Use the personal touch to WOW your customers

By | Business Start-Up, Entrepreneur, Loving Relationships | No Comments

You must create an experience to stand out with your customers. Thankfully, there are many great ways to do this. One of the best ways is to use thank you notes. Instead of a generic “thank you” in email form, why not take a few minutes to do something memorable? Earlier this year, I participated in Jaime Tardy’s Millionaire Hustlers program. Much to my surprise and delight, I received a handwritten thank you note from Jaime during the program. Here…

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Are you being honest about what’s slowing you down?

By | Personal Development, Wisdom meets Passion | 7 Comments

Recently I was on board a beautiful new boat with a friend.  While the boat looked absolutely stunning from everything I could see, the owner told me it was time to pull it out of the water and see what unwanted debris was hanging on under the surface.  As any boat enthusiast knows, this is about the time of year when owners pull their boats out of the water and check for those things that are not easily seen from…

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How can these guys both be in the same business?

By | Entrepreneur, Finding Passion | 8 Comments

Last week I talked with two guys, both in the landscape business.  The first complained bitterly about customers who were hard to please, did not pay their bills on time and didn’t understand the big picture of landscaping.  He went on to say his machines would break down through no fault of his own and that he was filing bankruptcy that day. The next morning I spoke with Noe, the guy who has taken care of my landscaping and lawn maintenance for…

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You always have another choice

By | No More Mondays | 6 Comments

Many years ago in an Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the village moneylender. The old and ugly moneylender fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter, so he proposed a bargain. He would forgive the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal, but the cunning moneylender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put…

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Yeah I confess I’m experiencing burnout

By | Entrepreneur, Loving Relationships, Personal Development | 34 Comments

Henry Ford once said he didn’t want executives who had to work all the time.  He insisted that those who were always in a flurry of activity at their desks were not being the most productive.  He wanted people who would clear their desks, prop their feet up and dream some fresh dreams.  His philosophy was that only he who has the luxury of time can originate a creative thought. Wow!  When’s the last time your boss told you to…

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The unwelcome change in your job may be your next opportunity

By | No More Mondays, Personal Development | One Comment

I hear from people every week who are upset that things are changing.  They really want to just keep things the way they’ve been for the last 10 years. Let’s create our own scenario from a few millennia ago: ten cavemen spend their days fishing. Each morning the ten men go down to the local lake, cast their lines, and hope to provide the necessary food for their dependents. Then one day, Barney shows up with a net he has…

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Now that the bank said No Way go ahead and start your business

By | Business Start-Up, Entrepreneur | 2 Comments

In 1998 I published the first edition of 48 Days to Creative Income (content now in No More Dreaded Mondays).  In that little 3-ring binder product I addressed the idea of needing a lot of money to start a business.  I showed the figures from INC magazine that 34% of all new businesses needed less than $5000 to launch.  26% needed no capital at all.  9% needed $5000-$10,000 to start.  Yeah you say, that was 16 years ago – if…

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I’m not sick enough to come to your event

By | Entrepreneur, Failure, Food for thought, Personal Development | 9 Comments

The old John Belushi movie, Animal House, really has no positive qualities that I can remember.  It glorified the worst of college life, complete with all the abuses immature students can dream up.  The Dean shares the latest grade point averages with one of the fraternity leaders:  “Here are your grade point averages. Mr. Kroger: two C’s, two D’s and an F. That’s a 1.2. Congratulations, Kroger. You’re at the top of the Delta pledge class.”   But there is one line…

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Teacher was late 111 times but defends his good math teaching

By | Wisdom meets Passion, Workplace Humor | 2 Comments

Over the weekend I read several interesting pieces related to the issues we see at 48 Days.  I’m including a few here with questions for you to respond to: A new study from Pew Research Center found that 61% of 19-34 yr olds get their political news from Facebook, whereas only 19% look to local or national TV as their source. We no longer trust the “news” as being unbiased so we might as well get our updates from people…

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Do the brave thing – imagine you could have a different life

By | Loving Relationships, Personal Development | 2 Comments

In the Escaping Shawshank experience we all went into prison cells – to think about what is holding us back.  Many of us tapped into memories of “failing” at something and how we are allowing the feelings associated with that to hold us back from attempting anything new. It reminded me of the old 1998 movie,You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  In the movie Joe (Tom) opens one of his big bookstores right across the street from Kathleen’s (Meg) quaint…

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