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Stuck in San Francisco (Also: A Product Launch! Yeah!)

A funny thing happened on the way to San Francisco. I was headed down on a super-quick trip (just three hours!) to do some filming for a friend. I’d leave PDX in the morning and be back in the early evening. No big deal, right? Tuesday morning I grabbed my laptop bag and headed to…

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Win an $1,800 Scholarship to Adventure Capital

Four weeks ago, we launched Adventure Capital to a small group of beta members. We’re now gearing up to launch it more widely… next week! Wednesday, May 29 is the day when our initial group will be available to refer new members, and a few special partners will be writing about it as well. But…

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Changing the Default

Most productivity advice doesn’t help me. I work on a lot of projects at once. I read and reply to email throughout the day. I say yes more than I say no. But I’ve found a new habit that is helping a lot. The habit is changing my default behavior. Those of us who do…

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How to Make Decisions

I received a copy of the new book Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath, two brothers and co-authors responsible for the previous bestsellers Switch and Made to Stick. I’ve always enjoyed Chip and Dan’s work, so when our mutual publisher asked me to share an excerpt of their new book, I was happy to do…

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The Two Problems of Aspiring Entrepreneurs

I mentioned earlier that most new business owners struggle with at least one of two fundamental problems: 1. They don’t make the right products or services. 2. They don’t connect with the right people. One way or another, if you’re trying to get a new project up and running, the struggle likely relates to one…

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Beta Launch of Adventure Capital

Greetings, friends and readers. As promised last week, today is the beta launch of the first new business project I’ve produced in a long time. More than six months in the making, Adventure Capital is now available to a limited group of people who want to grow their small business in a big way. –>Check…

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How to Finish Something You Don’t Want To

After a long delay, my new project Adventure Capital will be launching tomorrow in beta. A lot of people have asked for more info on it, and a few people have also asked, “What took so long?” First Things First—What Is It? Adventure Capital is a 12-month intensive course on small business, designed to help…

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Leading a Horse to Water

There’s an old story about a salesperson who was disappointed in losing an important sale. He talked with the boss about why it didn’t work out. “I guess,” he said, “It just proves you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” “Maybe,” said the boss, “But let me give you…

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A Tale of 9 Startups

Jon was inspired by a blog post that told him to quit his job and start a business. He dutifully did so, firing off a farewell message to his boss and former colleagues. Having heard about becoming “location independent,” he bought a backpack and went off to the world. What was it about that business…

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A Challenging Question

In talking with Chris Brogan for his new podcast recently, he said something I’ve been thinking of ever since. It was a question that you ask yourself when evaluating new opportunities. This question didn’t actually come from Chris—I believe he said it was from one of his other podcast guests—but Chris is the one who…

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Q&AA: When to Let Go of an Unsuccessful Project

Over the next two weeks, I’ll be touring India and then traveling elsewhere in the world. While I’m away, we’ll be publishing a new series of Questions and Attempted Answers (Q&AA) from readers. I’ll share my answer, and you’re invited to share an answer of your own as well. Today’s question comes from Nicole, who…

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The Audience Is Listening (Hopefully)

“People used to expect companies to take care of them,” he said. “Now you’re in charge of your own destiny, for better or worse.” -From a recent article about the decline of the app-making industry as a road to riches. I used to run several little businesses that produced a good income, but they were…

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Continuous improvement: An Abbreviated List (And Yours?)

I said recently that I felt frustrated with myself due to poor focus and lack of attention to “big things.” Of course, whining doesn’t get us anywhere—action is much better. Complete with built-in accountability, this post outlines a few things I’m working on. It’s also a public commitment to correct my shortcomings through the process…

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The Six-Step Plan to Establish a New Income

Most people want at least one of these things: a) more freedom b) more money Whether you want to quit your job as soon as possible or just establish an additional source of income to have more freedom, you have to take specific action. This post will show you how. 1. First, Stop Killing the…

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