How to Increase Job Opportunities on Linkedin.com

How to Increase Job Opportunities on Linkedin.com

Farming for recruiter leads on Linkedin.com is a task you can automate or do manually.

If you automate generating an increase in job opportunities with code, realize this attempt can appear spammy and you could lose your account because of your greed. So, be sure to minimize the “spam” look and feel to ensure you’re playing above the belt.

I’ve used both code and my hands to help me gain jobs at Fortune5 and below. You will need a good resume to land a job at a Fortune5 company. You will also need to do well in your interview. These are things that you need to perfect as you grow professionally and in this blog I’m not going to cover your resume or your interview skills.

I explain the steps to increasing job opportunities below and in the video. I also explain why they are important in this one blog post and I explain what farming means to you in Year-2020-Linkedin-world.

What is digital farming?

Farming is a lot like you would farm in a video game and that means you can automate farming by building macros & scripts. However you need to manually learn what to do by playing the game first. Before building a bot or automation in a video game, you must first fine the right edge to ride and learn it’s a powerful edge.

There’s farming game simulators, but it’s not “exactly” the same.

Not “farming food” but it’s very similar. You can buy more food if you get a good job, maybe my analogy stinks…

Digital farming is a way you can earn gold or points to buy something or attain something you could not attain without “farming gold” and this can be from literally planting plants and waiting, to fighting skeletons, to fishing in an ocean, to literally crafting a fake piece of bread in a fake world online…

Farming…

You’re given a mission. The ways to complete it are opinionated & dependent on your input.

Imagine grinding up a skill class or learning how to bake bread.

Both paths require time, grinding, and farming away at what works best.

Making bread requires farming. You couldn’t beat this analogy if you tried.

Most people in the video game world will start to do what works best.

What works best for the team or personal goals. Gamification of winning requires getting good at native features and understanding their values. To begin winning faster.

Learn to win better trying things.

And optimizing as you go.

Most people making bread will try different ways until they are more successful and people don’t just say they enjoy their bread.

i promise this isn’t about bread

images from pexels, a free website with pictures and stuff.

I spotted a trend on linkedin

The trend is simple. The more you use Linkedin, the more recruiters leads I’m able to generate.

I’ve tested everything below with 100% success, even today, as I’m editing this blog, I’ve gained two linkedin opportunities per day and all I’m doing is liking someones “new job” notification. I’m not saying “congrats”… I’m only saying “….” and liking their content. That alone is enough to send me new recruiters each day. With that said, you now know a way to generate more leads on Linkedin, however I’m going to dive deeper below an offer several methods.

Imagine you never update your resume, and someone next door to you updates their resume daily. Guess who will get more leads? The robots of linkedin need to use some sort of logic to define a successful pattern for users and “usage” of said application.

Gamification is rather… important.

I have noticed this trend in video games too.

Video games have a similar trend.

IMO, it’s boring to find a pattern and abuse a pattern to win.

I only do it to mentally escape and it’s meditative to make the game harder for myself by doing something complicated or not a best practice… it’s fun to make a bad pattern work because I’m good at the game.

I used to game nonstop, always enjoyed riding the edge of victory, but then I realized this was getting boring. Also, I learned I’m never going to make bread, period.

You don’t learn a lot when you continually win.

After losing for a long time, professionally speaking, I started trying something different, and to my surprise it really worked for me and for a few others I’ve encouraged over the past few years. The others tried the same steps I’m suggesting and it helps them generate more leads on linkedin. More job opportunities and ultimately more money.

But with gaming, I win all the time, and I realize at the top of that mountain, you’re more-or-less performing the same dance. Like making ramen noodles over and over and over.

When you abuse software, you don’t necessarily learn anything, unless you study the data and the inputs/outputs.

Similar to cooking, when you’re good, you don’t need much to make amazing food.

Learning to automate some of the things I’m going to explain will help you have more free time to learn something relevant and important.

Also, it will give you a chance to fail, while figuring out the steps making a tool that automates these things for you.

Ride the edge to win more money

All software has the “cheat path” and I don’t mean breaking the rules, I mean using native features, studying them to the point of data science expertise, and then using this solution to answer more problems, ie kicking butt online.

After awhile you gain “empirical observations” of what works and discuss it with others or you keep it to yourself. My blog is me telling you my observations, bank account increase/decrease, and how it works for others willing to try to use Linkedin like a video game.

Testing the “not really cheating” method and discussing it with others to test. Seeing success across many months, years, okay it’s time to explain it in a blog.

Farming for gold online in video games or offline in video games is the same as farming gold in real life on LinkedIn.

Here’s a blog about how I’m able to earn 1 or 15 new job leads each day and how i don’t get a new job lead each day from linkedin.

If you’re not familiar with linkedin, let me break it down at a high level and advanced level and then go right back to the average user because that’s what I assume will be most people consuming this information.

