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Posts by: Corbett Barr

Cofounder and CEO of Fizzle. Entrepreneur for a decade. Blogger, podcaster, lifestyle business builder.

Blogging has been one of the most valuable things I've ever done in my life. As I said back in August (when I wrote Should I Start a Blog?), I don’t know of many other ways to spend your time that can lead to a bigger impact or payoff.

The Fizzle team has been hyper-focused on growth over the past month, and we're seeing encouraging results. As a team, we select a different "theme" each quarter to guide our project work. Our current theme is simply membership growth. We always care about growth, but these themes give us a chance to turn all our attention to one specific thing for a while to make new breakthroughs.

Try this to find out what people are thinking: start typing a question into the Google search box. Something like “where does” or “why can’t” or “how come” — anything that starts with a question word.

I’m decompressing from the World Domination Summit, trying to piece together the themes from this year, and understand what I'll take away long-term. The older I get, and the longer I've been an entrepreneur, the more I keep asking myself “what’s the point?” As in, what’s the point of goals we work towards, and accomplishments we hold up and celebrate in ourselves and others?

People ask us all the time: what tools did you guys use to build Fizzle? What do you recommend for building a small, independent, bootstrapped online business? It's a great question. There are thousands of tools out there. It's way too easy to let choosing your tools get in the way of making real progress in your business.