Thinking Like a Boss by Kate Crocco

If I learned anything from Thinking Like a Boss author Kate Crocco it’s this: the lies we tell ourselves hold us back more than anything else. This applies to our businesses, our relationships and spills into our entire lives.

Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success

Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success

When mindset coach and now author Kate Crocco first popped up in my radar I didn’t think much of it. While I believe things like setting healthy boundaries and managing decision making is important, I had trouble relating it to my business.

It’s funny, in a way, because now it’s all I see. My mindset directly impacts my emotions, my attitude and my work ethic. My mindset affects the way I go after what I want in life. Heck, my mindset either propells me towards thinking big or locks me into a negative victim mentality.

In her new book, Crocco addresses 12 common lies we tell ourselves and offers tips and strategies for overcoming them. She also shares personal anecdotes and lessons from her own life and business. Reading through I noticed I resonated with some lies more than others, which I think is normal. I used this as a signal for areas I should pay attention to and spend some time on.

Which lies? Making Money Is Greedy (Lie 5), I Need My Friends’ and Family’s Understanding in Order to Succeed (Lie 8) and I Am My Business (Lie 11) stick out in particular.

If you run your own business, or even if you’re thinking about starting your own or trying freelancing out one day, Thinking Like a Boss will allow you to move past your limiting beliefs and find the success you’re dreaming of. No guilt or shame allowed.

Today is the day! Thinking Like a Boss releases February 18, 2020 on Kindle, audiobook and hardcover.

We all want to be seen, heard, and understood by those around us. But when it comes right down to it, no one in your life will truly understand what your business requires except for you, and that’s okay.

Thinking Like a Boss, Lie #8

Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success synopsis

With over 11 million female-owned businesses in the US today, more women than ever are taking the reins to create their own success. Maybe you feel the pull to start a business but deep down you’re afraid that you don’t have what it takes. Maybe you have a great idea but wonder if you’re actually qualified to make it happen. Or maybe you want to expand your business, but you’re worried about how it will affect your family. If that’s you, it’s time to start thinking like a boss.

In this practical and encouraging book, Kate Crocco exposes the 12 limiting beliefs that are holding you back from your true potential, such as

  • I should have it all together and I don’t
  • I’m not ready or qualified to start
  • I don’t have enough time
  • It’s already been done before
  • and more

With plenty of inspiring true stories and actionable steps you can take—starting now—Thinking Like a Boss will help you turn your limiting beliefs into limitless opportunity.

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8 Literary Podcasts for Book Lovers

Book lovers everywhere, rejoice! There are so many wonderful, literary, bookish podcasts to binge, consume and otherwise indulge that it could become overwhelming. Here are eight of the best book podcasts to try in 2020, everything from author interviews and coversation to book recommendations, reviews and more.

Podcasts for Book Lovers

8 literary podcasts for book lovers

The Literary Salon

Damian Barr’s Literary Salon tempts the world’s best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests have included Bret Easton Ellis, Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Helen Fielding, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières—all in front of a live audience at leading glamourous locations. Suave salonnière Damian Barr is your host. Don’t worry it’s not a book club—there’s no homework. Salon Selective!

Just the Right Book!

Just the Right Book is a podcast hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of famous independent bookstore R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, that will help you discover new and note-worthy books in all genres, give you unique insights into your favorite authors, and bring you up to date with what’s happening in the literary world.

Between the Covers

Author interviews with today’s best writers—established & up-and-coming—in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Hosted by David Naimon, Tin House & KBOO 90.7 FM, Portland, Oregon. —The Guardian’s 10 Best Book Podcasts —Book Riot’s 15 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers —the most intense and awesome podcast I’ve ever been a part of—Gary Shteyngart.

Nerdette

Nerdette is a safe space for nerding out about all the things you’re watching, reading, and encountering IRL. Interviews with your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) authors, artists, astronauts, and more.

What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they’re reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.

Literary Friction

A monthly conversation about books and ideas on NTS Radio hosted by friends Carrie Plitt, a literary agent, and Octavia Bright, a writer and academic. Each show features an author interview, book recommendations, lively discussion and a little music too, all built around a related theme—anything from the novella to race to masculinity. Listen live on NTS Radio.