LinkedIn, for the most part, is an online destination to place your resume and update your resume. For most and all non-engineer users, Linkedin will never become anything more than an input. However, the money maker for linkedin has to do with a lot of automation with recruiting softwares using their API and various ways to gain information via their “job posting” feature, this helps harness the data coming from many people in a single input that most recruiting softwares are able to engineer extremely efficiently within and they do and they do well.

by tyler garrett

But for most of us. It’s a place to talk about your history, and revise that history as you understand your profession more.

Robots are watching every aspect of your interactions to judge your with your peers for organic “paid” recruiter leads, and the best woman or man wins! Not really true, you can game it.

Showing you’re interested in finding a “job” is as simple as using the product in a respectful and measure-able way…

Measure-able… lol, the ability to measure what you’re doing beyond “looking at sh*t” on linkedin. What you do can be measured or is appearing as a measured value.

Measured meaning, they are looking at it, and likely telling you about it too.

an image of tyler garrett on linkedin explaining how to increase organic recruiter traffic to your profile and ultimately result in more job opportunities
“who viewed your profile” is a biggest one.

They tell you these numbers because it’s how they rate you against others looking for a job right now. The more interest you show… The more jobs you can get from people looking to hire people like you.

“Just looking,” is a measure.

But you don’t want to be that person (manually… you don’t want to do this because you won’t learn anything), rather you need more of those “lookers” on your profile. Who knows, maybe looking at someones profile, and then someone else’s, is a good way to gain more +1’s… I’m throwing out automation ideas left and right.

Let me explain how you can do this in a few ways. And start focusing on the meat of the post.

If people are “looking” at your profile, ie profile views, the number they show you when you login on most pages on Linkedin, that’s the number one contributor to gaining 1 or 15 leads in a day. Below are a few ways to do that, and there are also ways to increase this that I have not studied, feel free to experiment and don’t be like me.

How i don’t get leads on linkedin

Not getting leads is what most people are doing on linkedin. People don’t get leads due to their low account activity.

This is just a big video game.

You now know there is some gamification to consider your account worthy of gaining a lead while on LinkedIn.com.

Higher account quality means higher amount of searches per user. If it worked differently LinkedIn would NOT work for the collective and we would all stop using the application.

If this wasn’t happening, the conversion would be bad, ergo it’s not bad when they deploy this algorithm, which we need to consider.

How to avoid getting recruiter contacts or new opportunities on LinkedIn.

  • i dont login
  • i don’t respond to requests
  • i don’t respond to spam
  • maybe i do login, but dont do anything to generate impressions
  • i use a picture that’s 10 to 15 years old (kidding, please update with a current photo, not your high school photo)

Just being a looker isn’t a good win, however it can be used to your power if you understand how to create more lookers on your linkedin profile.

How to do get leads each day on linkedin

Getting leads on LinkedIn each day is possible and I’ve given this solution to a lot of people.

The number one way is “clicking connect” with someone that you do not know. They will be given an opportunity to say YES and there you will now be connected in a way that allows for messages. This also is a way for you to gain a +1 “just looking” and this is a HUGE deal because there’s an exact correlation to the amount of “just looking” and “job leads” i’m gaining for the past few years.

I started this one day while unemployed, and considering losing my business 50% just to keep my home from foreclosuing.

I remember, I was in his car, and I just started saying “f**k this.”

I started spamming “connect” with everyone I could click connect with and it didn’t matter to me where they are located.

At first I did it on my phone, then i made an app to left click in a strategic area.

They have made a lot of changes to linkedin to avoid this from happening and I don’t care because that’s the game I’m given and the task I lay in front of you is rather simple. Get more leads, and more chances to get a job when applying because not only are you applying to jobs…

You’re also getting these things called “leads” from linkedin.

These are recruiters or head hunters who are paying linkedin to find you in a search and this search only shows you if you’re of quality in the local area.

Here’s another variation of ways I use to get leads consistently, without having to spam for “connections.”

1. clicking thumbs up on a “new job” notification.

– people get new jobs on linkedin

– giving them a +1 on their post boosts your profile quality

– you’re showing you’re interested in “jobs”

– you’re showing someone you’re there, growing the relationship

2. starting convos on linkedin.com

– talk to someone, link them to a “linkedin job posting” and ask them about the culture

– say hello to an old friend, link them to a job posting on Linkedin, that’s relevant, and even if you’re not looking, this is smart because you can’t keep your hopes and dreams on one job or one persons “word” or “contracts”

– you’re showing you’re interested in “jobs”

3. Accepting new friend requests!

– you’re showing you’re interested in “jobs” because you’re trying to network on a “job finding” website

– you’re gaining a chance this new friend will look at your profile “just looking” +1 to help you growth hack

– you’re showing you’re interested in networking

– you’re showing you’re interested

Summing up the last 3 steps

SIMPLE: The first step, clicking +1 on someones “new job ding” and outside of this just making you look like a nice person, this is one way you can “simplify” what you’re doing to gain new pipeline. I get about 1-3 job leads per day if I’m doing this on a daily or 3 times per week basis. The more you do this, the more you get leads. I’ve seen it work successfully for the past 3 months since writing this blog as a new test case.

