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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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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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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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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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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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Does Job Stability Exist Anymore?

Last year, about this time, my boss IM’d me and my counterpart, her other direct report. “Can you both please call into my conference bridge?” I dialed in first, and as we were momentarily the only ones on the bridge, she began. “Dan. I’ve been offered another position at another...

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Building a Following (Webinar Replay)

On Tuesday night, I did an online session using Google Hangouts, where I discussed building a following online or locally – one person at a time. It’s about 30 minutes long and I specifically discuss: 1. Building Your Voice 2. Using Social Media 3. Making Money The time went really...

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Have You Ever Felt Lucky Just to Have a Job?

Can you imagine if someone told you they were in an abusive relationship, but then, in the same breath said, “well, I just feel lucky to have a boyfriend (or girlfriend)!” You’d think, “Wow, you need help.” Not all abusive relationships happen in our personal lives. It was mid-2008. The...

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Do You Feel Ignored or Stuck?

There’s a group of people being ignored. You’re one of them. Does this describe you? You work for a company. You’re not getting paid enough. The company doesn’t really care about you. If 2008 happened all over again, you could quickly be out of a job. You have a hobby...

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Who Are You?

Hi. I’m Daniel Hill.  I have to ask you a couple of things, if you don’t mind.First, I don’t know who you are. You’re kind enough to come to my website and read my writing, but I don’t know a lot about you other than that. I read a number...

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How To Be Happier

  Everyone wants to be happy.  In 2011, 33% of Americans claimed to be happy, a drop of 2% from 2008. That means 66%, or most people, aren’t happy. And I know why. I’m a people-watcher. I could do it all day, every day. My favorite part of vacations is...

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What’s Your Worldview?

How do you view the world? What statement defines your personal outlook? When building a following, it’s necessary to determine your worldview before doing anything else, because it gives prospective members of your tribe something to identify with.You don’t need everyone to identify with your worldview – but the ones who...

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My Idea to Improve Social

Twitter has been described as the world’s largest cocktail party. I think that’s a great description. But with that comes the sheer volume of information that goes 24 hours per day.  Managing that flow of information can be hard. To help manage it, the phrase “Follow easily. Unfollow even more...

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Are You Trying to Be Great At Everything?

Everyone has strengths and other things that they’re … not as good at. In 1993, after winning 3 championships, the greatest basketball player in the history of the sport quit to play baseball. His father had always wanted him to play professional baseball, so he tried. And while he wasn’t terrible,...

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What No One Is Doing in 2014

Everyone wants to have more followers. When you get one on social media, you think “yay! New follower! I must be doing something right!” And typically, you’ll look briefly at the person’s profile. If you go the extra mile, maybe you’ll Google them. Maybe you’ll even try to reach out...

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How To Build A Following

If you’ve read the first article I wrote, you know “Why A Following Is Important“. Now, let’s talk about how you grow one of your own. The first step is to start figuring out a way to tell others what you’re passionate about.  It doesn’t have to be huge steps....

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8 Mistakes You’re Making on Instagram

  Instagram is an amazing platform and a great way to connect with people. Want more followers?  Make sure you’re not making these mistakes:   1. Being set to private: If you want get more followers, people need to see who you are and what you’re about. Setting your account...

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Why (and How) To Get An Online Following

In my daily life, I often ask people to tell me about themselves.  I usually start with the question – “what do you love”? The responses I get frequently amaze me.  People tell me incredible stories about their passions, including lengths they’ve gone through, money they’ve invested into their passions...

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Dashboard Confessional Set To Words

On Wednesday, October 9, 2002, I was walking out of a Dashboard Confessional show at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. A guy was standing outside the show, yelling “Read my book! It’s like Dashboard set to words!” I stopped and went over to talk to him, because I like books. “You...

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Taking Back the Word “Friend” in 2014

A friend of mine who lives far away and who I haven’t seen in 8 or 9 years recently posted on Facebook that it’d been one year since her doctor became her hero. I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about, but it sounded bad. It sounded like...

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My Biggest Problem

I read a blog post by Jon Morrow the other day that really got me thinking. It was called “How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Bloggers” (I’ll give you the link to read it at the bottom).  The post impacted me because in my career, I’ve firmly...

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Interview: My Only Friend with a Book and a Brand

Do you want to start building a following of fans? Do you want to get recognition in your chosen field? Do you want to start building a “brand”? If so, keep reading. As part of my efforts at TooDifficult.com, my goal is to help people use technology to accomplish great...

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The Book I’d Love to Read

On Wednesday, I came across a promotion for a domain and web hosting from Dreamhost, so I sent it a couple of friends who had mentioned to me recently that they wanted to set up a website. One of them, my friend Dan, emailed back to say that we should...

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The One Phone Call I Should Have Made Sooner

It was 2002, and we were sitting in the Pennsylvania Hotel across from Penn Station. I was 22. Across the table from me was the head of IT security for the FAA, and my boss, Tom Yon. We ordered soup. I’d made a million cold calls, and gotten this meeting....

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What Everyone is Doing Wrong with Technology

What Everyone is Doing Wrong with Technology: Don’t worry, even I’m guilty of some of these … 1.  You’re on your Phone or Tablet too much. Phones and tablets aren’t generally made for creating content, but rather for consuming. I consume content on my phone all the time, but I...

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