Alright it’s that time of the week again, friday!! And here at Escaping the 9 to 5 we like to celebrate Friday by getting a little freaky… with awesome reading lists that is. Check out the best of the inter-web as I see it and at the bottom there are a few super tips to just help your life be a more amazing, productive place… also because it is Friday I get to post my favorite funny picture from the web, this week’s pic is a winner don’t you think?
What is dying to be born I am not usually one of those huggy, enlightenment seeking, earth hugger types but this article enthralled me. It has just enough of the free loving hippy mentality to make you feel at peace and a TON of practical application that will take you to the next level be it in your business, your relationships or your life. Honestly, if you read ONE of the posts and only one today, read this one. It has the potential to be truly life changing and also the author rocks!
5 Social media business models for entrepreneurs This post is a great refresher course for those of you already active in entrepreneurship and is a road map of ideas for those of you yet to escape your 9 to 5. Read it, cherish it, let it sink into your brains and tomorrow morning – presto! there should be some new business ideas brewing!
How to maximize the impact of your brand This article is also genius, it is all about branding and why that is at the essence of everything an entrepreneur/personality should be doing. Branding is the personality of your business model, so if your business is all about you – you better make sure your personal brand rocks, if it is all about a product make sure the vibe built around that product is consistent and, well, rocks!
7 Ways to legitimately build back links I know it can be intimidating but SEO is vital to your website or blog’s survival and back links directly tie into how you rank online. So read this cleverly written post by a guy who knows his stuff, Neil Patel has co-founded two internet companies and is a genius at web optimization… plus he’s a fun read.
Education & wage slavery: hand in hand? This is an amazing and controversial post about how the goal of ‘higher education’ isn’t always one’s “highest” calling… there is life outside of school and often people don’t need a typical education nearly as much as they think.
Top Tips & Tricks:
- I don’t know if I posted about this last week and I don’t care, http://stickybits.com/ is an amazing technology/application that allows you to embed anything into a bar code & then when others scan it they can see what you’ve “left” there. Check out the site, probably within a year this will be everywhere – that or it will go down in flames because its a little before its time, but regardless it is awesome.
- For productivity I use a timer (an online one like e.ggtimer.com works well) and noise canceling headphones to get things done. What you do is for every task you set a “time limit” (because people work better under pressure), pop in your earbuds and get crackin’ – this technique alone literally can cut your “work” time in half.
- I’ve given this tip before but it ALWAYS works… so it is worth repeating. MAKE YOUR GOALS YOUR PASSWORDS on just about everything from your email log in to your computer keychain, this way throughout the day you are reminding yourself of where you want to be and subtly shifting your mind into positive, prosperous lines of thought.