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Posts by: Steph Crowder

Director of Member Success @Fizzle | work hard, learn much, stay playful. aggressive when dancing.

Let's all get on the same page right away: everything about selling turns us off. How many times have you pretended to be on the phone so you didn't have to hear a pitch about saving the environment from the guy standing on the street corner? It's okay, you can admit it :)

When I was a kid, my dad used to give me a stern sideways glance and say, "you are who you choose to be friends with." It always drove me insane. I am ME, I reassured myself uneasily. I'm not so easily influenced by other people.

Think back to the beginning of your journey. Or, perhaps you're here right now: overwhelmed by the choices, drowning in info, all the options and none of the focus. In today's world, with the "minimalism movement" upon us, there's a good chance you've heard that more does not equal more. More stuff doesn't mean more happiness (in fact, the science is starting to reveal that the opposite is true.)

If you're reading this blog post, you're at least vaguely interested in the concept of Facebook ads. But is it just me, or does this whole concept make you feel a bit skeptical? Isn't it kind of sleazy to pitch ourselves in front of unexpecting social media scrollers? Is this a legit way to grow my business, or is it just a bottomless money pit to be avoided at all costs?

Alright everybody, the moment has arrived: it's the grand unveiling of Steph's secret podcast project. It's called Courage & Clarity, and we think you're going to love it. We've been doing LOTS of work behind the scenes to bring you an entire collection of real, honest stories intended to help you find the courage & clarity to go after what you love.