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Is Hard Work What’s Holding You Back From Success

by · March 25, 2014

It seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? As children we are taught that if we work hard, we can achieve anything our heart desires. I’ve taught my own children this very lesson and would argue that all of my success in life has been the result of hard work. But is it really? Was it the hard work? Or was it finding something that I am the best in the world at?

These are the thoughts I’m exploring in my own life and I’d love to share them to get your perspective.

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Don’t Let Goals Get In The Way Of Your Success

by · May 3, 2013

I was at a party the other week talking to an old friend that had recently launched a startup. He was sharing some interesting statistics on the growth of the startup, that they have increased sales by X and clients by Y.  In all, it was very positive news. After a few minutes of conversation, I asked him whether or not the business was successful. I was expecting a short and simple, “Yes!”  Instead what I received was a rehashing of the metrics he had already shared. Having known him for a while, I felt comfortable stopping him mid-sentence asking, “It’s great that you’re meeting all these goals and objectives, but does that mean your startup is successful?

His response, “I don’t know.”


The Model for a Successful Startup is Broken

by · January 15, 2013

If you’ve ever watched Shark Tank, then you’ve seen Mr. Wonderful beat up a startup because they will kill his money, Daymond’s questioning to determine whether a product has retail and branding potential, Robert’s uncertainty over whether a product can be successful online, Lori’s probing about whether a company has something that can be patented or Barbara’s reservations about whether a company has a viable long-term business model. I am a huge fan of Shark Tank. And I’m honestly speechless and so proud of Jason Falls, who recently spoke on a panel with Barbara Corcoran at Entrepreneur Magazine’s GrowthCon. Being such a fan of Shark Tank and of Barbara in particular, it spurred some thinking for me about what is happening in the startup community.


Clint Eastwood: More Than a Cowboy

by · May 31, 2012

All you need to know about social media, marketing, leadership, management, success and love can be found from the words of American legend, Clint Eastwood. In honor of Clint Eastwood’s 82nd birthday today, I’m compiling a collection of life lessons. Giddy up boys and let your Clint free.


The Super Secret Leadership Problem Everybody Knows About Already.

by · October 20, 2010

If you’re in a position of authority, chances are you need to stop doing what you’re doing.  Yes, well-read, wide-eyed golden child, this means you.  You may be good at your job, but you probably suck as a manager.  There, I said it.  Let’s hope you do something about it.


Moliere is attributed with the artful phrase:

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”