What My Parents Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan taught me about the power of daily rituals

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In her first book, For Small Creatures Such as We , author Sasha Sagan explores the significance of ritual in an unpredictable universe. My husband Jon and I have several small daily rituals. Every morning, he wakes up first, makes coffee, and brings me a cup in bed. Then I thank him and tell him how wonderful I think he is. This small act of romance sets the tone for our day and, in turn, our life together. Later, when he leaves his office, he texts me, “On the way!!!” This still gives me a little thrill. Like the feeling of knowing you’re going to see your crush. And this too is a little ritual. In a sense, everything we do a particular way that holds meaning for us is a ritual. Especially when there are other ways it could be done. He could just come home without sending a …

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Jeff Bezos: Here’s how I make Amazon’s highest-stakes decisions

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In an excerpt from a new collection of his writings, Amazon’s CEO says that his secret is making fewer, better decsions—and thinking three years out. I like to putter in the morning. I get up early. I go to bed early. I like to read the newspaper. I like to have coffee. I like to have breakfast with my kids before they go to school. So my puttering time is very important to me. Read Full Story

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These custom Zoom backgrounds make you a magazine cover star

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be on the cover of Fast Company, this is your chance. Creative Director Mike Schnaidt explains how he was inspired to create six new downloadable backgrounds for Zoom. Limitations are often my greatest source of creativity. I was recently on a videoconference call where my colleagues used virtual backgrounds to place themselves on beaches, in forests, even floating in space. Me? Sitting in the corner of my office. Bo-ring. Zoom backgrounds provide us with a new design opportunity for self-expression, and as Fast Company’s creative director, I was missing out. Read Full Story

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3 Simple Steps to Get Your First 10,000 Visitors from Google

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Today’s going to be fun. I’m going to make a bet with you that if you follow the 3 steps below, and you really follow them, you can get 10,000 visitors from Google. I promise it won’t be hard, but it will take time. And if you follow my steps and don’t get the results, hit me up and I will personally help you with your marketing. All I ask is you do it for 3 months straight. You may not get to 10,000 visitors from Google in 3 months as some niches are really tiny, but most of you should get there or be well on your way. Again, if you prove to me that you followed everything below and you don’t achieve the results, you can get in touch and I will personally help you with your marketing for free. Ready? Step #1: Finding the right keywords If …

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I stopped using screens on Sundays. This is how it changed my life

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Taking one day away from technology each week has helped me realize my resiliency, and inspired confidence. At the end of 2019, I experienced a traumatic fainting episode, seizure, and concussion in the middle of the night, which landed me an overnight visit at an NYC Emergency Room. Afterward, I decided I needed to slow my pace in life down—a lot. Prior to this, I didn’t consider myself “addicted” to my phone. I turned off my notifications years ago; my phone doesn’t join me in bed, and it’s easy for me to spend time doing things that don’t involve any technology. Read Full Story

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Why and How to Bring Empathy Into Your Content

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Posted by DaisyQ Creating content can feel incredibly difficult right now. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks oscillating between a can-do approach and hours of staring into space. Here’s how to tap into those very real emotions and channel them into more impactful content. What empathy is and isn’t We commonly confuse sympathy with empathy. Sympathy is understanding and perhaps feeling bad for the struggles that someone may be experiencing. Empathy means understanding the person’s feelings and thoughts from their point of view. Sympathy is when you feel compassion, sorrow, or pity for what the other person is going through. Empathy is about putting yourself in their shoes. In this post, I focus on cognitive empathy, which is the ability to understand how another person may be thinking or feeling. Cognitive empathy helps communication by helping us convey information in a way that resonates with the …

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The Future of Ubersuggest

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* Please read the whole post, I have some good news at the bottom, but it won’t make sense unless you read the whole post. Do you know why I got into SEO? Not many people know this, but I grew up in middle-class America, and I wanted a better life for me and my parents. When I was 16 years old, I worked at a theme park called Knotts Berry Farm where I picked up trash, cleaned restrooms, and swept up vomit every single day. I didn’t mind it because that’s life and I needed the money. At 16, I realized I was too young to get a high paying job, so I did the next best thing… I started a business. But making $5.75 an hour picking up trash wasn’t enough to market my business, though. The only solution that I could think of was SEO because if …

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How to Build Links Using Google Alerts

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Link building is hard. But did you know that Google makes it easier for you? Seriously… they do make it easier because they provide you with free tools . No, I’m not talking about the ones you already use like Google Search Console and Google Analytics … They actually have tons of other tools. Some you may have heard of, but I bet you don’t use them. And today I am going to show you how you can build links using Google Alerts . What is Google Alerts? As the saying goes, if it isn’t on Google, it doesn’t exist. Google is the most popular search engine in the world. Their database contains hundreds of billions of web pages and is over 100,000,000 gigabytes in size. Because of their massive size, they are able to crawl web pages more frequently than any SEO tool including my own, Ubersuggest . This …

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How to Scale Content Creation [New Step-By-Step Guide]

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In this post I’m going to show you how to scale your content marketing. (Step-by-step) In fact, this process has helped me publish over 326,649 words of blog content over the last year. Plus: a new flagship course, dozens of social media posts, email newsletters, YouTube video scripts, and more. And in today’s post I’ll show you exactly how I scaled up. Step #1: Break Down Your Writing Process Into TINY Steps Step #2: Create an Organized Content Calendar Step #3: Plan Out Your Content Schedule For The Next 6-8 Months Step #4: Create Outlines For Upcoming Posts Step #5: Write Content Based on Firsthand Knowledge and Experience Step #6: Hire Writers With Actual Experience Step #7: Staff Up Your Content Team Bonus: Repurpose Content Into New Formats Step #1: Break Down Your Writing Process Into TINY Steps I used to think of “writing content ” as a single step. …

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