Don't wait, second guess, or think. Just start. Pick up that brush, begin typing, crank the wrench, put your money in. Do. Go. Begin. Don't worry about being perfect. Nothing ever started that way. It's always terrible at first. Expect it to be. The point is to do it regardless. In the doing, you will … Continue reading The way to get started…
Sometimes who we are and who we want to be feel too far apart to do anything about. But that’s not true in many cases. You can reach your potential. It starts with these words. “I can.” That simple phrase is the key to going further than we ever thought we could. And yet many … Continue reading One thing that helps you reach your potential
Work-life balance is a concept that doesn’t help us achieve what we really want. What it’s supposed to do is help us find a way to make a living as well as pursue other interests outside of work. But I don’t think it does that because it is so nebulous. How will I ever know … Continue reading Can life and work really be balanced?
Starting a company requires seeing the world differently. It's like a lens that helps you see the world sharper, better, giving you a fresh view no matter which direction you look. With that perspective, a garbage can full of trash might even look like something amazing. It makes the ordinary and mundane somehow new and … Continue reading How can you be more entrepreneurial in your career?
Starting a blog is stupid-hard. It's kind of like cooking an elaborate meal every week, hoping someone will show up to join you, but then no one does. It's always just you eating that food you worked so hard to make—alone. Slaving over a piece of writing doesn't mean anyone will ever read it. And … Continue reading What is it like starting a blog?
When I started my first business eleven years ago, I wish I would have done this, too. Write. Let's be honest. I'm not the best writer. Throughout my academic career, I was a terrible student and worse with a word doc. When I was a sophomore in high school, my graded English papers came back … Continue reading How I conquer my fear of writing
Perfectionism doesn’t work in business. It's about progress. Trying to do something perfectly is overwhelming. Instead of just trying something, we don’t do anything because it wouldn’t be perfect. We are trapped by the ideal instead of just trying to work on the idea. And procrastination transforms into paralysis. Perfectionism paralyzes us. Progress is a … Continue reading Is perfectionism getting in the way of perfecting your work?
For years I've said that starting a business is like jumping off of a cliff and learning to fly. Somehow I flew. Rent wasn't cheap. It was 2008, and I was living in New York City. I was in my early thirties, single and stupid enough to leap off of a cliff without a parachute. … Continue reading What it’s really like starting a business
At the core of every business isn't money. It's relationships. Now, I don't mean that you need to go on a business retreat and hold hands with your coworkers as you dance around a campfire singing Kumbaya. But we can be practicing ways of relating to others that build mutual respect, trust, and maybe even … Continue reading The secret to dealing with people in business
When I started my data entry job in 2004, I would have never known that it would have helped me in starting businesses. But it did. I've started six different businesses, and all of them became profitable except for my first one. I'm not saying that I'm a Jeff Bezos--far from it. But I have … Continue reading Want to do work you love? Learn from the work you hate