The Work You Want

After the startupworkgrab, you know, the first months or years when a new business will take any paying work, there has to be a time of self reflection. You now have some data and you need to ask yourself some questions. I suggest that you pose these questions as negatives: What work is the least [...]

By |2018-08-30T08:04:28+00:00August 30th, 2018|Customers, Profitability, Small Business, Success, Tactics, Tips and Tricks|Comments Off on The Work You Want

Here’s the Good News

Do you feel like you are not getting anywhere? Like you are spinning your wheels? Like you keep revisiting the same problems over and over? We, the self-employed, the creatives, the freelancers, the sales people, have all been there. It can be discouraging. Here's the good news: You know more. You are generally better than you [...]

By |2018-08-07T06:42:51+00:00August 7th, 2018|Attitude, Grit, Professional Development, Small Business, Success|Comments Off on Here’s the Good News

Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It

If you are not familiar with the phrase, Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It, you are probably under 40 years old. I am not sure of its origins, but it was uttered by a deeply experienced musician who, with just a hint as to the melody of a song, could play the song [...]

By |2018-07-31T06:28:01+00:00July 31st, 2018|Brand, Business, Creativity, Music, Professional Development, Skills, Small Business, Stories, Success|Comments Off on Hum a Few Bars and I Will Fake It

My Peeps

I got thinking about who I want to reach with this blog. Through the process of elimination I decided that it was not "entrepreneurs" or "steadies." If an entrepreneur is someone who makes money while they sleep, whose goal is to scale and sell an asset, I don't think I know one personally. I know [...]

By |2018-07-24T05:10:32+00:00July 24th, 2018|Business, Grit, Marketing, Service, Small Business, Success|Comments Off on My Peeps

You Can’t Force It

In his book, Willpower Doesn't Work, Benjamin Hardy argues that creating environment, not the will to succeed, is the way to create new and positive habits. Let's say that you want to write every day, which is, not coincidentally, a goal of mine. In the past I tried to force myself to write. I left [...]

By |2018-07-19T08:01:08+00:00July 19th, 2018|Art, Blog, Change, Creativity, Future, Habit, Personal Development, Planning, Success, The Human Condition|Comments Off on You Can’t Force It

Jeeves Was Probably Underpaid

I know it is a little odd, but as a youngster I had a fantasy of being a Gentleman's Gentleman. Of serving and helping a great man, well, be great. Maybe this fantasy wasn't so odd. After all, who wants the burden of being great themselves? Isn't it better, safer and easier to bask in [...]

By |2018-07-16T13:26:02+00:00July 16th, 2018|Business, Personal Development, Professional Growth, Risk, Small Business, Success, Value|Comments Off on Jeeves Was Probably Underpaid

Stark Raving Fans

It is not enough to service your clients, or even to service them well. Whenever possible, go above and beyond. Make suggestions, deliver something extra, spend time, empathise, care. Put the proverbial bow on the box or the cherry on top of the sundae. Someone might be offended, but it is worth the risk. You may [...]

By |2018-07-14T07:18:54+00:00July 14th, 2018|Creativity, Customers, Future, Gratitude, Small Business, Success|Comments Off on Stark Raving Fans

In Praise of the Garden State

Wow, a lot of people grouse about New Jersey. Constantly. It's too congested. The taxes are too high. Everything is so expensive. All of these statements are true. But there is one distinct advantage to living in New Jersey: we are dead center in the Northeast megalopolis. That giant, connected city that runs from Boston to [...]

By |2018-02-16T10:12:48+00:00February 16th, 2018|Art, Business, Capital, Criticism, Economics, Education, Gratitude, History, Service, Social Networking, Success, Taxation, Wealth|Comments Off on In Praise of the Garden State
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