You’re absolutely insane if you think you can become a freelance writer — unless…

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I’ll warn you right up front — you’re gonna love me or hate me after you read this article.

So if you tend to get upset about someone telling you the absolute, bare-naked truth about becoming a wildly successful freelance copywriter, then don’t waste your time reading all the way through — go read something else.

Now, if you’re serious, have a high “off-the-charts” level of perseverance, and you have a deep passion for copywriting, read on.

Making money is not a good enough reason to…


How to make your dream of becoming a professional writer into a reality.

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Have you dreamed of having the lifestyle of a successful freelance writer?

You know how that dream goes; you wake up to a day with no alarm and strong sunlight streaming through the windows.

Eventually, you head for the kitchen, brew a cup of the most flavorful coffee ever made and think about your day as a writer.

You head over to your spacious in-home office, sit down in a buttery soft leather chair and turn on your top-of-the-line computer.

You smile, breathe deeply, and meditate on…


It can be challenging to know exactly what to say to a loved one facing death

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I’d hardly noticed it. A text message from a family member about a mutual friend: so, like most of us with a busy schedule, I made a mental note to read it later that evening.

Later, as my day wound down, I looked for the text message on my smartphone. It was short, just a few words, “John is in the hospital. He would appreciate a call from you. Let me know if you need his number.”

I texted back and asked for some…


Yeah. Like you need any more reasons to love coffee?

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[I drink] Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.

David Letterman

Coffee, it’s the life blood that fuels the dreams of champions!

Mike Ditka

I like my coffee like I like myself: strong, sweet, and too hot for you.

Jan Vanek

Coffee, the favorite drink of the civilized world.

Thomas Jefferson

To me, the smell of fresh made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.

Hugh Jackman

Why, yes, I could start my day without coffee. …


Superman had super strength to help him — you have a unique superpower to help you solve life’s toughest problems.

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Superman. I really hate that guy.

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Yeah, yeah.

OK, so he’s the quintessential great American hero. He’s got his own comic books, TV series, motion pictures, etc.

He’s got superpowers.

He could solve his (and other people’s) problems quickly by simply breaking a chain, looking through a wall with that X-ray vision, or catching a falling Lois Lane.

Those superpowers made…


Why you must make your life great before it’s too late.

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The other day, I ran into the kitchen. One minute I was running, the next I was on the floor, dazed and confused.

I looked around and noticed the lower kitchen counters were now at my eye level.

“That’s not right,” I thought.

As I lay there, my daughter ran in to see what caused the resulting 5.2 magnitude earthquake (I’m 6’7” and the size of a large linebacker).

It’s weird — I don’t remember falling.

Waylaid on the floor, checking to see if my limbs are functioning, I realize something — I may have aged and my physical ability…


How will your kids remember you when they look back on the “Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020?”

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The other day, a friend told me about a stressed-out mom she was standing with in the grocery store checkout line. With her kids right there, she was talking on her cell phone to a friend. She talked about how hard it was to be with her “stupid kids” all day. Her tone was harsh and angry. And her children were listening to every brutal word.

As I looked at expressions of sadness on their young faces, I wondered what it must be like for those children at home — especially in these difficult times.

Like me, you are probably…


Last words are what matter in this new COVID-19 reality

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A few days ago, I read a social media post describing how we are all now living in a “Coronavirus hell.”

And there’s plenty of things going on right now to support his assessment of our new world.

Some people are hoarding things because somehow they believe this will make them safer — or at least feel safer. It’s all they know to do in times like this. They have no regard for the needs of others and take more than they can use — other people be damned. Their selfish greed is the cause of suffering for their neighbors.


Let go of these things and see what happens to your writing.

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So you can’t write.

Maybe some people have told you your writing sucks.

Maybe you’d say your writing sucks.

Maybe your writing’s so bad, you’d need to improve it just to move up to the level of “sucks.”

Congrats — you’re now a member one of the biggest clubs on the planet.

Bad writers.

I assume, since you’re reading this far, you want to change that?

If You’re Not Willing to Sacrifice, Stop Reading Now

So many things in life worth having are going to require lots of hard work.

My Dad used to tell me that every time I asked for something as a kid. He lived that…


Life has just begun kicking you in the teeth and that’s a good thing for your future.

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You want to be successful, right?

No one wants to be a failure.

You especially don’t want to think of yourself as being a failure in the future. That’s a future nobody looks forward to.

Like it or not, there’s going to be both success and failure in your future.

They say before he successfully came up with a light bulb that actually worked.

So what kept him going? Why did he try and fail so many times? Did he somehow know there would be that many failures in his future? …

Mark Oehlert

Deeply flawed human, witness to the amazing power of love, husband, father, son, servant, artist, teacher, writer, business owner, philosopher, man of faith.

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