To conclude these 3 steps, realize each of these are a means to an end and a path of least resistance.

Sure, we can all have a great job and then poof, life happens.

Life continues to happen and we continue to need new pipeline to gain a job.

After working at at recruiting software company as a freelance analytics developer, I’ve gained a lot of insights into the stream of HR data from a hiring perspective and from a linkedin perspective. Like getting a job, takes time, and I have empirical observations from my own experience trying to get a normal FTE job… It takes a lot of time to get the ball moving, months and months.

Nothing is fast when you really need a job, everything above will help you have a consistent “lead generation” for your future, and it won’t be a negative to grow your network for future cool things you may want to share or discuss.

Mostly, I’ve needed to come up with a means to an end, gaining jobs, and I hope this helps you provide for your family similarly to the way it has allowed me to provide for my family, and have an opportunity to promote non-profit climate changes work locally.

If you want to connect with me, please add me on linkedin, or twitter and tell me what worked for you.

If you know other ways to game the system, leave a comment and I will feature it in the blog or alternative blogs relative to the growth hack.

Good luck.

What is twitter – What is the point of twitter?

What is twitter – What is the point of twitter?

Twitter is a social media platform with limitations to how much text you can post per post.

So, what is twitter? What is the point of twitter? I explain everything in detail below.

Twitter offers you the ability to dive bomb on a heated convo, drop your lingo, and never come back. You can effectively “pigeon poop” and fly away.

Twitter lets you use hashtags, which then syncs your content to the digital bath. A quick scrolling html page, where content comes to live for a period of time, then quickly becomes yesterdays old news. Some hashtags are “so heavily used” it is not possible to like all of the content within the set limitations of twitter.

Twitter limits you on how much content you can like, how many people you can follow, how many times you can reply, and how much you can tweet.

Tweet is another name for “post” or “publish.”

Twitter doesn’t allow editing, if you make a mistake you need to delete the post and start over.

The “most recent” usage of these words VIA hashtags is a great place to meet peers in your niche. If you know the right things to say, there’s likely a few people asking for help each hour and those are potential new friends, customers, etc.

Are hashtags important?

Yes, use hashtags as it connects you to a fast moving stream of data. The more hashtags you use, the more these web pages point at your content, this is a plus. All of your posts should have a hashtag because that’s how you sprawl your content across other web pages.

Are hashtags everything?

No…

I’m going to teach you where hashtags don’t matter.

What I want to teach you is how to get active within the constant stream of data, where hashtags are used but “not everything.”

How is twitter helpful?

Twitter is helpful because you have a chance to “connect” with someone speaking about topics you care about.

You can also leave valuable information or insights, help other people, or recommend alternatives.

Twitter is a global sentiment on words, and hashtags being used today help classify your content. This is helpful for many reasons, let’s discuss one. Increasing your following.

What is twitter to me?

Twitter is fascinating to me as a business intelligence developer & digital marketing expert, who knows data, code, and how most “marketers” came to be.

Twitter is interesting, it allows others to initiate automation with others content, which enables them to learn about each other. I started programming in C++ Ultima Online as a kid, and now I help businesses solve problems, it has helped me gain recognition in a my hyper niche developing, engineering, #analytics industry.

Twitter gives you access to being a Hero or a Zero..

Twitter gives you the ability to jump into a conversation. – Gary Vaynerchuk

True, however if you do this wrong… Your hero card will be revoked.

Gary explains this in his article, however I want to murder it here.

Consider where you’re writing content, don’t judge people for what they are sharing, find a way to agree… Even if you disagree. We will solve more problems TOGETHER.

And dont…

  1. Don’t say basic stuff, no one cares about that.
  2. Don’t say anything if you’re going to say something basic.
  3. Have some self respect, don’t be a car sales person, no one cares about that.
  4. Don’t talk about your accomplishments, this isn’t your post, do that on facebook.
  5. Don’t make it about you, no one cares for that, make your own post for showing off.
  6. Don’t send people a LINK without having a casual chat/convo.
  7. Don’t spam.. You know it’s spam, I know it, and here we are, talking about spam in 2019.

Twitter has a lot of spam, don’t be that person.

Most people are doing this SPAM stuff to “get ahead” and rarely try to say anything with value or meat. Twitter is good at weeding those folks out, they don’t get many followers, and they post all time. (from a data perspective, i noticed this to be true)

People on twitter today are rather short, and since recent politics, everyone is debating or arguing the same points against each other…

Resulting in witty responses that lead you to their profile, and potentially a click on their profile link.

The point of twitter…

Profile clicks that lead to a conversion that is valuable to you.

Increasing measure values associated to your link is important. Like instagram, you get 1 profile link.

