The 1 Risk You NEVER Want To Take


Freshman year in college I had a crush on this girl Suzanne. HUGE crush. She was in a class I took and my stomach was literally in knots the entire semester. I was so afraid to talk to her it was ridiculous.

I would sit across the room and it appeared that we would catch eyes and she would give me a big smile. My response, naturally, was to immediately turn my head and look away. She must’ve been smiling at someone else. Or maybe she was trying to be polite. Then she would do it again… maybe she was just trying to be polite again… I couldn’t risk it. Yeah, it wasn’t worth the risk.

Senior year I ran into her at a party and needless to say, we hooked up. I couldn’t believe it! We were hanging out in my room that night and she told me she had dreamed about this moment since freshman year. What the f**k??

I remember the moment she said that I was elated, and pissed at the same time… pissed at myself of course as I had been dreaming about it too!! What a moron I had been! She could’ve been my girlfriend all this time! Needless to say, I wasted four years because I had absolutely no idea how to face fear. Strike one…

Strike Two

When I had my first fashion company, there was a female buyer who would come to our booth in Vegas at the semi annual tradeshow to buy our line… I had the biggest crush on her it was insane… story sound familiar? Anyway, blah, blah, blah, I was scared out of my mind and just couldn’t take the risk. Yeah, it wasn’t worth the risk.

14 years later (yes four-teen) I ran into her… and we hooked up. Guess what? She said the same thing! Holy sh*t! What a moron I was! … and this one was marriage material!! This time, however, I was married to my business so the timing wasn’t right. I wasted fourteen years because I wasn’t willing to take a risk and didn’t know how to overcome rejection.

This happened over and over again in my personal life and in business… until it didn’t.

A Call To Action For Anyone with A Dream

 You want to know the only risk in life? The 1 risk you never want to take? Please listen…

 The only risk in life is… to never take one.

I read a post the other day from a guy that shares a lot of our content at Hustle Branding on a regular basis. His name is Timothy Van Sype. He has been very loyal to us over the past few years. I stumbled across a post he wrote today and it turns out he… well I’m not gonna spoil the story, read the post here.

I have seen people who haven’t followed their dreams and have chosen to take the safe route and it is a very ugly picture. There is a tremendous amount of regret and a ton of resentment for those who convinced them not to go after what they want.

The truth is that there should be no resentment as it’s your choice, not theirs. Do not let anyone ever stand in the way of pursuing your dream. If you have a dream, find a way to make it happen or at the very least find a way to try. At least then, you will never have any regrets.  A few weeks ago I did a post about a speech that Jim Carrey made that summed it up perfectly. It’s called The Courage To Fail at What You Want

Single and 44

At the time of this writing I am single. I am single, largely in part because I refuse to let anyone stand in the way of going after what I want. That’s the selfish part. Here’s the selfless part… I used to not be single. I used to not be single a lot. Every woman I have ever had has had to settle for second place and that is not fair to them. To be more clear, I was not fair to them.

I am quite certain there will be a time in my life that I will be ready to take the risks and not put anyone in second place while I’m doing it. Now just happens NOT to be that time.

No Time But The Present

I have made a ton of mistakes in my life both in business and personally but as my man, The Shark, Daymond John says, if you are not making mistakes you are not making moves. I shot a video with him about how to learn from failure a few months back.

I encourage you to take the risk to go after your dreams. I encourage you to take those dreams and put a plan together and set some goals to turn those dreams into reality. In my last post, I talked about something Denzel Washington said to a bunch of kids at an acting class on the 2 ingredients you need that will teach you how to achieve your goals. It is also something that Think and Grow Rich and some of the greatest business books and business minds have repeatedly said.

I write this post with extra passion today because I hate to see people living someone else’s dream. Some people very close to me are and it kills me as, like I said, meeting people who failed to go after their dreams is an ugly picture. They are like the walking dead. Every person has a dream or at least had one a long time ago that maybe they have since forgotten on his or her journey. If you are one of those people, remember, it’s never too late. The right time to live your life the way you want to live it is always right now.

Live your dreams, hustle your ass off and know that failure is just part of the journey. And also know… one never truly fails until they give up.

