Tools & Resources For Writers

 

 

BOOKS

 

Scrivener Interface Cheat Sheet (PDF)

By Joseph Michael

A quick reference guide for some of the best keyboard shortcuts that Scrivener has to offer. Print this out and keep it nearby. Especially when just starting out in Scrivener.

Download Here

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Scrivener For Dummies (Book)

By Gwen Hernandez

Whether you’re a planner, a seat-of-the-pants writer, or something in between, Scrivener provides tools for every stage of the writing process. Scrivener For Dummies walks you step-by-step through this popular writing software’s best features. This friendly For Dummies  guide starts with the basics, but even experienced scriveners will benefit from the helpful tips for getting more from their favourite writing software.

See The Book On Amazon Here

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Scrivener Absolute Beginner’s Guide (Book)

By Jennifer Kettell

Far more than a word processor, Scrivener helps you organize and brainstorm even the most complex writing project, bring together your research, and write more efficiently and successfully than ever before. Long available for Mac, there’s now a Windows version, too. Thousands of writers and aspiring writers are discovering this powerful, low-cost tool. Now, there’s an up-to-the-minute, easy guide to the latest versions of Scrivener for both Mac and Windows:

See The Book On Amazon Here

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On Writing Well (Book)

By William Zinsser

This is a classic, and for a lot of good reasons. Zinsser writes in an engaging, yet simple and clear way—without being patronizing or pedantic. (A great lesson in itself!) He takes the “do this, don’t do that” advice from The Elements of Style and shows you how to actually apply it for various types of content. Some say it should be required reading for anyone writing non-fiction.

See The Book On Amazon Here

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How To Get Ideas (Book)

By Jack Foster

How To Get Ideas answers the basic questions of where do ideas come from, why do some people get so many of them, and is there some secret technique to getting more of them. How To Get Ideas answers these questions and demonstrates that any reader, regardless of age or skill, employment or training, can come up with more ideas, faster and easier than ever before in his or her life. Author Jack Foster shows how to condition the mind and become “idea-prone”; how to make the child within us and our sense of humor work for us; how to develop our curiosity, visualize our goals, rethinking our thinking, combine different ideas, and overcome our fear of rejection. How To Get Ideas provides a five-step procedure for solving problems and getting ideas, a proven procedure that takes the mystery and anxiety out of the idea-generating process, a procedure that works. How To Get Ideas should be in every school, community, and corporate library across the country. How To Get Ideas is the ideal place to start for anyone seeking to make improvements in the world around them. — Midwest Book Review

See The Book On Amazon Here

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How To Write With Style (Article)

By Kurt Vonnegut

In “How to Write With Style” by Kurt Vonnegut, he explains how it is important to develop a good writing style because most newspaper reporters and technical writers do not show any personality in their writing. Writers should improve his or her writing style to respect readers and to not make them feel unwanted. One of the points Vonnegut made is to find a topic that you are passionate about. When a writer chooses a subject they care about, their writing has more feelings put into it, which in turn makes it much more appealing.  The second point he mentions is to avoid rambling so in an effort to put that to practice I’ll stop writing and just provide the link below 😉

Direct Download Here

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The Paris Review Interviews (Book)

By The Paris Review

Interviews with all the best writers of the past hundred years. I would say it’s more inspiring than practical advice. The first volume includes Hemingway, Capote, Vonnegut, and more, and is the source of many of their respective quotes on writing.

See The Book On Amazon Here

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Creative Writing Lecture Series (Video Series)

By Brandon Sanderson

A few years ago, one of Brandon Sanderson’s students at Brigham Young University decided to record and distribute the class lectures from Sanderson’s class as a Masters project. The near-entirety of the 2012 class was recorded and posted to YouTube and had such a great response that they tried something more ambitious the following year. The lectures were still recorded, but they tried to recreate the entire class experience online, complete with writing assignments and peer feedback. The lectures from either year are pure gold from a learning standpoint. The fact that they did it all for free is even better. Plus, it’s an entire university-level class!

See It On YouTube Here

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How I Went To Writing 2,000 Words A Day To 10,000 A Day (Article)

By Rachel Aaron

A quick note from the author: There are many fine, successful writers out there who equate writing quickly with being a hack. I firmly disagree. My methods remove the dross, the time spent tooling around lost in your daily writing, not the time spent making plot decisions or word choices. This is not a choice between ruminating on art or churning out the novels for gross commercialism (though I happen to like commercial novels), it’s about not wasting your time for whatever sort of novels you want to write.

Read The Article Here

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (Book)

By Austin Kleon

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

See The Book On Amazon Here

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How To Kill A Word (Slides)

By Patrick McClean

There is no great writing, only great rewriting.” This quick, free e-book shared in slides helps get you in the right frame of mind to murder a few of your darlings.