Conversion to you? Clicks on your website, someone reading your blog, downloading a file, using your app, signing up for future articles, etc… Otherwise you’re feeding content into the twitter domain, without any reward.

A link in the profile is important to telling robots what your account is associated with.

Robots read these measures of success and apply them to their algorithm. The more you increase your following, and the more your content is clicked/liked, the faster you will be able to rank for correlated keywords on this link to your website. Twitter offers these measure values and it’s also nested in the HTML.

Read more here; Learn to automate twitter and build your brand.

Is Life Upsetting? Or You’re an Alien. I’m weird too.

Is Life Upsetting? Or You’re an Alien. I’m weird too.

Think about it, is life upset? Social media is rather complex, blogging isn’t simple, hosting could be easier, buying domains isn’t easy nor is migrating or selling them. It’s a ramp up.

If you’re willing to learn. Life can get easier or more complicated rather quickly.

No duh material.

I threw away my favorite hobby & life goal to learn tech & support my fam long term

For some reason I thought I needed to focus for the last 10+ years, ignore music, turn it into a x-hobby, and box it up.

Sometimes it’s okay to put a pause on things. With out pausing video games, I would still be playing video games and not learning at night.

I’ve learned putting a pause for a long time will start to creep into other portions of life.

Similar to not stretching enough, now you pulled your neck, or not running enough, now you got a big ass.

Since 8 years old, I’ve played classical instruments, since my mid 20’s, I decided to take a break and focus on work. I thought, “if I worked hard, it will pay off, I will have my own studio, more time to work on my music, and never sell out.”

I worked – non-stop- for ages. It paid off, but some days I just need a microphone, headphones, my family, and a delay pedal.

Building a music studio was everything for me in college

Building a music studio was everything for me in college, and it was everything for me not that long ago.

Another important factor for me in college, was “one up my parents”… do what I can to be better. I wanted to ensure I had a job, that can be remote, coffee shop, or somewhere in a distant country.

Me, growing up in a tiny town in Louisiana, everyone my age wanted to escape, we disappeared into our rooms, our imaginations often leading us to distant lands beyond Louisiana.

What changed?

I love Louisiana, I love visiting, I love the weather, I love the food, I love the people. I would love to live in a small town in Louisiana again.

As a child – I was hungry for traveling – seeing big building – flying on a plane.

After seeing those things and feeling forced to live within that lifestyle, you start to want more distance from the flying, the traveling, the big buildings and busy days.

Finding time for relaxing, in a calm environment, without the big city echoing in the distance becomes important.

Which is one of many reasons why i love living in austin texas! I’m a bit of an alien, weirdo, gamer, etc.

Time away from the screen

Without the light of the city covering the stars, you can see planets, satellites, stars, galaxies. And we all get the same warm fuzzy feeling once you start to notice the size and distance beyond our world, built into a 360 degree view port, without an on or off button.

It’s a good feeling to consider, “maybe it’s not the worst day in my life because I dropped my cellphone, maybe it’s a good day because a large space rock isn’t exploding the planet.”

– Tyler Garrett

That fuzzy feeling.. like going to the beach on vacation, getting in the water feels weird at first, but after a few hours, you don’t want to leave.

You’re connected to the world around you. Almost as if you’re an alien, found home, and now you want to call it your home.

Similar to going skiing or snowboarding. At first, you’re terrible. Crash a lot, hurt yourself. But once you get the hang of it, you feel right at home.

When you feel like alien, different from everyone, I’m learning you need to take life with a grain of salt.

Life is upsetting with every swipe of facebook, instagram, etc. so, maybe less time on social media is a good starting point.

What changed for my music production?

I had a kid? President? Media? Married? Started a company for word of mouth equity, it crashed and burned, almost lost my home due to people being terrible humans… Started another company….

Sounds like a lot of pressure.

But what changed?

I learned a lot… I’ve been locked into learning, screen time. It felt important to be able to figure out how to find people looking for services I can offer.

In the process of learning this, I learned about searching. I learned people are all searching for something.

My theory, we are are all searching for a tribe, a place to call home, and once we enter a new tribe of people who don’t have a lot of hobbies, it’s easy to be looked at as an alien.

Did you know there’s a tribe of people dedicated to your passion projects and all you need to do is find them. Twitter, Instagram, having a blog, and meeting people in the real world are great ways to establish your tribes.

“Tribes are not to be trifled with. Your ability to thrive depends on the tribe.” 
― Scott Perry, Endeavor: Thrive Through Work Aligned with Your Values, Talents, and Tribe

And if nothing fits in your area, maybe you need to build a tribe online.

Focusing on a few things…

Everyone told me, “you’re too spread out, you’re doing too much, you need to focus on what you’re good at.”

My thoughts, “I’m bored with your filters and way of thinking.”

What I’m noticing is, I’m comparing myself to other people.

It’s normal to compare yourself to others, we all want to relate to each other to find common ground, and we all want to be a part of a tribe. It’s our micro process to survival.

