2015, a year I’ll never forget

We settled in to Portland and biked all over town. Scott & Chelsea visited in Mexico.

The Art of Knowing Yourself

When we think about the most important things in life we often think of health, relationships, experiences, accomplishments, wealth and abilities. But none of these things happen on their own.

Ep. 12: Why You Shouldn’t Move Your Blog to Medium, and Lazy Vs. Driven

In this week’s episode, we talk about some very interesting developments. First, the team over at Basecamp decided to move their 15-year-old blog called Signal Vs.

Need Some Motivation Right Now? Listen to This IMMEDIATELY

One of the most popular blog posts I’ve ever written is about motivation. It’s been read about a million and a half times.

Unicorns, Growth Hacking and Minimum Viable Products, Oh My!

Hey guys! Welcome to another episode of Lifestyle Business Weekly.

How many visitors or subscribers do you need to monetize your website?

Hey guys! Welcome back to Lifestyle Business Weekly.

What makes you so special anyway?

Hey guys! On today’s episode of the show, we’re talking about how to explain what makes your business special.

4 Simple Productivity Practices and Apps that Save Me Time Every Day (Ep. 9)

In today’s episode of the show, I share four simple practices and apps that improve my productivity every day. I’ve tried lots of productivity hacks over the years, and these are the ones that have stuck because they’re easy and effective.

What to Do When Your Content Goes Viral

Hey guys. Today we’re going to talk about what you should do when your content goes viral.

How to make money while you’re still learning a skill

Over the next week or two, I’m going to publish daily audio-only podcast episodes covering several of the excellent listener questions I’ve gotten recently. Our regular weekly episodes (including video) will still air on Wednesdays.

5 Powerful Short Videos to Help You Crush Self Doubt

I don’t like to talk about it, but I wrestle with self doubt almost every day. Before writing something or shooting a video, that feeling pops up, like “who are you to be making this thing.

How to Find a Great Business Name When Everything is Already Taken

Finding a name for your business is both important and HARD. On one hand, you want to find a name that elevates your business above the competition.

Ep. 7: Nine Essential Questions, Issues with Working from Home and The Last Mile

In today’s episode: nine essential questions to ask yourself when choosing a business idea, what’s lost when most people work from home, and how to conquer the last mile of a project. Listen to the audio stream here (or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes): Lifestyle Business Weekly is a show and weekly curated email for people interested in lifestyle business and independent entrepreneurship.

9 Essential Questions to Choose a Business Idea

You’ve heard it before. Ideas are a dime a dozen.

Ep. 6 – How happiness affects productivity and building a strong company culture

In today’s episode, we talk about happiness and productivity, building company culture and how I turn one piece of content into nine (and gain 550% reach for just a couple hours of effort). I really like how the visual effects turned out on this one.

Introducing The Podcast: Lifestyle Business Weekly with Corbett Barr

We’re five episodes deep into the Lifestyle Business Weekly video show, and now you can listen on the go. That’s right, we’ve turned the show into a podcast, and new episodes will be released each week!

7 Big Lessons from 10 Years of Entrepreneurship

Today’s episode of Lifestyle Business Weekly is a little different. This time, I’m sharing 10 of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about building independent businesses.

Kill Your Comfort Zone

Your comfort zone is holding you back. It’s the warm bed in the morning that you don’t want to get out of.

Lifestyle Business Weekly Episode 4: Nomad List and the Facebook Productivity Tax

In today’s episode: the best places to live and work around the world, building and working on remote teams and two viewer questions about social media. Or, listen to the audio stream here: Ask a question for an upcoming episode.

Scott Dinsmore, I Will Miss You Forever

The world lost one of the most exuberant, supportive, caring, generous and motivated people on Saturday. I lost a dear friend who will leave a hole in my heart forever.

Lifestyle Business Weekly Episode 3: A Roadmap, Comparing Yourself and Building a Business Around Your Ideal Lifestyle

It’s Episode 3! In this episode: A Roadmap for Small Business Success Comparing Yourself to the Wrong People Building a Business Around Your Ideal Lifestyle Or, stream the audio via SoundCloud here: Thank you all for the amazing feedback and comments on the first two episodes!

You’re Just One Person. Stop Comparing Your Work to Big Teams and Deep Pockets

I just launched the Lifestyle Business Weekly show, and I’m happy with how the first two episodes turned out. I’m hungry to make it better, but still happy with episode 1 and 2 as a starting point.

NEW! Introducing Lifestyle Business Weekly The Show

Publishing the Lifestyle Business Weekly email has been so much fun over the past two months. You’ve given me fantastic feedback, and the subscriber base is growing by leaps and bounds every week.

Toxic Culture in a Company of One

In the past couple of weeks since the big story about Amazon’s broken work culture, the web has been abuzz with stories of big companies with long hours, demeaning politics and impossible standards. As you may have read in the articles like Work Hard, Live Well, “the research is clear: beyond ~40–50 hours per week, the marginal returns from additional work decrease rapidly and quickly become negative.” Long hours backfire for people and for companies.