See The Slides Here

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The Art of Fiction (Book)

By John Gardner

In The Art of Fiction he does a phenomenal job of presenting the case for telling a story artfully and honestly as your #1 job. He lays out a series of pitfalls to avoid, and he wraps up with some helpful exercises.

See It On Amazon Here

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On Writing (Book)

By Stephen King

On Writing is essential reading for writers regardless of whether or not you actually like Stephen King. Say what you want about his books, he has a knack for storytelling that few can compete with, and On Writing is King’s memoir about the medium that made him famous. King’s writing methods are certainly not the definitive best, but if you’re a writer—aspiring or otherwise—he has plenty to teach.

See The Book On Amazon Here

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How To Write (Article)

By David Ogilvy

Ogilvy’s “How to Write” memo that he sent to his employees is one of those things that you can read every single day and still learn something new from it. He preaches simple, terse sentences to get your point across as quickly as possible. It was written in 1982, but it’s just as worth reading today as it was then:

Read The Article Here

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Writing That Works; How to Communicate Effectively In Business (Book)

By Kenneth Roman

Writing That Works will help you say what you want to say, with less difficulty and more confidence. Now in its third edition, this completely updated classic has been expanded to included all new advice on e-mail and the e-writing world, plus a fresh point of view on political correctness. With dozens of examples, many of them new, and useful tips for writing as well as faster on a computer, Writing That Works will show you how to improve anything you write

See The Book On Amazon Here

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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (Book)

By Austin Kleon

In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known. Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

See The Book On Amazon Here

 

 

APPS

WritingKit (iPad)

Link to Dropbox. Write Markdown-formatted text. Use your favorite TextExpander snippets. Do quick research to find reference materials. Insert quotes and links into your documents. Upload images to CloudApp. Export your writings as Markdown or HTML files. Do all this and more with this awesome iPad text editor. WritingKit is $4.99

Learn More About Writing Kit Here

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Marked (Mac)

Marked opens MultiMarkdown, Markdown, Text or HTML files and previews them as HTML documents. It watches the file for changes, updating the preview any time the file is saved. With a full set of customization options and preview styles, Marked adds an ideal “live” Markdown preview to any text editor. Marked is $2.99.

Learn More About Marked Here

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IA Writer (IOS & Mac)

IA Writer is one of the best apps in the full-screen text editor genre. The interface is gorgeously simple and the app has some excellent auto Markdown functionality built in. IA Writer is $9.99.

Learn More About IA Writer Here

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Editorial (IOS)

Editorial is a plain text editor for iPad and iPhone with powerful automation tools and a beautiful inline preview for writing Markdown

Learn More About Editorial Here

 

 

 

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MailChimp

Online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. Offers plug-ins for other programs.

Learn More About MailChimp Here

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ConvertKit

An email marketing solution designed specifically for writers. ConvertKit is a complete marketing tool for building direct relationships with your readers through email. Some of the features include pre-launch pages for your books, book cover designs, sample book chapters, and easy to use autoresponder features. It’s what I use and highly recommend.

Learn More about ConvertKit Here

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Aweber

Aweber provides web-based email marketing software, autoresponders and sign up forms for small businesses, solopreneurs, bloggers and online marketers. The primary AWeber features include email newsletters, autoresponders, sign up forms and RSS-to-email. Users can track the performance of their email campaigns with analytics reporting and split test sign up forms and newsletters to market more effectively.

Learn More About Aweber Here

 

 

 

 

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WP Courseware

WP Courseware is an easy to use WordPress Learning Management System. I can’t say enough good things about this plugin. In fact Learn Scrivener Fast uses WP Courseware. The modules and units that you accessed on the sidebar and within each section were all created with this plugin. Most plugins that offer such amazing features are extremely complicated to figure out. I was relieved to see this was literally drag n drop easy.

Learn More About WP Courseware Here

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Wishlist Member

WishList Member™ is a powerful, yet easy to use membership solution that can turn any WordPress site into a full-blown membership site. Just unzip and upload the plugin, and within minutes you’ll have your own membership site up and running… complete with protected, members-only content, integrated payments, member management, and so much more!

Learn More About Wishlist Member Here

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Book Design Templates

Now you can quickly and easily create beautiful books right in Microsoft Word.
Built to industry-standard specifications, our template styles will make your book stand out, without all of those newbie mistakes. Handcrafted by an award-winning book designer.

Learn More About Book Design Templates Here:

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[email protected]

[email protected] is a new neuroscience based music service that helps you focus, reduce distractions and retain information when working, studying, writing and reading. The technology is based on hard science and proven to be extremely effective at extending your attention span. Most people can only concentrate for a maximum of about 100 continuous minutes before needing to take a quick break to stretch, move about, maybe get a drink of water, and so on before they resume for another session.

