Author: Scott

start a business for $100

"We rule out the possibility of great change, because it doesn’t seem realistic..."

- Leo Babauta

In honor of Chris Guillebeau's latest book, The $100 Startup, today I want to talk a little about Possibility and the question of "Why Not?" But to start...

The Death of the 'Risky' Startup

There was a time not long ago when turning an idea into a business required a massive investment. Less than a decade ago the cost of building a passion into a career required significant risk. It may have meant leveraging your home, your bank account and maybe even some close relationships, to drum up the seed capital and support. For many it meant hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of loans. Or even taking on investors and giving up a large slice of your dream, in exchange for the millions needed just to get it off the ground. And that's assuming the passion-based business was even possible - which 30 years ago, was likely not the case. The risks used to be enough to get almost anyone saying "there's no f*#%ing" way. They got so high as to convince the world that living someone else's dream (or no one's at all) was the way life was going to be. But that was then...

weekly-planning-workbook2017-cover"There is no excuse for not preparing for something that is inside your control."

- Anonymous

After being asked more times than I can count, today I'm sharing my Full Weekly Planning Process I've done religiously for the past 5 years. This article is meant to be a reference piece. I've also included a free Weekly Planning Worksheet download at the bottom, to make sure this stuff is super easy for you to do. Updated 2017:  We've created the wildly popular Should I Quit Test.  Be careful taking it though, your life my change real quick!  And in your honor, we've put together life-transforming courses that we are extremely proud of. For now let's get into the fun...

"I don't have enough time."

Think about that statement for a second. How often do you say it?  How many times a week or even each day? There is no bigger killer of dreams than those five words.  But have you ever noticed that the busiest and most accomplished people never seem to say them?

"Find what makes others successful. Follow closely. Watch what happens." ~Unknown Entrepreneur ***** Today's the third (and final) part to our "Building Your Thriving Online Audience" series, so we're going to talk about the things you absolutely must do if you're serious about building a following online. Because, as...

trust your crazy ideas

“It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside the frame.”

~Eugene Kleiner, Co-founder Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers

How do you know if you're meant to be an entrepreneur?

"Do I spend my life working for someone else or do I take a crack and beating the odds and hanging my own shingle?" It's an age-old question (and one of the most important when it comes to doing passionate work) and today we're going to get the answer from someone who's much more qualified than I - my good friend John Greathouse. Now that I think of it, today is also a pretty big day. Until now, I have never published a guest article on Live Your Legend. Not once in 4+ years has an article on this site been written by someone other than me. Today that's changing ever so slightly, and I'm very excited about it. From now on, over 90% of what you read at Live Your Legend will still be created by me, but in the future I will very occasionally host a guest expert, a Living Legend, who can cover a topic about 100x better than I could. After all, how ridiculous would it be to assume I could cover every topic regarding doing work we love, better than other experts out there? The truth is, in some cases (actually, a lot of them) that's just not true. Plus, a different perspective is always useful. So today I'd like to introduce a good friend and mentor, John Greathouse.

5 best books of all time to reread

"The difference between who you are now and who you are five years from now, comes down to the people you meet and the books you read."

~Anonymous [Tweet this Quote]

The Link Between Reading and Success

It's no secret that when I get into things I tend to obsess. In the past few years I've read hundreds of books. No joke - I keep track of every title during my weekly planning process. I owe much of who I am to the things I've read. Just about the only benefit of my absolutely miserable first (and only) 'job' after moving back from Spain was that I had a 45-minute train commute every morning and night. That travel time became sacred. And that was when I became absolutely obsessed with reading. So much so that I took a few speed-reading classes and I even became the head San Francisco instructor for one of them.

I hate my job

"Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come."

- Victor Hugo

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Lessons from Creating the #1 Personal Development Product of 2011

I want to start by saying THANK YOU! To all you massively passionate and loyal readers, supporters and those of you who have purchased Live Off Your Passion in the past few months. Somehow, thanks to all of you, Live Off Your Passion was voted The #1 Personal Development Product of 2011!! Wow! Seriously, I was blown away to hear this. I didn't even know it was being considered until I heard the big news. And the only reason it happened was because of all you. The contest was held by Steve Aitchison of Change Your Thoughts, where over 20,000 people from around the world were asked to nominate and then cast their vote. Seriously, thank you! I poured my heart and soul into this course (as you likely saw from the surveys, product checklists and all else). The project technically started about 6 months ago but in reality it began nearly 8 years ago...

i hate my job

"If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got."

-Mark Twain

Let's talk about why people keep doing work they hate.

By now I'm sure you know the terrifying stat: Over 80% of people don't enjoy their work and nearly 75% don't know their passion.  These two numbers kill me. But thanks to our work here at Live Your Legend, it's getting better by the day (congrats to so many of you who've made massive change - it's not easy, but I bet it was worth it)! But for the rest of the world, it's crazy to think that so many people are willing continue to act in a way that doesn't make them happy. And trust me, by now I feel like I've seen it all...yet I continue to be surprised.

Richard Branson Productivity Space

"The more you do, the more you'll do."

- Anonymous

On discovering the ultimate source of confidence & productivity...

Not long ago I attended an event with Sir Richard Branson and a bunch of other entrepreneurs. Something about his message and his presence brought clarity to a concept I've inherently known & practiced for years. Now that it's clear, I'd like to share it. It's a topic I rarely write about, but it's a huge part of every one of my days (often before I check an email, write my first sentence or even open my computer). It's the primary foundation of not only my own confidence and productivity, but that of almost every successful lifestyle entrepreneur and CEO on the planet.

"So, how do you get more done?"

Why is it that so many successful people seem to be able to do so much? How is it that the more accomplished the person, the more it seems they're able to get done? Shouldn't it be the opposite? How is a CEO of one company able to found another one on the side, while administering his charity and still taking the occasional family trip? For years this has blown my mind. With how much effort it takes to do one thing well, I couldn't imagine how people who seemed even 'busier' than me could produce magnitudes more results. Then I figured it out.