Fully Booked

Get the ultimate insider’s scoop on the best new books. The editors at Kirkus Reviews interview your favorite authors, tell you whether or not the books on the bestseller list are worth the read, give you behind-the-scenes insights, and introduce you to great books you may otherwise never find.

Book Club for Masochists

A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading books we hate! Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers. (Warning: Language)

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Book lovers everywhere, rejoice! There are so many wonderful, literary, bookish podcasts to binge, consume and otherwise indulge that it could become overwhelming. Here are eight of the best book podcasts to try in 2020, everything from author interviews and coversation to book recommendations, reviews and more.

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Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers

Do you want to set the page on fire? Write as fast as you can and clean it up later. At least, that’s what author Steve O’Keefe says, and I tend to trust someone who has 25 years’ experience teaching writing and publishing and has written several textbooks.

Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers

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I love writing craft books. I also wanted to learn what Steve O’Keefe thought the secret to success is. Turns out it’s not so secret as I thought: writers write.

If you can put words on paper or screen and convey meaning with those words—and everyone who has language can do this—you’ve got talent. Are there some folks who are just better alphabet stringers and word slingers than others? Yes, but not because they are more talented. It’s because they’re more practiced, more authentic, more careful.

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But maybe that is a secret. So many wannabe writers talk about writing, think about writing, read about writing, and study writing…but don’t write. Other writers manage to finish their tasks but spend a lot of time staring at the blank page. So how does one set the page on fire?

O’Keefe challenges writers to make time for writing and spend that time writing. No matter how terrible it is. Even if all you write is “I don’t know what to write,” over and over. Write and keep writing and you’ll see the page set fire.

There are some interesting creative exercises throughout Set the Page on Fire to help writers get into the fire-writing zone, which I’m excited to try out.

Here are a few examples

  • Write a 50-word description on what your moon looks like
  • Keep a fake book filled with phrases and quotes you come across and love. “Collecting a writer’s best lines … can impart an understanding of an author’s technique that will inform your own writing” (52)
  • Learn to recognize “the writer’s warm-up”
  • Making up words to get into the writing mind

Although I don’t do a lot of creative writing I think these exercises will be good for my writing.

One point O’Keefe makes throughout the book is everyone has something to say and everybody is valuable.

At a writing conference I was reminded of this idea as I spoke with a woman who wants to publish a book of poems she has written over the past 25 years. She wrote them as a way of working through past trauma and wants to help others walking through a similar situation by giving words to their pain.

I thought it was such an incredible reminder of the power of words. Sometimes your writing can give vocabulary to others who are feeling a thing but don’t have the words. You give them the words and help them identify their experience. You help them name it. Your writing means something and is important. So write.

Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers Synopsis

Discover the Tricks and Tools of the Pros

Successful writers write, rather than just think about writing, talk about writing, or plan what they’ll write when they get a cabin in the woods. Yet even accomplished writers sometimes get “blocked,” losing access to their in-the-zone writing mind. Steve O’Keefe offers proven techniques and practices for jump-starting stalled ideas, honed during his many years of working in virtually every aspect of publishing. His innovative, often unconventional exercises will get you writing and accessing your own unique voice — a voice the world wants to read! Containing a career’s worth of writing and publishing savvy, as well as the advice of expert authors gleaned from hundreds of interviews, Set the Page on Fire is the kind of nuts-and-bolts coaching and encouragement invaluable to novice and veteran writers alike.

Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers by Steve O’Keefe was published on June 11, 2019.

Do you want to set the page on fire? Write as fast as you can and clean it up later. At least, that's what author Steve O'Keefe says, and I tend to trust someone who has 25 years' experience teaching writing and publishing and has written several textbooks.

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A War and A Wedding by Melissa Service

Let’s say you’re an average teenager who has no time for ancient prophecies like a war and a wedding. If so, then you’re exactly like Ellyce Jensen. It’s pure fiction, quite literally out of a book.

Would you feel the same about the legends when your fantasy-writing father up and disappears, leaving behind cryptic instructions and a dangerous scavenger hunt?

A War and A Wedding by Melissa Service

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I don’t spend a lot of time reading YA fantasy but I loved the idea of going on an adventure with Ellyce. And putting together anagrams and trying to decode secret messages? Even better. I spent most of my energy trying to figure out who Ellyce should trust and keep track of which clue meant what and why it mattered.


