Best of Awake@TheWheel 2009

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What an extraordinary year it’s been both in the world and for our vibrant community…

We’ve had some huge and often spirited conversations around a range of passion-driven topics. And, I have to confess I’ve learned from the comments so much more than I’ve shared. So, as we close out the year, I went back through every post and culled a short list of what I felt were the most powerful conversations of the year.

Not just because of the content of the post, but also because of the quality and depth of the conversations in the comments. Also, because I merged the Career Renegade blog into this one a few months back, a number of these posts may be new to even longtime readers of JonathanFields.com

So, without further ado, here are our Top 22 Conversations of 2009:

God’s Grace Or Dumb Luck, Embrace What You Have – I almost broke down yesterday…twice. The first time was in the O.R. at Cornell Medical Center. My daughter, my little girl, was going in for a minor surgical procedure. They let me suit up in fake paper scrubs and a goofy blue shower cap. Then the nurse walked us, hand in …

Daddies Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Strangers – They don’t want to admit it, but a lot of working dads don’t want to be around their kids… That sounds so horrible. And, in fact, it’s incredibly sad. Because, for many, the solution is a lot closer than believed, once you step back and take the time to see what’s …

Rage Against the Sales Letter – Long sales copy is the #1 cause of death in the U.S… Or, so a vocal few would have you believe. Attributed often as the vile creation of online scamsters, long format sales copy has been simultaneously reviled and exalted. Yet, still, it endures. So, let’s clear a few things up. First, …

97 Ways to Build Traffic Without Resorting to Dumbass List Posts – Blah, Blah, blah intro stuff nobody reads… Suck up to well-known bloggers with giant followings Guest post on well-known blogs with giant followings (usually done after #1) Link out to well-known bloggers with giant followings a lot Trash well-known bloggers with giant followings (then run for cover) Make out with well-known bloggers with giant following …

A Bigger Game – Seriously, I never thought this would be the effect… This week, I was asked to be a featured blogger (actually hooked up by my amazing friend, Liz Strauss from Successful Blog), where I was charged with live-tweeting a conference packed not with social media people, not with writers, bloggers and other …

The Neutral Fallacy: There is No Sideways in Life – I’ve been asked the question a lot since Career Renegade came out in January… How do you handle fear? “Well, comes my answer, “that depends. Fear of what?” “Of failure, of course.” “Wrong fear,” I add. “You wanna be afraid, really afraid, take a look at what your life’ll look like not if you …

How to Be Indispensable – I was recently talking to a COO at a public company about our comparative experiences hiring people. Him, on a giant scale. Me, on a micro-scale. And, what became clear to both of us was… Scale aside… There is a single quality that is so rare, when you find someone who has …

PR Gone Bad: How to Anger Bloggers and Hose Your Client – Strap on your seatbelts, this is gonna get ugly… About a week ago, I got the following pitch letter: Awake At The Wheel Mr. Jonathan Fields Self Help For Immediate Release [full press release for first author follows] It’s really rare I get to announce a new book and offer an special opportunity of such importance, …

Lies, Damn Lies and Follower Counts. What Really Matters – There’s been a lot of focus on follower counts, friend counts, subscriber counts, viewer counts and readers as of late. And, those are important metrics the from the standpoint of expanding your impact on the world…and potentially, your income. But, sometimes I wonder if we’re spending too much time on the …

Odds Are For Suckers – “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”  – Michaelangelo- A slightly-perverted universal-truth is that great successes almost always occur against a backdrop of ridiculously-bad odds. Why? Because, if it wasn’t so …

Want People to Listen? Get a Life – Picture this… You’re a 32 year old burgeoning genius who’s living in your mom’s attic and working at the quickie mart. Late one night, something really deep comes to you, something truly edgy and profound, so you blast it out on your blog, twitter and Facebook pages. This is going to change …

Why I Hope the Free Brigade Got It Wrong – Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you already know about the dust-up between Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Anderson and Seth Godin… Anderson’s book, FREE, came out a few weeks back, arguing in part that the distribution costs of any intellectual property that can be boiled down to digital format, be it …

Marketing From the Heartbeat Out – One of the biggest mistakes I see entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes make is treating product development, marketing and sales as three independent pursuits. Truth is, they are all hopelessly intertwined parts of the same process. And, without fail, the more innovative energy you give to the first, the less …

