How to Stop Worrying About “Life-Work Balance”

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There have been hundreds of books, seminars, and consultants focused on helping people negotiate the demands of balancing life and work. Yes, there are workaholics who can’t seem to turn it off – ever. But here’s what I think: Life-work balance is only necessary when you’re doing a job you hate. That could cover a lot of careers obviously, because everyone has their own preferences. So if you hate your career (and plan to stay there) then yes – start working on the balance thing. But if you


The Future is Not About Being a Middle Man

Why Being Critical to the Process Matters


One of the big changes happening in the world of work is the disappearing “Middle Man.” When a business starts, hiring is focused on two places – manufacturing and sales. In other words, the two most critical positions are the person who makes the widget, and the person who sells it. But as a company grows,


Stop Calling Creative Work “Content”


I hosted a national conference a few years ago, and interviewed actor Sean Astin from the stage. You’ll remember Sean as Samwise in the “Lord of the Rings,” Mikey in “The Goonies,” and the title character of the film “Rudy.” I interviewed Sean from the conference stage, and as we talked about the world of digital media, I made the big mistake of


Creatives: Don’t Be Distracted By Your Tools


Creative people love great tools. I just bought a new HD display screen for my computer, so I get it. Michelangelo spent enormous time and effort to find the best materials to mix into paint. Great artists throughout history were obsessed with the right brushes, the best marble, new typewriters, fine musical instruments, and the latest motion picture film. Today, it’s


Looking for a Job? What If You Created The Job?


It’s easy to sound insensitive when offering ideas to job seekers. But frankly, things are desperate out there and people need real help. Regardless of your politics, this administration has shown remarkably poor leadership when it comes to reviving the economy or inspiring business leaders, and now as Obamacare rolls out, it’s damage to our wallets and future employment is looking


Five Keys to Successfully Working from Home


At 37 years old, I was fired from my job. So after nearly 15 years of working in a conventional office, my wife and I made the decision to launch into a freelance career working from home. The transition wasn’t easy. Suddenly I didn’t have access to the copy machine, the office phone system, the conference room, and all the other resources a company makes available to employees. As a result, I needed to switch to guerilla mode and switch fast. Here’s a few of the key changes I made that not only allowed me to increase my productivity, but helped me eventually build my own business:


Want to Be More Productive on Monday? Stop Working Weekends


In trying to write books like “One Big Thing,” speak internationally, and help our great clients, lately I’ve found myself working most weekends.  I do like the quiet, and I can get so much more done without the phone ringing, or having to get ready for a meeting or conference call. But the problem is, I’ve noticed that I’m hating Mondays. Without taking Saturday and Sunday off, work is just a