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Find Your Own Path

Tony Robbins is famous for saying "success leaves clues".

Modeling others is incredibly powerful.

But there comes a point where you have to realize that no one has the answers to the big questions in life.

Our parents don't.

Our politicians don't.

Our media don't.

Our teachers don't.

All they have are partial answers.

Answers that worked for them.

(Or so they think.)

No-one's been exactly where we are right now before.

No-one else has ever lived your life.

We have to find our own ans…

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Trust Your Gut

Have you ever had that experience where you woke up and realized that you needed to make a change?

Something was off. Something wasn't working. Something wasn't right.

It had to change.

Maybe it's a new product launch, or a campaign, or a JV partnership, or something in your personal life, like an eating habit or a drinking habit or a Netflix binge watching habit, or whatever.

Think back on a couple situations like that in your life.

How many times did you actually know that in your gut way…

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Systems Are the Key to Success in Business and Life

The key to success in business (and most areas of life, too, now that we're at it) is systems.

Predictable systems that deliver predictable results.

Systems for acquiring customers.

Systems for serving customers.

Systems for building products.

Systems for exercising your body.

Systems for eating healthy.

Systems for resolving conflicts.

Systems for creating systems.

The more and better systems you have in place, the more you can focus on higher value work rather than fighting fires and …

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6 Tips for Remote Work (and Some Bonuses)

A lot of people are working remotely now, and whether you're new to it or you've been doing it for a while and want to uplevel, these tips will help.

Tune in to the video below for 6 Tips for Remote work, and if you want even more ways to crush it while working remotely, scroll down for bonus tips. 


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Video Recap: Tips for Remote Work 

  1. Start Meetings 10 Minutes Past the Hour 
  2. Don't Let Your Calendar Get Fractured Into Little…

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An Open Letter to James Dyson

Dear James

I know that on the surface, this is a petty sob story. I bought one of your vacuums. After about two and a half years, it stopped working. I had a bad experience with customer service. They said to buy a new battery. I did, and it still doesn't work, and I'm reluctant to invest even more into this machine.

"Wah, wah, wah. Throw it out, buy a new one, get over it." says the voice in my head.

Yes, but ... there's more to this story.

Here's why this bothers me, and why I'm writing th…

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Design for yourself

A lot of business advice will tell you to focus on the customer. I think that's misguided. The best way to design anything is to design it for yourself.

When you ask yourself, what product would I really love to use, you get access to another level of insight and wisdom. It's subtler. It opens up to new inspiration, new ideas, to creativity. Instead of asking other people, ask yourself. You will be able to come up with ideas that wouldn't surface from your customers in a million years. Apple did…

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Translating bad service into business ideas

Whenever I encounter bad products or bad service, I can't help but think about how I would create something better.

Last week I was at Calamigos Guest Ranch in Malibu, a place that I love dearly. Yet, as great as that place is, it's clear there's a couple of weak points.

One is honoring agreements: Promise after promise was made and broken. Simple things like bringing a mini fridge, a rollaway bed, calling when the room's ready, picking up all of our stuff from the room when we were checking out…

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Inspired Entrepreneur book

I'm working on a book that's going to lay out my approach to entrepreneurship and life. I've got a pretty solid structure, a solid outline, and a couple of solid chapters down. I figured I'd start sharing works in progress here, and get some movement going that way, instead of laboring away in secret for months and months.

It consists of two half. The first I've called "Pillars". It's like axioms in math. They're the philosophical or conceptual underpinnings behind everything. It's what my appro…

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QA: Should I start my business in my local language and market, or go with international and English?

Got this question from a customer, and thought I'd share the answer here.

This is my answer:

I'd say that if international and English is where your heart is at, go for it from the start.   It's not much different from Danish. The main difference is, the market is much larger, and there's a ton more competition, so you have to have an even more tightly defined niche in order to stand out. Your people have to really know it's for them.   After that, it's all the same. Figure out where your tribe ha…

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Check out my marketing course

I created a 10-step marketing course a while back. I'm always about focusing on the fundamentals that never change, rather than the latest wiz-bang shiny object. 

The content of the course is super solid. The presentation could definitely be more sexy. We might do something about that. But I figured I might as well share it the way it is right now.

Sign up for it here

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