I tend to write about business, personal development, big (and small) ideas, things I find interesting, and casual observations about the world as I see it.
If you are looking for some motivation, business tips and tricks, general life advice, and how not to make the same mistakes I have, you are in the right place. I have spent years making mistakes and doing some really cool shit, and I am finally starting to write about all of it. I try to be short and sweet but some of these can drag on for days, so pack a lunch and enjoy the ride. And thanks for stopping by, I hope you walk away with something insightful, inspiring, or funny at least. Cheers.
I don’t know what it is about a good underdog story, but they get me every time. When someone comes back in the last minute, against all odds, to slay the dragon, I get the chills. Seeing someone accomplish their goals while facing various forms and levels of adversity inspires me like nothing else. In most of these stories, you have someone that faces their fears and accepts the challenge the universe has presented them [...]
It’s no secret, paying someone for marketing can get pricey and 9 times out of 10, startups don’t have money to just throw around. That’s why we bring to you the bootstrapped guide to startup marketing. With this guide, we hope to get you to a point where it makes sense to start paying for more advanced marketing strategies. After all, you need to stay focused on what you do best, building and growing your business! [...]
“Maybe stalking the woods is as vital to the human condition as playing music or putting words to paper. Maybe hunting has as much of a claim on our civilized selves as anything else. After all, the earliest forms of representational art reflect hunters and prey. While the arts were making us spiritually viable, hunting did the heavy lifting of not only keeping us alive, but inspiring us. To abhor hunting is to hate the place [...]
I have never considered myself a writer, nor do I now, but I did take a short writing course last summer that was taught by a good friend of mine, Sarah Selecky. In this class, we went through several writing exercises that I enjoyed very much. The idea that stuck with me the most, and the one I am choosing to exercise now, was the freewriting exercise. You simply sit your ass down with a pen in [...]
You hear more and more these days how important it is to “unplug” and “get off the grid” to restore balance to your professional and personal life. I believe with every fiber of my high-speed internet that this is becoming not just important but one of the most important elements of a life well-lived. I put it right up there with a healthy diet, exercise, and good night of sleep. It is absolutely critical for one [...]
If you have trouble staying focused or with procrastination there is a very simple technique that when used correctly can lead to super-high levels of productivity. I personally have been using this technique for about 5 years now and it is hands down one of the most effective ways to get shit done. A Little Background The word “Pomodoro” means tomato in Italian, and Francesco Cirillo, an Italian university student in the 1980’s would use the [...]
I read recently that a consultant who worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, politicians, game changers and general badasses noticed in his days of consulting that there was one thing about his clients that separated them from less successful people in similar positions. When presented with a problem, a task, a request, or anything that required action, they took an immediate step towards getting it done. They didn’t necessarily finish the task, but they got things rolling. [...]
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ’Til your good is better and your better is best. — St. Jerome It is this simple; leave EVERYTHING in better shape than you found it. Apply this to your life across the board and life will be better in every way. Next time you come home to the family, tell yourself that making their moods and lives a little bit better with your words and actions is all [...]
I have learned a lot of lessons over the years building businesses, here are a few of my favorites. 1. Health Is Priority One. Your health is everything. Without an able body, you will never enjoy the fruits of your labor. Work hard on your business but work harder on your body and mind. Run, walk, ride, stretch, breathe and push yourself physically. 2. There Are a Lot of “Chumps” Pulling This “Entrepreneur” Thing Off I [...]
In the age of information, it is damn near impossible to put down the resources and pick up the pace on that little thing called action. As a small business owner, you are bombarded with software solutions, productivity tips, time-saving tools and more marketing advice than you know what to do with. It is so easy to let these emails, status updates, blogs, and late-night internet crawls leave you paralyzed with ideas and action items for [...]
Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway. — John Wayne Courage is easy when everything is in alignment, when you are on your A-game, or when you are just “feeling it”. Courage is difficult when you are down, out, and beaten by your circumstances. It is in our darkest moments that we have opportunities to make serious progress as individuals. When it is hardest to be our best selves, when we feel discouraged, wronged, [...]