Alligators, Moats and Business Development

I was speaking with one of my clients today, and we were talking about finding time for business development in the course of a busy day.  I think I remember hearing a fable from Stephan Covey when he makes the distinction between urgent and important tasks.  Its  great little story about the pressure that our…

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How Would Your Business Be If You Worked for 240 Hours on Improving It?

I have spoken with hundreds of business owners over the last 6 months.  However,  even before I wrote my book De-Mythify, I was always astounded at the lengths that people will go to not do business development. I know that after having my business for the last 18 years that there is a tendency for me…

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The Fourth Dimension of Wealth: Emotional Wealth

I have had two floods at my business.  I have had sewer lines back up in a rental on Christmas a couple of years ago.  I can tell you that it’s not always rainbows and unicorns. I function from a basic belief that everything in this world happens for a reason, and in some way that…

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How to Teach a New System to Your Staff?

I am a professional martial arts coach and instructor.  I have taught 20,000 martial arts classes.  I have coached students who have competed in tournaments all over the world. I also have taken de-conditioned, non-athletic people and helped them to create athletic skills and phenomenal martial arts skills into their middle aged years. I have…

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The Third Dimension of Wealth: Wealth of Place

Part of the entrepreneurial dream is to create a business that is not necessarily dependent on your being there all the time.   I make a distinction between this because sometimes even when you leave the business, you are still mentally engaged in needing to be at your business thinking about what needs to be…

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The Second Dimension of Wealth: Freedom of Time

In this world where we are hyper-connected, where technology held the promise of making our lives easier,  we seem more hurried and many times less able to enjoy the time that we have.  People sleep with their cell phones near their bed,  if they have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the…

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The First Dimension of Wealth: Financial Wealth

Money only solves the problems that come from not having any. It’s even a cliche from the hip hop community “mo money, mo problems”.  Although lots of people associate success with accumulation of material wealth. If this were true there would be no cautionary tales of sudden wealth from lottery winners,  pro-sport figures or people from…

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Four Dimensions of Wealth for Entrepreneurs

In the last year I have had the great pleasure of speaking with a tons of people about what the life of an entrepreneur is really about.  I have met people that have been very successful that seem to be miserable.  I have also met people who are hustling constantly,  who are very busy and…

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Intensity Vs. Consistency

I know that for myself one idea that I struggle with business development is the idea of Intensity Vs. Consistency. It’s the beginning of the new year.  Many people are setting goals yet have challenges with seeing them through until the end.  Well its really a function of attitude.  I think I heard it said that…

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Do I Own A Business or A Job?

I know that many small business owners start with the idea of owning a small business as being a way to achieve their dreams of freedom, independence and happiness.  Sometimes however people that I have worked with wind up finding that they liked their corporate gigs better than their gigs as an entrepreneur.  I think…

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