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
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
Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes. —Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady, United States of America Few things are more irritating in business than dealing with a person who pretends to be a decision-maker but in reality is just a subordinate. You know these misleading types. [...]View Post Eleanor Roosevelt, Sales
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. —C. S. Lewis, author, theologian. “I’m too old to start a business,” said my forty-four-year-old friend when I encouraged her to become an entrepreneur. I shook my head as she rambled on about how she has too many responsibilities and [...]View Post Age, Alfred Hitchcock, David Galenson, Experimental Innovators, Film, Hollywood, Inspiration, Instagram, Kevin Systrom, Main Street, Mark Twain, Media, Motivation, Research, Sole Proprietorship, University of Chicago