Are You Easy?

I don’t mean easy like some young flapper on a Saturday night kind of easy. (This isn’t that kind of blog, geesh) I mean are you easy in the business sense. As in, are you easy to do business with? Let me give you two examples of what I’m talking about. One business is incredibly easy to do business with. And the other…well…not so much.   I read a lot of books. I average at least a book a week.…

Dirty Laundry

You may be thinking right now, “What does dirty laundry have to do with business, let alone increasing my profits?” Well, it has a lot to do with your business, success and your profits. But instead of giving you the literal meaning of dirty laundry, I’m going to share it in a story.   I haven’t always been a business coach. For 11 years, I owned a home inspection company. I was the guy you’d call when you were buying…

What Ticks You Off?

When it comes to motivation, a lot of people talk about what gives them the warm fuzzies. And that’s all well and good. However, today…I want to talk about something that pisses you off. Because sometimes…what ticks you off is a bigger motivator than what is warm and pleasant. Let me explain. There is a pain and pleasure principle. Tony Robbins has talked about it for years. And the point of it is this, what are you motivated by? Pain…or…

You Can’t Work With Everybody (Some People Will Just Tick You Off)

When you first started your business, you were probably eager to work with any Tom, Dick and Harry that walked into your office. After all, bills had to be paid and beggars can’t be choosers, right? Wrong! I’m here to tell you that you CAN’T work with everybody. There are some people, no matter how much you may need the money, you should not work with. Let me give you an example.   For over ten years, I owned a…

Living Outside of Your Comfort Zone—Told by a Recluse

We all have a comfort zone. You have one, I have one; everybody you know or will know has a comfort zone. Your comfort zone is that area of your life where you feel at ease, in control, and…well…comfortable. Your comfort zone is where you pretty much do the things you’ve always done. Well, as the old saying goes; if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always had. But your comfort zone also prevents…

Get The Heck Out Of Your Own Way

Have you ever had a wicked awesome idea, then tell yourself twenty reasons why it won’t work? Or maybe you had a wicked awesome idea, began to take action, then suddenly stopped, lost interested or just sabotaged the whole dang thing. Or worse yet, may you had an idea, took action on it, failed…then never tried it again. If any of those things happened to you, then you are not alone. It doesn’t mean you’re weird. It doesn’t mean you’re…

Monetize What You Love

So I was at church this past Sunday catching up with a friend I haven’t seen in a while since she’s been attending Marshall University. She was telling me how school was going for her and some of her future plans after she graduates. She continued to tell me about an idea she had and how she wanted to monetize it. As she put it, “I want to work for myself you know, be my own boss”. I spent the…

Your Very Own Personal Professional Business Consultant

When was the last time you took a step back from your business and gave it a good evaluation? Not many people think about inspecting their businesses, but sometimes that could be exactly what is needed. After all, you wouldn’t drive your cars for years on end without having a mechanic inspect it for proper operation every now and again. And you wouldn’t buy a house without having a professional inspect it before you make a wicked large buying decision.…

He Who Implements—Wins!

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you’re working on a big project or product launch, and you keep buying books, CD’s, DVD’s and online courses about the topic—but never really getting closer to your end goal?  If so, don’t beat yourself up over it.  It just means you are like most every other entrepreneur in the world who gets caught up in the “I need to learn more stuff so I can be smarter than every other…

Is Your Marketing Incestuous?

Incestuous marketing… can be likened to a clod in a factory doing the same thing every day and getting the same results, but wishing the results were somehow different and better. I mean, can you imagine how dull your life would be if you did the same thing that everyone else did day in and day out? Everybody in your industry wears khaki pants and a blue button down shirt, so you wear khakis and a blue button down shirt.…