Have a great day and Hustle hard,




How To Be The Most Interesting Person In The World


A while back, I saw a tweet from Ted Rubin, king of RonR (return on relationship) and someone who I have a lot of respect for, mainly due to his viewpoint of how to conduct yourself in business through the seemingly basic principle of being good to others (hence the term he coined, Return On Relationship).

I am a strong believer in the getting is in the giving and it seems as if Ted seems to be quite an authority on giving so, when he mentioned that Dale Carnegie’s, How To Win Friends and Influence People was on the top of his list of must-read books, I knew that needed to be the next in my Audible queue.

I finished the book a few weeks ago and am happy to report that Ted was right on the money. There were so many takeaways I have from the book that I will be dedicating a number of posts on Hustle Branding to discussing some of the principles.

There is a reason I am very passionate about this subject as I went a very long time in my business career believing that in order to get the respect of people I needed to be ruthless and feared by all. I simply thought that was the only way to be successful. The result was not pretty. I just became an a*shole who had some money in his pocket. Nothing less, nothing more.

Today,  if I can’t win the respect of people and still maintain a kind and giving mindset, I simply won’t do business with them.

So what in the world does this have to do with learning how to be the most interesting person in the world?

If you read the book you probably know the answer to this question. If you haven’t, let me give you the cliff notes answer in two words…

be interest-ed.

Interesting People Who Are The Opposite Of interesting

I have been fortunate (or unfortunate) enough throughout my years to have met a number of people who have achieved very high levels of fame, power and fortune. I was very excited when this started happening to me. Now, however, it quite often is more of a burden than something I look forward to.

Why? Well, for the most part, they are very predictable. Though I always try to go in with an open mind and no negative assumptions, invariably most of these people lose me after 15-20 minutes of listening to them talk about their favorite topic…themselves.

The Hidden Gem of Being Interest-ed

In my opinion, there are tremendous advantages to being interest-ed that most people seem to either overlook or completely ignore. You should see after this list that, as ironic as it may seem, the more interest-ed you are, the more interesting you become by default.

Let’s look at a few reasons why:

1)   By being interest-ed, you stay in constant learning mode. There is a phrase (I’m slightly paraphrasing), the more that is revealed, the more that is required. The truth is, we can never master anything. No matter what the skill, we can always get better and no matter what the subject we can always learn more and the more I learn the more I realize how little I know.

Staying in constant learning mode will negate any sense of complacency and allow your skill or knowledge to be extremely impressive without even trying… The result? …. You will be infinitely more interesting.

2)   The more you show interest in someone, the greater your ability becomes to network and grow, both personally and professionally. I have seen people spend entire conversations talking about themselves and then simply turn around and leave the person they were talking AT (as opposed to talking TO). When this happens there is a tragedy that occurs that the person never realizes unless it is pointed out. Let’s look at one such tragedy…

I witnessed a (one-sided) conversation where a ‘friend ‘ of mine was talking to someone about this amazing technology he had developed and his company was in the process of looking for investors to fund their early-stage growth. He finished his conversation and then walked away from the person.

A few minutes after the conversation, I was talking to my ‘friend’ and I asked him if he bothered to ask the person he was talking AT what he did for a living. My ‘friend’ said he hadn’t bothered to ask him so he asked me why I brought it up. I answered, “He invests in early stage technology companies.” … IDIOT.

3)   Most people think that the key to selling is to show how great your product or service is and wow the client into the buy. Though that may be the end game, the way you sell a product or service is, not to show how interesting your product or service is, but to show INTEREST in the client, listen to what he or she is looking for and then reverse engineer your thinking into how your product and/or service will fill that need.

You never go in talking about how great your product or service is. You go in with questions, and showing interest, then you simply work backwards. That is the only way to develop the connection to turn the prospective client into an actual customer.

4)   Showing interest and asking questions, plays into the ego of the other party. This is exactly what you want as it allows you to gather intelligence that you otherwise would not be able to gather if you are too busy talking about yourself.

