Thought of the day

How to Play the Guitar

How do you learn to play guitar? Do you beat yourself up each time you hit a wrong note? No, you start again. You repeat. You do it better. And pretty soon, it’s right. And soon after that, it’s good. And if you keep going. Maybe. Just maybe. It’ll be spectacular. But you don’t get […]

I’m sorry, that’s not our problem

In customer service, it’s easy to pass the buck. “Sir, if we can’t repeat the issue, we can’t help you…” “Sir, it looks like the issue is with your [insert other company here] provider. Please call them for help.” Or even… “See our online help forum for answers to common issues” It’s far more rare […]

Planning to death

It feels good to plan. We plan our lives We plan what we would do with more time off We plan what we would do if we won the lottery We plan a new business In fact, many times planning is just another form of procrastination… … because doing is hard. Doing ruins plans, because […]

I’ll think about it…

Thinking about something only works if you’re willing to actually think. It only works if you’re going to add value to the decision making process. It only works if you’re going to process what was said, and if you might change your choice from what your gut tells you, to something else. If, in fact, […]

Your big idea isn’t that big

By: Steve Jurvetson

Ideas are a funny creature. We want to protect them. “My idea is a million dollar idea… but I can’t tell you about it, you might steal it” I hate to burst your bubble, but there’s no such thing as a million dollar idea. Ideas are only a small part of the overall picture. Ideas […]

Is the government running your business?

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who thinks that government organized projects are efficient. You’d be even harder pressed to find someone who would call most governments a well run organization. Why then, do so many companies let themselves be run by the government? They do so by building policy based on what’s bare […]

Is this long term?

When starting or growing a business it’s common to come up against what feels like a wall. You could be strapped for cash… You could be struggling to find the right talent for growth… You could be dealing with branding or perception issues… No matter the wall, it’s important not to change your decision filters. […]

Your environment suits you

The people and things that surround you will shape who you are on a day to day basis. If you want to change something about yourself, one of you first steps should be to change your environment. Want to lose weight? Don’t keep ice cream in your freezer. Want to run when you wake up? […]

Weighing opportunity cost

Many entrepreneurs struggle with the concept of opportunity cost. Most new business owners will try to do as many things themselves as they can, just to save some cash. But what they don’t spend on other people, they waste on themselves. What could you accomplish with an extra 2 hours per day? Could you double […]

Own it

Whatever it is you’re contemplating over the next weeks, months and years of your life: Own it. If you say you’re going to build that ground breaking app or website, own it and get the damn thing launched. If you say you’re going to finally take that vacation across Asia, own it and book the […]