“Not a Youngster”

I read somewhere that you should always be going on job interviews.  Sooo… I was on a job interview today.  The guy interviewing me said, and I swear I’m not making this up… “You’re definitely not a “no”. But you’re not a youngster…” I don’t even know what this phrase means. I’m not a “no”… BUT I’m not a youngster?  So, I’m maybe he meant that I’m OK but not very young, which was, I guess… Ahh… more appealing to him?  If I had to guess, I’d say the interviewer…

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The Most Important CEO

Claiming the title of “CEO” as a solopreneur typically doesn’t look or even feel great. I did this once… And it always felt a little silly. A Chief Executive Officer needs to lead others in business and it’s assumed that the CEO has earned the right to this title by leading successfully in the past.  That said, being the CEO of yourself is, first and foremost, the most important thing you can be.  Being able to lead yourself, to give orders and receive them, to prioritize and execute according to…

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Do

How did that billionaire get to where she is today? She loved herself enough to believe in herself and what she decided to do every day.  More importantly, she didn’t think too much.  Do yourself a favor. Don’t think too much. According to Yuval Harari our brains account for only 2-3% of our body weight, but use roughly 25% of our bodies’ energy when we are at rest (i.e. staring at the phone prior to a cold call)… thinking too much can make you extremely tired. This is no joke.…

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Ultimate Apathy

Ask people if they would like to be thinner, richer or more successful with the opposite sex and the answers are all likely to be “yes”. Losing weight, earning more money, asking a beautiful girl on a date… All of these require some work. But the payoff is tangible, measurable and in the near future. But even when the returns are almost immediate, getting people to take action is hard. Most of us just aren’t very good at doing what we know we should do. Ask someone if they would…

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How to Submit Proof of Use for a Trademark

USPTO Proof of Use Process

Filing for a trademark can be a useful thing if you have an idea for a word or phrase that you want to protect for your use in business. One of the steps when you apply for a trademark with the USPTO is filing a “Proof of Use” or “Intent to Use”. This demonstrates to the trademark office that you’re not just sitting on the trademark. To file a “Proof of Use” do the following: 1) Visit the USPTO.gov website. 2) Click the “Quick Links” icon in the top right…

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Einstein’s Advice

Einstein's theory on life

Einstein is well known for his theory of relativity… But maybe more practical for the common man is his theory of happiness. “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness” Einstein wrote this note in November of 1922 in lieu of a tip for a Japanese bellboy. It was written (originally in German) in black ink on a piece of hotel stationery from the Imperial Hotel of Tokyo. Einstein’s Theory of Happiness note, along with a shorter one that reads “Where…

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Black Belt…

You can get a black belt on the Internet… In less than a week.  I wouldn’t recommend it, though. Internet technology has improved a lot of things, but fighting isn’t one of them. In the past, by definition, a black belt meant you were someone to be feared. Then the Ultimate Fighting Championship happened. Now, because of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, people ask, “What style do you practice?” The value of a black belt in karate was seriously devalued when BJJ disrupted martial arts.  It can take a decade or more…

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Why Entrepreneurs Fail

While most businesses fail because they run out of money, most solopreneurs and very early stage entrepreneurs fail because of personal struggles.  The personal struggles that cause entrepreneurs to fail are doubly painful because failure also simultaneously happens for the would be customer… Ultimately, the entrepreneur fails both himself AND thousands of customers he seeks, but in the end fails, to connect with… A universal letdown.  Talk about pressure!  But if you’re suffering as an entrepreneur, know this… You are not alone. I am writing this because I am suffering…

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Brazil Nuts, Tryptophan and Depression

If you suffer from depression, I feel for you. I can’t explain why some days I feel utterly immobile and lack any motivation… But seems to check the right boxes in terms of a depression questionnaire I took once. Supposedly eating 2-5 Brazil nuts per day can help depression. Brazil nuts are actually seeds from the Brazil nut tree and contain a lot of selenium (100 micrograms). Selenium is supposed to ease depression because people with lower levels of selenium have been known to have higher levels of anxiety, depression…

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Bitcoin Bubble

The main reason to buy Bitcoin is because the price is rising. Based on this logic, it will continue to rise. The reason to sell Bitcoin will be when the price starts to fall. Based on this logic, it will continue to fall. There is no inherent right or wrong value for Bitcoin… Which is what keeps many traditional investors on the sidelines. 

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