The more interest you show in people, the more they will let their guards down and feel comfortable telling you more about themselves. As Gordon Gekko says, information is the single greatest commodity in the world. Personally, I disagree and believe it is the second most important commodity as I feel there is one thing infinitely more important. You can read about my thoughts on this here.

5)   Being interested never gets old. People don’t get tired talking about themselves but they do get tired listening to you. No one kicked anyone out of a party or failed to invite anyone to a gathering because they were too interest-ed.

Let’s be clear, there is a difference between being pesky and nosy and being genuinely interested. How many times, on the other hand have you not wanted to invite someone because you are sick of them talking about themselves?

So be interesting by being interes-ted. Learn to shut-up and listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason!

I encourage you to go out and take this knowledge today and turn yourself into the most interesting person in the world… and stay thirsty my friends! … and thanks Ted!

Have a great day!


 Note: To read Ted’s book, Return On Relationship, click here.
 To read How To Win Friends and Influence People, click here

Everything You Wanted To Know About A Blog But Were Afraid To Ask


One of the things I love most about our blog is that Gary and I write and or say what we want, when we want. Another reason is there is no debating as to why we write or say it. We simply want to share our experience with you if you care to hear it. This is our digital home and, unlike our own homes, ‘Mi casa es su casa’, so everyone is invited… and can leave any time they want. That is the true beauty of the internet.

The Great Thing About Blogs

Blogs are incredible when you know how to navigate them. Unfortunately, there is no good way to extract all the good information unless you have a guide to help you. If you have a blog, I suggest you create a post like this to help people find all the articles you have worked so hard and so long to write. It is such a tremendous injustice that most blogs have less than 1% of its information read.

I was inspired to do this post as Gary and I constantly send article links to people who ask questions about various subjects that we have covered in detail somewhere on this blog… So I have created this guide..

Here is a simple, easy-to-follow guide through that should include everything you wanted to know but (perhaps) were perhaps afraid to ask.


 If you look at the last few entries you will see they are very solution-based and offer quite a bit of information on branding, something Gary (in my opinion) is one of the best at. Gary has spent the last 23 years handling the branding for four of companies in which we have owned together, as well as for some of the top brands and entertainment personalities in the world. If you want to catch up on all branding posts, click how to brand your product.

Turning Failure Into Success

 I, on the other hand, write a lot about what I have learned from failure, and how to turn failure into success. So much so, I wrote a book about it. It is no twenty- page E-Book.  It is an eleven chapter, 213-page book that contains fifty-five case studies of what I have learned from the mistakes I have made over the course of the last 20 plus years as an entrepreneur. If you want to find out more about it, click How To Ruin A Business. You will see that some people and brands you may have heard of have said some good things about it.

 I have also dedicated an entire section of this blog to everything an entrepreneur should NOT do when running a business. My belief is that, by reversing the traditional way we learn and teaching people to learn from the mistakes of others, we take the ego out of the equation so entrepreneurs can take their guards down and learn objectively, while still allowing them to enjoy the freedom of their own experience. If you want to go to that section, click what not to do in business to see the list of articles.

How To Raise Money To Start A Business

 I have also written a number of articles on the subject of raising capital and pursuing investors. I have been on both sides of the table as well as in the middle quite a few times so I have an interesting perspective and decent insight on the subject I think. If you want to read those articles, click how to raise money to start a business.

Help For New Businesses

 If you are starting a business, there is a section you should not miss, as it will give you access to 4 training modules that Gary and I spent quite a bit of time on. It is called The Start-Up Toolkit.  A lot of people contact Gary and I and ask us questions that we have already answered in detail in those videos. To find out about The Start-Up Toolkit, click help for new businesses.

Business Strategy Tips

There is another cool section on the blog that contains short video modules offering business tips that you can implement in your business to help you. It is called the Bear Essentials. To access it click business strategy tips.

For The Entrepreneur

We have developed a section specifically with the entrepreneur in mind. This area of our blog highlights a lot of the challenges we have faced as entrepreneurs and what we have learned in our experiences along the way that may be of help to you. To access this section click help for entrepreneurs

Success Tips & Advice

One of the biggest portions of the N2ITIV blog contains stories of success and various tips and advice on how to be successful in your business affairs, whether you work for yourself, or somebody else. If that is more your speed, click success tips & advice.


