Why Creative Excellence Is The Difference Between Being Distinct & Extinct

36. Why Creative Excellence Is The Difference Between Being Distinct & Extinct

Creative excellence is one of my favorite topics to talk about as I truly believe it is the single most important aspect of EVERY business. When you look at market leaders I have found that exceptional design and creativity is the differentiator that sets them apart from fray.

You Were Born With Two Ears And One Mouth For A Reason

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One of my favorite quotes is “You were born with two ears and one mouth for a reason.” It originated around 55 AD from Epictetus, the Greek Sage and Stoic philosopher.

In case you don’t remember what is on the other side of the comma as to why … “so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” Continue reading “You Were Born With Two Ears And One Mouth For A Reason”

Why I Never Put A Title On My Business Card

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This is my business card. All two lines… If you ever watched American Psycho you would know that Christian Bale would not be impressed… But that’s kind of my point. There are many reasons why I choose not to put my title on my business card. Here are six of them… Continue reading “Why I Never Put A Title On My Business Card”

Entering The Entrepreneur’s Abyss & What You Need To Know To Avoid It

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We all know the word abyss, but what does abyss mean as it relates to the entrepreneur? In my opinion, it is the wide gap or profound difference between (avoiding) failure and (achieving) success.

If you can imagine Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies where he has to cross the rickety bridge where alligators are below and the bridge is one rope from falling —  The objective is to get to the other side in order to be safe, or in the entrepreneur’s case – to avoid failure (the abyss) and reach solid ground (success). Continue reading “Entering The Entrepreneur’s Abyss & What You Need To Know To Avoid It”

What NOT To Do When Raising Capital: The Jack of All Trades … Is a Jackass

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When pursuing an investment for one of my fashion brands, Gary and I met with a gentleman who represented a group of investors.

The man was recommended by a friend in the financial world who knew of several companies the man had successfully completed securing investments for over that past year. We were happy to know that the man was on a roll, and had credibility as far as raising money. Continue reading “What NOT To Do When Raising Capital: The Jack of All Trades … Is a Jackass”

FAILURE: The University of Entrepreneurs

42. FAILURE The University of Entrepreneurs

In this video post I discuss how most professions have formal resources like colleges and training to obtain a foundation in specific areas of expertise, but entrepreneurs can only rely on failures to serve as their aspect of learning. I continue to discuss how iconic figures have used the “University of Failure” to go on to become successful.