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“How To” Is Less Than Half Of The Equation For Success

“How To” Is Less Than Half Of The Equation For Success

I used to think business was all about the nuts & bolts. If I used the right tactics and took the right action, I'd win. So I did that. I followed the trends, learned everything that I could, and implemented ruthlessly. It worked for a while--I built a great...

Why A Strategy Of Restraint Is Key To Success

Why A Strategy Of Restraint Is Key To Success

I've had acne since the moment I hit puberty. Certainly worse than average--but not so bad that I ever really considered serious medication for it. It's made me extremely self-conscious and I tried all manner of things to get rid of it or cover it up. In the...

Don’t Compromise On The Follow-Through

Don’t Compromise On The Follow-Through

Like many self-starters, I have not historically been a great finisher. I can whip out new ideas and plan out new projects with the best of them. But seeing it to completion? Not so much. It's one of my own personal forms of self-sabotage and something that I've...

Do The Opposite Of “Normal” To Stand Out

Do The Opposite Of “Normal” To Stand Out

Every small business owner wants to figure out how to stand out and earn attention for their brand. And, we normally make it a lot more complicated than it needs to be. Think about some of the biggest players in your industry: How do they run their businesses?What...

You Can’t Escape From Customer Service

You Can’t Escape From Customer Service

I worked in retail from the ago of 16 to the age of 26. On one hand, I loved it. I got to be helpful every day and make it easier for people to get what they need. On the other hand, it was completely draining. As the hours tick on, you start asking yourself: Why are...

How Much Are You Willing To Bet On Yourself?

How Much Are You Willing To Bet On Yourself?

"We were betting on ourselves," Jeff Ullrich, co-founder of Earwolf and founder of Midroll, explained. He had taken his wife's Roth IRA and invested the whole of it (about $30k) in starting a company with no guarantee of success. He wasn't betting on the market....

Managing Anxiety As A Small Business Owner

Managing Anxiety As A Small Business Owner

I walk out of my hotel room and I can already hear the din of the party 20 floors below me. As the elevator whizzes down, I can feel the tightness in my chest rising up and out. The door opens and my skin starts to prickle. My mind goes blank. I'm at the opening party...

The Case For Warming Up

When I first started running races, I thought it was nuts that people would run before the race even started. While I'd be busy trying to get my bib on straight without jabbing myself with a safety pin, they'd be slowly jogging laps around the...

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