Shut Up and Listen

By Carlos Portocarrero

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I’ve been so focused on writing and getting my thoughts and opinions out there, that it had been a while since I just shut my mouth and read some of the great stuff other people have been putting out.

So this past week I’ve been focusing on reading more of other people’s stuff. Lucky for me, I found some great content to keep me busy:

  • How I got 294 Comments with One Blog Post: Copyblogger is always a reliable place for good content. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t just for bloggers looking for comments, it deals with business, buzz, and social media.
  • How Not to Suck at Blogging: I already highlighted this post last week when I talked about the power of passion and Gary Vaynerchuk, but it’s got some other great resources inside. The story of how Adam’s blog grew so quickly is awesome and it’s even cooler that he shares all the stuff that inspired him to keep pushing ahead.
  • Review: Made to Stick: I typically don’t like reading book reviews, especially if it isn’t fiction. But Trent does a good job (as he usually does) of introducing this book and laying out what’s inside. It looks like it would really appeal to a lot of people since—hey—EVERYONE should know how to get their ideas out into the world.
  • Why I’m Exactly Like Morpheus: With a title like that, how can you go wrong? Johnny Truant opens up and shares some of his story, and it’s quite a story. It’s a great read if you need a reminder about why persistence is so important.

Then there are a couple of PDFs. Maybe not for everyone, but it’s always good to branch out and read something that you don’t completely agree with. And the people behind them have put a lot of work into them:

  • The Zero Hour Workweek by Jonathan Mead: A great read on the author’s story and some of the stuff he learned from it. My favorite part is probably the case studies (page 31). Seeing different people sharing their specific stories around making a living off of what moves you is what I can relate to the most. Long, but well worth it.
  • Freak Revolution Manifesto: This one’s a little more touchy-feely, but still worth a read. You may not agree with or like everything you read, but that’s OK. It’s good to expose yourself to different types of thinking.

Have a happy Friday everyone!

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