If I use something, and love it, I will refer it to my friends. Especially tools and resources that people can use to increase their productivity or earning potential.
Word of mouth is the best form of advertising ever. Always share good news.
Here are products that I use in my personal and professional life, ranging from my personal blog, writing for Medium, creating niche affiliate websites, consulting, and selling digital products.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
I’ve used several brands of noise cancelling headphones over the years, and these MPOW H19 IPO Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are the best from a performance and value perspective. I can buy 5 pair of these and still pay less than the ones I recently trashed on a flight back from San Diego.
I wear them at my desk in my home office every day to block out distractions, the kids use them for the virtual school meetings, and I take them on flights so I can hear my movies. You can’t go wrong.
Business and Tech Books
There are books on Amazon that detail starting a business. Focus on business and consulting (people) skills. I’m a huge fan of the “Dummies” series, and Starting a Business All-in-One For Dummies is a useful guide to getting a business off the ground legally. (I usually give a copy to my consulting clients after we’ve met.) And as cheesy as the title sounds, Million Dollar Consulting: The Professional’s Guide to Growing a Practice is literally worth it’s weight in gold.
I’ll not include many “tech books” on this list because they tend to date quickly, but this one is special.
If you want to survive, as an employee, business owner, or business, adopting some of the ideas and methods in this book can’t hurt.
Technology enables rapid change, lean into it.
“Keep My Head Straight” Books
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
I picked this up in the San Diego airport and was able to skim through it on a flight to D.C. But when went back an re-read it slowly over the course of a week. Taught me to disconnect from my mind, focus on what is happening around me, time is real — but it’s not. Creativity boosts as a result of “meditation like” state that I enter when practicing the nuggets that I pulled from the pages.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Incredibly, this was offered as supplemental reading during initial training by a former employer. I took it home and read it over a few nights. While incredibly powerful, I wondered why my employer provided me with a book written by a man that survived life in a Nazi death camp.
Frankl saw three possible sources for meaning: work, love, and courage during difficult times. Suffering in and of itself is meaningless; but we give suffering meaning in how we respond to it.
When I read this book, it helped me finally release anger that I had been carrying due to a horrible divorce years prior.
Picked this one up after Naval Ravikant mentioned it on his Twitter feed. At first I thought “Snap, this is a weird book” but I kept reading. It’s essentially a Q&A session between one person and (I’m assuming) Mr. Gupta.
Fantastic once I gained focus and got into it, made me think deeply.
Sharethrough Headline Analyzer Headlines matter. Big time. They catch your readers eye, and bring them to your article. Practice writing headlines here.
Trello Similar to, but better than Evernote.
Hemingway Editor I use the Hemingway Editor for readability analysis. Some of the rules (it hates adverbs) are annoying, and if you follow every bit of guidance it could take away your voice. YMMV but I like it for what I use it for.
I use Namecheap for all of my domain purchases and hosting.
Gumroad to Sell Digital Products
I have two products for sale on Gumroad. It is a fantastic platform for selling digital products. They host your sales page, manage payment, and digital downloads. You own customer emails and can freely communicate with them, and send product updates.
I love Gumroad and can’t recommend them highly enough.
I’ve been a web developer since 1994, it wasn’t as easy back then. In fact, I am bald today due to the stresses of writing CGI scripts in PERL.
WordPress makes building websites incredibly easy.
Scriptless Social Sharing – I love simple solutions to seemingly complicated problems. This is absolutely the best social sharing WordPress plugin available. Robin Cornett is the developer. I don’t know her personally, but she is awesome for making this and putting it out there for free.
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