The Circle of Technology

Both innovation and failure are indispensable to what we can call “the Circle of Technology,” which continually destroys, creates, destroys, and creates opportunity, markets, and livelihoods. The Circle of Technology is hardly a new concept. What I call the Age of Innovation and Failure began in the nineteenth century and exploded big time in the […]

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Focus on Helping Others

What is your motivation? Are you motivated by money and personal advancement? When you wake up in the morning are you excited and energized because you know you are making a difference? Focus on the value that you bring. If you focus on this value to others, on helping them and not selling to them, […]

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Don’t Fall in Love with Your Ideas

It is natural for us to get excited about our own ideas and projects. But as a small business owner, it’s important to keep objective about what you are doing, so that you will be willing to make a tough decision if you find that something is not working. When you come up with an […]

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Stay Focused on the Moment

When I stepped onto the football field, I was not consciously thinking beyond the moment. Above all, I was not thinking about winning or losing. In the rest of my football career that followed, in college and in the NFL, I never thought about winning or losing. Not against Texas on September 20, 1958, in […]

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What is Our Best?

What is our best? What do we really mean when we talk about doing our best? It’s become a stock answer we hear whenever someone asks another person to do something: “I’ll try my best!” Afterwards, we’ll hear the inevitable follow-up: “I tried my best.” I’ve come to realize that those statements bother me. At […]

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Stay Humble and Learn

I don’t think I’ve ever had an original idea in my life. Every idea I’ve ever had, all my learning, has come from other people—from what I’ve read, what I’ve seen, and what I’ve heard. And I think that’s true for all of us. The notion of the great genius who sits down, thinks for […]

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Working for Yourself to Make Life Better for Others

I know that not every partnership I enter into and every business I start is destined for longevity, much less forever, but every one of them is important to me. I am tempted to regard my businesses as more than just “important.” To me, they are very special because, in them, I feel I have […]

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Past Performance Doesn’t Guarantee Anything

Every NFL season, we enter the year with expectations for each team. We think we know who will be good, who will be bad, and who will be in between. Then the games start. So today, for example, we’re 5 games into the 2016 season. The preseason expectations don’t really matter now; it’s all about […]

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