Side Hustle Spark 130: Unleashing the Ideavirus

It’s Seth Godin’s ebook–the third item down on his ‘free content’ page.

But…can Seth Godin actually write? ;-]

A partial list of his titles:

His latest, The Practice, was just released on November 9.


  • Linchpin [The first one I bought back in 2006.]
  • All Marketers Tell Stories
  • The Dip [A Little Book That Tells You When to Quit, and When to Stick]
  • Permission Marketing
  • Poke The Box: When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time? [I just ordered this. Too intriguing to pass up.]

Reminder! No affiliations here, just wanting to pass along items that I hope will be helpful.

Side Hustle Spark 129: Wisdom from Seth Godin

I could go on and on with good stuff from Seth Godin. [And my next post will feature him again.] In fact, he probably wouldn’t be thrilled with my use of the word ‘wisdom’, but hey, years and years of observations and insights will inevitably lead to what I would call ‘wisdom’.

And, yes, I will never win Canva awards for stellar design. In fact, they’d probably prefer I not even suggest I used their tools. Oy.

If you want to subscribe to Seth’s blog, here’s the link.

And now, time for book recommendations…or shameless commercialism…or both. Okay, there are definitely book recommendations…

These seven books are go-to sources of inspiration and valued experience. These are affiliate links which, if you use to preview and buy the product, won’t raise the product’s price and will earn me a commission. At that point, I’ll be that much closer to buying that unclaimed island in the Caribbean. Please don’t ask for the island’s coordinates. It is mine and you can’t have it. ;->

These books cut across so many lines of productivity and accomplishment. Whether you use these links or go elsewhere, get your hands on these.

Side Hustle Spark 121: The Next Big Idea Club

Part of my curation process simply involves hunting down and sharing repositories of advice and ideas.

And then it’s a matter of passing it along for others to curate for themselves.

The Next Big Idea Club is a perfect vehicle for this approach.

A few other titles from this page:

Charles Duhigg on How Willpower Leads to Success

The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You

7 Ways to Prevent Stress from Ruining Your Day

Suggestion 58: Check out this free illustrations site

Created by Samuel Briskar & Ade Hidayat

Let’s start the week with a freebie.

Fee-free, attribution-free [though encouraged] ** click here.

The illustration style and subjects are wide-ranging, but then, so are the needs of side hustlers, so there should be something you could use, if not for business purposes, then for ‘playtime’ while texting or emailing.


  1. Click on the collection that interests you. I chose .
  2. Click ‘Visit Site’.
  3. Click ‘Browse Now’. I hovered over the ‘Problem-solving’ image.
  4. I get the choice to download either the SVG or the PNG version of the image.
  5. I download the PNG version.
  6. And here it is…

Here are a few samples from the 80+ collections featured on the site.


So, set aside some time to explore. [This post took me waaay longer than I intended–got sidetracked by all the interesting freebies.]

Have a great week and let me know how I can assist-by-curation.

** Free for commercial and personal use under CC0 license.

Taking a first step

In Suggestion 45, I encouraged you/me/us to take a forward step or two in your side hustles.

I realize that every day you’re taking forward steps. Researching is a forward step. Tweeting out a mini-promo of your hustle is a forward step. Reading for inspiration is too.

But I guess I was aiming at exploring ‘something new’.

So I followed through. Here…

As the page tells you, I’ll be following a guide. In fact, I plan on relying on advice from various sources, many of whom you’ve seen mentioned here.

So feel free to check in as I wend my way through the process.

Nothing fancy. Nothing dramatic. Just a way to keep me exploring and to step up my game a bit.

Suggestion 36: A creator’s freebie…The Creative Self Workbook

Borrowing from my inventwithwords blog

this book–coming from [an Adobe site…their resources are worth a whole other three or four posts]–could give you a boost when you’re in idea-formation phase.

The Creative Self Workbook

by Tina Essmaker

Free from the 12th Annual Adobe 99U Conference


Other thoughts:

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
― Mattie Stepanek


Note: Any included links are not affiliate links. I just think these sites, specialists, and resources are worth your limited time.

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