“Change is the only constant in life.”
–Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher
Have you ever spent months on a project of some sort that had to eventually be scrapped for reasons that were beyond your control? Personally, there’s not much in life that’s more frustrating than for me to dedicate my time and energy into something and then have it not pan out. Yet it happens, and it’s such a shame to look back and see all those resources that went to waste. I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience. The truth is though, that time is a very finite resource that never moves any faster or slower for any of us. We’re all given the same amount of time in each day and have the ability to choose how we use it. So it stands to reason that we should figure out how to use it more wisely. My advice? Plan for the short-term. Continue reading Why Planning (Too Far) Ahead Can Hurt You
Goal-setting is a weird paradox. It doesn’t sound like it’s a difficult thing to do, but every January people get serious about it, trying to figure out some magic fix or shortcut. Well, this isn’t a post that will give you a shortcut, but it will give you tools and techniques to help you set and reach your goals. This one doesn’t get talked about as much because it’s kind of a hard sell. It can be a tough move to make, but in my experience, it’s been worth it. Continue reading How to Step Up Your Game in Goal-Setting with One Change
This post is publishing the week after Valentine’s Day. Many of you may have already forgotten about your New Year’s Resolutions. By this time, more than 35% of us have abandoned them altogether. Statistically speaking, only 8% of those who set goals for the new year actually reach them. Continue reading The No. 1 Way to Stay on Top of Your Goals This Year
Five words. That’s all it took was five words to completely change the way I looked at my productivity.
For literal years I’ve struggled. I’ve been running my own business since 2003 and during all that time, it’s been a constant tension to manage: the limits of my time versus the people who all wanted a piece of it. Continue reading The Five Words That Radically Changed My Time Management
Most ministries are not exactly the prime target clientele for freelancers. As a category, they have a reputation for short-changing you and wanting a free lunch every other day. It’s a harsh description, but in my experience, it’s been the absolute truth. That’s why meeting Lance Lang was a refreshing change of pace. Continue reading Meet Our Client Of The Month: Lance Lang
For the first post of 2015, I wanted to take an opportunity to explain what it’s like working with Upward, for those who may be considering a partnership. What follows is a glimpse into the process and methodology we use to help others in their “going upward”. Continue reading How what I do helps you grow your business.
There’s a certain charm about my hometown of Sapulpa. We’re not far away from Tulsa, but when you stroll down our main streets, you still get the small-town feeling that you always hear about. I’ve in or around Sapulpa all my life, and it’s been a goal of mine to find a way to make a difference, somehow. Today marks the start of that difference. Continue reading A New Day for Sapulpa Businesses
Freelancing brings with it the fantasies of working at the beach or in your pajamas, and generally getting to live the life you’ve always wanted. While this may be partially true, the influx of freelancing advice spewing forth from the internet these days is wrought with lies, half-truths and misconceptions that can cause many a freelancer to get blindsided by a little thing called life. Here are the biggest doozies being told out there today, so you can be better prepared for what might be coming. Continue reading The 5 Biggest Lies They Tell You About Freelancing
This is your product cycle. Your marketing plan. Your shelf-life. Your marriage. It’s your time with family, your rest and relaxation, your all-nighter to finish the big project. This is what that image represents. Continue reading This is Your Most Important Point
Years ago, when I hired my first team member, I remember making the same mistakes I’ve seen so many others make. My major questions about the candidates really came down to these two:
- Could they do the job?
- Could they do it cheap enough that I could still make a profit?
From there, it was just a matter of weighing out the options down to the most experienced and the cheapest. It was how 99% of businesses do things. It was so typically corporate.
It was incredibly stupid. Continue reading Hire For Passion, Not Experience