Misappropriation of Energy

Procrastination is a misappropriation of energy… Our nutrition, levels of sleep and amount of exercise combine with the level of anxiety we may or may not have regarding failure in our efforts to build a recipe… The recipe can produce success or leave us wondering what went wrong in the first place. And which of the aforementioned items we should tweak, by what measure and for how long. This is an almost impossible calculation to do on yourself as both experimenter and test subject. You can give yourself a leg…

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When Ideas Have Sex

when ideas have sex

The best ideas often come from connecting two seemingly unrelated things and forming something new. Author Matt Ridley refers to it as “When ideas have sex“… He claims that this phenomenon is both uniquely human and responsible for all or most of our progress as a species on Earth. The moment that the “bridge” between two seemingly unrelated ideas appears can be very exciting. It can also be disorienting for the creator to try to put into words the structure of a new idea that seems so clear in his…

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Back to the Dorm

Seth Godin’s post, “The Dorm Room Startup Mindset” reminds me that it’s OK to start before you’re ready. Making progress is more important than getting it perfect. To quote Earl Nightengale, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” The process of building things looks different today than it did, say, 15 years ago… Back then it was harder to go to market. Today it’s easier than ever to go to market with only a concept. Anyone with an idea, sweat and elbow grease can contribute their energy that…

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Punching Yourself In The Face

Throughout each day we must be prepared to absorb whatever blows our work ultimately brings on… And as an entrepreneur, you will often feel as though you are punching yourself in the face. Repeatedly. Regardless, do what needs to be done, without whining or melodrama. It wasn’t meant to be easy… Nothing is easy. There will be good days and bad… And that the ratio of such will not be predictable or fixed.

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What is Really Simple SSL?

If you run an online business, perhaps you have heard that Google recently implemented a rule that any website that does not use SSL will have a huge “NOT SECURE” label plastered on it in the browser URL bar. Yup, it’s for reals. Any business, or website for that matter, that is operating today should invest in an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate should make your site show up as “secure” with a green padlock displayed in the URL bar. If you use WordPress, once you have an SSL certificate,…

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Tied Up With Freedom

PIE Ratio calculate Price of Freedom

What is your ego tied up with? Is your ego tied up with a particular sport, or driving a type of car or being a member of a club? Is your ego tied up with a career, such as having a job on Wall Street? If you’re a creative person, your ego might be tied up with the ability to produce great, new ideas. Or maybe your ego is tied up with being with a beautiful man or woman. Perhaps your ego wants it all… You want to be great…

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There Is No Perfect Time To Invest

There is no perfect time to invest… Unfortunately for investors in actively managed mutual funds and some actively managed target date funds, market timing is a reactionary investment strategy involving making buy or sell decisions based on predictions about future price movements, over and over. We see patterns where there are really none… This is akin to being a conspiracy theorist. Conspiracy theorists are afraid of something they don’t understand. Unfortunately, if you are afraid to invest in something because you believe the time is not right, I’ve got news…

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Should You Use Cratejoy For An Online Subscription Business?

Should you use Cratejoy to start an online subscription business?

When it comes to creating a online subscription business, you have many options, one of which is Cratejoy. Cratejoy is an Internet marketplace and e-commerce website hosting platform for online subscription based businesses. You could also use all-in-one website platforms like Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, Shopify or WordPress to start an online business. In each of the aforementioned options, you could set up a subscription business using a recurring payment processor, such as Stripe. Cratejoy offers recurring payments as a primary feature as it is specifically targeting subscription business entrepreneurs and…

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Comprehension vs. Understanding

Understanding and comprehension are slightly different. We can comprehend something without truly understanding it. Hindsight is often the difference. First hand experience provides a deeper understanding that can lead to behavioral changes whereas comprehension, even with common sense, may not affect behavior either way. By experiencing things first hand, you not only gain an understanding but also your tolerance for whatever it is you are learning about.  

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The Luxury Trap

The slow creep of affordable luxuries combined with inflation and higher expectations means that luxuries eventually become necessities. Redefined necessities spawn higher expectations and new obligations to keep up with the Joneses. But the Joneses don’t exist… They are a fictional duo conjured in the funky place in your brain where self-sabotage and boiling frogs (briefly) live.

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