6 Ways Successful People Think Differently

Joe Coulombe was successful. At least, he was by most standards. Several years ago, he launched a small chain of convenience stores in southern California that fit the 7-11 model. But then, he saw an opportunity. Always one for innovation and improvement, he wondered...

The 4 Biggest Lies We Learn as Children—and How to Unlearn Them

Happiness is a tricky thing. We chase things, ideas, and people we think will get us closer to happiness, but they never truly do. Every time we reach a milestone, hundreds more appear before us. Before we know it, we are on the road to happiness once again—wandering...

10 Must-Know Tips for Startup Success

The startup world has never been more competitive. New businesses open every single day, and you either stand out or get lost. If you know what to focus on and what to avoid, you’ll already have a leg up on the rest of your competition. While others follow the “idea...

3 Steps to Outsell Everyone Using Instagram

Time for a trick question. Imagine you’re a fitness expert. You’re trying to sell your personal training services for $100 per hour (not unreasonable in a big city like Miami, New York, Toronto, London, or Los Angeles). But there are dozens of other trainers at your...

10 ways to get affiliates

What a party! We're still recovering from last night's amazing SuperBowl party at my friend Joel Marion's home near Tampa. He had over 140 (!) people at his house last night for the big game...and all of them were in business with him in one way or another, because......

Is Your Market Waggling?

My wife keeps bees. She can sit in front of her hives for hours, just watching their dangerous little tushies waggling back and forth in front of the entrances. I sometimes sit next to her in the early evening and watch too – for as long as I can. To me, it’s all the same thing: The bees fly in. The bees fly out. A couple of bees are walking around in circles. Okay, I get it. Now can we throw a Frisbee?

“The Success Formula”

In Part 1 we saw that "Success" (from accomplishing a specific goal to an overall feeling of well-being and gratitude) can be defined a number of ways depending upon its context. I believe most would agree that a person who is financially successful but has a poor...

Visualizing Your Intended Outcome

"He who bears in his heart a cathedral to be built is already victorious. He who seeks to become sexton of a finished cathedral is already defeated." - Saint-Exupéry (Flight to Arras, 1942) Some goals -- business and financial mostly -- can be categorized in numeric...

A Prescription for Happiness

"The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything." - Walter Bagehot Adam Phillips is a fully fledged ETR. He gets up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to do research and work on a massive project: a digest of the 24-volume...

Detatch Yourself From Specific Outcomes

"Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves! And without too many regrets, if possible! Those from which the sap has withdrawn. But, good Lord, what beautiful colors!" - Andre Gide (Journals, 1947) In "The Seven...

Why You Should Trim Your Trees

If you employ or manage at least six people, you need to let one of them go every year or so. If you employ 30 or 40, you should be weaning three or four. Forget about those who quit. I'm talking about firing people. It may sound crazy in a business world obsessed...

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