There is a lot written about personal development. One of the clearest examples of a method for achieving goals is described in Darren Hardy’s book The Compound Effect. The premise is that it’s not the big huge moves that you make every once in while but instead it’s the small daily habits which have the most profound effect on your life.
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There is a guy who teaches other people how to better record music at home. His name is Graham Cochrane and his website The Recording Revolution is chock full of truly excellent, time tested hints and other ideas for making the best recordings you can without spending a lot of money. In fact his theme is all about limiting your choices.
It may sound counterintuitive but to be more creative you’ve got to stop wasting your time trying every other piece of gear or plugin you hear about. Learn to use what you already have (or can get your hands on for very little money) and you will grow into a becoming better engineer faster. The reason behind this is that you’ll find yourself concentrating on what is more important (such as song and performance quality, arrangement, mic placement, etc…) rather than what is less important (the latest and greatest mic preamp or compressor, for example).
I really can’t recommend Graham’s website enough if you are interested in recording at home. I urge you to go to The Recording Revolution and sign up to download your free copy of his ebook The #1 Rule of Home Recording. You will be (as I am) glad you did.
If you are considering creating a website to publish information about yourself or your company, I strongly urge you to take a look at WordPress. The reason so many people use it is because it is extremely flexible, easy to learn and simple to use (both to setup and maintain).
It had been several years since I last built a WordPress website so I needed to relearn the whole process of what basic services I need and how they all fit together. Here is a report of what I did:
1) Signed up with a web hosting company (you can use the free WordPress service at wordpress.com, but there are limitations on what you can do there and with your own hosting contract, you’ll spend a little money (less than $10 per month at this writing) but you can really take advantage of the full power of your website). I chose blue host because of their reputation and excellent customer service.
2) Installed WordPress there are detailed instructions on how to do this on many different places including wordpress.org but one really nice feature of using blue host is that they have a system for doing the WordPress install built into their hosting service.
3) Watched the video series bluehost WordPress Walk-Through on YouTube and I was pretty much up and running in a few short hours.
4) Bought the book WordPress for Dummies and started reading. Remember to download the bonus chapters For Dummies Store downloads tab
Your milage may vary and I’d be interested in hearing your story so let me know what your experience has been.