Category: Business

Rules and Suggestions

Posted by September 5, 2016

When something is suggested, you weigh up the pros and cons or analyse it before acting. The same should be true of rules. Who made this rule? What purpose does it have? Who benefits from the rule being followed? Are there any negatives to following the rule? Or breaking it for that matter? Rules are always there for a reason, but the reason isn’t always…

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Value and Cost

Posted by September 3, 2016

Two different things that are easily confused because of the way we use them. First the definitions. Cost: (Of an object or action) require the payment of (a specified sum of money) before it can be acquired or done Value: The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something We often say that something costs too much. The reality is that is…

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If you own, say, a bar you are not only competing against other bars but pretty much everybody. Let me explain. Two of the main reasons people go to bars is to spend time with people and have fun. Yes, there’s booze and other factors but those are going to be our focus for the purposes of this post. Where else can somebody go to…

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Quit and Win

Posted by August 26, 2016

” Winners never quit and quitters never win” – Vince Lombardi I disagree. Of course for the purposes of a sports team with a goal of winning a championship this is likely true. Everyone on the team should have the singular goal of winning. In sports, it’s win or lose. Not everything is as straightforward to read. Sometimes quitting is the best option. Seth Godin has a…

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Being Prolific

Posted by August 21, 2016

prolific (adj) (Of an artist, author, or composer) producing many works   Pablo Picasso is listed in the Guinness World Records as the most prolific painter. It is estimated he created 13,500 paintings, not to mention thousands of prints and book illustrations in his 75-year career. That is prolific (Side note: his full name is impressive). Frank Zappa is said to have released 96 albums….

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Shaping Your Life

Posted by August 19, 2016

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the idea of legacy. It seems like such a lofty and nebulous term but it is something I am very interested in. I’ve always been very eager to do something big, something I could be remembered for in a good way. For a lot of my adult life I thought that music would be the thing that…

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Fitting In

Posted by August 17, 2016

I’m going to take some cues from writers such as Chris Guillebeau and Seth Godin here. Fitting in is massively overrated. Instinctively people try to fit in, especially growing up. In the world of business, the arts or fashion however, fitting in is setting you up for failure. Making something great is half the battle; making something great and standing out, that’s where the fun…

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Betting On Yourself

Posted by August 15, 2016

This post marks 4 weeks of writing daily on this blog. Something that I had never done before but knew that if I made a commitment I could do. I bet on myself. The topic of this post is one of setting goals and self-belief. Either thing on its own doesn’t set you up for the best chance at succeeding. Goals without belief are likely…

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It’s Not All Fun and Games

Posted by August 14, 2016

Whatever your hustle, understand that it won’t always be fun. Everyone has off days and sometimes there is shit that just needs to be done. Even a daily habit like writing can be less than fun when you are really struggling to find the energy or an idea. We’ve all heard the saying “if it were easy, everyone would do it”. It’s pretty accurate. If…

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The Basics

Posted by August 12, 2016

I’m just finishing up Joe Calloway’s Becoming A Category Of One, a book about standing out from the competition in the world of business. His argument is, to even be considered a competitor, you have to get the basics right. A good product and good service at a good price. At that point, you become a commodity. It’s what you do next that makes you stand out….

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