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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.

Runners Run, Painters Paint

Runners run.Painters paint. Surfers surf.

Make It For Yourself

When you’re just starting to create something new, it’s easy to get stuck trying to figure out who your audience is. There are so many questions: Who are these people?

A thief stole packages from my house and I caught it on video

A package went missing around Christmas this year, so I bought a Dropcam Pro to keep an eye on our front entryway. Last night I got a notification of activity, around 9:45pm, while we were out with friends.

When You Don’t Feel Like It

Goals are easy to set, and even easier to break. Doing anything extraordinary is going to require pushing on, even when you don’t feel like it.

What’s Your Biggest Goal for 2015?

I finally finished setting some personal goals for 2015. Between the holidays and moving to Portland, I wasn’t sure when I’d find the time, but there was no chance I wanted to start the year without thinking about what I want to accomplish.

There’s Nothing More Powerful than a Deadline

People like to say “there’s nothing more powerful than an idea.” That’s bullshit. Ideas are worthless on their own.

The Gently Mad (Plus: Win an iPad and a Year of Fizzle)

I’m today’s guest on The Gently Mad! This is an interview I had lots of fun with, and I think you’re going to love it.

Have You Unplugged Lately?

For the past 8 days or so, I’ve been almost completely unplugged from the web. We’re finally getting settled in to our new place in Portland and I’ve been so busy with the packing-moving-unpacking cycle that I had to take a break from everything online.

Hello Portland

It’s official. Jessalyn and I are moving to Portland next week.

Entrepreneurship as an Essential Life Skill

Yesterday, the Fizzle guys and I were talking about big picture vision and strategy for our team. We’ve never officially drafted a vision statement.

Burning Bridges

Negotiations are tough, especially when careers or money are at stake. They’re even tougher when “principles” and emotions get thrown in the mix.

These 20 Minutes Matter Most

We all lust after those long interrupted stretches of creative time in our day to get into a flow state and really make a dent in a project. But rare long stretches of flow aren’t responsible for our success or failure alone.

Death by Friction

Anything worth doing will involve friction. Friction is what kills your progress eventually.

Sick Business Syndrome

I’ve been suffering from some allergy and asthma symptoms recently, and in my Googling I came across something known as “Sick Building Syndrome.” This involves “situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building” according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. This got me thinking, what about Sick Business Syndrome?

Great Advice, Wrong Situation

Beware ill-fitting advice. Especially advice that comes from people with elite accomplishments.

How Can I Get More Done in a Day? (Introducing The Complete Calendar)

I’ve noticed five important things about how I work: 1) When my day is completely open, I never seem to get as much done as I would expect. I love the idea of having no obligations, but all that free time invites procrastination.

Ben Huh has the Right Idea

Ben Huh, CEO of the entertainment company Cheezburger (the people responsible for making cat gifs so popular) just made a major product announcement. But the announcement didn’t read like a typical announcement at all.

Freedom And Money

I used to tell myself this story, about how freedom and money were mutually exclusive; that in order to gain personal freedom, you’d have to sacrifice earning potential. Or, the other way around: to maximize earning potential, you would have to sacrifice personal freedom.

Corbett is blogging again! Lock up your children and hide the good liquor!

It’s funny, I still call myself a blogger, despite not running my own blog for a couple of years now. Sure, I write over at The Sparkline once a month or so, but that’s just not the same as writing a personal blog.

Going All-In

I’ve been mulling over a big change for quite a while now. It all started shortly after I launched Think Traffic over two years ago.

How to Change the World

I spent last weekend with 1,000 incredible world changers at the World Domination Summit in Portland, OR. My life will never be the same again.

It’s Time to Stake Your Claim

It’s been an incredible couple of weeks for newsworthy crowdsourced fundraising campaigns over on Kickstarter and Indiegogo: Adam Baker and team are very close to having the most individual backers ever for a documentary Seth Godin raised a buhjillion dollars in 24 hours for his newest book Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has raised over $200k for two charitable causes in a hilarious symbolic middle finger to a website who stole a bunch of his comics Great for these guys, you might be saying, they each already have big followings. But what if you’re just “joe creative” off the street?

4 Ways to Leave Your Job

New readers write me weekly asking how I made the transition from corporate work to self employed. Specifically, they want to know how it works from a financial perspective.

The Great F-bomb Debate: To Swear or Not to Swear Online?

Let’s talk about four-letter words today. If you write blog posts or shoot videos or produce any kind of content online, eventually you’ll have to decide whether or not dropping the occasional (or frequent) F-bomb is OK.

Fix It, Revive It, Ride It

To succeed in business you have to fill unmet demand. The greater the need, the bigger the opportunity.

You’re Going to Suck

Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.

I’m Giving Away One Spot in Traffic School

My Traffic School program opens again for enrollment tomorrow and I’m giving away one spot in the course to a lucky reader here at CorbettBarr.com. Update: this contest is now closed.

One of The Greatest Times in History

We are living in one of the greatest times in history. Never before could you work from anywhere on earth, with people you’ve never met, on projects that can reach the entire world.

Do You Turn Advantages into Limitations?

I’ve noticed two kinds of people in this world. There are people who look at someone else’s success and find inspiration.

Don’t Talk Yourself Out of It

Admit it. There’s something you’ve been thinking about doing.

What Are You Working Toward and What’s Holding You Back?

I want to ask you a very important question today. What are you working toward, and what’s holding you back?

Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY

If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now. Prepare yourself.

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