For 2017 I invested more than $10K to participate in private online communities (more than $15K if you include the associated travel and related expenses). For 2018 my investment has already exceeded $30K, and I’m looking to bump it to $40-50K within the next several months. — Steve Pavlina   Today I dissect a long-form, incredibly high quality blog post by Steve Pavlina from 2018 called 'The Rise of Private Communities' — for Pavlina, the investment he'd made into private communities was better than Bitcoin. Earlier this year Scott McKeon and I established a private community called The Constant Student, and I've

Galileo Galilei spent the end of his life under house arrest, after violating the belief system of his time.   The Roman Catholic Church imprisoned him as retribution for his scientific findings of heliocentrism — that the earth revolved around the sun.   It defied what people at the time believed.   I write of The Eiffel Tower Principle — the historic landmark also faced kickback and criticism from the French community who couldn't forsee what a wonderful gift it would be. I use this example to break down how and why people resist innovation at first.   It took Einstein years to have his ideas adopted. In

How do you know when your work is good enough?   Keeping your personal standards high is a pretty good start.   Beyond that, I use a cheat called The Owen Wilson Test.   As in the famous Hollywood actor who often says 'WOWWWW' in films.   (See here).   An emotive, heartfelt 'WOWWWW'.   When I send a writing piece or advertising idea to a friend I wait to see if it garners a WOWWWW reaction from them.   People will not ask you 'is this the very best you can do?' and they won't always be conscious of what your very best is.   So when something is just okay, they'll say 'that's good!'   But

Starting a podcast? Here's some very, very useful technology to get you started and streamline your experience.   Note: I don't have affiliations with any of the below companies — but I have used them all to various degrees!   Microphone   I use a RODE Podcaster Microphone — it is a bit pricey though, and you can find cheaper. If you're starting out, begin with some combination of your mobile, air pods, Zoom and your computer microphone.   Audio Recording and Editing Software   Especially if on Windows, use Audacity as the audio program to record and edit your podcast. It's a free download and will do all the

Stacking the upside is a principle that has been central to my life for the last four to five years. The 'upside' is what you stand to gain in a situation — stacking it means piling up what you will gain.   I'll give you examples below from my own personal business, learning, education and career journeys. The next examples are just to ensure that the basics are clear.   If you were going to choose between two properties to buy as an investment, one which is expected to grow in value at 5% per year, and another at 10%, the one with 10%

There's nothing more annoying than receiving spam, marketing dm's and cold calls, right?   There you are minding your own business and working hard, trying to get towards your goals, when someone who's managed to find your number or email pierces through and distracts you during your day.   It's annoying when people waste your time and take away your energy, just to push their agenda. I received one such message the other day and decided that enough was enough.   Hey Joe, Isaac here

This comes as part of my ramblings and loose thoughts for my next book, which I'm "Writing in Public" first through blog posts.   I've decided to move these back to the website, and am experimenting with keeping my newsletter simpler.   The below follows this most recent post on that awkward creative phase when you 'just have ideas', don't follow through with anything, and riddle yourself with guilt. These people don't realise they're on a very natural and healthy journey towards creative brilliance. The post today is about the next phase of that journey.   If you want to stay up-to-date with what I share,

Should you start a podcast? As hard as it is to give generic, best-for-all advice, the answer is probably yes. There's not many things I can say that about, but a podcast is probably one of them.   I launched the With Joe Wehbe Podcast about 11 months ago. I made 121 daily episodes, then stopped for eight months, but now I'm excited to start publishing episodes again.   It's been a very unorthodox podcast journey, but one I'm proud of. Without major reach and distribution yet, so many positives have come from it. In that vein, the below are just 32 of the many

I have the rule of thumb that when two people find a way to effectively and deeply collaborate together, they 10x or 100x their potential.   So if two people, named Angela and Andrew, each had the potential to impact 10 people with their work, working separately, the potential if they come together is not just 'added', but grows by a factor of 10.   For example, Separately, they impact 20 lives - Angela 10, and Andrew 10. If they work together, they don't just impact 20 lives, or even 40 lives (doubling their impact), but I would say collectively, 200 lives.       Go towards and support

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