The New American Dream

I came across an interesting passage in Seth Godin’s Linchpin yesterday evening that I wanted to share with you, as always, with a few of my thoughts on the topic. Godin noted a seismic shift in the way work happens in our era, as distinct from earlier times and summarized his thoughts in this description of the …

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Living in an Air Castle I

"Living in an air-castle is about as profitable as owning a half-interest in a rainbow. It is no more nourishing than a dinner of twelve courses—eaten in a dream. Air-castles are built of golden moments of time, and their only value is in the raw material thus rendered valueless. The atmosphere of air-castles is heavy …

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The Right Door

"You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door." ~ Henry Ward Beecher Office dynamics are fascinating. Put a bunch of unrelated people together in a pressure cooker environment and you have a recipe for a complex blend of interpersonal relationships. …

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Let’s Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs

I believe that supporting the entrepreneurial spirit is the key to a brighter future for the United States. If many of the most successful people in business these days - industry titans like Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Facebook whiz Mark Zuckerberg - dropped out of school to implement their dreams, wouldn't we would be …

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How to Nourish New Endeavors

Any successful entrepreneur can tell you that starting a new business is an exciting adventure. The adventure generally begins with a dream. Dreams turn into plans and plans then feather into reality. It sounds so mundane but the process is quite dramatic, especially when the rubber begins to hit the road. One thing is certain: …

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How to Weather an Economic Storm in Small Business

Finally, stay positive. Motivate. Encourage. Take heart yourself. These downturns have happened before and they will happen again. As interminable as they may seem, these periods in history come and go and have never proven historically to be permanent. If anything, redirect the energy that you would waste on worry, fear, panic, blame or regret to more productive pursuits, such as creative thinking, rallying the troops, refining and simplifying work flow and so on.