Don’t Find Yourself. Create Yourself.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Little Wins Matter

When you’re in the middle of a big audacious project, it’s easy to get down on yourself. The feeling of finishing is renewing.

See You at Pioneer Nation?

I’ll be a speaker/coach/”trail master” at this year’s Pioneer Nation retreat, hosted by Chris Guillebeau and team on October 1-3, 2015. This year’s event is at The Resort at The Mountain, about an hour from Portland, OR.

How to Create a Vision for Your Life

I used to think it was a silly waste of time to think about a vision for my life. Who does that?

When Your Product Doesn’t Sell, Here’s Why

When you launch an online product, like an ebook or a course and get no real sales, the first step is to diagnose the problem. Generally, either: You didn’t have enough people visit the sales page, or People visited your site, but they weren’t convinced enough to buy, or Some combination of the above (not enough visitors combined with low conversions) From a totally-ballpark-sales-conversions-perspective, you might expect 1 out of every 50-200 people who visit your sales page to purchase something (a 0.5% to 2% conversion rate).

8 Standing Desk Options Under $639

I have used some form of standing desk for a little over four years now. I wrote about my experience for Zen Habits back in 2011 in this article: My Standing Desk Experiment.

While you weigh your options, someone else is already taking action.

Here’s the problem with carefully considering your options. No amount of thinking or research can ever ensure an outcome.

That yearning you have to be better and accomplish more? It never ends.

On the Fizzle team, we often find ourselves in a collective state of mind where we’re frustrated with our business and all we haven’t been able to accomplish yet. Yet I know people look at our business and just *wish* they could have built a fraction of what we already have.

The System

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle Most anything worth improving or accomplishing in life requires repetition and sustained focus.

Stop Lying to Yourself — Why Your Own Beliefs are Sabotaging Your Success

I’m fascinated by the concept of self-actualization, the concept of reaching one’s own full potential. A related concept is self-awareness, or seeing yourself as other people do.

Free is a Long Way from Paid

You got people to read your free blog, listen to your free podcast, spend time in your free community or use your free tool. That’s great.

How to Stand Out in a Sea of Noise

Whatever space or niche or idea you decide to build your thing around, chances are there are hundreds or thousands of (or more) competitors out there already. All these other players create a sea of noise that means your voice simply won’t be heard, even if you have something decent to say.

The Amazing iPhone App that Helps Me Form New Habits and Find Balance

Over the past month I’ve been accomplishing a bunch of little things that I could never seem to make stick before. I’m talking about elusive little habits like flossing, practicing Spanish, checking my posture, writing regularly, meditation, exercise and more.

What I Learned from Today’s Fizzle Show Episode

Today’s episode of The Fizzle Show, episode 99 is quite different from our normal format, and I really liked it. I didn’t have a hand in today’s episode at all.

5 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

If you’re unlucky enough to stumble onto a case of writer’s block now and then, here’s some quick advice about how to get over it. Try one or more of these, in combination or alone.

Fizzle is Hiring! Join Us as a Member Success Specialist

We’re adding a new member to the Fizzle team! This is a half-time position that can expand to full time if it’s a good mutual fit.

Why Achieving Product/Market Fit In a Startup Is Like Building a Campfire

In startups, there’s this concept of product/market fit. Marc Andreessen says product/Market fit is the only thing that matters.

Hammers Don’t Build Fences

What you do matters SO much more than how you do it. There’s a name for the Internet’s endless obsession with productivity tips and tricks.

25 Women Artists to Follow on Instagram

My wife Jessalyn is a painter and she just started posting her art on Instagram this week (follow her and say hello).

Before Jessalyn started posting on Instagram, we looked for other interesting artists to follow and to see how they use the platform.

We found lots of other lists of artists to follow on Instagram, but they feature mostly well-established male artists...

So, instead of just another list of (mostly men) artists to follow, we're focusing this list on women only, mostly emerging artists, and mostly painters.

The Work and The Results

The Work and The Results are two different things. You can’t say “I want to do the results.” You can only say “I’m going to do the work.” You might want to accomplish the results, but results only happen because of the work you do.

Do the Uncomfortable

As writers/creatives/artists, there’s this negative cycle we tend to get in. You’re naturally critical of your own work, because you spend so much time observing and judging other people’s work.

Getting Unstuck

We all get stuck. We all hit roadblocks.

What it Really Takes to Run an Online Membership Community

Chase, Barrett and I are guests on this week’s episode of the Smart Passive Income podcast with Pat Flynn. Pat’s podcast is a Top 5 business podcast in iTunes, and it’s really fun to be on as a guest for the third time (I was also on back in 2011 and 2010, talking about web traffic strategies).

Income Reports and Radical Business Transparency: Good or Bad?

I’ve been critical in the past about certain kinds of public income reports by bloggers. My issue with the reports is they put too much focus on money and not enough on substance.

It’s OK to Say No

Repeat after me. It’s OK to say no.

Why You Can’t Afford to Be a Generalist

I’ve always considered myself a generalist, but things never really clicked until I embraced being a specialist at the same time. In my new post today over at The Sparkline, I explain why.