Tools to fight fear #1: Determination

  If you lack determination, don’t worry that it’s a moral issue. It means that currently you’re lacking in: Intrinsic Motivation: This is an internal motivation, everything that lives amongst your deepest needs and desires. Without intrinsic motivation, there is no unmet goal or desire. You have nothing to move you forward towards something.   You may be in a situation where you’ve been so hurt in the past that you

Why you’ll always be second place [Video]

    It’s not a lack of know-how that keeps you in second place.  It’s the smell of desperation that holds you back from become the best at what you do. The truth is that it’s your attitude (and your mistaken business practices) that keep you in second place.  In this video, I talk about how your own actions work to keep you number two (no pun intended).  The biggest

Your guide to French newspapers

If you’re looking for a way to speed up your comprehension of written French, reading from a French newspaper is one of the most effective (and cheapest) ways to do so.  For the past six months, Transparent Language Blog has compiled an extensive list of newspapers from across the country, and you can add them to your RSS feed for a daily dose of French. In addition to the French

Freelance Writing for international markets- YES if you only speak English

Most freelance writers FREAK OUT at the idea of going overseas to find markets.  The first thing they worry about is contacting an editor who might not speak their language.  But the truth is that there are plenty of publications and websites from outside North America that are looking to work with new writers. If you’re worried that you can only speak and write in English, take heart.  You can

What the European parliment’s linguistic preferences mean for freelance writers

  According to the numbers, the members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly prefer to speak and communicate in English.  How does that reflect the potential freelance writing clients you encounter in European countries?  Does English really rule supreme?  Is there any reason to fiddle with learning a second language?  Are you wasting both time and money doing so? Every day I hear a variation of two headlines: “Don’t worry- you