The Best and the Worst

The best blogs or vlogs or art of any kind are an act of generosity. They offer a point of view, insight, encouragement, something interesting or even something beautiful. The worst try to sell you something: "And that's how the Dalai Lama approaches conflict. And speaking of conflict, how often have you seen people conflicted [...]

By |2018-09-09T07:48:03-04:00September 9th, 2018|Art, Blog, Business, Creativity, Humor, Marketing|Comments Off on The Best and the Worst

Never Be Overwhelmed Again

Being overwhelmed is a terrible state. It is essentially chronic panic. People in a panicked state don't think clearly and tend to make bad decisions. The thing about being overwhelmed is that it is by definition temporary. You can't spend your entire life, or ever more than a few days, overwhelmed. What is overwhelming usually passes [...]

By |2018-09-06T06:57:56-04:00September 6th, 2018|Attitude, Humor, Stress, Terminology|Comments Off on Never Be Overwhelmed Again

Good/Fast/Cheap

There is an old joke in business: Good/Fast/Cheap. Pick any two. What if you took one off the table? What is everything you offer has to be good? Then it can be fast, but not cheap. Or it can be cheap, but not fast. So you get paid well for working under pressure (which feels good), [...]

By |2018-09-04T07:35:22-04:00September 4th, 2018|Humor, Profitability, Small Business, Tactics, Time Management|Comments Off on Good/Fast/Cheap

Differentiate

It's probably not enough to know the tax code better than most other accountants. It is helpful, it shows that you are a serious and competent professional. But in the end clients don't care. What they care about is how you make them feel. That you take the time to carefully explain a matter, to [...]

By |2018-09-02T08:04:57-04:00September 2nd, 2018|Creativity, Generosity, Humor, Jargon, Marketing, Niche|Comments Off on Differentiate

Just Do It

I view my career as a marathon. I plan to work until I am not physically able. Alternatively, I plan to die in my sleep or while having sex. In order to accomplish this goal it became clear to me that it is imperative that I take care of my body. I go to the [...]

By |2018-08-28T07:19:58-04:00August 28th, 2018|Habit, Health & Wellness, Humor|Comments Off on Just Do It

The Right Light

Since starting my own business in July 2001, just weeks before the world changed in September 2001, there have been no shortage of, um, challenges. 9/11 itself was one of the first. There has always been some problem, some obstacle. This Gloomy Gus really summed it up for me: "There are no pleasant surprises when [...]

By |2018-08-27T07:50:59-04:00August 27th, 2018|Attitude, Change, Humility, Humor, Personal Development, Professional Growth, Small Business|Comments Off on The Right Light

August

People (not me) take vacations in August. Europeans take almost the whole month off. God bless 'em. I took Friday off to watch a little golf at the Northern Trust. And I have jury duty next week. So guess who is working all weekend?  This guy. Ah, self-employment. Why did I do this again?

By |2018-08-25T06:13:23-04:00August 25th, 2018|Humor, Small Business|Comments Off on August

Gambling

A lot of people really enjoy gambling. They play the lottery and bingo, go to a casino and play the slots or blackjack or roulette. They love the bright lights, the excitement, the risk. I am not one of them. I own my own business. Every day is a gamble. Am we getting calls for [...]

By |2018-08-23T05:32:13-04:00August 23rd, 2018|Humor, Risk, Small Business|Comments Off on Gambling

People

I inspected an industrial property the other day, one location in dozens (maybe hundreds?) of locations owned by this company. The company has got to be one of the most vertically integrated businesses in the world. They design, the manufacture, they distribute, they print point of service signs. They print one million labels a day. On [...]

By |2018-08-21T05:58:55-04:00August 21st, 2018|Automation, Business, Humor, Labor, Management, Technology|Comments Off on People
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