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Why Most Startups Enter the Arena and Fail (and the One Thing You Can Do to Make Sure You Win)

Creating Creating anything takes guts; I explained that in depth in my book The Art of Instigating. It takes guts because you’re going to take a hit (no question about it), and taking a hit isn’t pleasant. Nobody WANTS to take a hit. But the person unwilling to take a hit might as well stay out of the arena. The boxer not willing to get knocked down shouldn’t enter the ring...

The Enemy Defined (part 3: the Commanding General of the Enemy)

  In the first part of this series, I described the conventional forces of the Enemy – the Army of Bad Habits (the largest of Enemy forces) In the second part of this series, I explained the unconventional force of the Enemy: Negative Self-Talk Propaganda (the most insidious of Enemy forces). In this third part of the series, we will examine who leads these Enemy forces, why he is...

14 Questions to Get Unstuck with Seth Godin

Enjoy this post?  Check out my book Notes From Seth Godin’s Revolution Conference where I divulge everything I learned over the course of 2 Days with Seth Godin. Stuck? Maybe you’re asking the wrong questions. The following are 14 essential questions you need to ask yourself if you’re starting (or trying to finish) anything. These questions will help you pinpoint where...

when do you quit?

In the first stage of instigating, life takes it easy on you. In the beginning, you have beginners luck on your side. You get lucky by running into someone who wants to promote your product, or a clever blog post you write takes off, or you add 50lbs to your bench-press in the first month back at the gym. You can do no wrong, and the constant positive feedback from friends and family energizes...

be unreasonable

Starting is hard work. I mean really hard. And I don’t mean “starting a million-dollar startup” is hard, or “starting a best-selling book” is hard…I mean STARTING is hard. The act of starting – of initiating a project on your own accord, with the expectation to finish, that no one told you to start, with no map to follow – is HARD. It’s hard because it means, by its very nature, that we...

How small actions can conquer anything (the power of compounding interest in life)

So you’ve started writing your book (or building your website, or organizing your gang) and you’re at a standstill. After a week of consistent, daily action, you find yourself too swamped in trivial tasks to do the important work. You’ll pick it up next week, you think to yourself. Don’t. Put the trivial tasks to the side – immediately. Right now, focus for 25 minutes on one small action...

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