Stop Wasting Your Life with Distractions!

I was reading a very old book by Seneca the Younger called On the Shortness of Life. Although it was written almost 2,000 years ago, it reads like a message for today. Seneca talks about people spending all their time in foolish activities rather than leading their lives. When we look at our lives today […]

The Twelve City Project

I had a strange idea a few years ago. And slowly, I realize it is coming true. It happened when I was traveling a lot and figuring out ways to be just as productive on the road. When I’m in the U.S., this is generally not a problem. Most decent hotels have decent Internet and […]

Homing Pigeon

I’m starting a new business venture. I bought a homing pigeon. I sell him on Craigslist. In a good month, I can sell that bird four times!

Unbalanced? Ooops. That’s Your Fault!

I recently did a webinar about the most important rules you need to follow to create a successful business. Afterward, I received a note from someone who said he could not attend the webinar because he has to run after customer service tickets completely non-stop twelve hours a day. This is truly the worst-case scenario […]

Mindfully Unplugging

I’m an amateur photographer. So when I see something really cool that I could share with others, my natural reaction is to take a picture. But there’s one important time when I can’t. I love my hot tub. From this relaxing location I look across my back yard to a vine-covered fence where orange trumpet […]

Impartial?

Sometimes it’s good to be impartial. But here’s a question to ponder: Can you ever be totally partial? … and what would that look like? 🙂

Rude vs. Unsafe?

A recent trip to Key West, FL, highlighted an interesting truth about branding. In the big picture, branding is about every single thing your business does. It’s not just your logo or your slogan. It’s how you deliver service, how you treat people, how you manage money, how you maintain systems, etc. In Key West, […]

High Class Bar

An Englishman, a Scotsman, an Irishman, a Latvian, a Chinese, a Japanese, a Kiwi, a Canuck, an Eskimo, a Fijian, a Turk, an Aussie, a Yank, an Egyptian, a Spaniard, a Mongolian, a Tibetan, a Pollack, a Mexican, a Spaniard, a Greek, a Russian, an Estonian, a German, an Indian, an Italian, a Brazilian, a […]

The Value of Free is Overrated

I’m amazed at the behavior differences between giving something away for free versus charging something – anything. My city recently passed an ordinance (and the State of California did as well) that requires stores to charge ten cents for grocery bags. Now, people can either bring their own, buy an expensive bag, or get a […]

What Does Your Dad Do?

Two young kids were talking one day. “My name is Billy. What’s yours?” asked the first boy. “Tommy,” replied the second. “My Daddy’s an accountant. What does your Daddy do for a living?” asked Billy. Tommy replied, “My Daddy’s a lawyer.” “Honest?” asked Billy. “No, just the regular kind,” replied Tommy. 🙂