 If videos are more your speed, we have tons of videos on this site as well. To watch videos, instead of reading text, by all means, click entrepreneur videos.

 Who Are MJ & Gary Anyway?

 If you want to learn about who Gary is and what he does both professionally and personally, click who is Gary O’Neil. If you want to find out about me, click who is MJ Gottlieb?.

So there you have it. That should keep you reading and watching for weeks. Enjoy and let me know what your favorite section is!

Have a great day!




5 Rules To Live By To Build Your Character During Chaos


Character is an idea that is earned and forged over a period of time. Your character reveals itself most when the road is rocky and uncertainty is abound. It’s a test of the human spirit and how it will respond when confronted.

Fight or Flight

Pressure has a way of dampening our spirit – the outcome of this event can leave you suspended in animation and unable to move. There seems to be this invisible monster that only WE can only see, and if we don’t move, we believe ‘It will blow over.’ The only problem, however, is that ‘letting it blow over’ doesn’t do anything other than weaken your spirit.

On the other hand, there are people that thrive amidst the chaos and uncertainty. It’s like fuel to the fire for them. We see it in sports, and we see it everyday at work. When we watch big sporting events on the big stage, we understand what’s at stake, and applaud those who are able to shift into another gear when the stakes are at their highest.

Chaos refines and exhibits our true character. The progression of your life depends on YOU meeting your internal challenges – it has nothing to do with anybody else but you! Part of thriving in chaos is more about you understanding the consequences than just being brave or having guts. Once you put the outcomes in perspective, the goal becomes much bigger than anything else – including the consequences of a negative outcome.

Consider these 5 perspectives to live by, and use them to build and extend your integrity. When times get tough, your perspective is a vital weapon in cutting through the chaos and finding your focus.

Character is at the heart of the human spirit and it will play an important part in seeing you through tough and challenging times. Dig deep and reveal your inner giant and see 1st hand how your confidence will rise to the occasion.

It’s not the hard times that define us. Those come and go. How we react to them however, is something we can carry with us and use for the next time. We know ‘The next time’ will come and like anything else, we must be prepared!

Work Hard, Work Smart & Stay Hungry!


7 Things I Suck At That Make Me Great


I am horrible at more things than I can count. When I was about 10 years old, my parents sent me to play little league baseball at the Con Ed field in downtown Manhattan where I grew up. To this date, I am confident to say I am the worst player that ever donned little man cleats.

Have you ever see those movies when the kid gets up to go into the game and all the other kids start screaming at the coach and begging not to put him in? I was that kid.

The highlight of my career was actually making contact with the ball once. ONCE. It was a foul ball but the feeling sure beat the hell out of probably 74 consecutive at bats without even touching the ball to the bat (or bat to ball… still not sure how it is done). What happened after I hit the foul? I struck out. Hindsight being 20-20… I’m glad I did.

That was my first experience of learning what I sucked at. I HATED it. Now, however, I love it. Why? Well, as far as my business goes, if I don’t have the skill level or time to learn or get good something, I now know to delegate it and move on to something else. So here are 7 things I suck out that make me great:

1)  I Suck At Baseball

OK, by now, both you and I know that I suck at baseball. So why is the great? Because I gave up baseball and proceeded to get pretty damn good at basketball. In fact, until I had to have my hip replaced a few years ago I played almost every day of my life.

Basketball helped me tremendously in more ways than what one would expect. It was an incredible way of taking out my aggression. It became very social. I went out on many dates as a result of women watching me play … I became friendly with a lot of people that became clients and colleagues in my businesses, I met my literary agent (may he rest in peace) indirectly through basketball, and the list goes on. So that’s the great that came out of the suck as far as baseball is concerned.

 2)  I Suck At Working For People

I suck working for people. I did it for about 24 months in total over the last 23 years. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE learning from people that are better or know more than me. In fact, I LOVE IT (although I’ll admit I didn’t always but I do now.) What I hate, hate, hate is when a superior doesn’t take a suggestion simply out of spite because his (or her) title says he knows more than me. To read more on this, read why I never put my title on my business card.