“Language is the bedrock of any civilization,” Lamad instructed. “When the meanings of words change and language breaks down, so does society. Look at any of your history books—they all tell the same story. A nation’s rise to greatness and its crashing destructive fall all occurs around language. When language becomes corrupt, the decline begins.”

A War and A Wedding

Mostly, I guessed wrong. Which is awesome because I love being surprised at the end.

In A War and A Wedding (A War and A Wedding, book 1), Melissa Service weaves mysterious messages and helpful, yet confusing, messengers into Ellyce Jensen’s frightening journey. She wants to find her father but the closer she comes to discovering his hiding place, the more dangerous things become.

I loved this first book in the A War and A Wedding series but it’s best to keep in mind it’s the FIRST book. Just when things are starting to make sense…we must wait for book two. Arg! I must have book two!!!

A War and A Wedding Synopsis

The week before her seventeenth birthday, Ellyce Jensen’s father disappeared.

Forty-five days later she discovers the jagged, haphazardly scrawled note he left behind. Revealing that the ancient prophecies he wrote about were true, Thomas’ note urged her to find Derek–someone she’d never heard of before. As Ellyce battles against the people she thought she could trust–and the supernatural forces sent to stop her, she soon learns…this is only the beginning.

There will be a WAR.
There will be a WEDDING.
Lines will be drawn.
Choose for yourself…whom you will serve.

Melissa Service’s A War and A Wedding releases June 21, 2019.

Let's say you're an average teenager who has no time for ancient prophecies like A War and A Wedding. If so, then you're exactly like Ellyce Jensen. It's pure fiction, quite literally out of a book.

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LIST LOVE Introduction to List Building

These days I’m too busy for “just in case learning” so just in time resources like Jennifer Maker’s List Love is PERFECT for my busy schedule.

LIST LOVE Introduction to List Building

List Love: Introduction to List Building

Because I’m obsessed with all things platform, growing my email list is something I’m focusing on. Sure, social media vanity metrics feel good and make my friends jealous but when push comes to shove I know my time is better spent elsewhere.

In less than 12 months, craft blogger Jennifer Maker grew her email list to 20,000 subscribers. At the time she didn’t know she was doing anything extraordinary but when her friends and fellow bloggers started asking her for her secrets she knew she was on to something. That’s where this short (free) ebook came from: her willingness to share what works for her with her community.

Because I’m not really into crafting I haven’t heard of this maven before this year but I’m so glad I have now! I’ve read two of her ebooks and taken one of her courses and am impressed with her openness to share her tactics, metrics and strategies.

I hope when I start publishing books I can be just like Jennifer Maker.

By the way, did I mention this awesome little ebook is free? Grab your copy with my affiliate link here and if you purchase anything from then I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. It’s an excellent, quick read and I know you’ll take something away you can implement today.

These days I'm too busy for "just in case learning" so resources like Jennifer Maker's List Love is PERFECT for my busy schedule.

List Love By Jennifer Maker Synopsis

So you’ve heard you need a mailing list for your blog, but you’re not sure how to start one? Or maybe you already have a mailing list, but you’re really struggling to get people to sign up for it? 

I can help!

I grew my mailing list to 20,000 subscribers in less than a year on a new blog domain. My mailing list alone was responsible for earning more than $12,000 on my very first product launch, less than a year after launching my blog. And it’s earned me thousands of dollars in affiliate revenue in my first year as well! Best of all, I have built a solid audience of devoted fans that I can connect with at any time without worrying about social media algorithms.

My LIST LOVE mini e-book is the perfect introduction to list building. It’s packed with real information and helpful tips, including real-life examples from my blog and my mailing list.

In this FREE e-book, you’ll learn:

  • Why you need a mailing list for your blog
  • Why it’s so important to start your mailing list as soon as you can
  • How a mailing list can have a tremendous impact on your blog’s success and earning potential
  • Why emailing your people is so powerful
  • How to sign up for the best mail service for your needs
  • How to get started building your list

PLUS you’ll see real results from my mailing list that have earned me significant income in my first year of blogging!

Get the free ebook here.


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