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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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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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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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How the 80/20 Rule Will Change Your Business

Have you ever met someone who always seems busy—but if you asked what they’ve accomplished in the last day, or the last week, they couldn’t give you a straight answer?

Maybe, if you’re being totally honest, this happens to you, too?

Let’s face it. Being truly productive in today’s business world is more difficult than ever. Yes, technology has made us much more efficient in many ways, but it also comes with great challenges: The constant bombardment of dings and notifications and emails and phone calls and texts can throw even the most type-A, goal-oriented businessperson out of focus.

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What I Learned from the Story of the Fish

A little girl was watching her mother prepare a fish for dinner. Her mother cut the head and tail off the fish and then placed it into a baking pan.

The little girl asked her mother why she cut the head and tail off the fish.

Her mother thought for a while and then said, “I’ve always done it that way. That’s how grandma always did it.”

Not satisfied with the answer, the little girl went to visit her grandma to find out why she cut the head and tail off the fish before baking it. Grandma thought for a while and replied, “I don’t know. My mother always did it that way.”

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How Important Is My Workplace Culture?

Would you hire an employee who has skills you desperately need but doesn’t fit into your company’s culture?

I posted this question a few days ago to on Linkedin, and received several insightful answers. There was a general consensus that hiring an employee who fits your company’s culture is extremely important—perhaps even more than their skill.

But let’s back up a second. What exactly do I mean by culture?

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The Multitasking Myth

Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you’re doing so many things, but at the end of the day, you feel like you haven’t gotten anything really important done?

I think everyone can relate to this feeling.

I was speaking about this problem to a friend the other day, and our discussion led to multitasking in the modern world—it’s so satisfying, but is it actually productive?

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He suffered from S.O.S

As entrepreneurs, our greatest strength can also be our greatest enemy.

A friend and fellow entrepreneur (let’s call him Daniel) recently came to me for advice on setting focused, clear goals for his business.

He had so many ideas, and there was so much he wanted to do, but he couldn’t seem to get anything to the finish line. He felt like he was all over the place.

Basically, it was the typical story of every entrepreneur. I told him that he’s not alone—that he suffers from SOS.

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Do You Have These Four People In Your Life?

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

By this definition, I think quite a few business owners would qualify as insane.

But in all seriousness—as entrepreneurs and business owners, so often we get stuck in our own ways of thinking, imprisoned in our own perspectives. Like spiders spinning the same web over and over, we’re unable to see a different way through our challenges.

If this resonates with you, then answer this: Who do you have in your life that you can talk with honestly and openly about your struggles in your business? Who do you have who can listen and encourage and guide you when the going gets rough?

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