Tag: business results

3 Surprisingly Simple Questions That Will Transform Your Career

In our quest for achievement, it’s easy to get caught up in complexity. We often think something has to be difficult in order for it to drive real progress. But then something so simple comes along that drives the most profound advancement in our careers, companies, and even in communities. I’ve discovered three dead-simple questions […]

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How Bad Do You Want It?

My friend Les Gold, star of the hit TV series Hardcore Pawn, gave a dynamic speech this week that left the audience mesmerized.   His opening line really struck me: “How bad do you want it?” As products of a consumer-driven society, we want just about everything.  We want fancy cars, palatial homes, and exotic travel.  We also […]

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Aim Up, Compare Down

To me, it’s not about comparing yourself to other people or being boastful. It’s about comparing “down” to a previous version of you.

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The Front Page Test

Now I’m no prude and I’m all for artistic expression. But peddling obnoxious trash to audiences in order to sell more records can’t be making the world a better place. Sure, these “artists” are scoring a bunch of cash. But at what cost?

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My 11 Principles

My 11 guiding principles for graduates, dropouts, young guns, and seniors alike.

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About to be Nested?

That’s right… the Nest sells for ten times the price of the find-anywhere industry standard thermostat. And they are sold out everywhere you look.

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Inventing Your Enemy

Throughout my career, my favorite saying has always been: “Someday, a company is going to come along and put us out of business. It might as well be us.”

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Can’t or Won’t?

If you are pursuing anything worth doing, they heat is likely to get really hot. Before you forfeit your dreams, perform a careful examination to see if you are really in a “can’t” dead-end or just a “won’t” situation.

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On Space Aliens and Perspective

Try approaching your next challenge as a detective from 16th century London. Or a heroin-drenched jazz musician from the early 50’s. Or your seven-year-old nephew. Or the warden of a maximum-security prison. Or Kim Kardashian. Or Darth Vader. Or the Octomom.

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The “Oh Shit” Moment

That dreaded “oh shit” moment will likely crop up when you least expect it. The next time it does, don’t run from it. Seize it. It’s simply an opportunity for you to shine and grow.

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Grit: The New Killer App

Turns out that good old-fashioned grit has been statistically linked to being the number one indicator of high performance.

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How to Become The 1%

We can point fingers, complain the world isn’t fair, and swim in a pot of victim soup. Or we can push ourselves and our organizations to achieve the coveted 1% position.

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Distinctive

The sole of every single Louboutin shoe is painted bright red. Pantone 187C to be exact.

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Four Powerful Questions

Send the critic out for a long walk, ask the right questions, and get busy with manifesting your true potential. Everyone else’s is already taken.

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Be, Do, Have

Many of us chase success, only to find it to be an elusive tease.

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Letting Go

Many people find themselves in “okay” jobs, “okay” relationships, and living “okay” lives. It takes boldness and courage to let go of the known to pursue the wonder and magic of what’s possible.

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Where to Aim

It’s as if the world will freeze for twelve months while they develop their new product.

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Flowers Are Red

When will we teach each other that if you follow the rules, think there’s only one “right” answer, and avoid mistakes at all costs, we’re simply resigning ourselves to mediocrity?

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Keeping Score

Personally, I have a ton of work do to on my new scorecard. Do you?

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Are You a Firebrand?

Whether you’re working to drive your company or career, the key to unlocking your full potential is creating a story that is unique, captivating, and irresistible. A Firebrand.

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11 Lessons from Steve

Steve famously said he wanted to “put a ding in the universe.” You have done that, my friend, and so much more.

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The Long List

When developing ideas, we’re always told to shoot for quality over quantity. Here’s a powerful technique that flips the model, and drives higher quality by way of quantity… In my undergraduate work at the University of Florida, I was an Advertising major. One time, I was in a course about creating magazine and newspaper ads. […]

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Creativity or Bust

In the past, there were creative companies and non-creative companies. Ad agencies were creative. Bolt manufacturers were not. The music industry was creative. The steel industry was not. The difference today is that all companies and industries must embrace creativity in order to compete. In today’s hyper-competitive world, everyone at every level of the organization […]

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