The Truth About Vizualization and Goal Achievement – Ever wonder what the real deal is with visualization? Whether you call it visualizing, simulating, vision-boarding or something else, the technique has been the talk of the personal-development town for years. Problem is, many proponents: Overlay a metaphysical basis for it, leaving all who do not buy into the woo-factor skeptics, and Focus exclusively …

Is Gifted and Talented a Life Sentence – I recently finished reading a book that blew me away, called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Unlike so many other books that have the words “mindset” and “success” in the title, this was a serious book that steered clear of pop psychology and soundbites and offered a simple, yet astonishingly …

Paying Not to Be First – As many of you know by now, I had throat surgery last week… Nothing too serious, but it’s a still a serious part of the body to be operating on (and, yes, I’m still weaning myself off the air-cast on my leg, it’s been a hell of a few months). So, …

Nobody Completes You – It was an iconic moment… Jerry McGuire, played by Tom cruise, walks into a room full of women and professes his love to Dorothy Boyd, played by Rene Zellweger, saying, “you complete me.” Dorothy, in tears, walks into his arms as she reveals, “you had me at hello,” while the audience …

Career Renegade Presentation from SXSW – Finally back from the wonderful South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, where I presented on being a Career Renegade. And, I just found out it was recorded, woohoo. In fact, SXSW just made by Career Renegade talk available as a podcast to listen to or download. Click here to check it …

Annoyed or Blessed, You Choose – So, I was watching Good Will Hunting with my wife the other night… And, there was a part where Robin Williams’ character, a worn-out, sharp-witted, yet deeply intuitive and loving therapist named Sean, is counseling the brilliant, yet emotionally withdrawn Will Hunting. Sean’s wife, we learned, passed two years earlier after …

Scaling Talent: Simplicity-Driven Entrepreneurship – Something’s been bugging me about the E-Myth… Don’t get me wrong, Michael Gerber is clearly a very smart guy, who’s added a lot to the discussion and advancement of small business systems and success. Most people who start businesses are artists, technicians or thinkers who are passionate about a particular subject …

The Life Purpose Lie – Ever hear or think this? You need to find your one, all-consuming purpose, what you are here on Earth to do, before you can start down a path that leaves you fulfilled I’ve studied hundreds of career, inspirational, religious and theological, philosophical and practical living books and been to many lectures and …

Dead Man Working – A nation of sleepworkers… In 2005, a Harris Interactive study of 7,718 American workers completed during a time of great prosperity revealed: 42% felt burned out, 33% felt dead-ended, 21% wanted desperately to change jobs, 85% did not feel strongly energized by their work, Nearly 70% believed their employers did not inspire the best in them, A …

That completes this year’s roundup. Be sure to tune in to tomorrow’s post, where we’ll take a look back at one hell of a year and then look forward and define some focus words, goals and quests for 2010 together.

Tremendous thanks for all you guys have given me this year!

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8 responses to “Best of Awake@TheWheel 2009”

  1. Jeffrey Tang says:

    You know, normally these summary posts tend to annoy me, because they just recap things I’ve already seen. But this post actually helped me discover some awesome posts on your site that I somehow missed.

    What I really admire about your writing is how you don’t buy into the hype for or against things. When you wrote about job dissatisfaction and the problem with material goods, I admire how you refrained from jumping on the “MONEY IS BAD” bandwagon. You made logical, realistic connections.

    And in your post on life purpose, I really liked how you deconstructed the idea of the “one true calling” in a way that made practical sense.

    My favorite post so far, I think, is the get a life post. I completely agree that context is as important (or even more important) than content. Great content can help create context (by portraying you as someone worth listening to) but context is what sells. The best personal development teachers are those with great development stories of their own. And while it’s not always logical (an insightful message is insightful no matter who says it), the truth is that we care about the messenger as much or more than the message.

    My apologies for the long comment; it’s just my way of saying thanks for writing this blog. Keep it up! Love to talk sometime.

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  4. I read “Career Renegade” six months ago and have never been the same. Thank you, Jonathan, for being so awesomely inspiring and helping me to close out 2009 on a positive note. I pray you have a 2010 that absolutely knocks your socks off!

  5. I love what you have brought into my life in 2009! Yeah for Jonathan and every time I go back to that old yoga video of yours, extra big smile on my face. I may even have to wear a bandanna next time I do it.

  6. Hey man, it’s been a great year for you! Congrats on all you’ve achieved and here’s to operating at a higher level for 2010!

    Happy New Year, Jonathan. 🙂

  7. Jon says:

    Hey Bud, Yep there have been some great posts here this year. Keep at it.

    Your book entitled The Truth about Book Marketing was great.

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