To Win, You Have to Know How to Lose

A paradox: I think one of the best signs that someone has a good chance to be successful is when they know how to deal with failing. I learned more from losing than I ever did from winning, and my greatest successes have all come about because of the things I learned from things that […]

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Are You Multiplying Your Team’s Success or Diminishing It?

Adapted from One More Customer by Fran Tarkenton and Scott Miller As you add to your team, whether with permanent or temporary members, hopefully you’ll add complementary talent to your own: individuals who share your values and work ethic, but add dimension to your company’s abilities. You don’t need eleven quarterbacks to make a winning team; diversity […]

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Let Your Customers Expand Your Business

Adapted from One More Customer by Fran Tarkenton and Scott Miller Businesses often get funding in order to expand. The great Sam Walton certainly did that, but he didn’t do it until he had proven his business model and proven he could get a lot more people to come back more often to buy more. Many others […]

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Provide Relevant Benefits to Your Customers

You get your customers to come back more often to buy more and occasionally pay more by constantly providing them with relevant benefits (through your products, your service, and the total customer experience with your business) that are differentiated from all competitive options. That’s it. That’s how to succeed in business. Relevant needs drive half […]

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Don’t Forget the Plan

One of my favorite quotes is that an idiot with a plan will always beat a genius with no plan. I love to make bold moves and try new things—but I always want to have a plan, even when I know that the plan has to be flexible and adapt to all the changes that […]

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Draft Day for Your Business

This week is the NFL Draft, probably the biggest highlight of the NFL offseason. Every team is looking for the young players who will help them win, and we’ll all hear a lot about how these are future stars. Every team goes in looking for different things. They have different needs. They have different criteria […]

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How to Build a Team

An organization includes a whole group of people, from employees to partners to other forms of support and even customers. But entrepreneurs are often natural DIYers, self-starters who tend to go it alone. To get from one to the other, a business owner has to learn how to glue a company together. One of the […]

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The Secret To Overcoming Fear Of Failure

Pride is a funny thing. On the one hand, we look at it as a vice, something to rein in, to take control of. If you look up synonyms for pride, the first words that appear are all negative: conceit, egotism, vanity. “Pride goeth before the fall,” says the Bible. It’s a universal sin in […]

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You Don’t Need Super-Salesmanship

For years, ever since I played football, people have come to me to say, “I’ve got this great idea, if only you would be willing to sell it for me.” But the honest truth is, I’m not a great salesman. That doesn’t stop people from coming to me and telling me we could make millions […]

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