Month: March 2015

The Six-Month Rule

While studying jazz composition and performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, a weathered professor taught me a valuable lesson. With the wisdom of a Tibetan Monk, this sage jazz cat whispered to me with understated confidence, “What you learn today, you’ll play in six months.” He was referring to an idea gestation […]

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Irresistible

In just 60 seconds, Taylor Swift sold out all 18,200 seats at Madison Square Garden. Her music, and the experience she creates for fans, is irresistible. Fistfights have broken out as eager customers battle it out to get a pair of Nike limited editions kicks. In contrast, think about the cover band in the lobby […]

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A Surprisingly Simple Competitive Advantage

My flight landed in Norfolk, Va., 45 minutes late. On that bright and sunny day, I’m told by the airline it was “Due to a delay from the inbound aircraft.” Oh thanks, that made me feel much better. Anyway, I had a car service scheduled to meet me at baggage claim. They knew I was […]

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Your Partner In Crime

Batman and Robin. Ernie and Bert. Han Solo and Chewbacca. Powerful duos have been a success formula throughout history. Lennon and McCartney. The Wright Brothers. Sergey and Larry (Google founders). Progress often comes in pairs. Today many of us are our own islands. We build our personal brands, focus on self-improvement, and remain staunchly loyal to our own goals. The challenge […]

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Rising From Rejection

Jack Ma is China’s richest man. He’s also the 12th-wealthiest person in the world, with a net worth of $29.7 billion, according to Forbes. Ma is the founder of Alibaba, an e-commerce company that’s the equivalent of Amazon.com in China. He launched a multibillion-dollar company and became one of the most financially successful people alive, […]

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