The Solution is in the Problem

One of my clients came to me with the goal of trying to get into the craft business. For now, let’s call him Dale. Like many entrepreneurial artists, Dale had…

Don’t Let the Recession Drive Your Prices Down

In a time of recession, there is a reluctant tendency to lower prices. Rather than targeting people who can’t afford your services, target the ones who can. Think of creative…

The Art of Reinventing Yourself

Oprah Winfrey is an artist, and her life is her canvas. She is a woman who constantly reinvents herself. She started out with a tabloid television show, and then transformed…

Solve the Right Problems

Tired of having to carry around a bottle of ink just to sign legal documents, W. B. Purvis invented the fountain pen. He didn’t shop around for a solution; he…

6 Easy Steps to Create a Crappy Super Bowl Ad

For the past week or so, I’ve seen a hilarious Volkswagen video clip floating around that has a little kid in a mini Darth Vader costume trying to use the…

Breaking Traditional Barriers to Hit a Home Run

Old beliefs, personal prejudice and dogmatic traditions can often get in the way of progress our personal lives, in business, and even in the creative arts. Since today is Hank…

Be Your Own Tipping Point

We often remember the people who symbolize a movement, but forget all the people who came beforehand to create that movement. We remember the dates, but forget all the events…

The Zen of Cleaning the Pagoda

Oranges, and lions, and bakwas! “Oh my!” as George Tikei would say. It’s Chinese Lunar New Year! Yes, it’s that time of year when every member of the Chinese family…

Reincarnated on Groundhog Day

One of my favorite movies is “Groundhog Day” (dir. Harold Ramos). It stars Bill Murray as the weatherman who keeps waking up to the same Groundhog Day over, and over,…

An Idea That Will Stick to the Roof of Your Mouth

If you ever wanted to get into the food business, I think it’s important to check your knowledge of food history first: Who invented the crop rotation method for farming?…

When Life Tangles Up, Just Tango On

I’ll admit it:  I know how to tango.  I started years ago.  I never performed, or competed.  I didn’t  do it to pick up on women.  I just did it…

Building a Business Around Lazy Idiots

Although I know how to change the oil in my car, cook my own meals, and process my own photographs, I’d rather have someone else do it. That’s right, I’m…


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