The [email protected] system makes it easier for you to get into the concentration flow, and then keeps you there. It works in the background by subtly soothing the part of your brain, the limbic system, that is always on the lookout for danger, food, sex or shiny things. It’s a neat service and one that I use consistently.

Learn More About Focus At Will Here

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Dropbox

Store and share your writing online so that it will be accessible to you from anywhere, even on your phone or mobile device.

Learn More About Dropbox Here

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Sweet Process

Document all those repetitive tasks that eat up your precious time,
so you can grow your team and grow your business.

Learn More About Sweet Process Here

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WP Curve

Is your website using WordPress?  Are you tired of spending your time tweaking various aspects of your site?  Pay one fee to get unlimited access to your own team of developers to assist you with your WordPress website.  It’s like having your own virtual IT team.

Learn More About WP Curve Here

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Scapple

Flesh out your ideas visually using this software. Make connections and “see” how they might fit together.  Works seamlessly with Scrivener.

Learn More About Scapple Here

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Photoshop

The defacto Image Editor from Adobe.  Create graphics and so much more.  Part of the Creative Cloud.

Learn More About Photoshop Here

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Canva

Think you have to purchase Photoshop for image creation? Think again. Canva is an online only service that is available for free.  You can either create your image entirely online or upload your image and edit it in Canva. Canva has a few graphical elements built in that can be used in your creations.

Learn More About Canva Here

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PlaceIt

Creating a product, but can’t seem to find the perfect image? PlaceIt has mock templates available for you to drop the image or video of your product directly on the template.  No longer do you have to manually combine layers in Photoshop or try to re-create the look that you are going for.  This service has both free and paid plans available.

Learn More About PlaceIt Here

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Slack

Still using Skype to communicate with your staff?  Try something new.  Slack is THE best way to remain in constant communication with your staff. Their slogan is “Be Less Busy”.  Try this free tool today and see if you agree that they have the perfect slogan.

Learn More About Slack Here

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Scrivener

Writers rejoice! No longer do you have to fight with Word. Scrivener was built with writers in mind. It keeps both your research and writing in one place.  Productivity win! Check out all the cool things Scrivener is capable of by downloading the free trial.

Learn More About Scrivener Here

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Evernote

Tired of seeing post it notes stuck everywhere?  Still can’t seem to find that idea you know you wrote down yesterday?  Check out Evernote.  It is a free digital ‘brain” that can be accessed from any device.  Think of it as a storage device that resides in the cloud.  Free and paid options available.

Learn More About Evernote Here

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TweetDeck

This tool is from the makers of Twitter, so you KNOW it works well with that social media service.  Keep up to date with your Twitter stream, mentions, keywords and so much more.  This free tool is indispensable when it comes to keeping your Twitter life organized and productive.

Learn More About TweetDeck Here

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Hootsuite

Spending too much time updating your social media?  Automate the process using Hootsuite.  Schedule your predetermined status updates to all of the major social media platforms with a click of a button.  Free and paid plans available.

Learn More About Hootsuite Here

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SnagIt

From the creators of Camtasia, SnagIt makes it easy to capture screenshots and record short videos.  Try it free for 15 days.

Learn More About SnagIt Here

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ScreenFlow

Video recording and editing software for Mac users.  Super user friendly and makes creating your video courses a breeze.

Learn More About ScreenFlow

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Camtasia

Are you a PC user looking to create screencasts?  Take a look at Camtasia.  It’s very user friendly and installs directly onto your computer.  Press record and you are able to create your first video in minutes.  It also allows you to edit directly in the same program.

Learn More About Camtasia

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BlueYeti

A good microphone is a needed investment when recording audio. This microphone comes highly recommended and plugs right into your computer’s USB port.

Learn More About BlueYeti

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Logitech C-920

Want to record video, but don’t have a camera built into your computer?  I recommend the Logitech c-920.  It produces a crisp image and records in HD.

Learn More About Logitech C-920

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Blue Snowflake

One of the most crucial elements when creating content is sound quality.  Nothing screams unprofessional more than bad audio.  The secret is to use a high quality microphone.  I recommend the Blue Snowflake because it produces high quality audio at a price point that has a low entry point.

Learn More About Blue Snowflake

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OptimizePress

Are you a fan of using templates as a starting point?  Don’t want to have to hire a web designer to create the website you envisioned? Enter OptimizePress it can be used as a standalone WordPress theme or as a plugin.  No longer do you have to start from scratch.  I’ve used it on a few of my sites and was amazed at how easy it was to implement.  Try it today.

Learn More About OptimizePress

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LeadPages

Marketing and gathering leads go hand in hand. What if I told you there was a way to use tried and true marketing principles on your website without having to resort to hiring a web developer? LeadPages has created a system to allow you to pick and choose which templates you wish to implement for your business.

