Author Archives: Daniel

How Can I Use Instagram on the PC?

If you’re like me, you spend your day in front of a PC. You’re faster at typing on a full keyboard than a phone, and apps that insist on creating a mobile-only experience can be frustrating. Yesterday, my friend Luke sent me a direct message on Instagram with a response...

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How to Solve the Biggest Problems With hashtags

Hashtags are typically described as discovery tools. “The best discovery method”, you might hear. “The best way to be found,” someone might say.  But ask yourself – when was the last time you personally clicked on a hashtag? If you’re like me, you don’t click on hashtags very often. You...

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The Instagram 101

I remember hearing about Instagram in 2012, signing up, and being confused at the concept. “Why do we need Instagram if Facebook already exists? Who wants to see pictures of other people’s food?” And this was before the selfie craze was born. Here’s the way to think about it, using...

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What Are Your Defense Mechanisms?

I was standing on the train platform, waiting for the subway uptown. I’d been waiting for a few minutes, but no sign on the train. They made an announcement over the loudspeaker and the woman next to me angrily removed her earbuds in impatience. “What did they say?” I could...

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How To Hack An Email Account

A few years ago, my wife Lauren, along with some friends of hers, planned a surprise baby shower for her best friend. My wife sent out an email to her pregnant friend with their “pretend” plans to get lunch and BCC’d (blind carbon copied) the other friends she was planning the...

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How to Use Snapchat

How to Use Snapchat. 1. Download the app. Go to the Google Play Store or iTunes Store, search for “Snapchat”. Install. (Note: there’s no “computer” version – this is phone/tablet only.) 2. Open up the app. It looks like this: 3. Once you’ve installed the app, open it up, and...

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Why Snapchat Matters in 2016

In 2010, I went on a job interview with a tech company that made mobile apps. Toward the end of the interview, the interviewer told me one of their clients was a major bank who wanted a Facebook app for their customers to use for transactions.  At that time, Facebook...

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Podcast #8 – Brian Honigman – Content Marketer

Today I interview Content Marketer and Social Media Consultant Brian Honigman, who’s creating some truly amazing content. When I saw the Slideshare presentation on Facebook that Brian made, I knew I had to interview him! Subscribe using iTunes!   Show Information: Brian Honigman Facebook Slideshare: Web : Brianhonigman.com...

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Podcast #6 – Alexis Guerreros – Comedian

Today I interview comedian Alexis Guerreros, who I’ve known for years. He quit his job to focus on his comedy, which is why I had to talk to him. We discuss interviewing your heroes, setting yourself up to pursue your passion, and the feeling you get when you know you’re...

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How Do You Feel About Getting Older?

How do you feel about getting older? Personally, I’m not a fan. Not at all. I can accept it, but I don’t have to like it. I have a good amount of gray hair, which I’m not thrilled with. It’s been a thing people commented on for years. It started...

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Podcast #5 – Stephen Thomson – Physiotypes

Today I interview Stephen Thomson, who has created a new way to analyze personality types. We discuss why knowing personality types are important, how to keep improving yourself no matter what personality type you are. and how to keep social media in its place. Subscribe using iTunes!   Show Information: Stephen...

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Ideas Are the New Currency

On Thursday night, I went to a “Choose Yourself” meetup, which was titled as an “Idea Mixer”. The point is to come up with ideas – ideas are the new currency – and take one idea and combine it with another idea, until you have a completely new idea baby....

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Podcast #4 – Mike Vacanti – On The Regimen

Today I interview personal trainer and online coach Mike Vacanti of On The Regimen (and CEO of Gary Vanyerchuk’s body), discuss how fear before publishing your work online is a good thing, how to write so it’s about your readers and not you, and how important macro-nutrients are to a...

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Stories Need To Be Uncovered

“Have you ever ridden in an ambulance before?” That was the EMT’s first question. “No,” I responded. “You’re going to love it. This vehicle costs a quarter of a million dollars, and this thing MOVES.” He was right. We were definitely doing 90 MPH on Route 287, with my wife...

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What Stories Do You Have?

I like to ask people questions. One of my favorite activities is to ask people who are probably ignored by the general population about their day, or for their greatest story while on-the-job.It’s actually reached the point where I do this without realizing. A few weeks ago, my wife and...

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Podcast #1 – Adriana Cruz – HereNorth Photography

Welcome to the first episode of the TooDifficult.com Podcast! Today on the show, I interview photographer Adriana Cruz, discuss whether or not people are artists, and debate Instagram public vs. private profiles!   Show Information: Adriana Cruz – HereNorth Photography Web: http://www.herenorthphotography.com Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianacruz/sets/ Video: https://vimeo.com/herenorth Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/herenorthphotography Instagram: https://instagram.com/herenorth...

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Are You Bored At Work?

Are you on Buzzfeed right now? Or Facebook? Or LinkedIn? Let me guess what you’re doing. You’re sitting at work, reading articles all day, pretending to be working. You’re bored. You’re frustrated. You feel trapped. You know you’re slowly wasting your life sitting and working for someone else. But you’re...

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Do You Have a Fear of Public Speaking?

I recently gave a talk at 12:30 PM. That’s when I eat lunch, so I figured others would probably be hungry, and their minds might be thinking about food rather than what I was saying. Do you get nervous when it comes to public speaking? According to surveys, fear of...

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What Holds Me Back from Greatness

I don’t write as much I want to. Not nearly as much as I should. There’s this voice. It’s constantly talking. It’s so loud I can’t concentrate. Do you have it too? It’s the voice (or maybe there are multiple voices?) telling you that you’re not good enough. The voice...

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How To Lose 30 Pounds

Everyone says “I want to lose weight.” But very few make the changes needed to accomplish their goals. Here’s my story. I remember the moment I decided I needed to lose weight. I went to buy new jeans, and I hunted through the entire store looking for jeans that could...

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