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It’s 6 a.m. on launch day and, after staying up all night, I’m still working furiously to finish my online course so I don’t disappoint the 132 people who pre-purchased. “Why do I keep doing this?,” I thought. I would like to think I’ve matured in 15 years, but I’ve been repeating the same all-nighter-before-a-deadline pattern since college.

The FizzleCo team is once again growing! We're entering into an exciting stage of growth at Fizzle, and this is a great opportunity for the right person to join a very special little company. Update (4/8/15): this position has been filled. We'll be announcing our new team member very soon. Thank you to everyone who showed interest or applied.

Four years ago I wrote a post called Write Epic Shit. I stand behind the sentiment today. Nothing will help you build an audience faster than publishing truly epic content.

You want images on your website and social media because you need to stand out and entice people to your website. You want to know how to make great images because humans — no matter how smart — have multiple senses, and, in the world of multimedia, we get to play on and tempt multiple senses.

Six and a half years ago I started a company that would become my first success. In less than two years, it allowed me to support my family without any other income. The business was a simple meal planner called Paleo Plan. It was my 6th attempt at an online business. After several years of fizzled ideas and false peaks I had finally quit my job and truly become my own boss.

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