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No Rockstars, No Ninjas, No Gurus

As the UX strategist at Fowardslash, Sholom leads a team of researchers, developers and front end designers to create sound strategy, wireframes and user flows to build out sites and create optimal conversions for our clients. He’s also chief of making-it-happen-in-the-most-efficent-way-possible and is always educating himself and the team on what’s next in the digital space.

I asked him if he’d share a taste of his vast web wisdom—and here’s what he had to say.

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Don’t start fresh in 2019

It’s 6:15. Your alarm clock goes off. But you have zero desire to hit snooze.

You are ready to tackle the day. Energized to unlock its opportunity and potential. When you sit down at your desk, you feel confident and hopeful. Unstoppable.

There’s a name for this experience. It’s called Momentum. Like rolling a boulder down a hill, beginnings are tough and slow, but once you start going down that slope, you can go faster and faster, progress becomes easier and easier, and it’s nearly impossible to stop.

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What Does Success Mean to You?

How do you define success?

Some measure it in wealth. Some in intellectual accomplishment, in family size, in quality of friendships, or countries traveled.

But the truth, of course, is that there is no one right answer to this question. Because success is what makes you feel accomplished, what makes you feel whole.

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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Have you ever been on the verge of giving up? Have you ever hit a wall, looked in the mirror and thought, “I just can’t do this”? Have you ever experienced the pain of self-doubt, of believing with every fiber of your being that you simply don’t have what it takes to succeed?

It is a dark place to be. There is no doubt about that. And it’s in these moments where we can be our own worst enemy—where we can lose the will to keep going. And that would be a big mistake.

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People of Ptex: Elke Taussig

For this edition of People of Ptex, I sat down with branding and marketing maven Elke Taussig, also known around the office as The Brand Whisperer. Elke is one of the longest time members of the Ptex Group family—she’s been around since the early days, when Ptex was still Printex, and has seen the organization grow into what it’s become today. A deep thinker and creative wordsmith, Elke knows how to get to the essential core of, well, pretty much anything. In this interview, Elke and I discuss the meaning of branding, what she loves most about her job at Ptex, and what it’s like to be a religious Jewish woman in the business world.

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The Art of Saying No

A friend of mine, the owner of a small business, recently told me that an opportunity came his way that he was very excited about. The only problem? He had a feeling that the potential client thought that his company was larger than it actually was. Should he accept the offer anyway? Should he explain that he’s actually a small company, and possibly risk them backing out?

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[Press Release:] Ptex Group named as a 2018 “100 Best Place to Work in NYC” by Crain’s New York Business

 

BROOKLYN, NY—Ptex Group is proud to announce that we’ve been named as one of the “100 Best Places to Work in New York City” by Crain’s New York Business. The annual list recognizes companies with the highest levels of employee satisfaction and engagement based on an employee survey and feedback on the company’s culture, benefits, philosophy, and workplace environment.

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Why Isn’t My Salesperson Closing Enough Sales?

When is the last time you hired a salesperson that you think is absolutely perfect for the job, only to find out they can’t close a sale if their life depended on it?

If this has happened to you, you’re in good company.

For a long time, I wondered why this is such a common scenario—why is it that someone can seem like a great salesman, but when it comes down to it, they have a hard time gaining the full trust of clients?

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Procrastination: You’re Doing it Wrong.

I have a question for you. Be sure to answer honestly.

Do you ever struggle with procrastination?

If you answered yes, then welcome to the club. And if you answered no, then, well, you may want to double check that you’re human. Because the truth is, we’re all guilty of it. We all don’t get the things done that we want to get done as quickly as we want to get them done.

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