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” 
― Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

For millions of years humans have been apart of a tribe or the other. The tribes learn to communicate, and if the communication pattern is filtering your life, it’s time to find a new tribe!

Not all tribes are built for helping each other, take what you can from the tribe, and leave the rest in the trash.

You’re you. Not every piece of advice will work for you. This includes advice from friends, family, people you think are “blood tribe.” Sometimes they are jealous of your youth, looks, talents, and that’s not the right tribe for you.

You need a tribe who supports you, not everything you share – people are busy and that’s not probable.

You need a group of folks you can confide in, a tribe of people who understand your turmoil….

A tribe of people who know how to direct you to focusing on using your time to benefit you or others around you. Sometimes we need tribe in person, digitally, but end of day you need a tribe.

Being the alien in the tribe means you’re the smartest person, you don’t need to be in that tribe, go find a tribe where you’re not the coolest, best, smartest, and go stand next to that person, do what you can to learn and help them.

For some reason I thought focusing on a couple of things made sense.

Focusing on Tableau consulting, focusing on digital marketing, focusing on web development, focusing on user persona, graphic design, tech tech tech tech technology… techy tech tech.

Never do I consider re-focusing on music production. I built musicblip and stopped because I thought I needed to monetize it. But that was not why I built musicblip, that was advice from other people who did not know why I built musicblip. I built musicblip to give back, it is was never a goal to turn it into a massive money machine.

So, what changed?

My tribe. My influences. But that tribe is dead, so why don’t I go back to my hobbies?

Cutting out passion hobbies for LIFE, WORK, FAMILY… is like cutting off your good arm.

It becomes a phantom limb.

I removed the limb thinking a “sane” minds would prevail. But all I gained was a painful neck, repeated work stress injuries, repetitive reaching to computer and typing & clicking for prolonged periods of time.

What am I missing?… Oh my outlet.

Music production helped me learn a lot about workflow, working smart, optimizing how I work, and it allowed me to take my learnings into my professional life.

I would tell analogies about how making bad music is normal, just like building dashboards, they always suck in the beginning but after a good bit of time making crap dashboards, you 1 day make a good polished piece of crap, and it it impresses everyone.

That is the dumbest analogy every, but when I say something that simple, obvious, easy to connect,… well it becomes easy to become a part of this micro tribe. A group of my peers, customers, friends… Captivated by my story telling.

Having an outlet makes you more human.

Having an outlet makes you seem like you have a life outside of work.

People don’t like robots, sometimes you need to fake this part of you if you’re struggling to tribe up in micro meetings.

Aliens find friends online easy, but we can’t live online.

Living online does not work, they make netflix documentaries about it.

It’s OK to make digital mentors, friends, etc… It’s important to learn to be able to network and a few hours a week – learning from someone online – is not a negative.

However, non-stop screen time is a negative.

My thoughts… F*** social media. Start a blog.

And if you haven’t taken a break from Facebook, give yourself a chance.

Staring at the computer, to drive a digital needle, based on an algorithm I believe is easy because I can build the same solution…

Does not mean it’s a good usage of time, it means it’s a usage of time.

As an alien, who plays mystical instruments since childhood. Sending vibrations into the world needs to continue to ensure I’m apart of my history tribe. The tribe you build for yourself through your experiences and hard work. Often times these grinds are attributed to your ability to tell the story of your success in the future. We can share online, we can make music online, but we don’t come up with the best ideas when sitting around online.

Often the best ideas come from silence, doing boring stuff, exercise,…

Be okay with your work being stolen, and stealing good work.

Long ago, my work was stolen. It was stolen because it was good, not because they wanted to piss me off, frustrate me, or keep me from producing. Likely not the case.

So, I stopped making music. Turned off my soundcloud. Had a great excuse to stop making music.

But, my removed arm is needing to be re-attached.

I feel more alien not having my hobby in my life, it’s time to start changing the way I think.

  1. Steal like an artist.
  2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
  3. Write the book you want to read. (swap book for music)
  4. Use your hands.
  5. Side projects and hobbies are important.
  6. The secret: do good work and share it with people.
  7. Geography is no longer our master.
  8. Be nice. (The world is a small town.)
  9. Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)
  10. Creativity is subtraction.

I never made music for anyone but myself.

I made music I wanted to listen to at the time.

I made music I wanted to listen to.

However culture, media, life, movies, tv, school, college… they had to teach me right from wrong…

We should not be mentally fighting, physically fighting, always working towards consumerism and destructive behaviors due to frustrations with my neighbor.

Always looking to right wrongs, like a super hero on the internet… Just like superman, who was an alien.

Do you ever feel frustrated or hyper connected to events?

I compare getting upset about people cheating in digital marketing, to landscaping…

It’s easier than explaining why I’m upset about politics.

My competitors cheat, it makes marketing more complex.

Every competitor of mine is cheating, I was upset for a long time….

