The 12 Dysfunctions of an Entrepreneur

1. Failure to evolve. Markets change over time. People’s needs change over time. One of the biggest problems that I see with entrepreneurs and small businesses is that they start the business based on a single solution, or set of solutions, products or services, that satisfy one particular need or pain point in a market,...
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The Creative Addiction: Is the Muse Friend or Foe?

Pearl S. Buck said: The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god,...
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The Truth About Vision, Obstacles and Mastery

A few decades back, well known psychology professor and then head of the American Psychological Association, Martin Seligman, began to champion a novel approach to treating patients. Rather than focusing all of your energy on fixing what's wrong with your life, he asked: What might happen if you focused instead on the sole quest to...
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The Final 1%: Where Dreams Are Vanquished Or Vanished

So, I was sweating, panting and grunting my way through an indoor cycling class the other day... When, amidst the sea of exertion, our teacher, Christine Dercole, who's pretty damn close to a walking, talking conduit of inspiration (and provider of great tribal beats), says to the class: I want you to ask yourselves a...
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The 4 Delusions of Entrepreneurs

Ask an aspiring entrepreneur why they'd kill to make the jump and, without fail, four of the top 5 reasons will be: Freedom Control Money Passion They dream of working their own hours, not having to report to "the Man," skipping though fields of money, loving what they do every moment of every day and...
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How to Be Indispensable

I was recently talking to a COO at a public company about our comparative experiences hiring people. Him, on a giant scale. Me, on a micro-scale. And, what became clear to both of us was... Scale aside... There is a single quality that is so rare, when you find someone who has it, you'll do...
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The Neutral Fallacy: There is No Sideways in Life

I've been asked the question a lot since Career Renegade came out in January... How do you handle fear? "Well, comes my answer, "that depends. Fear of what?" "Of failure, of course." "Wrong fear," I add. "You wanna be afraid, really afraid, take a look at what your life'll look like not if you try...
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Annoyed or Blessed, You Choose

So, I was watching Good Will Hunting with my wife the other night... And, there was a part where Robin Williams' character, a worn-out, sharp-witted, yet deeply intuitive and loving therapist named Sean, is counseling the brilliant, yet emotionally withdrawn Will Hunting. Sean's wife, we learned, passed two years earlier after an extended bout with...
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Running To Catch The Sun

The man literally burst forth, panting and shirtless... He was in his fifties, deeply tanned, wearing only pajama bottoms. And, he was running, zigging and zagging in the sand. Trying desperately to stay upright as he sprinted to catch the object of his desire. From his hand, a camera dangled. He needed to capture this....
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God’s Grace Or Dumb Luck, Embrace What You Have

I almost broke down yesterday...twice. The first time was in the O.R. at Cornell Medical Center. My daughter, my little girl, was going in for a minor surgical procedure. They let me suit up in fake paper scrubs and a goofy blue shower cap. Then the nurse walked us, hand in sweaty hand to the...
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Have A Little Faith

To all those who want desperately for me to succeed. To all those who want me never to experience the pain of failure. To all those who watch and wonder if I really know what I'm doing. To all those who stand in judgment, waiting for the other shoe to drop. To all those who...
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Effortless Success – How to turn work into play and succeed on a massive scale

Have you ever lost time doing anything? You know what I’m talking about. Those moments when you become so absorbed in what you’re doing that an hour becomes a minute and a day becomes and hour. You blink and it’s time to go home, but you’d kill to be able to stay just a little...
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