Ideas

Partner with your employer

| January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Assuming you do not work for a Fortune 1000 company or a government agency many employment situations lend themselves to partnering opportunities.  I have personally always looked for employees that I could make partners knowing they could make exponentially more as a partner. Why?  Partners don’t just turn their brains on 8 hours a day [...]

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Perfect is the Enemy of Good: Beta Testing Your Business

| September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

May I Take Your Order? vs. How Can I Help You? Name your top 3 favorite restaurants. How often have you visited them in the last month? My guess would be that you have visited McDonalds or another fast food restaurant more than once in the last month. Companies like McDonalds are the most profitable [...]

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Reinventing the Wheel: Mirror Other Successful Companies

Reinventing the Wheel: Mirror Other Successful Companies

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

In life, we often get advice “don’t reinvent the wheel.” But another maxim says:  “Stick with the winners.” If you find yourself struggling to come up with a business idea to start or if you are wrestling with the same problem, step away from your world and take a look at what other people are doing. You [...]

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Branding Your Business Today!

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last week we started to talk about branding. Branding is a promise you make to your customers about an important quality or attribute they can expect to receive from using your product or service. Take a word of phrase that summarizes this promised quality and start to use it in your marketing materials. In your [...]

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Bring Your Family Along

Bring Your Family Along

| January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

  We often hear of the entrepreneur who works 80-100 hour weeks and applaud their relentless work ethic only to look behind the curtain and see they lost their family along the way. Choose to bring your family along with your on your business journey. Share ideas at the dinner table and get feedback. I [...]

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Visualization

Visualization

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’d like to give you two examples of how athletes use visualization to demonstrate to you how picturing success is the first step to achieving it: Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus has been quotes as saying he has never hit a golf ball in practice or in a tournament that he did not first picture in [...]

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The Value of Ideas

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have noticed recently, and now I see, Northwestern Mutual has trademarked the tagline Insurance, Investments, and Ideas. Northwestern Mutual–one of the most respected and profitable insurance companies–has equated the value of ideas with insurance and investments. I think a good idea is worth more as it can fund the other two, but that is a moot point. [...]

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New Year’s Resolution: A New Vision Statement

New Year’s Resolution: A New Vision Statement

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

I hope you took my last post to heart and planned out a little time to retracing the successes of last year. I also hope you are taking more time to spend with your family too. But if you are anything like me, I am sure you will be thinking about the business anyways. It’s [...]

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Kid Entrepreneur

| November 18, 2014

My son made me proud last week as I saw innate qualities that let me know there is an entrepreneur coming after me.  Friday was a middle school dance and he is at the age still where he would rather play basketball with his friends.  But it was his idea to go to Sam’s Club [...]

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There Are No Bad Ideas. I Guarantee It!

| August 30, 2014

What happens if I come up with what I think is a good idea and it fails? This fear of failure keeps many from actively thinking for fear they may actually get an idea, act on it and it fails. First understand that ideas rarely fail to the point where nothing is gained. Most ideas [...]

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