I fought about it, I was not being kind. I was upset, trying to right a wrong…

There’s a positive side, it did a few things.

It taught me about traffic, it taught me about cheating, and instead of worrying about this cold lemon squeeze that life is handing me, I grab that lemon, shield my eye from the drip, and squeeze the mother f*** out of it.

That’s how you make SUPER LEMONS.

Think about the last thing that upset you…

Are you getting a positive return from being upset about this political, police beating, knock out video, sex tape, celebrity, boxing, mma, etc….

When was the last time someone paid you to watch netflix?

Do you earn money from being upset about life?

Let me use an analogy…

What is a weed in the grass? We know it’s there but do we need to point it out and make a big deal? What can you learn from this roadblock?

Do we need to peel apart the reason for the weed?

Do we need to call attention to the weed?

Do we need to think about how the weed will spread?

Notice all these internal dialogs and let them pass. You don’t need to greet the door of every concern in your life.

We need to shut the computer off, go outside, pick the stupid weed, pick another 10 weeds while you are at it.

Go throw it in the right bucket, don’t sweep it under, otherwise you’re gonna have a bunch of dead weeds under there.

Start making your digital life more analog or you will fade away. And it’s not the kind of drowning you need. Covered in lemon juice, hooked on netflix, worried about the weeds growing in your front yard.

Carve out a schedule, spend 30 minutes alone without asking for next steps, without solving problems, take a deep breath and fucking chill.
The world will give you every answer you need. The thing you’re looking for, is you.

If you’re upset with how things are, wishing for more…

Go steal someones hard work, make it your own, they will never notice you stealing their work, and give yourself a limitations to getting your work completed.

You don’t have unlimited time, you don’t have unlimited money, and “why didn’t I think of that?” Is a few steps away from, “I just thought of something better.”

I stole all the cheaters cheats, I squeeze the life out of the lemon life gave me, I cloned that lemon, now I have super lemons. Super cheats. Super life hacks.

Post to Instagram from your computer with this simple trick

Post to Instagram from your computer with this simple trick

Instagram still doesn’t offer an official method to post photos to the social network from your computer. That’s alright, though, because it’s still possible! Once you master the process, you’ll be glad you did. Editing photos on your computer and then having to sync them to your phone is an unnecessary and time-consuming step that just isn’t needed. 

Whether you took a photo on a fancy camera or happened to find an old photo on a hard drive, the workaround makes it possible to quickly post to Instagram.

Upload from a desktop browser 

Most browsers have a way of letting you change the “user agent” — the thing that tells a website what kind of device you’re on. So even when you’re on a laptop or desktop, you can trick a website like Instagram into showing you the mobile site. That’s what we’re going to do.

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Find the option to enable Develop options in Preferences under the Advanced tab.  Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

On Safari, it’s easy. Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Check the box at the very bottom that says, Show Develop menu in menu bar. Now open a new Safari window or tab and click on Develop > User Agent > Safari — iOS 12.1.3 — iPhone in the menu bar. 

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With Safari tricked, you can post from your desktop.  Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Next, go to Instagram.com and sign into your account. At the bottom of the screen will be a + icon — tap it and select a photo from your computer to upload. After the photo is uploaded, you can still apply filters and edit the photo as you would in the Instagram app. 

When you’re done, make sure you change your user agent back to the Default setting to avoid viewing all websites in their mobile state. 

Chrome

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Uploading photos to Instagram from Chrome only takes a few clicks of the mouse.  Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

In Chrome, go to Instagram.com and sign in. Now right-click anywhere on the page then select Inspect from the list of optionsPart of the site will be covered up with the Inspector tool, but we only really care about the small icon of a tablet and phone. It’s in the top-left corner of the Inspector window — click it. The page will refresh with a mobile view, and the + icon to create a post should show up at the bottom of the window. If it doesn’t, refresh the page.

When you’re done, click on the tablet/phone icon again. Close the Inspector tool and refresh the website to go back to the desktop version.

Originally published May 8, 2017.
Update, April 9, 2019: Updated with new screenshots and new information.

Make Your Meetings a Safe Space for Honest Conversation

Make Your Meetings a Safe Space for Honest Conversation

I recently met with a group of managers to discuss ways to improve meetings. Our goal was to figure out how to create a space that people actually look forward to being in. We each began by describing a meeting we remembered as especially powerful.

One story stood out.

My colleague told us about a time when he was a young engineer working on several project teams in a manufacturing facility. He said, “Josh, my manager, would take everyone out for pizza when he came to the factory, and we’d have a ‘no secrets’ meeting.

Josh asked us about whatever he wanted to know and we did the same in return. It was a meeting where everyone had permission to say or ask anything. It was amazing.”

Josh used these meetings to discover how his team was doing, how their projects were progressing, and what they needed in terms of support and resources. He asked broad questions to initiate open conversation:

  • What do you think I need to know?
  • Where are you struggling?
  • What are you proud of?

