Orracle Analytics

TagSuccess

Be Bold

The Problem With Hope “I hope they like it.”   “I hope it works out.”   “I hope they will buy it.” The problem with hope isn’t hope itself, but rather when we use the word hope as a replacement for “I wish someone else would take care of this problem for me.” When we “‘hope” for things that way, we might as well throw in the...

Heroes, Dragons, and Why You Need to Build Your Empire

Things Break The project you’re working on; the goals you set this year; the strategy you spent months planning – all of it will break. This goes for everything tangible in this life: The factory you built: at some point in the future, time and the elements will collapse it – another will come and take its place. The product you crafted: someday the hardware will degrade and stop working...

Goal Setting and Closing Doors

A Pause The beginning of every year starts with reflection. We reflect on the past year, on what we’ve done (or not done), on what we’re proud of (or not so proud of), and how we intend to make this year better. When we reflect, it’s common to see a multitude of failures: failure to start, failure to finish, failure to ship.  Sometimes it hurts to think about.  Of course, with the right resolve...

The Paradox of Creation

Life is paradoxical We think pain and pleasure or love and hate are opposites of one another. We think of these emotions as opposite ends of the spectrum, as if each lies on either side of a single line. pain ——————————— pleasure love ——————————— hate This...

grit

Breaking Your life will get busy. If not this week, then next week, or the week after that, or sometime in the future. It’s inevitable that things will eventually unhinge, problems will occur, or something unexpected will happen: life is uncertain. And at some point in the future, your focus will shift entirely to the few urgent things right in front of you, and the less urgent (but often...

How to Start Multiple Businesses, Blaze Your Own Path, and Instigate like a Professional: an Interview with Clay Hebert

In the Trenches: Episode 2 Here is the 2nd episode of “In the Trenches: The Resistance Broadcast Interview Series” and today I had the honor of interviewing Clay Hebert. [Listen to the Interview by clicking this link] Clay is an entrepreneur, blogger, multitasking ninja, and all around instigator. Clay began his career at Accenture.  After ten years at Accenture, Clay left corporate America and...

Why Keeping Your Options Open Could Destroy Your Project

Starting down the path to success is simple. To be successful at anything, you must commit. But committing to anything means you make a transition. When you commit, you transition from someone who dabbles to someone who goes all in; from someone who quits when things break to someone who takes it all the way; from someone who lets the claustrophobia of determination keep them from pursuing...

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...

asymmetric goal setting and creating your own luck

We deal with uncertainty, randomness, and luck every day. Every project we undertake is, by its nature, an uncertain endeavor (because it hasn’t been done before – if it had, it would be certain, and there’d be nothing to start). Uncertainty means we can fail. But it also means we can succeed – that there is the potential for success infused in every endeavor, right from the start. If...

Recent Posts