6 Ways to Not Suck in 2010


Not sucking is good for business. Wouldn’t you agree? So I’d like to submit a personal promise to you all that I will work hard to suck less in 2010. Will you join me? I mean, we all have room for improvement, correct?

Here is what I propose: a simple 6 step process to extract as much suck as possible from my business and proceed to create more value for more people. It’s a win-win! Here are the steps I plan to take, and I encourage you to join me. Tell me what you think!

  • Join a mastermind group. This will enable me to network with other professionals, gain accountability and bounce ideas off others who actually know what they’re talking about. An invaluable resource.
  • Submit my written business plan to a coach for review and brutal feedback. It’s one thing to write a plan and feel good about it. It’s an entirely next level thing to get objective, honest feedback from another person. That fresh set of eyes can catch things I’d never otherwise see.
  • Read less. That’s right, I plan to read less this year. Not full stop. But I don’t plan on reading nearly the amount I usually do. For a while I want to focus on execution. Instead of constantly loading up on new ideas, I want to spend a year listening more to my actual business and intently working on executing the ideas already in queue.
  • Get in shape. This item may seem out of place here, but I don’t think it is. When you’re physically in shape, rested and healthy, you’re more present and better able to help your clients. I honestly feel fitness is a responsibility for anyone who works with people for a living. Thoughts?
  • Get out of town at least a couple times to attend conferences. I’ve been to a million sales and business conferences, and I’ve gotten away from it lately now that I’ve been doing internet marketing more than anything else. That said, every business is a people business. With as much as I talk about internet marketing and blogging, nothing replaces actual relationships, and I consider meeting the people I sell to and do business with to be essential.
  • Take a vacation. I’ll admit it, I’m a work hound. I love what I do, and as a result I honestly feel I haven’t worked “for real” in a long time. That said, work and a personal life are dualities that need to be balanced. I have not taken a vacation in 5 years, and I don’t consider that healthy. I’m nowhere near burned out, but taking a vacation will be good personally, and it also serves a valuable business purpose. It forces you to get things in order. You can leave when things are crazy. I may need to take on a VA. We’ll see. Point is, taking the time you need personally forces you to deal with things more efficiently on the business side.

These 6 things I feel will enable me to hit crazy new heights in my business and personal life. What do you think? What are you doing to take things to the next level? What specific steps are you taking to make sure 2010 doesn’t suck?

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Christian creates dangerous internet strategies at http://www.nextlevelblogger.com.


  1. Great post Christian! I love list posts, they’re fun to read and easy to absorb.

    I’m going to work less in 2010. Don’t be confused, I’m going to get more work done and make more money, but I’m going to work less.

    How much less? Get this, 5 Hours a week!!

    No, that wasn’t a typo. I’ve read some really great books during 2009. My favorites include Crush It!, Trust Agents and now, 4-hour work week. This book has literally changed my complete philosophy on work.

    You might think I’m crazy and I would agree. That’s not to say it can’t be done. It will be done.

  2. Christian Russell on

    Nick – that’s not crazy at all. You’re taking a smart approach to your business. It’s the only way to roll 🙂 Congrats on your awesome goals!

    From what you’re reading, I can easily see how you’d get the idea to work less and earn more! I hope you’ll keep me and everyone posted on your successes.

  3. Absolutely! What I’ve learned from this book that you mentioned so far is that I literally spend many hours of my day playing busy. I actually only ‘work’ a few hours at most.

    In reality, I’m only cutting out the ‘filler’ and increasing my productivity in the time I choose to work. The other time will be spent living.

  4. Christian Russell on

    Nick – exactly. Cutting out the crud is very liberating. There’s always more to do, but taking steps is the right way to go. Bravo 🙂

    shae – yeah, occupational hazard! I don’t know what i’ll do, but I’ll figure it out!

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