Your Weekly Brew

Do you ever just love what you do?

Coming back from a couple weeks off, the first vacation we’ve taken in quite some time, has been invigorating. It’s such a blessing to realize that for all that can be hard about it, I (and Ryan, as well) really, truly enjoy my work and feel grateful to get up and do it each day.

Perhaps that’s one of the best parts of being an entrepreneur. Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Now, I don’t think that’s entirely true (when we’re committed to pursuing excellence in everything we do, we can do great work even in areas we aren’t passionate about it), but I do agree that our very best work bubbles up from a deep love for what we’re doing.

What about you? Are you doing work that you love? (Or perhaps, working your tush off to bring you closer to the goal of being able to do that?)

I hope that some of these links inspire you this coming week in whatever work you’re doing!

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Survival strategies for winter, my least favorite season @ Modern Mrs. Darcy

Winter is hard. We feel it particularly on the West Coast, where we may not get the snow, but we certainly get more than our fair share of rain, grey and drear. Perhaps you’re feeling it right about now, too (I think February is a common month for the winter blahs). Anne’s survival strategies are smart, no matter where you live.

Productivity 101: A Primer to the Pomodoro Technique @ Lifehacker

This is something that Ryan has begun playing around with recently, and so far, he’s finding it useful. He likes to use his breaks to fit in a few minutes of exercise, to get some fresh air on the deck, to stretch, to go get a drink, whatever. The idea is that these small, intentional breaks can seriously enhance productivity. Has anyone else given this a try?

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Are the People Around You Dulling Your Drive? @ Marie Forleo

It was funny to stumble across this video, seeing as Ryan just wrote about this concept last week, encourage us to consider whether we need to be more purposeful about who we’re spending time with. What I appreciated about Marie’s video is that, while she agrees it’s important to surround yourself with people that inspire and challenge you, she also acknowledged how much we have to take personal ownership of our own motivation and drive, which I think is absolutely true as well. We certainly want to be intentional about who we surround ourselves with, but it’s good to recognize that ultimately, we can choose to be determined, hard-working, big-dreaming people, no matter what our circumstances are.

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Pexels.com

Thanks to Amy’s Useletter for this fantastic recommendation. I’m always on the lookout for new sources of free stock photos (that aren’t utterly cheesy and awful), and although I love places like Unsplash.com, this site is even better because it’s searchable.

300 Awesome Free Things @ Medium.com

This seemingly inexhaustible list is full of goodies for businesses and entrepreneurs. It includes tools for business and marketing, writing and blogging, trending ideas, SEO, image optimizers and editors, A/B testing, design and coding, free typography, etc, etc. (Thanks Red and Honey for the tip!)

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A screenshot from my play time on the Headline Analyzer the other night. Too much yellow and red, not enough green!

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Blog Post Headline Analyzer @ CoSchedule  (note: This is also useful for email marketing)

I had way too much fun with this headline analyzer the other night (I know, I’m a party animal). I spent a couple hours analyzing almost every single headline we’ve ever used on EntreFamily and learned that I am, in fact, a mediocre headline writer. Good to know. I also learned a lot about what I could do better, and each time I popped a headline in, I was able to immediately see ways that I could probably improve upon it. Super useful.

Infographic: The Optimal Length for Every Social Media Update and More @ Buffer Social

Along these lines, I found this excellent article (with the coolest infographics ever). Don’t get hung up on social media. It’s not just about that. Essentially, it helps you to understand (based on actual research and real data, not just someone’s opinion) which lengths of headlines, email subjects, Facebook statuses and much more work best, and even more importantly, why they work.

What caught your attention this week?

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