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The fundamentals of doubling down

Sitting at the table, you’re on a losing streak.  What do you do?  Pick up your chips and walk away or double down and hope for the best? There’s that moment in every movie where the hero is faced with the gambler’s dilemma.  Walk away a poor man or double down and go for broke. As the audience, we know how it’s going to end, we roll our eyes at his decision and dig down into our seats to watch the impending train wreck. It’s not so much different from real life. Entrepreneurs are often seen as gamblers, mavericks who Continue Reading

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Pokemon Go – an overnight success 20 years in the making

We’re waiting with baited breath in darkest Africa for the release of what’s become a global phenomenon in gaming.  Not only has Pokemon Go overtaken twitter & Facebook, it’s forced sluggish gamers to get out there and inadvertently exercise! As a nifty by-product its also added $7 Billion to Nintendo’s market capitalization in just 7 days. Here’s the lowdown.  It’s a game that takes place in a virtual world.  Overlaid on the real world.  You hold up your phone and you see pokemon, special places and tools overlaid on your real surroundings.  Yep, every dystopian nightmare ever, come to life Continue Reading

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I’m a failure

I’m a failure. It’s incontrovertible, I’ve given up. I’ll never win the lottery. Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. We think differently, we create, we hustle and we plot. Who among us hasn’t stood looking at the lotto and wished ever so desperately that it were that easy. Boom, you’re rich. Would you like it as a lump sum or an annuity sir? Why thank you, I’ll take the lump sum, I know what to do with it. Sadly, I’m a failure. I even gave up on the idea of buying tickets. Yet, every few weeks some Shmuck with dumb luck Continue Reading

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Is google sounding the death knell for comparison shopping finance affiliates?

Google just released a mortgage comparison shopping tool in California. Previously the search term would result in a list of indexed publishers offering comparison shopping services. Now search results include Google’s own site. This is not a free service, as Google is licensed as a mortgage broker in California. I can’t help but wonder how this will affect other mortgage comparison shopping sites. They now have to compete on a playing field owned by what will be the largest competitor. It will be interesting to see whether challenge is brought claiming unfair competitive practices. Clearly Google would have a distinct Continue Reading

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Fear, more often than laziness, is the cause of procrastination.

“We begin to work only when the fear of doing nothing at all exceeds the fear of not doing it very well … And that can take time.” This one surprised me. Sure, there are times when laziness is the reason for not getting something done, but more often the root of procrastination is fear, says British philosopher and author Alain de Botton on his website, The Book of Life. “The only way to overcome this habit, is to abandon the accompanying habit of perfectionism. ” “Instead of wasting time planning around and preparing for your project, find a way Continue Reading

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The problem isn’t that life is unfair – it’s your broken idea of fairness

Unless you’re winning, most of life will seem hideously unfair to you, says Oliver Emberton, in his insightful blog post. We like to like to think that society rewards those who do the best work. But in reality, social reward is just a network effect. Reward comes down mostly to the number of people you impact. Oliver 3 life rules are simple: Rule #1: Life is a competition Rule #2. You’re judged by what you do, not what you think Rule #3. Our idea of fairness is self interest. Read the original post here

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Affiliate Marketing Blueprints are lies

“Why isn’t my site making any money?  I followed the blueprint!” is the question I’m most often asked by affiliates. It saddens me that every day starry eyed new affiliates go out and buy the latest and greatest course on ‘how to become a gazamilibillionaire on the internet in under 24 hours’ only to discover after months of courses, masterminds, mentorships & exclusive coaching that they’ve now invested thousands into lining the pockets of ‘internet millionaires’ but have very little to show for it. Unless of course they use their newly minted skills to drive more traffic to their mentor, Continue Reading

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Don’t fear the fundamentals

I admit, I like bright, shiny things. I’m easily distracted and I often find myself drawn into projects and new business ideas purely because I get fixated on them. Some may accuse me of being a serial entrepreneur. Its me, I’m some. Admitting this is not easy, but as they say, recognizing you have a problem is the first step. With that moniker comes the dubious honor of always having your ideas competing for attention and time. Growing a business is incredibly hard. Make no mistake, it requires sacrifice, hard work, delayed gratification and a bunch of habits I have Continue Reading

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Stop looking for a Co-Founder

I often get asked if I can co-found or refer a co-founder. Here’s my future go-to-answer.  Dave Lerner says it best. “Stop Looking for a Co-Founder.  The very act of looking for a co-founder is already a sign that you are hopelessly unprepared.” The conventional wisdom that you have to find an experienced co-founder to drive your plan forward indicates that you haven’t fully worked out your plan.  You don’t yet know where you’re going and that’s why you’re looking for a co-conspirator. If that’s the position you find yourself in, you need to seriously consider whether you’re doing the Continue Reading

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