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I had the excuse of not having what I needed to be successful only to realize I was the one holding myself back.

Tools can be the biggest distraction to getting things done. Don’t let the desire to have the right “tools” keep you from creating.

 

I created these wallpapers after watching this video by Gary Vee.

This video has inspired me, challenged me, and pushed me to work harder.

This is my wallpaper for my computer.
It reminds me to work like Gary Vee is watching.

Download and make them your wallpaper.

(right click on image and choose save as)

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GV-Wallpaper2 GV-Wallpaper3

 

Click here to download all three in one folder. 

Thanks Gary

Blab has quickly become my new obsession.
A great new app that allows you to use your webcam and stream a conversation for yourself or invite friends.

Check out my first Blab here:

After using this service for a bit and taking a glance around, I found several different streams where people were chatting, sharing ideas, and doing interviews.
The usability of the service is efficient and intuitive.

The opportunities for Blab seem plentiful.
I see this being the perfect platform for hosting interviews, broadcasting events, and doing interactive Q&A sessions.

I can’t wait to use this service more.

Follow me here: blab.im/kylereed

These are the 5 tools necessary for any periscope streamMany of you have created and watched a Periscope Stream. This service has millions of users and is only growing. (To read more about their stats, check out this post here from their team)

Here are 5 tools to use for your next Periscope live stream:

 

 

 

 

1. Tripod:

HG9L2I have tried several Persicope streams without a tripod. Let me tell you, it’s maddening. Often times I like to stream me doing something or illustrating a point, but having to constantly hold my iPhone 6 plus while teaching someone how to do a pour over coffee doesn’t work very well. Having a good tripod is of utmost importance. Make this your first purchase.

Buy here
Price: $50

 

2. MICROPHONE:

Smartphone MicrophoneUsing your built-in mic is one option, but to take your stream to the next level check out the Rode Smartlav Mic.
This mic plugs into your audio jack on your phone and streams great audio to those watching.

Note: This is a worthy investment as several of you have taking your live ‘scopes and posted them on your blogs, facebook, or other platforms. This tool is essential in providing great content for your audience.

Buy here
Price: $79

3. LIGHTING:

Neewer-CN-126-LED-Video-Light-for-Camera-or-Digital-Video-Camcorder-0Don’t forget about this important feature, lighting. This is often the tool we skip, but is as important as any of these other tools. You don’t need a ton of light, just something to even out the harsh office lights or strong sunlight. The Neewer LED light is perfect for all your streaming needs.

Buy here
Price: $30

4. LENSES:

downloadHaving an add on micro-lense makes a big difference for your stream. It provides that extra crisp feel. I wouldn’t say this is an absolute need, but it definitely brings up the product value and helps with lighting. And honestly, you can use this as a full camera mount for your streams if you so desire.

Buy here
Price: $40
If you want to go next level with your lenses, get these.

5. RECORDING

icon256The ability to take your live stream on periscope and use it later for marketing material is invaluable. One way to get around having to have vertical video for Periscope is to do what Pat Flynn does on his “Patscope” broadcast. He records the actual internet stream with Screenflow and then uploads it directly to youtube for playback. A great way to re-use your streams and let those that missed the live broadcast tune in whenever they want.

Buy here
Price: $99


 

Bonus Submission: 

This resource is from my friend Jarrid Wilson. Jarrid is a blogger/speaker and has amazing content you should be reading and watching.

Here is his setup

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That is right, a tripod for his iPhone and mount for his iPad…love it.
Here is where you can get these tools to help you.

iPhone MountBuy Here -$2.99
Tri-PodBuy Here – $23.49
iPad mount Buy here – 24.95

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I really like Pinterest.
I check it every day.
Use it for resources, inspiration, and learning.
It is a great tool.

When Pinterest announced Promoted Pins not too long ago I was intrigued to see how brands would start using this new ad platform.

After spending some time watching different brands promote their pins it’s time we dive in and see the Do’s and Don’ts of Promoted Pins.

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It’s easy to get frustrated by results, but the process we go through every day in content creation is about consistency in growth.

Keep working and let your content grow.

Because people will come along and encourage you in your growth and your content will grow.

Task Sheet Download by Kyle Reed
There are no participation trophies for the game of life.
No participation trophies, first place trophies, or best spirit trophies.
The only trophies paced out are the checks we place next to our task.

Nothing great comes to those who just participate. As I write this, I am listening to U2. The best band of all time (another debate for another time). The amount of greatness I see from them almost makes me want to quit trying to do anything. Gifted, yes. But more impressive is their dedication. They never stop. Releasing 13 studio albums since 1980, they have stayed dedicated to making great music. That is an album ever 2 1/2 years. The dedication to deliver something great is what drives them every day they wake up.

Let’s admit something right now together: the greatest barrier to getting anything done is ourselves.
We are to blame. It’s easy to believe circumstances, people, or opportunities keep you from getting where you want to be, but every day you control your biggest obstacle, yourself.

This is why we have to beat ourselves every day.

Why do we have to beat ourselves every day?
We live in a time where we can accomplish what we set out to do. Learning is available to us. People are available to us. Resources are available to us. There is no greater time than today. You don’t have to be from a certain family, live in a certain region, or grow up a certain way.
Anyone can accomplish what they want.

I am tired of saying I want to do this but never getting past the “dreaming” stage.
I am tired of others getting the things I want while I sit on the sideline and watch.
I am tired of waking up in the morning to do the same thing over and over again.
I am tired of distractions stealing my time rather than doing what I know needs to get done.
I am tired of being the guy who has great ideas but never has anything to show for those ideas.

What are you tired of?

If you are tired of the excuses, now is the time to take back your time.
Time we commit to getting things done and being able to check things off of our to-do list.
It’s time we become systematic about our task and accomplish the goals we have.

I have created this free resource for you. It’s my task sheet that I use every single day.
It walks you through your day by morning and by night focusing on the most important task but also providing a place to dream up new ideas.

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