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Lifestyle design is all the rage these days.
And while it is a fancy buzzword, and can be spoken about in fluffy generalities that don’t actually help us move forward, it’s an important concept to consider.
Because if we are not designing our work life and our non-work life to contribute toward an overall life and lifestyle that we enjoy and find meaningful … then what the heck are we doing?
The most recent episode of The Digital Entrepreneur podcast focused on this topic, with a guest who can speak with authority about it. Laura Roeder is a successful digital entrepreneur who hasn’t just achieved success in business — she has balanced her business success with building a lifestyle she loves.
Her business supports her ideal lifestyle, not the other way around.
This episode was published in the middle of December of last year, so you may have listened to it already.
But might it be worth listening to again?
It’s never a bad thing to get a reminder about being intentional with your business and lifestyle choices, and how they fit together.
A few actionable lessons I learned from Laura during this interview helped to inspire this post, which is one of the most shared posts on the Copyblogger blog so far in 2017: Why Your Greatest Asset May Be Slowly Eroding (and How You Can Rebuild It).
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And if you want a new episode of The Digital Entrepreneur, you’re in luck! The Digital Entrepreneur is back, starting today … just with a new host.
I have stepped aside as host so that I can focus on our weekly continuing education events at Digital Commerce Academy, as well as on launching The Digital Entrepreneur newsletter. But I have left you in the capable hands of Sean Jackson and Jessica Frick, our CFO and Executive Vice President of Operations, respectively, here at Rainmaker Digital.
Their first episode was published today. I just got done listening and recommend you give it a listen too. They discuss the theory that real innovation comes not from customer insights, but from a deep understanding of why people “hire” your product.
Here is the episode page: Can Customer Insights Really Drive Innovation for Your Online Business?
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Now here are this week’s resources to help you create, sell, and grow — curated by me and members of Digital Commerce Academy.
How to Turn a Service Into a Product
“Dan Norris was initially interested in software-as-a-service, but struggled to get traction. It was at that point that he latched onto a recurring revenue model like SaaS, but with a service performed by WordPress developers across the globe.” Find out how he did it, and how you can apply it to your thinking.
Don’t Settle for Building Just Good Products …
“To build great products, design the whole product, including the first experience, the subsequent customer journey, pricing, support, and go-to market activities.”
Do You Have a Product Roadmap?
“Whether you believe roadmaps should be date-based, short-term or long-term, your roadmap needs to convey the strategic direction for your product. And it has to tie back to the strategy of the company.”
Don’t Forget Your Cornerstone Content
What kind of content should you publish? Long-term content, or the stream of daily updates that reminds people you exist? Find the right balance in this great discussion. (Submitted by Daniel Chohfi)
The Chatbots are Coming
Chatbots and customer service AI may be out of your price and technology range right now, but it won’t be forever. Read this post for some good background on the future of online customer service.
Get Inside Your Audience’s Head
If you plan on selling to your audience, then at some point you will need to move individual people emotionally in some meaningful way. And that means understanding the cognitive biases that affect you as a content creator and them as individual audience members. My latest piece for Copyblogger highlights five important cognitive biases you need to understand.
The Power of Small Steps
Want to make changes to your life or your business that will produce substantial growth? Then don’t make a bunch of huge changes all at once. “The best way to achieve a new level of equilibrium is not with radical change, but through small wins each day.”
Are You Asking the Right Questions?
Are you even asking any questions at all? Sometimes the best way to go to the next level is to stop, ask questions, and really listen to the answers. That will help you make sure your product’s next step heads in the right direction.
Are You Thinking Enough?
We have so much to do in any given day, that’s is easy (and understandable) to spend all day do-do-doing. But what about thinking? We should be vigilant about not allowing so much of our time to be sucked up by action that we don’t have enough time left over for thinking.
Thanks for your attention.
I hope you find these resources to be useful, and that at least one of them helps you take a meaningful step forward during the course of the next week.
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