Learn More About LeadPages Here

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Edgar

Are you tired of manually inputting your social media status updates every week?  What if I told you there was a product on the market that could automate the process for you and allow you to reuse your content?  Not convinced? Take Edgar for a test drive and see how your productivity increases.

Learn More About Edgar Here

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Merriam Webster: Visual Dictionary

The Visual Dictionary Online is an interactive dictionary with an innovative approach. From the image to the word and its definition, the Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one reference. Search the themes to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a word by viewing the image it represents. What’s more, the Visual Dictionary Online helps you learn English in a visual and accessible way.

Merriam Webster: Visual Dictionary

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Online Spell Checker

Free online spell checker that provides you with quick and accurate results for texts in 28 languages (German, English, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Portuguese etc.).

Online Spell Checker

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Write Rhymes

As you write, hold the alt key and click on a word to find a rhyme for it. Yep, it is as simple as that. Fun too!

Write Rhymes

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Dragon Dictation App

Use your voice to dictate a text message or email, create Facebook status updates or a Tweet, and anything in between – simply speak and see your text content appear.

Learn More About Dragon Dictation Here

 

 

 

 

courses

iPhone Video Hero

If you own an iPhone and want to learn how to use it create business video then you need to check out the World’s first iPhone Video training program! Former MTV and BBC TV Director Jules Watkins has created a video based course that will show you how to make awesome videos using your iPhone. Jules has directed hit TV shows including The Biggest Loser and Pimp My Ride and knows a thing or two about how to make videos that attract a following. The videos he has made on his iPhone for this training will stun you! If you are an entrepreneur, biz owner or just want to make better videos with your iPhone then you need to watch Jules’ video at iPhone Video Hero.

Learn More About iPhone Video Hero Here

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Authority

The quickest way to gaining authority in your field is to write a book. With this product, you will learn how easy it is to launch a successful book and the processes that lead to accomplishment.

Learn More About Authority Here

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TribeWriters

When people ask you what you do and you tell them you write, do you receive the “look”? How beneficial would it be to have a group of authors who understand what it means to be in community. This course is brought to you by Jeff Goins and in 8 weeks he delivers practical lessons on topics of interest to writers. Other benefits include discussions and guest appearances by others(you’ll have to join to see who shows up).

Learn More About Tribe Writers Here

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Autoresponder Madness

Everyone knows there is power in your email list. Email marketing is not dead, it is very much alive. Add in the power of telling an awesome story, and your followers will want to stay in touch with you. Check out the product below to see how you can add this “tool” to your next email campaign.

Learn More About Autoresponder Madness Here

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OmniFocus Premium Posts

Do you use OmniFocus in your workflow? Would you like to be both efficient and productive? Check out these tutorials brought to you by the folks at Asian Efficiency.

Learn More About OmniFocus Premium Posts Here

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Social Media Ad Genius

Wondering about how to create an effective Facebook ad campaign?  Check out these step by step video tutorials to gain the competitive advantage.  Learn how easy it is to use Facebook to build your brand.

Learn More About Social Media Ad Genius Here

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Evernote Essentials

Love Evernote, but wish there was a user guide? Wonder no more.  Brent Terpstra has created THE go to guide for finding out more about Evernote. In fact, Brent did such an amazing job writing the guide that the folks at Evernote hired him. Now that is a testimonial.

Learn More About Evernote Essentials Here

 

 

 

VIDEO

How to Write a Book – The Secret to a Super Fast First Draft

Have you ever wondered how to write a book…fast? If you’re like me, then sometimes you have trouble with the hardest part – just getting started. Blog posts come easy for me, but when it comes to how to write a book, I used to be completely clueless. If you’ve ever stared at a blank screen wondering what to write next, you know what I’m talking about. That’s how it used to be for me, which is why I have two books that I started which are now collecting virtual dust in my computer. Recently, however, I discovered a method to quickly produce that important first draft. Using the methods that I share with you in this video, I’ll show you how to write a book in a way that has enabled me to achieve over 180 words per minute, and 36,000 words within two weeks! I’ve already completed the first draft of my next book, and I needed to share this method with you too. Of course, there are a lot more steps to take after that first draft, but getting started is the hardest part, and I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

SPI TV: With Pat Flynn

 

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How To Get Past Perfectionism

Maybe you can relate to me. I’m a chronic perfectionist. I have a love for quality and that’s a good thing, but my default state is to make every detail perfect. Some of you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.
You have good taste and high standards, that’s why what you makes frustrates you so much. It’s not yet as good as your vision and that can be discouraging. Most people quit here. They have this image in their mind and when the results don’t line up the first time they try, they quit.

SeanwesTV: Make a living with your passion

 

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The Importance of Knowing Your “Why”

 

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Art Williams Just Do It Speech

Don’t let the dated picture quality of this video stop you from watching. It is one of my all time favorite motivational speeches. I go back and listen to this anytime I need a good pick me up.

 

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