Do you want kids to live your life?

There’s an interesting paradox out there. Conventional wisdom says play it safe: get good grades to get a good job. More and more literature instead suggests you live your dreams and follow your passion. That’s incredibly not helpful. How should you think about these conflicting pieces of advice? The trick is to think about it

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How to figure out what really matters as a boss

There’s a famous online story about Bill Gates and Warren Buffett describing their secret to success. According to the story, both Gates and Buffett were asked separately to write down one word that explains their success. Both went away, wrote down one word, then returned. Both wrote the same word down: “Focus” Courtesy of CNBC Now, I

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Your very own personal leadership development plan

Congratulations!! You just were placed in a position of leadership and are now the boss. You can now kick back and relax on the golf course while all of your people do all of the work. Everyone will be back at the office, but this is going to be you. Photo by Andraz Lazic on

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No one accidentally makes a billion dollars

If you’re going to set goals, you might as well set some big ones! Let’s talk about the big “B,” a goal of making more than $1 billion in your lifetime. More than a few people have asked me to write this post. It’s been my distinct pleasure to meet some billionaires over the years. It’s

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The unsexy industry best positioned for the future

Business is absolutely fascinating. It’s a 24/7/365 game that we all take part in every single day. Everything we do and everything we use is the product of business. I’m writing this on a couch made by Ikea, with a lamp from Amazon, on a Mac from Apple, listening to music from Spotify. How cool

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Insane Productivity is the Price of Success

I frequently get asked the question: “How can I become successful?” Now, there are a lot of different components to success like exercise, reading, consistency. However, one thing is clear: insane productivity is the price of success. Success does not come easy. It demands hard work over a long period of time. But, some people in the world obviously

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Your proven 10 minute exercise to become a better leader

If you are in a leadership position, then chances are you’ve struggled at some point. The chances are also pretty good that you’ve read a fair amount of material on how to become a better leader. The reason for both is the difficulty that entails being a good leader. It’s also a fair hypothesis that’s

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You don’t need paid marketing until you are at $100M in revenue

As a startup exec, a consultant and someone with a degree in marketing, I’ve seen hundreds of companies and how they think about marketing. Some companies heavily invest in it, some companies ignore it. But there is one common thread and rule that I’ve seen almost-always works: Here’s the headline: You don’t need marketing until you are

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The only question a business needs to think about

This morning, a friend and I had a quick conversation at the office about California. We talked about sunshine, Malibu, the high-income tax rate. In other words, we covered the spectrum. After all, there is a lot to talk about when it comes to California! But, there was one unexpectedly interesting staple of California that

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