Branding: Who Are You And What Do You Stand For?

56. Branding Who Are You And What Do You Stand For?

Branding seems to have lost its luster in the digital age when it comes to building businesses online. In this video I talk about both the offline and online platforms and why it’s imperative that entrepreneurs create unique branding platforms that allow them to stand high above their competitors.

What Entrepreneurs Should NOT Do In Business Rule 18: Never Go On a Suicide Mission

57. What Entrepreneurs Should NOT Do In Business Rule 18 Never Go On a Suicide Mission

The beginning of my first business was a truly remarkable and exciting time. One of the largest chains in America with nearly a thousand stores had just taken the first urban inspired young men’s clothing company in history from twenty thousand dollars to over one hundred million dollars in revenue, and suddenly it was our turn as they were giving us the same opportunity.

The opportunity came about after becoming an ‘overnight success’ when a a ten-store test with that retailer literally blew out of the stores in a matter of days. Suddenly, we (Gary and I) were receiving orders for hundreds of stores at a time and couldn’t produce the product quick enough. Continue reading “What Entrepreneurs Should NOT Do In Business Rule 18: Never Go On a Suicide Mission”

Nastiest 4 Letter Word For Entrepreneurs: Q-U-I-T

58. Nastiest 4 Letter Word For Entrepreneurs Q-U-I-T

Sometimes you get unexpected inspiration for a post. This one came from one my weekly runs in the park. In this video I discuss why and what makes us quit both as people and as entrepreneurs, and how we can beat that voice that tells us to quit. It is in our moments of weakness where we can have our most profound victories.

3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From You Tube Sensation, ‘Psy’

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The golden moment of the internet is when you can produce something that goes viral. But what causes a video to go viral, and can we duplicate this to elevate our own products and services into the viral stratosphere?

The phenomenon of Psy and Gangnam Style Dancing is one the biggest ideas to go viral in recent memory as his video has a jaw-dropping 200 million views in only eight short weeks.  The amazing part is that it comes from an unlikely place… a Korean guy that looks as cheesy as he dresses. I think its great! Continue reading “3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From You Tube Sensation, ‘Psy’”

The Entrepreneur’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

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Everyone from athletes to entrepreneurs either fall victim despite them selves, or excel in spite of them selves. This struggle determines their happiness or grief, and whether they live a life of fulfillment or one filled with regret.

We tend to blame circumstances and people for things that don’t go our way. After all, it sure is easier to do that than to confront our selves’ right? Going to battle against our selves seems to be a no win situation. To me, it seems that the inability to overcome ourself and get out of our own way is the biggest obstacle that prevents us from achieving success and reaching our true potential. Continue reading “The Entrepreneur’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”

What The Heroes From September 11th Can Teach Us About Business & Ethics

61. What The Heroes From September 11th Can Teach Us About Business & Ethics

13 years ago today we witnessed the most cowardly act in history. We responded with the most courageous response.

As I look back on the heroes from that fateful day and compare the purpose of their profession to the purpose of those in digital platform, most specifically the social media space, I can’t help but notice such a polarizing difference between those who use their profession for the sole purpose of helping others, compared to those people who use their profession to help themselves. Continue reading “What The Heroes From September 11th Can Teach Us About Business & Ethics”

How My Ego Destroyed My Business

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In the waning hours (literally hours) of losing my first business, I sat down with the two gentlemen that were financing my business up until that point. They expressed regret that they could not continue our business any longer.

I was literally crushed. For the past six years I had devoted my life to something that was truly disappearing before my eyes. Continue reading “How My Ego Destroyed My Business”

There Is No Such Thing As An Expert!

63. There Is No Such Thing As An Expert!

In this video, I talk about how there is no such thing as an expert. No matter how much skill, knowledge or talent you may have at something, there is always someone who is doing it better than you. The importance of knowing this is that you can use this knowledge as a tool to motivate yourself to be better in everything you do.