Working for free

I wrote a letter in my junior year of high school to a prominent photographer in my city:

"I know I could learn a lot from you. I love photography and am considering it as my career. If you are looking for an apprentice this summer, I'm willing to work for free."

That was back when my skills were showing up on time, having a positive attitude, and being coachable. I was willing to trade my hours for cash, only after they were happy with the work.

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Find your voice

You go to bed and try to sleep. You wake up and try to stay awake. You go to work and get paid, or you just get paid to go to work.

Maybe you're a five-goaler. Your first goal is your first break and your second goal is lunch. Your third goal is you second break. Your fourth goal is quitting time. Your fifth goal is payday.

You fear that your New Year's resolution will be the same as it was last year. You're on the hamster wheel from hell. 

You know how to fix your big problem but won't because the solution was discovered by someone else. And after all, you are really good at admiring the problem. It's your super power. 

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Voice of Indiscriminate Doubt

"I should let you know that you may have overestimated my potential," he said to me. "I thought about cancelling this meeting but I wanted to tell you in person that you might be wasting your time."

This is from a friend who has a lot to offer the world, but he doesn't know it yet. I know he will read this, but this isn't for him. It's for you.

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Shipping: Remembership 2nd edition

Thanks to some great editing, the second edition of Remembership now reads like an entirely different book. Here's what one of my early readers said: 

"I read the new edition of Remembership over the weekend. It seems like a completely different book!? It reinforced all of the things we have been through. It was a surprise to find many new nuggets of info. It certainly is a different read."

I'm proud to release the second edition of Remembership: New Strategies for Remarkable Membership Organizations. It's 28% bigger and the price is 31% lower... an even better value for your trade association, chamber of commerce or economic development organization. Learn more by clicking here, or get it on Amazon right now

New Edition of Follow You Anywhere

Follow You Anywhere is a book about working, and about the work it takes to lead. 

On Friday March 4th, I'm releasing the one-page edition of Follow You Anywhere. It's intended to be a simple visual reminder of the lessons inside the pages of the book. I think it's worth moving your favorite Successories poster for this. 

Get on the list right here. 

Also, my friend Brian Wrasman in North Carolina is a brilliant and passionate media producer. Video, podcast, interactive maps, advertising... he's terrific. He interviewed me for his podcast and it turned into 3 podcasts. This podcast talks about the launch of Follow You Anywhere as a one-page book and the history of the project. Enjoy. 

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