A lot of times, people ask me, "Jon, how in the world are you so motivational?" People don't really ask me that, but sometimes when you need an idea for a blog you start it with, "people ask me" and then you make up a question you want to answer. But if they did ask me that, do you know what I'd tell them? This: 5 ways to be motivational on the Internets

If that headline intrigued you and you thought, “I bet it’s goshawks, authors never talk about goshawks,” you’re wrong. I talk about goshawks constantly. I’d go so far as to say “Goshawks are the queso of birds of prey.” No, what authors never talk about is...

Very few people came to the funeral. It was a quiet ceremony without a lot of fan fare. No one spoke at the service because we were all so glad to see it go. Death is never easy but in this case it was, for the funeral was not for a person, but rather a phrase.

(This is a guest post from Casey Lewis. He is awesome and regularly contributes to this site!) Last week we found out that The Lego Movie did not get an Oscar nomination for best animated movie in 2014. Now I personally haven’t seen this movie yet. My 6 year old has, but I just didn’t make it to theaters for this one. As the news broke about this film not getting a nomination, the internet went crazy. Apparently this is a pretty good movie and director Philip Lord was snubbed. While it’s hard to know what exactly happened here, I love Philip Lord’s reaction.

A few weeks ago, I told myself, “I am going to Internet so hard in 2015!” That wasn’t an official goal, but more of a statement you yell at your laptop in coffee shops full of suddenly terrified people who don’t want to sit near the guy who yells at laptops. I thought I was going to blog daily. I was wrong.

I live tweeted the Golden Globes last weekend or last year depending on when you're reading this. (If you're reading from the future, I sure hope we have hover boards.) If you missed it, I think the most popular, deep insight I had about the Golden Globes was this tweet: "I'm going to carry a diamond studded cane but not use it." - Prince. "Why?" - Everyone at #GoldenGlobes "Because I'm Prince." - Prince Changing lives people, I'm changing lives. I definitely gained some new followers, who will be promptly disappointed the next day when I don't continue wry commentary on who wore which gown best, but I also lost a lot.

At least once a week, someone tells me the “successful people myth.” The names change, but the general story is always the same: “Did you hear about Jimmy? He launched an online course/sold a business/raised rabbits in his backyard and made a ton of money. He’d only been doing it for like three weeks. Why didn’t we think to do that? It’s so easy!” The result of that conversation is always the same, I feel like a huge loser. I have arms and legs just like Jimmy. I have access to the same Internet he has access to. Why didn’t I do that? I’m so dumb. There’s a huge pile of cash that everyone knows about except for me. I’m an idiot. Maybe you don’t feel that way, but I promise you’ve heard the “successful people myth” too. It’s not a bad story, but there are three lies hidden in it. Let’s kidney punch each one for a moment:

It's easy to get stuck. In a job. In a relationship. In a project. In those moments, you feel like you're out of options, that the cards have all been played, that the doors are all shut. I've felt that way before. I would say that I felt that way during most of 2014. I'd experienced a big career transition. I'd made a big decision, but I didn't really know what to do next. It wasn't a lack of action. I was in serious motion, but it felt like I was wearing roller skates on an ice skating rink. My arms and legs were flailing about but I wasn't going anywhere.

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