How do you feel when you get to the office in the morning?  Do you arrive at your desk with a clear sense of purpose, an uncluttered inbox and a well-defined series of daily objectives to meet that will best serve your company’s needs?

Or do you arrive – already stressed – to an email inbox that’s stuffed full of new messages, a seemingly never-ending list of “to do” items and a queue of employees waiting outside of your office for their daily assignments?

Certainly, these are two extreme examples, but they highlight an important distinction that all entrepreneurs must deal with at some point in their careers.  You’re the business owner – so why does it feel like your business is the one running your life?

If you feel like your business has taken on a life of its own – one that’s threatening your ability to get the things done that you need to – put the following process into place in order to reclaim your business schedule and your life in general:
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After a few years of working out, my friend Chris Hooley & I got bored at the gym, so we decided to challenge ourselves a little differently…to push our boundaries, test our endurance and change things up. I know there are other fitness junkies out there like us that want to push their limits. To those, I challenge you!

Below are the first 30 of a 100 day fitness challenge.  You will fail at some of these challenges, but that’s okay as long as you give it your all (I estimate a 75-80% success rate).

So far, in this series on overlooked SEO skills, we’ve covered the importance of developing your communication skills and learning how to learn.  And while both of these are incredibly important pursuits – for anybody, not just for SEO marketers – there’s one final skill I want to discuss with you…

In fact, I hinted at this last skill in my post on learning, but today, I want to break things down on this topic into even further detail.  Are you ready to hear what the final most overlooked SEO skill is?
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The other day I stumbled on a few awesome workout motivational quotes and got really excited to share my own experiences. In the past few years, I’ve completely changed my lifestyle to become a healthier, fitter, better me. I wanted to share how I lost over 40 pounds, built muscle mass, and became healthier.

A bit of background before I get started:  I was skinny my entire life until I met my wife and started working. I got lazy and gained 45lbs over 4 years. One day in 2009, I was on a plane with an extremely overweight woman.  In that moment I said to myself, “Fuck this. This plane (and the world) is not big enough for the both of us to be fat.” If the average daily routine of Fortune 500 executives includes 45 minutes of exercise, there’s no reason I couldn’t do it myself.

The next day I joined the gym and started working out but failed and gave up after a few weeks. I repeated this routine every few months. It wasn’t until January 6th, 2011 that it finally stuck. I started with a muay thai class a few times a week and started adding weight lifting, dieting, and ab workouts along the way. Most of what I learned was by trial and error. As I slowly began changing my lifestyle, I did consult a dietitian, nutritionist, and personal trainer.

My goal, both then and now, was to have the perfect body. In the summer of 2012 I achieved the Greek definition of a perfect body, the formula created by the Greek gods! How can Zeus be wrong? He can’t, so I suggest all people follow it: Continue reading The Workout Routine of Greek Warriors

In last week’s post, I talked to you about the importance of learning to communicate effectively – what I believe to be the most overlooked SEO skill of all.  If you have time to improve only one area of your professional SEO practice, I’d highly recommend investing your effort into that all-important area.

However, if you want to take things a step further, go ahead and focus some of your energy on what I consider to be the second most overlooked SEO skill – learning.
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When I think about the things that have made me successful in the field of SEO over the past 5-6 years, I don’t list my technical knowledge or the proprietary ranking techniques I’ve developed as being the most important contributing factors to Single Grain’s achievements.  Sure, both of these things have played a huge role in my ability to help website owners optimize their online performance – but there’s one element that’s been even more critical to the results I’ve been able to achieve.

Can you guess what this often overlooked skill might be…?  It’s good communication!

More than anything else, learning to communicate well has enabled me to turn my business dreams into a reality.  If that sounds too cheesy to be realistic, consider all of the following different ways in which my communication skills have contributed to my success:
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Sure – I understand that running a business is difficult.  If you’re a company owner, you likely have hundreds of different items already on your “to do” list – from developing and testing your product to reaching out to consumers using various online and offline marketing strategies and more.

However, if you spend all of your time focused on your own internal affairs and put no energy into consuming the content that others have created, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to learn and develop as an entrepreneur.  To get in the habit of making ongoing education a priority in your business, check out the following blogs, find a few that you like and set a goal to check in with their posts at least once a week for best results.
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We all like to think that we’re constantly pressed for time, but the reality is that most of us waste this vast resource simply by remaining unaware of how we spend our days.  So if you need to find more time in your day – whether to take on a new fitness program or to make some major progress on a business goal – check out the following 17 tips on how to get more done in less time:
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Being a business owner is challenging.  Not only do you carry the enormous weight of transforming a vision into reality on your shoulders, you do so while also attempting to balance these business pursuits with your personal life, managing a workforce and handling the financial ramifications of business ownership.

Unfortunately, given all of these competing demands, it can be easy to let bad business habits sneak into your daily life, undetected.  To prevent this from happening, you must be vigilant in guarding against the following business mistakes – all of which can threaten your growing company if left unchecked.
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Welcome to 2013!  I hope you had a relaxing holiday season and that you’re looking forward to a happy and productive new year.

That said, if you’ve set up specific goals for yourself, you’re probably already aware of the huge failure rates that come along with New Year’s Resolutions (just take a look at the empty gym parking lots come February if you don’t believe me).  To help you avoid the common stumbling blocks that throw off would-be self-improvers, I’ve put together this huge list of ways to get motivated.  I hope you find them useful when it comes to sticking with the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Let’s get started!
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