The Unfortunate Middle

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The Unfortunate Middle

When it comes to the way we earn a living, whether entrepreneurs or employees, we tend to get stuck in the unfortunate middle…   We are taught, from a young age, to exist in the middle. Everything in moderation. Don’t be a tall poppy, nor a shrinking violet. Good enough is good enough. The middle […]

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What’s Your Unfair Advantage?

What makes one business succeed, while others around it fail? There is no one thing. But a simple question asked by famed investor, Chris Sacca, to then new founder, Alex Blumberg, in an early episode of the Startup podcast reveals a critical, yet often overlooked trait. I want to invest in companies that have an […]

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The Vision Fallacy: Are You Chasing the Wrong Thing?

Everything great starts with a clear vision…   That’s what we’re told from a young age. Define your endpoint. Make a concrete goal. Know where you’re going before you begin. See it, taste it, smell it, feel it, hear it. This is your vision. Without it, you end up going nowhere. You are doomed to […]

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The 5 Saboteurs of an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship, starting anything from nothing, is brutally hard.     “Conscious” entrepreneurship–building a business that doesn’t just serve a consumer need and generate profit, but also makes a bigger difference–is even harder. Because it’s not just about money, it’s about unleashing expression, connection and potential, and making meaning. Helping others rise. I’ve worked with hundreds […]

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When Get Becomes a 4 Letter Word.

I’ve been asked the question in a wide array of contexts… How do I get people to buy my stuff? How do I get people to open my emails? How do I get people to join my community? How do I get people to sign up for my list? How do I get people to […]

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The Problem With Manifestos

1. The Problem With Manifestos. I’ve become more than a bit fascinated with manifestos… You see them all over the internet. Many are beautiful. They share great and wonderful ideals. Thoughts we nod along with and say “hell yes” to. Some even get passed around. A lot. Accumulating tons of views and word-of-mouth. And, then, as all […]

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Status, Seduction and Annihilation.

What if status and seduction weren’t entirely evil?   We’ve hit that time of year where rumors about the next iPhone are starting to bubble about. There’s one particular one that’s got people scratching their heads. Leaked cases show a design that looks largely indistinguishable from the iPhone 6 or 6s. Why is it this […]

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The Content Delusion (or, why you still need to hustle)

There’s this unfortunate delusion that’s been sold in the world of entrepreneurship, especially in the online space…   The road to growth is paved with content. Write, film, record and produce killer content. Put it out there, and the world will rush to your doorstep. You don’t have to put your “self” out there anymore, […]

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Business at the Speed of Revolution

Funny thing about revolutions…   They’re designed to incite mass numbers of people to rise up and create change. Political change. Societal change. But, what if they could also fuel mass action in a radically different context? Watching the cascade of revolutions that swept the world beginning in 2010, I began to wonder: What if you applied the […]

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Should You Kill Your Darling?

Seriously, she said, you want me to kill the thing I’ve nearly died to create?!   It was a conversation I’d had before, and I will have again. Look, she said, I’ve been at this for five years. I’ve developed programs and products. I’ve built a brand. I’ve paid people to help me build it. […]

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