The "Now" Organization

What are you working on right now?
It's a question I often ask in order to elicit a more specific response than would be received by asking, How are you? I think it's because of the now.
For the last year, I've been treating now as a word that represents attention, focus and priority rather than status. And I'm not the only one.
In October, 2015, Derek Sivers created a page at that he describes as his "public declaration of priorities." He updates it each time his activities or priorities change. 

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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

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