONS

“Creative work is a process of making decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Work tirelessly to reduce that uncertainty by questioning authority and assumptions, testing your ideas, and embracing constructive criticism.”

It’s difficult to make creative decisions and even more challenging when you try to scale that decision-making process across a team, company, or organization.

Steve Bryant’s nine ways to make better creative decisions can help you do just that.

His tips include to make relationships before things, get to useful quickly, and aim for outputs while optimizing inputs.

RELATED: Why you should catalog your creative influences.

NEW MUSIC FOR THE INTERESTED

I added six songs to the For The Interested playlist this week including some reggae that’s perfect for summer vibes and a catchy new pop song I can’t get out of my head from Australian singer Tones and I, who was recommended by FTI reader Calvin Fine.

Got a song to recommend for the playlist? Send it to me.

COMING NEXT WEEK TO ALL ACCESS MEMBERS…

Here’s a sneak peek at some ideas All Access members will get in next week’s newsletter:

• A smart four-tweet Twitter strategy to build a following

• How to improve your memory

• How to avoid doing mediocre marketing

• How to write like an Amazon executive

• How to design a website page that will generate conversions

If you’d like me to send you these ideas, sign up here to become an ALL ACCESS member before next Sunday.

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Thanks!

WHERE I FOUND THIS STUFF

I got some of this week’s ideas from Tina Roth Eisenberg, Khe Hy, Storythings, Kevin Kelly, and Claire Lew — they’re awesome and worth checking out.

Image via Free Creative Stuff.