There was no pressure to have a perfect answer. The only requirement was to be honest and sincere. Of course, it helped that Josh was a thoughtful, authentic, and caring manager — qualities needed to create the psychological safety such a conversation requires.

The quest for better meetings ultimately lies in leading with mutual respectful, inclusivity, and establishing a space that is safe enough for people to speak their minds. You may not need to do exactly what Josh did, but you can increase the freedom, candor, and quality of conversation in your own meetings by focusing on two key areas: giving permission and creating safety.

Here’s how.

Let’s start with permission. Permission to say or ask anything is priceless. It allows us to fully express ourselves: to seek what we want, to give feedback, to speak up about issues when we find the need. By announcing that he would like to have a “no secrets” meeting, Josh was giving his team permission to display a level of candor that isn’t reached in most settings. He asked those who spoke not to hold back or edit their thoughts. He asked those who listened to give their peers a chance to be fully heard, which is what we all want — to say exactly what we are thinking and be respected for saying it.

In your own meetings, talk about permission up front — it’s best to address it directly rather than assume it’s already there. What permission would you like from the group so that you can lead effectively? What permission does the group need from you to successfully participate?

As a leader, ask your team permission to:

  • keep the conversation on track when it diverges or gets repetitive
  • call on people who have not yet spoken
  • hold people back if they are dominating the conversation
  • ask clarifying questions when you need someone to elaborate

Empower your team by reminding them that they have permission to:

  • ask questions at any time
  • invite colleagues into the conversation if they have not spoken
  • ask to spend extra time on a topic
  • ask other people to say more about where they stand on an issue
  • express concerns that haven’t been fully addressed

Finally, encourage your team (and yourself) to ask permission before making a comment. It will help ensure that your comments are non-threatening and received thoughtfully. Before speaking out, say:

  • May I ask you something?
  • May I tell you something?
  • May I give you some coaching?
  • May I push back a bit on what you are saying?

If that feels like too much to remember, the main takeaway is: You and your team have a right to ask for whatever you need to be effective in a meeting — to lead for results, to fully express yourselves, and to add value to the discussion.

Now, let’s focus on safety. The degree to which a person feels safe in a meeting setting is largely based on their previous experiences. Many of us have — at one point or another — experienced feeling as if we were not heard or appreciated when we spoke up. But when people feel their comments will be listened to and treated with respect, they are more likely to be vulnerable and say exactly what they are thinking. Conversations become broader and deeper when everyone is involved and feels safe enough to speak their minds. To create psychological safety during a meeting:

  • ask the group to devote their full attention to each person who speaks (do this at the start of the meeting)
  • allow each person to take their time and complete their thoughts
  • ask follow-up questions for clarity if necessary
  • share what is valuable about someone’s question or comment
  • use people’s names and refer back to earlier comments they’ve made
  • invite people into the conversation who have not spoken
  • answer any and all questions truthfully
  • summarize what you learned as the meeting comes to an end
  • explain what actions you will take to put those insights to use and ask your team for their suggestions as well
  • acknowledge the quality of the conversation and thank the group for it

After the meeting, follow up by:

  • completing the action items by the deadlines you set
  • not sharing the conversation with others without permission
  • sending written thank you notes to participants (when appropriate)
  • following up with people to ensure their comments were addressed to their satisfaction

People don’t just want to belong, they want to contribute. You can give your team the opportunity to do so by applying the above principles. In the process of having more candid, mutually respectful conversations, your team will become more cohesive and able to work together more powerfully. They may even begin to look forward to your meetings because of the remarkable conversations that permission and safety create. And better still, you may even start to look forward to leading those meetings.

Paul Axtell is an author, speaker, and corporate trainer. He is the author of two award-winning books: Meetings Matter and the recently released second edition of Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids. He has developed a training series, Being Remarkable, which is designed to be led by managers or HR

Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain

Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain

The first 3 hours of your day can dictate how your life turns out. And this often begins with the very first thing that you decide to put in your brain. You can either start you day with junk food for the brain (the internet, distracting apps, etc) or you can start the day with healthy food for the brain (reading, meditation, journaling, exercising, etc). When you start the day with junk food for the brain, you put yourself at a self imposed handicap that inhibits your ability to get into flow and prevents you from doing deep work. When you start the day with health food for your brain, the exact opposite happens.

Anytime I start my day with junk food for the brain, the quality of the day goes down. I’m less happy, focused, and productive. I spend a ton of time on the internet and don’t get any real work done. But if I start my day with health food for the brain, I find that my mood is better, I’m happier, more focused and productive.

Why Junk Food for the Brain is Toxic

If you woke up in the morning, smoked a cigarette, ate 2 donuts, and washed it down with 2 cups of coffee, it wouldn’t be surprising that your physical performance is subpar. You’re probably not going to go out and run 2 miles or win a prize fight after that kind of breakfast.

maybe draw a puzzle.

But when it comes to our brain, we’re not nearly as mindful about the idea that we should treat the information we consume like the food we eat.

