Business Growth, Made Simple

Ever notice how easy it is to complicate things? We decide to grow our business, choose an approach and a plan, and before we know it there’s endless todo-lists, multiple areas of attention, several projects simultaneously under development, and a feeling of overwhelm that creeps up on us like thunderclouds on the horizon. When in […]

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10 Principles for a Fun and Profitable Business

Some of these took me a long while to accept, others to discover, and some to implement. All of it is, I guess, a work in progress – like the self, our business, and life in general. So here’s what I learned over the years, in no particular order, to help make your business easier, […]

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What You Wanted, and Did You Get It?

You know I’m not the kind of guy to jump on bandwagons, but in all the talk about goalsetting, and reviewing the year and the decade, and gearing up for a new one, there’s something missing – and it’s possible the single most important notion for you to install, if you want to *actually get* […]

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Assumptions Blind, but Hypotheses Guide: Treat Everything Like a Test or Experiment

Assumptions blind, but hypotheses guide: treat everything like a test or experiment It’s impossible to not make assumptions. We all do it, all the time, and we should thank our subconsciousness for feeding us assumptions – after all, it’s what has kept humanity alive for a long long time. But, it’s a mistake – and […]

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The antidote for feeling bad, hurt, angry, frustrated, upset, etc etc

Angry with someone? Remember rule #6. Upset, hurt feelings? Remember rule #6. Feeling battered by the unfairness of life? Remember rule #6. Impatient, wanting results now even though you know that things take their time? Remember rule #6. Annoyed, frustrated, unhappy with life? Remember rule #6. What is this mysterious rule #6, you might ask? […]

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Careful With Other People’s Problems…

It’s good to be compassionate and caring, to look out for others and help when you can. But there are certain types of people you need to be careful with, especially if other people’s wellbeing matters to you greatly. The first type of person is the Taker (as opposed to Givers and Matchers – see […]

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Simple

Building or running a business can be hard, but it should never be complicated, because that’s just no good for the mind. Simple is good. The fewer moving parts in anything, the easier it is to run the thing, test it, find flaws or bottlenecks, and fix and optimise. Same thing goes for business. You […]

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Is Every Business a Relationship Business at Heart?

On one side, there’s business and sales and clients and selling… but on the other side, there’s relationships and communication. Because no purchase is ever a strictly technical transaction. Any time someone buys something, there’s a conversation going on in that person’s mind. When you join that conversation, i.e. when you really *get* your clients, […]

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Righting Wrongs

A savvy business owner sees a hole in the market, and figures out a way to fill it. A savvy and compassionate business owner sees a pain in the world, and finds a way to ease it for those who suffer from it. These are the people we all know, and their products and marketing […]

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Ten Rules for Ethical Selling, #4: Never Decide for the Buyer

Obviously, it’s the buyer who decides to buy. For a seller to make the decision would be all kinds of wrong – as well as practically impossible. We don’t get to tell people what to buy and when – all we can do is offer help in making a decision. Facilitate, you know? Problem is, […]

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