5 Ideas For The Interested This Week

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Now, on to this week’s ideas…

1. How To Use A “No” Template To Make It Easier To Say No

“The easier it is to say no, the more likely you are to do so.”

There are people, requests, and opportunities you know aren’t a good use of your time, but it can difficult to turn them down.

In this post I explain how to use a “No” template to make it easier to say no and explain why you don’t need to apologize when saying no, why “I don’t” is better than “I can’t,” and share an example of a template I use to decline requests.

Related: My most productive days are a result of these five choices.

2. A Massive Collection Of Resources For Creators Of All Types

“Discover the curated stacks for creator economy.”

You’re going to want to bookmark this one.

Nuton has compiled a massive collection of resources for creators of all types and organized them into groups of resources aimed at helping you with your newsletter, podcast, publishing, community and a bunch of other categories as well.

Each “stack” features links and reviews of resources you can use to help with everything from content creation, to promotion, to monetization.

Btw, I found this link in the Startup Resources newsletter.

Related: 30 helpful newsletters for creators.

3. The Humans Of New York Origin Story

“This is a lesson in how a consistent creative habit changed the landscape of empathy around the world.”

Humans of New York is one of the most successful creations of all time and the story behind its evolution is just as powerful.

Kevin Lee breaks down the Humans of New York origin story including how creator Brandon Stanton first came up with the concept, how it evolved over time, and why it became so successful.

Btw, I found this link on Chetan’s Twitter account.

Related: The first creations of 10 famous creators and what you can learn from them.

4. How To Optimize Your Twitter Profile

“Use spare space in your bio for a second offer.”

I’m going to be honest — I don’t 100% agree with all the advice in this post (for example, I’m not a fan of including emojis and custom fonts in your Twitter name).

But there are a lot of great tips in Jay Tan’s guide on how to optimize your Twitter profile that are worth checking out including how to use your cover photo, position yourself in your bio, and provide a clear value proposition.

Btw, I got this link from Alex Wieckowski.

Related: What to tweet: 21 unique and useful Twitter post ideas.

5. How To Name Things

“A good name is a hook that sets itself into a person’s mind, linking their brain back to your idea.”

Naming is hard, but this can make it easier.

Greg Leppert and Willem Van Lancker have created a site full of resources to help you figure out how to name things including links to name generators, trademark directories, naming guides, and more.

Btw, I found this link in the Creative Mornings newsletter.

Related: How to find the best information on any topic that interests you.

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My Final Words For The Week

No matter how many circles you draw, two things will be true: None will be perfect and each will be unique.

There’s an interesting lesson in that for creators and it’s one which John Green explains in this video.

It just may change the way you think about circles — and the creative process — forever.

Have a great week.

Josh

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