Lessons From the Tank

Got Passion?

Mar 22nd, 2021

I wonder how Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Doorbot, felt in 2013 when he appeared on Shark Tank, was rejected by four out of five Sharks, and offered a less than attractive deal from Kevin O’Leary, which he turned down. That kind of showing would seem to be a pretty reliable indicator that you may want […]

Risk and (Sometimes) Reward

Mar 2nd, 2021

I’m not known for my patience. And my wife would attest that is an extreme understatement. Sometimes my impatience can lead me down some dangerous paths. Here’s an example of one of my riskiest (and potentially most foolish) business moves that happened because I was tired of waiting. Many people don’t realize that entrepreneurs who […]

Wait Not, Want Not

Feb 7th, 2021

They say the devil is in the details, and I can’t disagree with that statement. A new to-do list filled with worthy projects always invigorates me—for a little while, at least. But then, the responsibility required to make it all happen kind of kills the vibe, doesn’t it? Think about it: Did you love winter […]

Why So Serious?

Jan 24th, 2021

Did you ever see the viral videos of that guy who sets up a table on a busy street and invites lively debate by putting up a sign with a provocative statement that ends with “prove me wrong?” Well, here’s mine: LinkedIn needs a “laugh” emoji. Currently, LinkedIn has approximately 722 million users and you, […]

What Are You Looking At?

Jan 8th, 2021

Ever heard the quote, “We are born with our eyes shut and our mouth open—a flaw of nature that most of us never overcome?” I don’t know about you, but I find it all too relatable in my own life. Why is it so hard to see something from someone else’s perspective? Probably because we’re […]

“Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge” – Patches O’Houlihan

Nov 2nd, 2020

“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball,” Patches O’Houlihan told an unwitting group of misfits, as he hurled wrenches at them as part of their unconventional training. He may be just a silly, fictional character in the even more ridiculous 2004 film, “Dodgeball,” but I believe Patches was onto something. If […]

Decisions, Decisions

Jul 22nd, 2020

Do you tend to overthink and detail things to death? Do you have to research every feasible outcome, feel completely ready before making a final decision, and then second-guess yourself anyway? (I’ll raise my hand a little bit on this one.) On the flipside, are you more of a “ready, fire, aim” person, who’s prone […]

You Got This

Jun 10th, 2020

“The businesses that succeeded after each crisis kept their teams tight, reinvented themselves, stayed positive and were all pulled through by great leaders.”—Barbara Corcoran, American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author and “Shark.” I came across this quote from one of my favorite Sharks recently. The wisdom in each of these points packed some […]

Solutions Win

May 26th, 2020

Make it a habit to ask yourself these questions: What problem am I solving? What am I making better? How am I helping? In light of those questions, regularly evaluate these things: Your product – because everyone wants a better mousetrap; Your job performance – because the person who solves the boss’s problem (especially before […]

Being There

Apr 3rd, 2020

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our health, our economy, and our entire way of life. But if there is anything good to be found in this worldwide pandemic, it might be this: For the first time in our lifetimes, we are genuinely all—the entire world—in this together. And, strangely enough, the best way to be […]

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