September 2008

Slow Down While You Hurry

As the work load with the book piles up, I find myself losing track of anything other than the task at hand, so I have had to figure out how to make myself take moments in my day to connect with my wife and kids, where before those moments were more easily available. continue reading...

Horse Pull

I was in a meeting the other day with Troy McClain (he was the first season winner of The Apprentice), and he spoke about something he called the “horse pull.” Initially I was confused and he went on to explain that when one horse is in a pulling power contest, it can pull about 4000 pounds by itself. The interesting thing came next: when a second horse pulls with it, instead of doubling the amount to 8,000 pounds, they ramp up to be able to do almost 12,000 pounds together. He said that this is true of dogsled teams as well. continue reading...

Watch What You Believe

I was talking politics the other day and the subject came up that wealthy people have a patriotic duty to pay more taxes than other people.  I’m fighting to keep my comments away from the subject itself and stick to my original intent in this blog, which is to discuss the reasons behind this kind of thinking. continue reading...

Humility Leads to Learning

I was at a speaking gig recently and bumped into a man I had met previously. I remember being struck by his depth of thought as well as his acute awareness of things around him and how they worked. I struck up another conversation with him and, as we caught up, I realized what an incredible mind he had and how easily he communicated hard-to-understand concepts. continue reading...

Locked Up Abroad

I was watching “Locked up Abroad” last night, one of my favorite shows, and it was telling a story of a British born journalist who got into Afghanistan through a connection he had in the tribal system in Pakistan.  Long story short, he was thrown into jail as a possible spy from India because he was Indian. continue reading...

Overcomming

I was raised by a single mom and had no brothers.  I’m not sure whether these were contributing factors or not, but as a boy I never really acquired the character traits necessary to fit into the “tough guy” mold.  I played sports, including football and baseball, all through my school years and in college, but I was never the “bull,” I was more of the finesse guy on the field.  Despite excelling at tough sports I always felt like a coward around my more courageous friends.  It’s a tough slot in life to be a boy that is aware of his ow continue reading...

Trash Novel Wisdom

I was reading in one of my trash novels the other day and came across a good quote.  One of the characters said, “There will always be problems in business, the secret is to look at them as challenges.”  Although I love the simplicity in this statement, it deserves a little more meat on the bone. continue reading...

Work, Pleasure or Duty?

A blog reader recently emailed me this:

“Ok. I’ve got a question for you that I was hoping to get your opinion on. continue reading...

Wealth is a Dirty Word

Recently I was speaking to a friend, someone who looks at the “creation of wealth” as a series of dirty words. I can relate to this opinion because when I was young, I was taught to think this way as well. However, the fact that she never overcame this false belief, combined with the reality that she has never created wealth for herself, puts her in a place in her life where she is now suffering the consequence of wishing that she had. Her false beliefs about wealth closed the door for her early on, and now she must challenge that belief to move forward. continue reading...

The Message

As I speak and write about the topic of Family First Entrepreneurism, I am continually amazed at how ready people are to hear this message. We, as people, seem to be looking around right now at our “signs of wealth” and we ask ourselves, “Was the time away from the things that really count worth the time it took to get these material things.” continue reading...