March 27, 2019

Find your passion.

We hear that all the time, don't we?

Tons of well-meaning people will tell you to find your passion, then do that thing. Because fulfillment and stuff.

Do you love to travel? Start a travel agency!

Do you love to eat? Figure out a career in food service!

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February 14, 2019

Back in the 1980s and 1990s many people had a feeling that we were heading toward a dystopian future, where big government and big business did all kinds of nefarious things to monitor and control Americans.

Now, we have reached a period where people are installing thei...

January 23, 2019

When I was a kid, I wondered what the future would be like.

Flying cars.

Personal jet packs. 

Yeah, lots of flying around.

I most definitely did not expect high-tech fart pills to be the future.

But, here we are.

December 21, 2018

Be nice.

That's what billionaire Mark Cuban says is an underrated business skill.

We agree, and encourage you to take that a step further.

In addition to just being nice, try proactively helping people.

How to do that?

Ask them how you can help. 

Then help.

It's not that hard...

December 20, 2018

The best way to build relationships is to meet people in-person. These personal relationships are indispensable, and no amount of technology will ever fully replace them.

However, technology can enhance the value of your meetings and make them more productive.

There are...

December 19, 2018

Last week I saw a speech from a technologist. He said he was a tech pessimist but a people optimist.

Afterward I went up to him and asked a very simple question.

"Have you ever met people?"

It turns out, people are willing to spend $42 on a bundle of sticks.

You read that...

December 16, 2018

Branding. You hear the term a lot. 

Like, a lot a lot.

And it almost always lead to questions like:

"What is your brand strategy?"

"How are you branding yourself?"

If you are doing research on branding, these are the wrong questions to start with.

The first, and best, questi...

December 13, 2018

Costco is world-famous for being a very profitable company, even in the age of Amazon.

How is this possible? Why are there so many loyalists to Costco (including yours truly)?

It's not their sales strategy.

It's their culture.

Costco has focused obsessively on culture, whi...

December 12, 2018

Finding your unique voice online can be challenging for brands. How do you balance seriousness with a unique touch that readily identifies you?

Oftentimes it takes a while to find your voice. But ultimately, the most important thing you can be is authentic. People can s...

December 1, 2018

TED talks can be enlightening, entertaining and useful.

But they can also come across as pretentious.

And the audience laughing along seems a bit much at times.

If you are a bit sick of TED talks, here is a brilliant send-up.

>humble head nod< >humble head nod<

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