No More Excuses

No More Excuses

There comes a time when there are no excuses. You hit a certain point and you can no longer look back. You are no longer an amateur, you are no longer "just winging it", and you are no longer uncertain in where you want to take your life. This happens in life and in...

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A Business Lesson in an Unsuspecting Place

A Business Lesson in an Unsuspecting Place

I found a business lesson in the most unlikely place, the hospital gift shop. It hit me today as my fiancé called the hospital to purchase a gift for a family member who recently had a baby. The gift shop in a hospital was a genius idea.   I realize some may see the...

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Business Bibles Fight Off Business Demons

Business Bibles Fight Off Business Demons

This week, our "business bibles" came in the mail. What is a business bible you ask? It can be any business book that you are going to use as your guide when starting your own venture. Now, we realize there are tons of business books and all of them might offer some...

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Say No for More Yes

Say No for More Yes

Learning to say no is the hardest and most valuable lesson you may learn as a business owner. What often happens if you say yes to everyone, is your business might become fragmented. For example, our business is centered around WordPress. We get asked all the time if...

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Hands-on Growth

Hands-on Growth

This week has been another great reminder of the valuable lesson of doing things that do not scale. There is a famous blog post by Paul Graham titled "Do Things that Don't Scale" which I suggest you give a read if you haven't read it before. The post focuses on...

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Are You a Performer or Do You Put on the Show?

Are You a Performer or Do You Put on the Show?

I have come to realize there are generally two types of people, the ones who perform and the ones who put on the show. Overall, people tend to fall into the bucket of performer or show operator. Performers are the go-getter types who work relentlessly to increase...

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Pump the Breaks

Pump the Breaks

Today was a valuable lesson in pumping the breaks.  I had spent weeks on a new internal project that was days away from being ready for public release. Today we scraped it, and I honestly feel great about it. Why did scrapping my weeks of work feel great? It...

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Do It Now, While It’s Cheap to Do It

Do It Now, While It’s Cheap to Do It

When I tell people, "do it now, when it's cheap to do it" I often mean two things. Generally what I mean is time is of the essence. We often like to put things off for a more opportune time when things slow down in life. Often, that time never comes and we only seem...

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Keep Your Goals to Yourself and Thank Me Later

Keep Your Goals to Yourself and Thank Me Later

Why announce your goals or plans to others? What draws us to share what we aim to do with others? Some might say it helps make the vision a reality, but I am here to argue the opposite. I think it's pure ego and harmful to your goals, and here's why. Every time I want...

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Becoming Delightful

Becoming Delightful

I am attempting to solve the mystery of delight. That may sound strange but it is what I am out to do, delight our customers. At the end of the day, there are a lot of similar services or brands as yours (ours too). Very rarely are you so unique that you have no...

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Close Your Browser Tabs

Close Your Browser Tabs

A word of advice from someone who stares at their computer all day…close your browser tabs at the end of the day. It may seem simple but I made a change recently that made a wonderful impact on the start of my day. Typically, I put my PC or Mac to sleep when I am done...

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Always Thrash Early

Always Thrash Early

A simple reminder to thrash early. As we work on a few new items internally I was reminded of the Seth Godin adage of thrashing early. What this means is to ask all the difficult questions early on rather than later when things are harder to change. Can this scale?...

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On Being Remarkable

On Being Remarkable

Let's talk about being remarkable. It is easy to get caught up thinking about what makes your business different from your competitors. "Well since they offer X we should offer X+ and Y so that we are seen as better." While this approach helps you stay toe-to-toe with...

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Consider the Following

Consider the Following

In an age where social media dominates our daily interaction with others, we seem to gravitate towards negativity. Why follow someone you don't like or agree with? For a different perspective? Maybe. Most likely it is derived from a desire to watch them fail or wander...

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What is the Return on Your Investments?

What is the Return on Your Investments?

When you invest in something, you expect a return. This may seem extremely trivial but we often get caught up on superfluous ideas of what we want in return for our investment. When I invest my time at work, I may expect money in return. When I invest my time writing...

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