July 23, 2015

Sometimes, 75% is more than you need

Getting what you want out of life is, I think, what most of us want. We want to get our own way. We want people to do what we want. But, wanting and getting are not the same thing…and getting what you want all the time, just isn’t feasible. So, I’m doing a series of images on 75% and when it’s more than enough. Like with Absinthe. That stuff is so potent it’s considered a psychedelic drug – and in the early 20th century it was flat out banned in most Western countries. Strong is an understatement. And it’s roughly […]
July 8, 2015

The Fine Line Between Procrastination & Not Ready Yet

You would not believe the number of entrepreneurs that I’ve had this conversation with lately. It’s getting to the point that I think it’s a dirty little secret that we’re all ashamed of – but it shouldn’t be. I don’t know a single one of us that hasn’t been through it. And I’m fairly sure it’s just part of the gig. Over and over again I have clients that are so fired up about their project. They are excited to get started. We start rolling. Things are going well. And they disappear. Sometimes just a few days. Sometimes a few […]
July 7, 2015

A Triple Is Only 75% Of The Way Around The Bases…But It’s Still An Awesome Hit.

I may lose some of you with this one – because it’s a baseball analogy. But I love baseball. So much so that I lament every year that my birthday is in December, because if there is one thing I want to spend my birthday doing – it’s sitting at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. (My point is that I really, really love baseball.) Anyway, back to the reason I’m writing this. The whole point of this little book I wrote is to help people get what they want 75% of the time – and while 100% would be great, we would […]
July 4, 2015

No One Likes to Cut Back

I get it. I’ve been there. Your friends are going places and you want to go too – but you just don’t have the cash. Or you really, really want to buy a shirt you saw at the mall – but, again – your cash flow is not exactly flowing. Cutting back sucks. There are no two ways to say it. Actually, there are several ways to say it – but they all boil down to the same thing. If you are tight on money, you have to say no to some things. Sometimes you want to shop at Whole Foods, […]
June 26, 2015

Do it Differently.

Steve Jobs was right, you know. Better is not a sustainable goal. And competition is all a big smoke screen anyway. There is no such thing as competition when it comes down to it, because there is more than enough business out there for everyone. If someone chooses to work with a person that does a similar thing to what you do, it’s more about them connecting more with the other person that that they didn’t choose you. So, if different is the goal, the very first thing you have to do is set yourself apart. In order to do […]
May 20, 2015

Are You Trying to Do It All?

Most entrepreneurs are “different”. They like to do things themselves. They like to understand all facets of their latest project. And 8 out of ever 10 project fails. Why do you think that is? Well, it isn’t like I’ve done any scientific studies on this, but I think I know the answer. It’s because they don’t just like to do things themselves…they can’t relinquish control. And it’s not necessarily that they like to understand all facets of their latest project – they resist letting go of any portion of the project and trusting someone else to care about and/or work as […]
May 11, 2015

It’s Time for a Come-to-Jesus Chat

When I sat down with all of my bills, added everything up and really realized what a mess of debt I was in, I knew I was a financial train wreck. Maybe you’re feeling that way right now. Well, I’ve got news for you. Train wrecks can be cleaned up. Even the worst ones. And you can do it all by yourself, but if I’m honest, it’s a hell of a lot faster if you get help with it. This is how it went down for me. I spent a very long time sticking my head in the sand, refusing […]
May 3, 2015

The Bad Beginning

This is probably going to sound awful. But I’m going to say it anyway. My struggles with debt and using credit cards started right around the time I had my oldest son. We decided that I would stay home and take care of the house and him. At first, it was enough. Because though he wasn’t a hard baby, he surely required more attention than I was aware he would require. I think all new moms are in for that shock. But we settled into a routine. We got used to each other. We had a schedule. And I revolted. […]
April 13, 2015

Resistance is Futile

We all have this huge misconception that being beautiful is the best way to get what we want in life. And because we firmly believe that, we go to great efforts to attain or retain any beauty we may be capable of having. But the truth of the matter is, I am far more intrigued by a charming person than a beautiful person, every. single. time. I’m also far more likely to go along with what the charming person wants to do than I am a beautiful person. Because beauty does not equal personality. A charming person, by default is […]
February 6, 2015

You are the Only Person Who Can Change Your Life

This is not a thinly veiled attack on anyone or anything that may or may not be launching at the moment. I think there is room for everyone, and a market for all businesses. And more power to the people who are killing it at the moment. But this is me being annoyed with marketing tactics that don’t just imply but out and out say that the person who is launching the program is changing lives. Because that’s not true. No one can change your life but you. No one can make you get your butt out of bed every day […]
November 10, 2014

How I Live On Purpose

I’m sharing how I live on purpose in support of my friend Dr. Danielle Dowling and her new book The Soul Sessions, a 5-week guide to crafting greater joy and making big things happen. Get a wee, free sample here! The thing about living on purpose is that it’s a constant struggle. It never ends, and it’s something you have to consciously do every single day. You have to get out of bed in the morning ready to say yes or no to everything that comes your way. This sounds like such an easy thing – but it absolutely IS NOT. Because […]
September 1, 2014

Don’t Be A Copy

If there is one thing that makes me absolutely insane as a web designer, it’s people who tell me, “I want a website exactly like this…” Because you don’t. You may think that’s what you want, but it isn’t. And here’s why. That website was created for someone else. And it fits them. You are not them. Therefore, that website is not perfect for you. You can love it all day. And you can feel free to be inspired by it, but you can not copy it. Okay, technically you can, but you don’t want to be that person. You […]
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