So, what did I do? I started my own business and started working for myself. The great of the suck is that if I didn’t experience sucking at working for people, I never would have had the pull necessary to work for myself.

 3)  I Suck At Designing

This one is truly funny. When Gary and I started our first business in college, we decided that I would be the designer and he would run the operations side of the business. The result? I sucked at designing. So what happened? I walked into his office one day and asked him if we could switch. When I left his office, he was officially the designer and I took over the operations side of the business.

The result? Gary has not only been the design director (as well as my partner) in all the companies we have had together, but also he has been the design director for some of the largest and most recognized brands on the planet… That was the great of the suck as far as design was concerned.

 4)  I Suck At Reading Books

I am a tremendously slow reader. I love reading but I suck at it from the perspective that it takes me forever to read something. I think it’s because I scrutinize the text in such a fashion that I must understand every word. If I don’t know a word, I look it up, if I don’t understand the context I re-read it to think it through, I am a certified nut.

So what did I do? I started writing instead. First it was scripts and screenplays, then it became business plans…then it was articles… then PDF Reports and white papers…then blog posts…then books.  Thus far, I have probably written thousands of pages of literature and I am not stopping any time soon. If you are a frequent reader of Hustle Branding, you know I wrote a book called How To Ruin A Business Without Really Trying. The book highlights some of the most prevalent mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting a business for the first time. I used myself and my stories as the lab rat. I am happy to say that I have actually helped people by learning through my failures.

I have also found a way now to go through tons of books a year… through listening. Since I have been turned on to Audible, I go through a book a week. So, because I suck a reading (eyes to paper), I have become great at listening to books.

 5)  I Suck At Complacency

I am never satisfied. I suck at satisfaction. I am never satiated in my thirst for MORE. The good of the suck? … Well, I keep it moving like the energizer bunny. I never quit. I never ever ever think I have learned it all, thus I love people who know more than me (like I mentioned above). My thirst for reaching a goal that keeps setting new markers in the distance will enable me to learn forever.

Speaking of thirst for knowledge…I have a friend. His name is Skip Prichard. Insanely good person and one of the sharpest people I have ever come across. He has accomplished a tremendous amount in life because of his thirst for knowledge. He reads a book a day. THAT IS INSANE. I suggest you check out his blog on leadership. It is awesome.

 6)  I Suck At Dependence

I suck at most forms of dependence. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE working with others. I just suck at having the patience to work with people who don’t love working with others.

There are very few people who will want to get my agenda accomplished as much as I do. Gary is on the list, my future wife (who I don’t think I’ve met) is probably another (or at least she will be I hope.) Because of this, the great of the suck is that if there is a way to do it myself, as opposed to waiting for a person who doesn’t have the same vested interest in accomplishing the particular task at hand, I will do it myself.

 7)  I Suck At Jumping

Although there is plenty more I suck at, here is the last one in this post. I suck at jumping… well, at least I do now Why? Because I replaced my hip and can’t jump like I used to. What is great about the suck? Well, I am training right now to hopefully be back on the basketball court again soon…only I won’t be jumping. I will work on my shot and play the perimeter. For all you ballers out there, you know what I am talking about. For those who don’t, either Google playing the perimeter  or take my word for it that there is a great in the suck.

OK. Now your turn. What do you suck at that makes you great?

Have a great day!




Why A Closed Mind Can Dramatically Stunt Your Success


Being an entrepreneur is hard enough, but when you add close-mindedness to the list of obstacles you have to hurdle, it becomes increasingly hard to win. I use the original quote from Lord Thomas Dewar, “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when open” to explain how it affected a business decision MJ and I recently had to make.


How To Create A Brand Story That Sticks


With more and more entrepreneurs entering the marketplace, how do we stand out and create a social and psychological imprint of our brand in the minds of customers? In this episode of Bear Essentials, I talk about a few essentials that will start the ground-work on developing a ‘Sticky’ story for your brand.

