037: Look at Me: Getting Your Work the Attention it Deserves [Podcast]

In this day of smart phones and social media, we are constantly being bombarded with distractions. The amount of things begging for our attention is endless. So how do you focus enough to do work that matters?

037: Look at Me: Getting Your Work the Attention it Deserves [Podcast]

Everyone wants to be noticed. We all want people to recognize what we’re doing and acknowledge our innate value. That recognition can help you feel like you’re contributing something worthwhile. And you know what? It’s not bad to want attention, but you’ve got to be willing to do the work to get it.

Because the truth is someone already is noticing you. It’s up to you and me to make the most of the attention we already have. You may not have thousands of followers, but you do have someone who is listening right now. And that’s where the real life change happens, anyway.

Making a difference isn’t about being popular. It’s about doing the kind of work that connects with people.

In this episode of The Portfolio Life, my co-host Andy Traub and I talk about how to break through the noise of the world and get your work the attention it deserves.

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Show highlights

In this episode we discuss:

  • Personal life stories that prove valuable lessons
  • Different ways people can grow their platform
  • Long-form blogging and micro blogging — Which one should you use?
  • Why we should focus on getting really good at something instead of pursuing passion
  • Making the most of the attention you already have

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How do you get attention in the midst of all the noise? Share in the comments.

11 thoughts on “037: Look at Me: Getting Your Work the Attention it Deserves [Podcast]

  1. Jeff I like that lead in and it can work nicely with your passion.

    Like, find something you feel wonderful about. Work on this craft/skill to stand out in your niche. Work on it some more.

    Since you feel passionate about the niche the work won’t feel like work and you’ll vibe high and move up in circles and all this cool stuff will happen without you worrying about outcomes.

    It’s kinda worked for me I guess 😉

    Keep up the great play!


  2. I don’t often have time to listen to podcasts, but I caught this one. Really struck a chord. Be really good at something to get attention. So many aspiring bloggers, churning out “content”,vying for “subscribers” and then spitting out sad little eBooks and calendars. Clearly the key is “value” and “quality.” Create that, and your audience will grow. Thanks, gentlemen, for a great discussion.

  3. Very helpful. You made me think and rethink about my revisions on my first book. Not sure how to post ITUNES review but it would be a positive one.

  4. Thank you guys.
    Give your audience what you have. We might have a micro-tribe, or it might become huge, but we must give. As Jeff told the story of his son wanting attention, it would be crazy for Jeff to wait to give full attention when his son can appreciate it more.
    Give what we have.
    Thank thee again.

  5. Hi Jeff, I requested your three-part series on growing your blog from 0-100K in two years but it stated you already had my email. I have not received though your 3 part series. Can you please send to me?

  6. This is really contrarian to a lot of the advice circulating out there about blog subscribers, and I love it! If writing ever were to become an overwhelming task, I don’t think I’d have any other option as to what to do with myself. Thanks for always being encouraging! Love the podcast.

  7. I SO needed to hear your podcast today. Mudpie Writing has right at 1,000 followers and I’ve felt that there was something “wrong” with me that I have no desire to grow to 100,000 followers. I LIKE that I can personally answer each and every email (even though it’s not easy).
    My two takeaways from today: 1) There’s too much NOISE out there today and not enough VALUE. 2) It’s okay that I prefer to go DEEPER within my own tribe, rather than BIGGER.
    Thanks, Andy and Jeff!

  8. I’m a little behind on my podcasts – just listened to this today. I posted some thoughts on my blog last week – had a handful of readers and comments. BUT – one young lady sent me a long e-mail telling me quite a powerful story about my post meeting her at a very vulnerable and critical time and shifting her in a huge way. ONE reader changed, only one. But the value of my time and energy that day was monumental. This sweet reader had the kind of realization that will permanently change her marriage and the way she sees herself. Wow – what is that worth? I hope that every time I post something that makes a tiny splash that I will remember that the quality of responses far outweighs the numbers. Please keep reminding us “little platformers” of that truth!

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