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Tom's Note: this is a guest post from Matthew Turner, the indomitable author of The Successful Mistake. I don't normally take guest posts, but Matthew's article hit a nerve with me as I've dealt with a lot of failure in my life. If you've ever felt like quitting when things get tough, this article is for […]
Since its founding in 2009, Uber has grown to be valued at more than $18 billion. It's one of the fastest growing startups in the world. Here's what that looks like, relative to other major tech startups (and their billions in value): If you're not familiar with Uber, they're a ride-sharing company that allows people to easily grab a […]
In 1993, Jeff Miller took over as CEO of Documentum, a document management company that had been stagnant at $2 million in revenue for the past several years. This might seem like a good problem to have, except that companies that aren’t growing are usually dying. Something had to change. So Miller started at the beginning - […]

How to Find Your True Calling

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Have you found your true calling? Seriously, have you? I know this question can come off sounding corny... After all, "finding a calling" sounds like something only hippies and hipsters (cousin of hippy) have time to ponder (over cups of latte or green juice, I'm sure). For the rest of us who are trying to […]
Last week, I wrote about starting fires. I believe that a great idea is a spark... And that a spark can turn into a great fire that can change our lives, as long as we bring the resources and hustle necessary to make that happen. How then do we expose ourselves to great ideas?  The short answer: Books. […]

Starting Fires

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In 2007, I read a book that changed my life. While the book itself is simple (borderline elementary now that I've gone back to reread it years later), there was a single idea that I couldn't shake at the time; one that still sticks with me today. Before I explain what that idea is, I […]
Passive income. The holy grail of online (and offline) business. Everybody talks about it, but the reality is most “passive” income isn’t passive at all – instead it forces the creator to continue to spin the wheel (at least intermittently) to keep the money flowing… Well, in 2014 I did something mostly by accident that […]
Last week, my computer crashed. Have you ever had one of those "Oh ****!" moments? Well this was it for me. I run my entire business from my computer, so this was like finding my office space burned to the ground. To make matters worse, I am in the Philippines and the internet here is basically nonexistent. Not a good […]
I love the start of a new year. The desire (and energy) for positive change; the ideas that become goals (and eventually reality); the seemingly limitless opportunities that beg us to step up to the plate, at least to give it a least this once... The beginning of every year is a time when aspirations collide with unconquerable […]
UPDATE: thanks to all your support, I finished my crowdfunding campaign with $12,979.00 in preorders. The last few days saw the crowdfunding campaign skyrocket - something I did not predict happening at all. This has been a whirlwind ride and I'm so grateful - so thank you! If you're interested in being notified about the […]
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