5 Reasons Why Your Business Has 365 days To Live


At some point, like human beings, businesses have a shelf life. Just as we try to prolong our personal lives by staying healthy and doing the things that nourish our bodies for the long term, in business we have to start by understanding what is going to promote good business health as opposed to bad business health.

Businesses have the same challenges as humans in that the decisions we make determine what state our business will be in – short term and long.

I remember the first business I had, which I started in my senior year of college, and how its finality happened much quicker than all the blood, sweat and years (and some tears) I put into it. Much of it’s downturn was result of my lack of experience in business and my excitement. You may be thinking, ‘Isn’t excitement a good thing?’ Yes, and no! Yes, because excitement was my turbo engine that drove me to make the business successful. No, because in a state of excitement I made bad decisions, and when I mixed that with a lack of business experience, the business began its slow death.

Some people believe that developing your startup is a ‘ Marathon, not a sprint,’ but I disagree whole-hardily with that line of thinking!

And I have good reason to, here’s why;  Info by Statistic Brain (Source: University of Tennessee Research)

365 days is not long time to establish a business and neither is 730 (2yrs) or 1095 (3yrs). So, if our business health depends on our decisions, what do we need to feed our business to stay strong in the initial years? Here’s 5 things to think about;

1) You’re Not Fast Enough- Stationary Kills

Being quicker to the punch has it’s advantages. Apple’s competitive advantage is their ability to be first to market and great in their execution. This enables them to to take advantage of the market at a premium before anyone else. As companies try to copy them, they are refining and improving. They stay ahead initially until the innovation slows down and competitors catch up. You should always understand your business’s potential, always keeping in mind that no matter how good you may be doing,  you need to keep improving. Get Faster!

2) The Business Is Getting The Best Of You (Graph by: Anna Vital)

You have to understand that your business goes through peaks and valleys. Push forward and keep learning. Clear out all the mistakes, so you start making the right decisions.

3) It’s About Progress, Not Perfection

The little wins add up. Don’t focus on making home runs at every at bat. Keep getting on base and you will eventually score.

4) Discover Creative Ways To Use Your Resources

Identify your resources and find creative ways to utilize them. Look at them from various angles – strategic partnerships, manufacturing, financing etc…

 5) Persist In The Face Of Failure (Graph by: Anna Vitali)

Michael Jordan said it best, ” The only reason I succeed, is because I failed.” Stay calm in the eye of the storm – they eventually pass.

Do your best to keep these 5 things in mind as you go about your business and hopefully your business will have many 365 day turns ahead of you!

Work Hard, Work Smart & Stay Hungry


When Trust Is A 4-Letter Word


Before I started my first business in 1991 my father gave me one piece of advice.

He told me, “Ninety-nine point nine percent of all the people you will meet in business are full of sh*t… and most of them would sell their souls for a dollar.”

The rest, he said, I would have to figure out for myself. Continue reading “When Trust Is A 4-Letter Word”

15 Reasons Why Being Realistic Will Lead You To Being Average


Being realistic, for most, has meant leading a life that we can predict, and where the ‘unknown’ has little chance of rearing it’s head.

If your idea in life is to experience new things and continually progress towards personal fulfillment, then being a realist will surely jam the brakes on your path to get there.

Felix Baumgartner (above pic), expert parachutist, best known for his stratospheric jump and free fall, exemplifies a person who focuses on expanding his own boundaries. Yes, his may entail life or death acts of courage, or some may say he is a crack-pot, but his principles are built on why we as humans progress.

 – Ability to see ‘What Could Be.’
– Belief of ‘What Could Be.’
– Desire to act on ‘What Could Be.’

Lets face it, the average joe would probably think he’s crazy, but crazy can be interpreted in different ways. I’m sure Felix believes it’s crazy not to challenge yourself and go beyond your comfort zone.


Are we giving up on the possibilities in our lives because being realistic is just plain easier and non-confrontational?

Are we blind to the extraordinary things that happen around us all the time?

