The man who has no problems is out of the game. —Elbert Hubbard, writer, philosopher. When checking my e-mail one morning, I noticed an urgent subject: “Web Site Down. Call Immediately.” This wasn’t a good sign. I knew then that it was going to be a long day—and it was. Until that moment, I had [...]View Post
Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. —Tony Robbins, author, professional speaker. As an entrepreneur, your success depends greatly on your ability to ask the right questions. However, few people understand the enormous value of mastering this art. I would argue that several entrepreneurs—business professionals, too—have no idea that [...]View Post Competitive Advantage, Customer Objections, Marketing, Paul Cherry, Sales, Skills
I hate weekends because there is no stock market. —Rene Rivkin, Australian stockbroker, entrepreneur. A few months ago on a Monday morning, I updated my Facebook status with the following: “I absolutely love Mondays. Not so thrilled about Fridays.” I anticipated some lighthearted criticism from my friends, but I didn’t think that my sanity would [...]View Post Easybeats, Employees, Facebook, Friday, Friday on My Mind, Happy Hour, Motivation, Payday, T.G.I.F.
I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent. —John Wooden, American basketball coach The tension in the office was high. A burly senior developer looked my manager right in the eyes and shouted, “Don’t ever ask an intern to develop an application without [...]View Post Human Resources, Internship, PayPal, Peter Thiel, Seniority, Software Development, Talent
A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies. —Oscar Wilde, Irish writer, poet. One of the biggest rivalries in business history is between Apple and Microsoft, two behemoths that have ruled the technology sector for decades. Wherever you go in the world, whether it’s to the United States or to China, [...]View Post Apple, AT&T, Bill Gates, Boston Red Sox, Burger King, Coca-Cola, Enemy, Ford, General Motors, Ivan Drago, McDonald's, Microsoft, New York Yankees, Pepsi-Cola, Rocky, Steve Jobs, Strategy, Teamwork, Technology, Verizon
You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak. —George Clooney, actor, director Have you ever listened to a CEO of a major company speak and wonder how in the world that person got to be CEO? Perhaps this “imposter” is not very articulate at all, or has no clue about the company and seems [...]View Post CEO, George Clooney, Steve Jobs
Begin with the end in mind. —Stephen Covey, best-selling author, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. When I shut down my college magazine (my third business), it had lasted six good years. During its run, the magazine was declared one of the top independent college magazines in the country. The last issue was published [...]View Post Dodgers, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Exit Strategy, Great Recession, Lakers, Los Angeles, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Publishing, Retirement
A winning effort begins with preparation. —Joe Gibbs, former NFL coach, race team owner At a recent entrepreneurship conference where there was a panel with angel investors, an audience member asked the following questions, “Do you take cold calls? And if you do, what should I, as a business owner seeking capital, say?” One of [...]View Post Capital Growth, Daymond John, Forge Intellectual Capital, Joe Gibbs, Timothy Reese, Valerie Gaydos
“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” —Morpheus, in The Matrix As I grow older, I sometimes imagine how my entrepreneurial drive will change when [...]View Post Alice In Wonderland, Chick-fil-A, Morpheus, Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize, The Matrix, Truett Cathy, Wealth: Is It Worth It?
Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. —Frank Borman, retired NASA astronaut. The other day while checking out new books at Barnes and Noble, I came across the story of how a young Howard Schultz, the current CEO of Starbucks, was inspired by a trip he took to Italy that would change his [...]View Post Creativity, Global Growth, Howard Schultz, International Business, Italy, Milan, Starbucks, Strategy, Travel