Monthly Archives: November 2007

Don't Show Me The Money

If you’re just starting out as a solo professional (or still have a full time job and haven’t yet made your move), you may find it hard to imagine that the day will come when you’re turning work away.  Believe me, it will, and at that point, you’ll have a new challenge: What to accept and what to turn down. I used to find this difficult, and for a long time tried to apply all kinds of checklists and ranking […] Click to read more…

 

Unleashing The Kitchen Magician

I hired a financial planner yesterday. I wasn’t exactly looking for one, but as you’ll see shortly, he was hard to resist. First off, you should know that doing this has been on my mind for some time. Here it is the last week of November already, and I’ve been talking seriously about hiring a professional for… let’s see… October, September, August… about 14 years. More or less since the birth of my first child. The truth is, I’d probably […] Click to read more…

 

World’s Leading Expert

I’ve written before about the benefits of being narrow (read Lynda Falkenstein’s classic, Nichecraft for a complete "how to" guide).  And although I’ve long been convinced of the wisdom of staking out a small subject area and becoming its leading expert, I continue to find additional benefits. Here’s one I’ve only recently become aware of: choice. When I first began working as a consultant in 2000, I felt as if my prospective clients were the ones doing the choosing.  After […] Click to read more…

 

3 Tips To Make Writing Easier

Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life. – James Norman Hall My college major was Psychology. However, for reasons I frankly can’t remember, I also took a fair number of Political Science courses. McGill University is a big, traditional kind of place, and the grading format – especially for Political Science – was fairly unimaginative. A mid-term exam, a final exam, and one, big, honkin’ term paper on some obscure subject that nobody else on Planet Earth […] Click to read more…

 

Write Down Your Dreams

About 10 years ago (while I still had a regular job), and on the urging of a life coach I was working with, I wrote down my “perfect work day.” From getting up in the morning and going for a run, putting my kids on the bus to school, meeting with a great client, writing for a couple of hours in a local cafe, being interviewed on the radio, coming home to a beautiful house, etc., etc., I made up […] Click to read more…