About Megan Dougherty

Megan Dougherty is an alumnus of Mirasee and is passionate about online education, small business and making a difference in the world. You can find out what she's up to and how side-hustles will take over the world at PayingforLife.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MeganTwoCents.

Terrified, Funny, Suck-Loving Humans and a Heartfelt Goodbye

About 6 years ago, I answered a Craigslist ad to become a marketer’s assistant. In doing so, although I didn’t know it at the time, I took the biggest, most audacious step of my life to date, and it meant more change, more personal growth, and more opportunity than I ever imagined. And I’m about to take another one. After many long and wonderful years working with Danny and the team at Mirasee, it’s time …

Early Signs of Online Audience Business Success

Last month was kind of a special month for me. On around the 15th of April, I celebrated 5 years working with Danny at Firepole Marketing. Now, 5 years may not sound like a lot – but for a millennial who, pre-Firepole had almost 40 different jobs (most of them sucked), it’s kind of spectacular. TweetPinShare+10 Shares

The Mirasee Ultimate Guides Contest Winners!

We’ve been running the Mirasee Ultimate Guides Contest, and we had some amazing showings from our finalists. From entrants, we’ve asked for posts that are *the* definitive guide for WHY, WHEN, and HOW to do something related to marketing; in other words, the #1 resource that all of the Beacons in our community can bookmark and come back to again and again. And boy, did they ever deliver! We’ve gotten great advice on everything from shopping carts to …

Project ABC: Goodness Gracious, It’s Actually Happening…

I’m really excited. Okay – I’m usually really excited – but today more so than others. Today, I’m excited to tell you about the last year at Paying for Life, which has gone from an idea to a blog with about 650 people paying attention to it. This is small potatoes in the blogosphere – but it feels HUGE to me. Note from Danny: This *is* huge. Megan has grown almost as much in her …

Planning a Business Retreat: One Step Back for Two Steps Forward

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Or months. Or years. You’re doing your time, responding to your emails and blog comments, reaching out and building new relationships, and always creating content, thinking about the future and planning what you’ll need to get there. It can be exhausting, and no matter how much you love what you do, how passionate you are, or how much it all matters, you can’t keep this up forever without …

"Hooked" with Nir Eyal (Marketing Insights Podcast)

On today’s episode of the podcast, Danny talks to author and blogger Nir Eyal about unconscious behaviors we engage in without even thinking! When you use something all the time, you never think about what really goes into using it. Your actions become habits, and it all becomes automatic. Nir’s research is based around what he calls the “hook model.” It’s all about why we do what we do, and how we engage with products and …

Thinking In New Boxes with Alan Iny (Marketing Insights Podcast)

On today’s episode of the podcast, Danny interviews his cousin Alan Iny, co-author of the new book Thinking in New Boxes. The book is all about how people think. It’s about how thoughts are constrained in our minds and, what that means for challenging our perceptions. We all think in boxes. They’re a symbol for a mental model or framework. Most of the time we can’t help but use them, but what we need to …

Ask the Readers: What’s Wrong with Webinars?

If you’re active online, then dollars to donuts, you’ve attended a webinar of one kind or another. Some of them are sleazy pitches, and some of them are valuable learning opportunities. If you’re running a business online – maybe you’ve run them too – they have a tendency to work really well in terms of getting tons of new subscribers interested in what you’re doing. We believe strongly in the webinar as an engagement, and …

Business Mistakes as Opportunities to Connect With Your Audience? (Marketing Insights Podcast)

Mistakes, fumbles, screw-ups, blunders – unfortunately, in our daily lives and businesses we’ve all had them, they’re inevitable. But what you may not know is that they’re great learning tools. If you mess something up or make a gigantic mistake, you end up bouncing back with more vigor and intensity just to prove that mistake wrong, to prove that you can do it, and because of that you not only learn from your mistakes but you bounce back …

Looking at Vintage Advertising – Are you Ready for a Blast from the Past?

I’ve always had an interest in history. When I was a child, I would sit and listen for hours to my grandpa tell me stories of his youth, the war, our family and town, and generally – the way things used to be. I would pour over the old family photo albums, and all of my favorite books were set in the past. I like old things too; china, jewellery, furniture, clothing – things that have …