Ten-Minute Method Update and Interview With Marquis Parker

It’s been nearly three months since my last blog post about making time for side-projects.  Since then, I’ve mostly been in the process of redesigning goldhat.org and making a few small changes to the app itself before I start to plan a marketing campaign. I’m astonished how much devoting a minimum of ten minutes per […]

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How To Find The Time And Energy To Work On Your Side Projects

When I had moved to Japan after graduation, it was my plan to make a little money and work on my novel. I’d teach English classes during the day and hammer out a few pages at night.  By the year’s end I’d have a finished draft, good to go. Instead, by the time I got […]

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Writing Outside Your Niche

As you may have noticed, this blog has been pretty quiet as of late. If you’ve been following me on twitter, however, you’ll notice that I’ve been writing quite a bit. I’ve been doing blog outreach for the hundreds of categories on TeachStreet, from Fitness Classes to Algebra Classes.  Oftentimes this outreach takes the form […]

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The Power of Self-Forgiveness

If I were to sum up 95% of what personal development gurus preach it would be this: “You have the potential to do, have, and be anything you want.  All you have to do is adopt a positive mindset and take 100% responsibility for what happens in your life.” I’m not saying that there isn’t […]

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Five Hard Truths You Need To Accept

Ignoring the hard truths of life is a dangerous thing to do. Unfortunately, because the truth is so damn scary, it’s something we all do from time to time. In order to ignore them we tell ourselves lies–lies that warp our view of reality to the point where we’re incapable of knowing the actions we […]

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Three Guerrilla Tactics for Your Job Hunt

When contending with a superior force, the worst possible strategy is to face your enemy head-on. Unfortunately, this is what most people do on the job hunt. They scan the listings on Monster.com and Craigslist, shoot off resumes and sit and hope. If you do this, know that hundreds if not thousands of applicants are doing […]

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‘Plan B’ Can Be Better Than You Think

It’s been a whirlwind week. On the 7th of September I decided to start looking for a job. This wasn’t the easiest decision to make. After all, I had high hopes for my web business, and liked to think of myself at least as capable as those internet superstars who managed to make a comfortable living […]

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Four Reasons why Cold-Calling is more Effective than Social Media

It’s easy to regard the telephone as a relic that serves no purpose but to clutter your desk and gather dust. Now that twitter, facebook and linkedin have conquered the internet, cold calling seems as primitive as clubbing your mate and dragging them into your cave. The problem with cold-calling is that most people misunderstand […]

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Announcing the new Goldhat Blog

Hello All, Just a quick announcement today.  I’ve  put together a blog to help promote my web app. As you might expect,  The Goldhat Blog will have articles on new features as well as some tips and tricks for how to use the app more effectively.  But I’d like to go beyond the regular web […]

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Finishing Ambitious Projects

Over the course of my life I had started many ambitious projects and had abandoned most of them. I’d begin a project with enthusiasm, but somewhere in the middle I would regard my efforts as feeble and inadequate, and wondered whether or not it all was a waste of time. Forcing myself to work made […]

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