The Writer's Dilemma by Bud Hennekes

The Writer's Dilemma by Bud Hennekes

I gave my friend Molly a hug, as I mentally scanned the apartment one last time. Did I grab my wallet? My passport? My notebook filled with endless pages of ideas? The couch I had called my bed for the last several months was soon to be retired. New York had won, I had lost. I said goodbye, defeated.

Just 12 months earlier, life was looking up.

I had graduated from University, landed what I thought was my dream job, and was ready to take NYC by storm.

It started out fine enough. I met some awesome people. Got accustomed to the city that never sleeps, and set out to build a life I was proud of.

But then the momentum started to fade.

For Years, My Staff Was My Family by Marcella Chamorro

For Years, My Staff Was My Family by Marcella Chamorro

I had been running my business for two and a half years when I knew I wanted out.

It took me another year to officially close my doors—but not for the reasons you might expect.

The thought of becoming an entrepreneur had never crossed my mind until I started blogging, a world that opened my eyes to a myriad of new possibilities for independent work. Through that world, I connected with thousands of people from around the world that were making a living on their own: developers, writers, editors, designers, editors, consultants, bootstrappers, and more.

The independence and flexibility of working on my own terms was too sexy to pass up.

She Gave Me an Olive Branch and I Threw It Away by Violeta Nedkova

She Gave Me an Olive Branch and I Threw It Away by Violeta Nedkova

I was a lowly student in a foreign country.

Most places I applied to work at viewed me as some kind of thief because of my country's reputation. (To be fair, we have a lot of gypsies in Bulgaria who also like to travel wherever there are jobs available.) I was extremely lucky to find a decent, not underpaid job at a kitchen in a local pub. Thinking back to the wastefulness of people who eat at pubs, I feel a little bit queasy, but that's another story.

A little bit of context before we deep dive into the story.

Stop binge-learning from the experts and do what the originals do.

Stop binge-learning from the experts and do what the originals do.

Traditionally, you have to learn how to do something before you can do it.

When you go bowling for the first time, it would help if someone showed you how to hold the ball and how to throw it so that it doesn't go to the side. 

There's of course another way. 

You can go out there, throw the ball a few times, and fail. Then you'll adjust your posture, your hold, or your throw, or all of the above, and eventually, you'll figure out how to do it yourself, without anyone helping you. In this case, you won't just feel the accomplishment tied to teaching yourself a new skill, but you'll also retain your own unique way of doing it because no teacher or expert has been there to erase it and teach you how to do it "properly." To experts, there is wrong and there is right.

Proper is not what you'll find here. Properly is for people who live in the past.

Wrong and right is a useless distinction. There is only yours and mine.

Why I shouldn't have taken $10,000 but I did it anyway. by Chelsea Wallace

Why I shouldn't have taken $10,000 but I did it anyway. by Chelsea Wallace

I was in my sophomore year in college and as a Jamaican international student, studying Biology in a tiny town in Michigan USA - you could say I was a fish out of the Caribbean Sea and desperately missing home.

My second year of college was difficult to say the least. Not only was the subject matter quite challenging (20 weeks of Organic Chemistry - I have Z E R O idea how I pulled that off with my sanity intact), but I was missing home, I felt alone and I also felt purposeless. Frequent trips to the counselling center were chances to talk but in the middle of winter... I just needed to do something. I needed to set my heart toward some kind of goal, some kind of big impact and contribution.

So when I heard about the opportunity to run a Davis Project for Peace anywhere in the world, I considered it for a couple days, then jumped head first into the opportunity. $10,000 to run a project in Jamaica? Yes please!

Getting Sucked into the Hype by Sian Richardson

Getting Sucked into the Hype by Sian Richardson

So honestly, there’s probably a few rebel stories I have in the bank from over the last few years of my life, but the first thing that really came to mind is something I’m still in the middle of right now.

I’ve considered myself a Creative Entrepreneur for a few years now, and over the last two years or so I got pretty sucked into the whole culture of it… You know what I mean. The sales funnels. The passive income shit. The grow your list by 1 million people yesterday stuff. Basically, all of the hype.

The thing is, when you’re sucked into the hype, you don’t even really know it…

LIVE: How I avoid the BS of the Internet by following creative rebels.

LIVE: How I avoid the BS of the Internet by following creative rebels.

Hey there rebel,

My name is Violeta Nedkova and I created the Creative Rebel Academy for the creative rebels of the Internet. Creative rebels are creative people who do things in their own way instead of listening to what everybody else says.

This is the first LIVE video of this series to call attention to our mission!

  1. To rid the Internet of noise, BS, and sameness
  2. To help create more authentic brands & businesses

Today we're talking about getting rid of the noise by following creative rebels. This LIVE event will happen at 1 pm UTC on February 22

Salvation City: A story of soul survival by Hillary Weiss

Salvation City: A story of soul survival by Hillary Weiss

I remember the way his fork clinked back onto his plate after I said it.

(Isn’t it crazy how those tiny sounds echo when your heart’s in your mouth?)

I’d finally told him The Plan.

Next to me at the kitchen table, there lay a straw boater hat with a black ribbon and a bright yellow flower I’d clipped to the side. I'd bought it at Goodwill two weeks before; someone’s discarded costume, perhaps; or somebody’s grandmother’s forgotten summer chapeau.

“That’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen,” sneered my then-boyfriend.

So I wore it every day.

I AM DUMBLEDORE: A sneak peek inside the Academy.

I AM DUMBLEDORE: A sneak peek inside the Academy.

In my super secret, crazy dreams, I always imagined myself as the head of some kind of creative academy. Like Hogwarts, but for creative people. Which is basically the same as people who possess the gift of magic, so there - I am Dumbledore. 

*tried to grow beard, fails, does next best thing, paces*

Anywho, back to my crazy dream...

I am scary close to it TODAY, as the Creative Rebel Academy opens its doors for enrollment next week, on Monday, February 20.

While it's not a *real* academy but an online one, it's a good start!

How One Simple Daily Practice Transformed My Life Purpose by Steph Halligan

How One Simple Daily Practice Transformed My Life Purpose by Steph Halligan

When I told my friends that I was starting a daily cartoon newsletter – that every single day I was going to write, draw and send out an inspirational cartoon email – they thought it was crazy.

In retrospect, it was crazy. And that’s exactly what I needed.

I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I had no idea that this journey of drawing a cartoon every day for almost two years would bring me here: that I’d find an incredible audience for my work, that I’d write and illustrate three books based on all of the stuff I had drawn, and that I’d finally have the confidence to call myself a professional.

All I knew is I wanted to draw...