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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A Winning Culture Starts at Home

For me, my parents’ example was a lifelong lesson in the most fundamental fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Dad pursued his two passion—religion and education—while always finding ways to keep us fed, clothed, and housed. He never put our welfare on the line. He might have been a preacher, but he never preached to us. He walked […]

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Invest in Your Career and Your Family

Invest yourself fully and honestly in both your career and your family. Give yourself a test. Are you ever too busy to return a phone call from a family member, an employee, a customer, a vendor? Do you delay answering e-mails as long as you possibly can or maybe forever? Do you habitually put off […]

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How Football Taught Me to Learn from Defeat

I believe that learning from our failures is one of the—if not the—most valuable steps to achieving success. But our culture often tells us to avoid failure at all costs. I learned early on, though, that when I encountered defeat, failure, and difficulties, I needed to learn from those experiences and come out the other […]

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The False Idea of Work/Life Balance

The “work/life balance” is one of the saddest, most corrosive buzz-phrases of our time. To me, that phrase seems to come down to this: when you’re working, you’re supposed to feel guilty that you’re taking time away from  your “life,” by which most people mean their family; but when you’re spending time with your family […]

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Encourage Independent Thinking

An important element of an open corporate culture is a team full of people who are all thinking about ways to help the business. Encouraging independent thinking among your team members will generate new ideas and give everyone a stake in your business’s success. Benefits of Encouraging Independent Thinking There are many benefits to encouraging independent thinking […]

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How Small Failures Help You Avoid a Big One

American optimism has launched many businesses. But it’s all too easy for enthusiastic entrepreneurs to think that they can push through problems by sheer optimism. As I have found out in my years in business, though, if you don’t deal with reality, reality will surely deal with you. There’s actually recent scientific research to back […]

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Stop Waiting for the Perfect Time

Many “wantrepreneurs” miss out on success because they let opportunities pass them by. They are waiting for the “perfect time.” My idea isn’t quite ready, they say. Or, the time just isn’t right. Maybe, I need to wait for something else to happen first. I don’t have any idea what a perfect time is to […]

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