Shouldn’t that be the reason we say, ‘I Can.’ For Heaven’s sake, we’ve landed on the moon! Isn’t that enough reason to follow your dreams – which are probably not as lofty as walking on the moon. If we continue to give ourselves the short end of the stick, then who gets the long end? Nobody! Because we are not competing with the world or anybody else – we’re competing with ourselves, but we seldom look at it this way.

Bruce Lee said it best,

Quick Question… Why is it easier to:

Eat junk food than to eat healthy food

Work a 9 to 5 than to start a business we’ve always wanted

Have careers we hate, instead of changing them

To blame the world for our problems vs doing something about it

To allow relationships to flounder when we can strengthen them

Maybe it all comes down to risk. The costs can seem so insurmountable that the reward is just not worth the investment. But this is an investment in You. Why on earth would you invest in things that don’t give you something greater in return? It’s irrational, isn’t it?

My take is that we sing a prelude of self sabotage and doubt to the point of making the real, well, unrealistic. I’m not saying that being realistic is bad – far from it! But I am saying that using a view point of realism as a basis for everything in your life, will lead you down a path of being average – which the world has plenty of.

If you are the select few that wants to experience your full potential, steer clear of these 15 excuses and remove them from your vocabulary and thoughts;

  1. I might not be as good as I think
  2. My friends and family don’t believe in me
  3. It’s too much work
  4. What if I fail
  5. I’ll do it when I have more time
  6. I’m too young
  7. I’m too old
  8. I haven’t seen anyone else do it
  9. I’m doing ok in life and don’t want to chance it
  10. Don’t want to waste all that time, and it not work
  11. It will be embarrassing if it doesn’t work out
  12. No time
  13. There’s no guarantee it will be successful
  14. I have a family
  15. I like (not love) the life I have now

Seeing is believing, so don’t think your way out of your possibilities. We can only know what we experience, and to experience is to try – which the average person doesn’t do. Sometimes you have to take yourself by force and allow new things to happen in your life, business and personally. Average takes no creativity, no will, no dreaming, no improvement and most of all it takes no real effort.

Do you really want to just sit in the recliner of comfort enjoying the easy life watching the lives of others instead of pointing that remote at your self and changing your life? … Hardly!

I’m with those who believe in self transformation in spite of circumstances and the opinion of others. I haven’t reached satisfaction yet, but every little bit of progress has made me stronger and better and I hope it does the same for you!

Work Hard, Work Smart & Stay Hungry




An Impressive Post About Being Impressive


The world is filled with people trying to impress one another in one way or another, so much so that I find that it has become nearly impossible to spot authenticity these days.

It really takes me some time to tell if you are being authentic… as opposed to being full of it. Continue reading “An Impressive Post About Being Impressive”

Don’t Get Ready, Stay Ready! Create Your Luck Factor!

11. Don’t-Get-Ready,-Stay-Ready!-Create-Your-Luck-Factor!

How many times have you heard someone say that he or she is so lucky? Of course we’ve all heard that phrase plenty of times. In a lot of cases ‘true luck’ does seem to appear in the most unexpected places.

Business luck, on the other hand, at least in my eyes, has more to do with being prepared at the right time when opportunity comes knocking. Continue reading “Don’t Get Ready, Stay Ready! Create Your Luck Factor!”

The 1 Word That Determines Both The Success & Failure of Every Entrepreneur


The minds of entrepreneurs are quite different from most. There are certain traits we have that enable us to succeed, and others that lead us to certain failure.

There is one word, however, that every entrepreneur has which has the same power to create success as it does to destroy dreams … It is a trait that all entrepreneurs have for better or for worse to one extent or another: Continue reading “The 1 Word That Determines Both The Success & Failure of Every Entrepreneur”

1 Gut-Wrenching Reason Why You Must Bring Your Idea To Market TODAY


Let me give you the moral of the story up front. If you have developed a product or service and you are hesitant about whether or not to bring it to market yet… Bring it to market TODAY. Not tomorrow. Not next week. TODAY. Let me tell you why…

Yesterday, I was catching up on some articles from the NY times that I hadn’t had a chance to read this past week. I came across an article that hit me like a punch in the face Continue reading “1 Gut-Wrenching Reason Why You Must Bring Your Idea To Market TODAY”