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The past few months have been filled with dilemmas; I’ve found myself struggling to find solutions to them on occasion. While figuring out how to move forward with something can be frustrating, there are a few strategies I’ve stumbled on to help me get unstuck. Read more »

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ambition, n.: an earnest desire for some type of achievement and the willingness to strive for its attainment

Thinking about ambition reminds me of Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford. The words “stay hungry” have followed me ever since reading them. Read more »

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At the end of the day, we look at our to-do list list, but there’s one item that didn’t get completed, so we move it to tomorrow’s list, but tomorrow, the same thing happens, and it keeps happening. I call these items a “moving to-do list” Read more »

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Recently, I was talking with a client about how to manage multiple, large-scale projects simultaneously, and still make progress on each of them. While it’s not an easy task, I’ve stumbled on a compartmentalization strategy strategy that is helping me do just that. Read more »

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If you’re a blogger, your most common problem is likely not knowing what to write. You open your word processor or editor to find a blank canvas staring back at you, which causes the same thing to happen to your mind — it goes blank. Read more »

Is there an area of your life or business where you just can’t seem to get a grip? I was thinking about this recently over something that’s been frustrating me for quite some time — not consistently sticking with an exercise routine. Read more »

Mondays aren’t always the most productive days. Busy weekends leave us lagging, and it’s sometimes hard to find the motivation to get things going, so here’s a quick “jump start” to kick off your week and get you moving closer to achieving your goals. Read more »

I’m on the road this week, and it’s times like these when I really appreciate the tools I use to stay organized. Even while working remotely, I’ve managed to stay on track and not get behind because these tools rarely let anything slip through the cracks. Read more »

You’ve come up with your big idea, and now comes the hard part: Getting the word out about your business and, more importantly, hanging in there while you get the word out about your business. The hard part now becomes not giving up too soon. Read more »

As more demands are placed on you, tasks that once seemed extremely important become trivial. You have one hundred things to do and a limited amount of time to do them in. So the question becomes, what do you give up? Read more »

In this two-part post, I’m going to talk about managing “busy-ness,” or what Timothy Ferriss describes in “The 4-Hour Workweek” as “working for work’s sake.” As your business grows and your workload increases, it becomes more and more important to manage “busy-ness.” Read more »

There comes a point in your business when you reach a Catch-22 situation. Your workload is maxed out, you want to continue growing, but you’re at a difficult point where you can’t quite afford help, but you can’t survive and grow successfully without it. Read more »

Small business owners are still optimistic and confident, both in themselves and in their businesses, and if you were to ask any of them, they would each have unique lessons to share, things they know for sure. Here are some things that I know for sure: Read more »

I’ve been working on several big projects in recent months, and after the whirlwind started settling down, I realized how important it was to take time off. How can we ensure that we get enough time away from our work before burning ourselves out? Read more »

I just finished one of several big projects I’ve been working on lately. It was probably one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, and several times throughout the project, I could easily see why most of us don’t take on big challenges at all. Read more »

A lot of small business owners feel that there’s a cringe-factor associated with marketing. It is possible, though, to create buzz-worthy promotional events around your business that not only get you in front of your target audience, but might even be fun to coordinate. Read more »

I’m not going to let myself off the hook with this one by saying that I have no regrets; that all my mistakes have led me to this point. There are lessons I’ve learned; if given a do-over, there are things I would have done differently. Read more »

I was recently interviewed by Betsy Talbot of Married With Luggage, who wanted to know how I managed to bring big projects to completion so quickly. Here are the biggest three steps for me in getting things done. Read more »

When running a business, it can sometimes be hard to draw the line between being of service and being taken advantage of by customers, clients and other professionals. Here are a few ways to reinforce that line. Read more »

The reality sets in once you start getting busy. What once what once seemed like a badge of honor starts resembling a ball and chain. Even if you thoroughly love your work, you can see the billable hours trap you’ve set for yourself. Read more »

I’m fascinated by successful people, those who say, “This is how I want my life to look,” and then they go create it. I find them interesting because most people don’t live like that. Most people aren’t willing to put in the work, the “emotional labor.” Read more »

I strongly believe in content marketing. It’s one of the most effective ways to build credibility and establish a presence online, but it’s also a great way to create additional revenue streams for your business. Here are some examples of successful business models built around content. Read more »

In the past, I’ve gotten caught up in perfectionism, procrastination, fear, over-planning and analysis paralysis. However, over time, I’ve managed to get to a point where I’m much more likely to just start things off and correct my course as I go. Read more »

What are your intentions? Do you ever stop and ask yourself that question? Probably not. If you’re like me, you get up and kind of let the day happen to you — addressing emails, putting out fires, taking on whatever comes your way. Read more »

Certain parts of my business are what I’m increasingly becoming known for, and if I hope to continue standing out in these areas, I have to continue to seek excellence, and to me, excellence is not the same as perfection. Read more »

Recently I’ve been surprised by how hard it is to find anything that I would call remarkable. Everything seems to be declining in quality, and a lot of people seem to be indifferent when it comes to the quality they bring to their work. Read more »

There are times when it’s easy to get frustrated by the little inefficiencies in our work environment. Sometimes we just want things to work a little better than they currently do, so this past weekend, I set out to clean things up a bit. Read more »

In “The Power of Who: You Already Know Everyone You Need to Know,” author Bob Beaudine attests that we already know everyone we need to know to succeed. I’m coming to believe that more and more the longer I’m in business. Read more »

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