“When you wake up you’re in this theta alpha state and you’re highly suggestible. Every like, comment, share, you get this dopamine fix and it’s literally rewiring your brain. What you’re smart device is doing especially if that’s the first thing you grab when you wake up and you’re in this alpha theta state, is rewiring your brain to be distracted.” — @Jim Kwik

If we start our days by checking email, instagram, or the internet, we keep reinforcing the behavior of distraction until it becomes our new habit. Some of the smartest behavioral scientist and designers in the world have worked really hard to make sure that their products are addictive, habit forming, and only provide you with a temporary sense of fulfillment so the you are always jonesing for your next fix.

As Mark Manson so brilliantly said, cell phones are the new cigarettes.

And a significant amount of what’s on the internet is nothing more than junk food for the brain.

Why Healthy Food for the Brain is So Powerful

If you woke up in the morning and had a really healthy breakfast, that revitalized and energized you, you’d likely hit the gym or a morning run expecting to be at your peak. The same goes for our brains.

When we start the day with health food for the brain, instead of a self imposed handicap, we give ourselves a massive competitive advantage. On the days when I religiously follow through on the 8-step daily routine that allowed me to write multiple books and 100’s of articles, my productivity goes through the roof, flow happens effortlessly, and I end up doing a lot of deep work. The idea for this article was actually the result of giving my brain some health food to start the day.

  • I did 20 minutes of meditation
  • I did almost an hour of reading
  • I wrote in my journal for 30 minutes
  • When I turned on my computer, I blocked distractions and started writing.

When you start the day with health food for your brain, you don’t end up depleting your willpower, and as a result you get more done in far less time.

So how exactly do you start the day with health food for your brain? To wean ourselves off of junk food for the brain, we have to actually replace it with something else.

Don’t use your devices in the morning

Smartphones distract us whether they are on, off, in our pockets, or on a table, and they command our attention even when they are not our own. The best solution for preventing smartphone distraction is to remove it from the picture altogether — Steve Magness

If your refrigerator or pantry is filled with junk food, you’re going to be much more likely to eat it. Same goes for your devices. If you turn them on first thing in the morning, you’re going to be much more likely to give into the sources of distraction that they make accessible. The only thing that I use my phone for in the morning is a 20 minute meditation with the Calm app. After that, I take it out of the room I’m working in.

Set aside 20 minutes to meditate

Reality as we know it occurs in the space between stimulus and response. An event happens and we make it mean something. But this happens so fast that we don’t question the validity of the meaning we’ve assigned to an event, situation or circumstance. The way to take control of the meaning is to slow that process down, and the way to slow that process down is with meditation.

I have a natural tendency to overreact or make situations more stressful than they really are. But as my meditation practice has deepened, I’ve noticed a profound energetic shift. Many of the things that would have previously rattled me don’t. On the mornings that I follow through with my 20 minutes of meditation, I’m able to focus more easily, and I don’t crave sources of distraction nearly as much

The most successful people I’ve interviewed on Unmistakable Creative, all of the peak performance books I’ve read, spiritual teachings, and many billionaires all reference the role that a daily meditation habit is played in their life. That was convincing enough evidence for me to make it a daily habit.

Read books, not the internet

When we read on the internet, we tend to scan more than we read. How often do you sit around at a dinner party discussing the amazing article you read on the internet? Almost all of my ideas for what I want to write about have come from books. Almost none of them have come from reading articles on the internet. I’ve even found in my cases that when I read a physical book that I previously read on Kindle, I tend to get far more value out of it.

Years ago when I interviewed Julien Smith, he said “I don’t read blogs. I read books.” And he had one of the most popular blogs on the internet. I stopped reading blogs, started reading books, and as a result became a more prolific writer. After watching the prolific career that Ryan Holiday has built, and observing his reading habits, I decided to follow his lead. Believe me the irony that you’re reading this on the internet is not lost on me.

Do 1 hour of Deep Work

One hour of deep work is a form of self care. It’s incredibly fulfilling. It’s an affirmation to yourself and to the universe that you value yourself and your time. You can accomplish extraordinary things in just one focused hour a day of uninterrupted creation time. With deep work, you get disproportionate results from your efforts. It’s the 80–20 rule at work. 80% of your output will come from 20 percent of your effort.

Just some food for thought. When I started writing this article I set my distraction blocker for 45 minutes. As I wrote this sentence I decided to do a check on my word count and realized I’d written over 1200 words in about 35 minutes. That’s what happens when you combine flow and deep work together

One last thing to consider. What are you really getting out of checking Facebook, Instagram, or anything on your phone when you wake up in the morning? Is it making you happier or more successful in any way at all? If you added up all the time you possibly waste over the course of a year on this behavior, it’s likely you could write a book, build a business, or learn an instrument, all of which are going to do far more for the quality of your life than the temporary dopamine fix your phone provides.

Shared December 24, 2018

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