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Planning vs. Reality

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right and you doubt your own ability to plan, forecast and execute?  We all have.  It’s good to remember that a plan is designed to guide, not act as gospel.  It’s very rare that everything will go according to plan. In business, as in life, expect the unexpected to happen.  Keep looking at the flag and keep moving forward.  It may get muddy and the water may be deep at times, but every time you wade through deep business rivers, keep in mind there’s an embankment on Continue Reading

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The last word always belongs to the mountain

Very few of us will ever accomplish momentous things. That’s just the reality. Not from lack of dreaming, but from lack of action. For those of us who do try, often there are things outside of our control that influence the outcome. You can’t plan for every eventuality and even when you get it right you things can still go horribly, horribly wrong. There’s a great line in the movie Everest “…the last word belongs to the mountain…” In the context of life and business, the challenges we face may not always be within our control, but with the right Continue Reading

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Sociopathic CEO’s and the cult of self adoration

Perhaps I’m cynical or even hypocritical, considering that I’ve flirted with self-promotion and for a few years there even actively engaged in the public speaking circuit. But whenever I see the “new guru on the block” I can’t help but wonder what their real motivation is. On the chopping block is Dan Price, the messiah of middle class income. He famously increased his employees salaries to $70k in a social experiment designed to remove financial stress and unlock his employees potential. In a Bloomberg article the picture painted of him is that of an abusive manipulator.  The piece is masterfully Continue Reading

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Coreg makes a comeback.

Check your Facebook timeline and you’ll see friends and co-workers sharing competitions, quizzes and giveaways.  It’s almost as if Quizzes are the new self-help section! People love quizzes and giveaways. It’s no wonder that when personality quizzes, dream holiday competitions or product giveaways come along Facebook users flock to participate and share. Clearly co-registration marketing is making a comeback.  I’ve been testing using my own quizzes and have found that if properly executed, co-registration competitions and quizzes are a powerful marketing tool. For the uninitiated, Coreg (or co-registration marketing) is where consumers complete a sequence of questions. Based on their Continue Reading

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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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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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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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