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Dear Entrepreneur Who’s Afraid Your Business Will Fail:

Congratulations! You’re normal—or at least as “normal” as an entrepreneur can be. Starting a business is crazy, considering most of them fail in the first year, and only a select few last a decade or longer. When you become an entrepreneur you close the door on the old, safe way of making an income where […]

My Annual Review (2019): The Year We Moved Into “The Blue House”

I’ve missed this, and it’s good to be back. I wrote a 2015 annual review and 2016 annual review, but I haven’t written one since then. I did publish a 2017 post that explained my change in focus, but I’m back to writing an annual review for 2019! This article is for me, because this […]

What is a Quarterly Offsite, and How Do I Take One?

As I was preparing my 2020 vision, and reflecting on this past year, I was surprised at what I learned. But first, a little backstory: This time last year, my wife and I were both frustrated with our relationship. Intellectually, we knew we cared for each other, but neither of us were getting the attention […]

How to Get 2020 Vision That Works

Have you set your goals for next year yet? In other words, do you have 2020 vision? 😎 My wife and I are going through Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course this week, like we do every year around this time. The end of one year and the start of another […]

How WeWork Became WeBroke (and My New Coworking Space)

I considered calling this article “Why I’m Starting a Coworking Space While WeWork Publicly Falls Apart.” After all, the timing seems a bit crazy. The most well-known (notice I didn’t say largest) coworking company in the world is in the midst of massive layoffs after canceling an IPO, which led to Softbank paying the CEO […]

The Breakthrough Financial System for Making More Profit

Your business has the potential to generate more wealth than any other opportunity on the planet (other than, perhaps, another business). Unfortunately, your business also has the potential to rack up more expenses than any other opportunity on the planet. Think of this as The First Law of Financial Dynamics (which I made up). It […]

The Truth About What Makes an Enjoyable Business

I never understand why people think you can’t “have your cake and eat it too.” I mean, think about it. If you had cake, why would you not eat it?! As it turns out, the correct phrase is actually “eat your cake and have it too,” which makes much more sense because it would be […]

Complete the Right Projects in the Right Order, Right on Time

You have a lot of work to do. I’m not a psychic, I can’t read your task list from here; I simply know the life of the entrepreneur. There is always more to do than you can complete. There are always new projects you wish you could take on, but you’re uncertain whether or not […]

Should You Delete Every Social Media Profile You Have?

Part of the fun of a “fireside chat” is that any question can come up in conversation, which I learned in my own fireside chat with Jeff Goins, on-stage at Tribe Conference (even though for safety reasons, there was no actual fire—it was mostly a “chat”). Because I teach personal branding and digital marketing at […]

The Only 5 Growth Models Tested By Successful Businesses Today

I had the exciting opportunity to emcee The Focused Leader 1-Day Intensive last month. Naturally, I was thrilled! But. . . I found out only two weeks before the actual event. I always get compliments when I wear my light blue blazer, so I decided to order the pants that go with it and turn […]