Why you should be your first customer

How do I find my first customer… Not only should that be your question when starting a business but you should be your answer. I have said for a very long time, “Solve the problem you have. If you can, from that solution, create a product or a systematic approach, you have the potential to make a lot of money. The reason is simple. You are probably not the only person with that problem but you may have found an incredible solution. Good problem Problems are a dime a dozen; so the saying goes. But there are some really good problems to have. Out of good problems comes true innovation. And, if you survey most entrepreneurs today, they have built companies around answering a problem they had or their dislike for the way things were […]

Money Scarcity and The Wealth Mindset

Money scarcity is a real thing. I would even venture to say that, in our country, money is the root of scarcity. Scarcity is driven into all of us at the very beginning of understanding trade. We no longer are taught to understand trade through value but now, more than ever, we understand trade through money. And, because money is a limited resource based on how fast you can get it versus the rate at which to expend it, it is immediately viewed as a scarce resource. It drives greed and fear around the scarcity mindset it breeds. But what is money scarcity? Scarcity is the idea that there is not enough of a resource to provide for all of a society’s wants and needs. The problem is, while scarcity is great if you’re trying to […]

Four critical types of goals and one big mistake. On Goals: Part 3.

There are a lot of conversations on the types of goals that exist. In this article, we are going to talk briefly about types of goals in a way I have yet to find discussed. When I did my search for goal types I was given things like financial, spiritual, emotional and the like. While those delineations are important, I want to shift our approach. I want us to take an approach on the types of goals that will allow us to build on each type. First, the mistake. I think the biggest mistake we can make is believing acquisition is a goal. Acquiring things is not a goal, it is a reward. Last year I had a goal of getting a Convertible Cheverlot Camaro 2LT in Nighthawk Grey with 5 spoke 20″ rims (not to be […]

Success from the start – On Goals: Part 2

The greatest benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving them. It’s the process that you must go through and the person you become in order to achieve your goal. – Jim Rohn I have said before that we need to be more in love with the process than the prize. The quote above from Jim Rohn illustrates why that is so important. If you are setting good goals, then you are forcing yourself to change in order to reach them. It isn’t that you have to become a new person, just better the person you are today. If you have any goals, then you have intention to achieve them. I want for you to have intention and expectation. The things we cover below are going to help with that. Let’s find success from the start. The […]

Where dey at tho? Goal setting examples – On Goals: Part 1

Allow me to show some examples of goal setting. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? That time of year where we realize how we either had a great year or it just wasn’t our year. Then we make those incredible forecasts like “new year, new me.” And, we resolve to be better in a little while than we are right now… If you haven’t caught it yet, I think it’s a little ridiculous. If you’re going to be better, start right now. But, I do believe in setting and achieving goals; bigly. Where dey at doe??? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4) Where is your goals list? How long is this gonna be? As I considered this article, I thought it would be pretty consistent with a lot the things I write. Maybe about 700 – 1000 […]

About your legacy… and what is legacy exactly?

When I did a search to define legacy it gave me something I wasn’t expecting. Legacy is defined primarily as a gift, particularly money or personal possession, that is willed to another. I thought that was inheritance so of course I had to look that word up to. Inheritance is poorly defined but is considered synonymous with legacy or endowment. When we discuss Dr Martin Luther King Jr or the influential ancestors of our family, we tend to talk about their legacy more than their possessions. So what is legacy exactly? And how does it relate? What is legacy? I heard someone describe the difference as: Inheritance is something you leave to someone; Legacy is something you leave in someone. I think that saying embodies more of how we feel about what legacy is. It is […]

Cold Turkey. How to quit something you love.

How in the world do you quit doing something you love? For some, the question is, “why would you quit?” I can answer that. This isn’t the article on how to quit smoking but if that’s how you got here… read on. Every artist, athlete, and entrepreneur faces a time when they have to decide to push forward against all odds, accept that this is where they will peak, or quit. You, too, have likely had something that you wanted to pursue and either became distracted by life or forced to move on. Maybe it was starting your own website, or writing that book you’ve been pondering, or planning that vacation. There comes that time when we are faced with the seemingly impossible choice of continue or quit. Quit?!?! Good grief… I think, and have […]

Why what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche But what does that really mean? And how am I stronger? I don’t know if you’ve ever been in one of those situations where it seemed like you wouldn’t make it out. For some people it’s a real life physical situation whereas others may experience financial, emotion, or mental situations that seem hopeless. There are a few things at play when we face those situations. Some of which we aren’t even aware of. Limiting beliefs A great majority of people have beliefs about themselves or their situations that limit their idea of what is possible. These limiting beliefs not only remove possible outcomes, they remove the effort toward those outcomes. I am a quitter; I’ve known that about myself for a long time. Interestingly […]

What can baseball teach you about life? ~ Even if you’ve never played

Baseball is a sport of chess… but, if you’re not a fan of the game that will never really matter. I would venture to say, even if you don’t understand the sport, you will at least resonate with the life lessons I mention in this article. Now… as I write this article, The Chicago Cubs have earned their way to the World Series for the first time in 71 years! I will admit that this team has always had my support in the playoffs because of how severe an underdog they have been. Plus, it has been over 100 years since the Cubs won the championship. All that aside, with baseball season coming to an end, what can baseball teach you about life, even if you’ve never played? Life Lessons from Baseball The apparent lesson from the […]

Do deadlines actually work? There is one simple trick…

I recently wondered to myself, “are deadlines helpful?” I may have shared with you before that I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 16 years… I’m not sure if I have conveyed how difficult that is at times. The most difficult part of it all is the solitude in which most things are done. And, not because it gets lonely, but because there is likely no one to hold me accountable. In a very transparent conversation with myself I asked, “Do deadlines increase productivity?” Nope… The primary reason I concluded this was because the deadlines were ones that I created for myself, and the likelihood is that no one else even knew they existed. For example, I have a hard due date on every article for the website; Monday at 9:30 EST the article is published. […]