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The Pareto Principle: How to Spend The Most Important 20% of Your Time

In 1896, Vilfredo Pareto published a paper titled “Cours d’économie politique.” The paper shared Pareto’s research on Italian land ownership, which showed that 80% of the land was owned by 20% of the people. Expanding on his original research, Pareto discovered that this distribution, what has become known as the Pareto Principle (further popularized by Richard Koch in “The...

Stop living life on hard mode

Today marks the release of “The Sober Entrepreneur.” “The Sober Entrepreneur” is the latest book from Insurgent Publishing, and while I’m excited the book is finally out there in the real world (paperback and digital) for people to read, share, and spread… I might be more excited by the prospect that this book exists at all. Because in all honesty, it probably...

4 unconventional business insights from seanwes conference 2017

Last week, I attended the seanwes conference in Austin, TX. It’s been a few days, and I’ve finally finished compiling and editing my notes. Today, I want to share a few insights from the event that I plan to implement in my business, and some that simply gave me a good ponder; my hope is they’ll be useful for you as well. But first: If you’re not familiar: seanwes conference is...

Stay on the Path

There it is. It happened again. It always seems to at times like these… Everything is going great – I hit a new high (more praise, more readers, more anything) and I feel amazing… Momentum is building in the right direction (up and to the right) and it feels like nothing can break me… I’m on top of the world for a moment… And then I see it: A picture of a group of people I would call...

when will you start?

When will you start? That’s really the question, isn’t it? It’s not a matter of what to do; if you’re reading this, deep down in your gut there is something calling you.  Go do that. It’s not a matter of how to do it; want to know how to create a blog?  It’s free online.  Want to know how publish a book?  It’s free online.  Want to know how to create a business selling shoes? ...

the psychology of success (relax and figure it out)

The most miserable and tortured people in the world are those who are continually straining and striving to convince themselves and others that they are something other than what they basically are.  And there is no relief and satisfaction like that that comes when one finally gives up the shams and pretenses and is willing to be himself.  Success, which comes from self-expression, often eludes...

don’t be a commodity

People complain about blue collar workers being out of work (they are), or finding a way to bring manufacturing back (you can’t), or some other way to revitalize our 20th century view of the middle-class. Sorry, it’s gone.  It’s not coming back. In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is failing.  In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. – Seth Godin...

draw your own map

It takes guts to create something from scratch. It takes guts because you’re in uncharted territory.  If you’re inventing, designing and building something from the ground up – from idea to physical, tangible product – there is no template to follow. It takes guts because your project might fail.  Your product (or service, or initiative, or speech) might not live up to your expectations, or...

instigate before it’s too late

When the choice is lose an hour of sleep or finish that proposal for a new client, what do you choose? We all understand crunch time – refocusing and re-energizing our work to meet a deadline. Procrastination always leads to this situation.  And there is nothing wrong with this. But let’s say there is no deadline – that the only deadline is your life expectancy.  Could be...

what will you create

Too many options… That’s the problem we have now. Too many options. 20+ years ago, that wasn’t the problem. There was a bottleneck of information, production, and distribution. That bottleneck created scarcity. Those who controlled the land, factories, or people decided what would be created and what shipped. Not now. You don’t have to wait for the producer to give you the...

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