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"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." – Cecil Beaton

It seems everywhere I turn I’m hearing from people who are recognizing the risks of playing it safe and of doing what is ordinary – what is expected of others.

If you’re new to the 48Days.net community – welcome. This is an amazing group of people who are not content with mediocrity in their work – or anywhere in their lives. You’ll find the members here share their resources and expertise willingly and also share your excitement when you succeed.

We are seeing an explosion of books being published, speakers being booked, coaches filling their schedules, artists finding new ways to market their work, musicians leveraging their talent and creative businesses from podcasting to dry cleaning pickup to muscle car restoration being launched successfully.

I’m thrilled as I see more people who are finding their true calling and applying that in work that is meaningful, purposeful – and profitable. If you’re still in that process, be encouraged; you can do what many others here have done.

Each week we feature some of our favorite forum discussions, blogs, groups and members in the Notes on the front page. Please note that those who are featured and highlighted are always selected from those who have a clear picture, are active here in this community and are adding valuable content in some way. No magic or inside track – those are the things we look for.

This week we're highlighting:

Featured DiscussionAnnie Kontor says she wants to write a book but has the deer-in-the-headlights look because she’s not sure where to start. In Question for you writers out there Annie asks for some help from the many experienced writers in the 48 Days community. Members suggested some readily available resources but Annie is trying to get the best help without spending any money. What do you think? While lots of resources are free would it speed up your success if you took advantage of some of the courses and seminars available? What if you budgeted $250/month for your success education? What if you made it 5% of your income? Do you think you would get to the success you want more quickly?

Featured BlogDo You Have A Story To Share? Taking The Leap Into Self-Publishing. Do you have a book in you, but find the process of getting published too overwhelming? Lynne Watts once did, and now by going through the publishing grind herself, she has learned what it takes, and gives us a simple breakdown for publishing your work with confidence, understanding, and doing it right.

Featured Group – our featured group this week is Embracing Introvertedness. Josh Ribble stepped up to the plate in starting this group. Yes, we all know the myths that anyone who has extraordinary success must surely be an extravert – someone who loves the limelight and seeks attention. Well actually, that’s not the case. You can be very introverted and still carve out extraordinary success in an area that fits you. The key is not to change who you are but to leverage your unique skills in ways that extraverts could not. I’m the newest member of the Introverts group – but I’m only #14. Come on gang – raise your hand. There’s probably 6000 introverts in this community. We aren’t going to point you out or make you give a speech – BUT you should be taking advantage of this group so you can learn how to accelerate your success - as I continue to do every day.

Featured Member – our featured member this week is Randy Crane from Santa Ana, CA. Randy recently attended the Coaching with Excellence conference and shared how he is blending his passion for Disneyland into his coaching. Here’s a clip from his LeavingConformityCoaching site: “Entering Disneyland is like stepping into another world, one full of magic, wonder, and impossible dreams that come true. In the same way, working with me as your coach will enable you to step into a life unlike anything you may have thought possible, one that is full of promise, joy, and passion—not always easy, but always an adventure!” Now there’s a unique blending of work and play.

Keep asking yourself the three questions Brendon Burchard asks himself every day:

1. Did I live?

2. Did I love?

3. Did I matter?

Let us see your answers in your activity here.    Dan Miller

Last updated by Dan Miller Jun 11, 2012.

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