Pit Stops Are OK

Yesterday I started the day very optimistic. By about lunch I was really down about a lack of response to a email creative that isn’t fully tested. Intellectually I know we are not done with the test and shouldn’t give up but I was annoyed. What did I do?  Went to buy another business. That […]

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Valuing a Negative Cash Flow Business

I purchase companies. Improving businesses, saving jobs and allowing people to reach their highest potential is one of my favorite things to do. This falls totally in line with what I can’t stand which is waste.   Since 2014 when my team and I started doing this more actively, I’ve looked at, considered and or […]

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Vacation State of Mind

We are going on a family vacation in a few months and as part of the adventure, there is a checkin process.    For those of you who took extra Scantron bubble tests home, or of you just love government style tax forms, this is the thing for you.   As someone who is a […]

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No it’s Not.

I have a young son who has started to respond to things that are clearly true with ‘no it’s not’ in a sassy shut down the conversation tone. While it might sometimes be cute with a child, it is not cute consistently with friends, family or team members. Perhaps it’s because this goes against my […]

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Get it Right… Then Automate

Earlier this week I was speaking to a friend working on a new service offering for customers. It was a subscription plan with weekly checkin calls and as we were speaking, there was a want to automate. I love automation, it’s why I have a bunch of apps that can replace text and make things […]

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Write it Down

Get it . out of your head. No matter how small it may seem, if you don’t want to do it again, or you’re asking someone else to do it… write it down.   This became abundantly clear that I had gotten lazy with this as we are hiring new team members. All the things […]

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Shiny Happy People

Who are the people who just make you happy? I can think of a bunch of people who just thinking about them makes me smile. These are people on the professional and personal side. There is nothing they have to do and I will smile. Who are those people in your life and how can […]

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Better vs Not Done

Yesterday I was recording a video for one of my companies, FeeFighters.com I don’t consider myself lazy, but I was delaying doing it. There are always things that can be done to improve slides, maybe I need to buy a new mic, the software wasn’t perfect and I should really have a higher sample rate… right?   […]

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Behavioral Change

While in college, I worked at a summer camp over the summer in the program office. One of my jobs was making cookies for staff meetings, events and basically anything that anyone asked for cookies for. It was then that I was first introduced to Otis Spunkmeyer and the hair dryer powered oven that they […]

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Price or Terms… Pick One

There is often a want to name a price for something, assuming it comes with no tradeoff. There is always a tradeoff.  Similar to the cheap / fast / good blog post, we have to pick again. When we make an offer on a house, businesses or any purchase of consequence, which is more important, […]

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Arbitrary Deadlines

Happy New Year! Now is as good of a time as any to make a change… of your committed to sticking to it. The same is true for April 1 or July 17. We all know that the reality is, all deadlines are arbitrary.   We often judge decisions after the fact. Don’t decide if […]

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Can You Buy The Answer to the Problem

This is a question that didn’t come naturally to me. Instead it has come with a lot of time, pain, lost money and headaches.   When someone says, we should build this piece of software, critical to the business… is it cheaper to buy it? If there’s a want to grow, but you don’t have […]

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Radical Honesty

Ray Donovan is a Showtime show that has been off the air for a few years (it’s 2018 right now). In the 2nd or 3rd season, there is a character who espouses the virtues of radical honesty.  In short, it is not holding back and saying what you really feel. This holiday season, there are […]

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Who Wants Used Computers?

Currently I have a screaming new laptop, I get a new one about every 2-3 years because an improvement of seconds per task in speed means additional hours per week and weeks per year that would have gone lost to processing cycles. This isn’t always the case though.   When I started College Snacks which […]

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What’s Your Customers Goal

While i was still in school, I read Jeff & Bryan Eisenbergs book, Waiting for Your Cat to Bark. In it, they talk about WIIFM, your customers favorite radio station. This stands for What’s In It For Me. What is the problem that a customer can hand to you and you take care of it for […]

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Time Boxing

A goldfish grows to the size of it’s tank.*   It’s been said over and over, the only scarce resource today is time. One of the most overlooked and underused tools is time boxing.   Time Boxing Time boxing is the art of providing a time in which you will work on or accomplish something. […]

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Your Go Bag

For anyone who is a doomsday prepper, you’ve come to the wrong type of go bag article. Hours without wifi is more my idea of a disaster (unless I’m choosing to unplug). There are 2 bags that make all travel much easier and simpler to plan to travel. Toiletries Tech   Toiletries Go Bag: This […]

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