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Why You Should Burn All Your Bridges and Never Have a Backup Plan

Why You Should Burn All Your Bridges and Never Have a Backup Plan

| July 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

What do you see when you look at a successful human? I see a determination, definiteness of purpose, and plan that most people are too afraid to ever create for themselves. Have you ever met anyone who achieved something important in life, something they would consider a dream, by dropping back to a plan B? […]

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Keeping the Customer from Hell out of Your Business, Automatically.

Keeping the Customer from Hell out of Your Business, Automatically.

| July 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

“You’ll throw in the extras we talked about if you want my business.” We were negotiating with a potential customer. His pattern was the same. We’d negotiate the terms and send the agreement. Our customer would confirm that everything was fine. Everything looked good. Until we spotted all of the extras he added in without […]

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It’s Your Time to Fly: Why You Should Be Impractical and Move Somewhere New

It’s Your Time to Fly: Why You Should Be Impractical and Move Somewhere New

| July 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

The urge to pack up and start a new life in another city is a dream most everyone has entertained at one time or another. There’s a certain impulsive appeal in just leaving behind your established routine and starting fresh somewhere else. There’s an aura of adventure and renewal to the idea that calls to […]

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Kick-A$$ Guide to Mastering Your Goals

Kick-A$$ Guide to Mastering Your Goals

| July 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hey, how’s it going? It’s Mike Gowans. Do you got that friend that’s like he always comes around, and he’s always in a weird mood, kind of like cheerful but maybe not, and he’s always talking about oh, my job, blah, blah, blah? Well, the other night, I was actually out to eat with my […]

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How to Turn the Customer from Hell into an All-Star

How to Turn the Customer from Hell into an All-Star

| July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

“Why the hell isn’t this project done?!” “I’m going to initiate a chargeback on all the money we’ve paid you for the last year, since you can’t get this done.” Our customer was angry. He felt we weren’t doing our jobs. Except for one problem. Our customer was the reason his project wasn’t done. We […]

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Depression F-ing Sucks! 5 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Overcome It…

Depression F-ing Sucks! 5 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW to Overcome It…

| July 9, 2014 | 7 Comments

  Okay, depression really fucking sucks. It’s like doing everything you can, day in and day out, just to have the chance to take a positive step in the right direction. Every day is an accumulation of all the shitty days that came before, piled onto your back like 49 contestants from the Biggest Loser, waiting for […]

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3 Ways to Maintain a Successful Entrepreneurial Mindset

3 Ways to Maintain a Successful Entrepreneurial Mindset

| July 8, 2014 | 5 Comments

Starting a business definitely comes with its fair share of difficulties.  The process often feels like a roller coaster.  Some days, weeks, and even months on end will run smoother than you ever could have hoped for.  Then just when all feels safe, bam.  In the blink of an eye you are free falling without […]

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Finding True Workplace Happiness: The 70% Rule

Finding True Workplace Happiness: The 70% Rule

| July 7, 2014 | 18 Comments

A little more than three years ago I graduated from college, ready to kick off my career with a job lined up starting one week later. Taking my first official step into the oft-talked about “real world” I had so many thoughts about what it would be like. I couldn’t wait to put my marketing […]

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Using The Customer from Hell to Attract All-Star Customers

Using The Customer from Hell to Attract All-Star Customers

| July 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

“Are you fuckers listening?”  “uh…wha…what?” I sputtered. “I know what I want done and I want you fuckers to listen.” Ignoring his insult, I ask a direct question. “This thing you’re asking us to do, you know it’ll hurt your business if it doesn’t work, right?” Our toxic customer had asked us to do something […]

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6 Simple Words That Can Save You Time, Money, Heartaches, and Headaches

6 Simple Words That Can Save You Time, Money, Heartaches, and Headaches

| July 1, 2014 | 7 Comments

  One of the main reasons I love the TV show Shark Tank is because I learn so many nice ways to tell people no. The sharks have the uncanny way of letting entrepreneurs (people) down while building them up. The phrase “and for that reason I’m out” have become a regular member of my […]

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