Why we sabotage our projects

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Bestselling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin outlines a common creative affliction: sabotaging our projects just before we show them to the world.

Godin targets our “lizard brain” as the source of these primal doubts, and implores us to “thrash at the beginning” of projects so that we can ship on time and on budget.

Make this the year you start turning your ideas into real world projects. Find out how at January Scanners Night

Barbara Sher: 4 Great Videos for Scanners

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Here are several superb new videos from Barbara Sher who originally coined the term “Scanner”.

These were shot on her recent Scanner Retreat in France which she runs several times a year. The next one is in Corfu.

They’re short and well worth watching.

What you love is what you’re good at

Barbara says, building a successful life begins with seeing the importance of doing everything you love.

Barbara Sher talks about Happiness Levels

H-Levels are one of the many ways to find what you love.

Barbara Sher talks about Resistance

Barbara introduces the theme of Resistance. Getting to know the nature of your inner obstacles is one of the steps to building a life you will love.

Barbara Sher: Do you like to Design, Execute, or Maintain?

Who you are will determine how you do your best work. Are you a designer, or do you love turning plans into reality? Maybe keeping things running is what you do best…

You can follow Barbara on twitter as @barbarasher. And while you’re at it, why not follow me with news of Scanners Night and other creative tidbits – @johnsw.

Find out how you can use the power of youtube and twitter for your projects and businesses at July Scanners Night.

1000 True Fans

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Here’s an item from a recent email I sent to everyone signed up on the Scanners list (enter your email on the front page to get meeting notifications & occasional updates).

Do you have 1000 True Fans?

Whether you’re an artist, performer, videomaker, photographer, writer, or freelancer, you don’t need an audience of millions. You just need 1000 True Fans according to Kevin Kelly in his recent article.

(Kevin is a fascinating guy – ex editor of Wired Magazine and definitely a Scanner.)

If you can attract 1000 True Fans who spend an average of $100 a year on you, your art, or your products ‘n’ services, you can make a living.

A True Fan is “someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce. They will drive 200 miles to see you sing. They will buy the super deluxe re-issued hi-res box set of your stuff even though they have the low-res version. They have a Google Alert set for your name. They bookmark the eBay page where your out-of-print editions show up. They come to your openings. They have you sign their copies. They buy the t-shirt, and the mug, and the hat. They can’t wait till you issue your next work.”

I love this idea and thought it would appeal to us as Scanners who have too many interests to develop a huge audience for any one thing.

(There is a particularly brilliant idea for getting paid in advance to publish your own book, CD or film in the article).

Read Kevin’s full article “1000 True Fans” here.

Let me know what you think of it.

(Funnily enough, it’s similar to the point I made on my recent audioclass “A Crash Course in Seduction“.)