Become Who You Are

One year, I decided to try food photography. I loved food, I loved local restaurants, and I loved photography. It seemed like a perfect fit for me. One problem… two…

Emotional Bankruptcy Leads to Financial Bankruptcy

Success is not about having a cool logo, or a $1000 mesh chair, or a rare sports car. Success is not about owning a building, or which neighborhood you live…

The Food Burner: A Parable About Unconventional Thinking

Inside an ancient bear cave, around “the dawn of man”… or, um, actually, around dinner time…   LARRY: “Hey, Bob. Your caving paintings are looking awesome.” BOB: “Thanks, Larry.” LARRY:…

Share Your Vision, Your Values, and Your Story with Your Customers

In a recent post, I talked about my client, Dale, who is in the craft business. We were on the discussion about his artist bio, and Dale told shared with…

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…

Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

I was at the gym the other day, and I happened to step on a treadmill where the electronic display was broken. See that the gym was so full, I…

Why Great Ideas Come While Taking A Shower

Some of my best ideas come while taking a shower for some reason. Sometimes a solution would pop up for a problem I’ve been trying to solve for days. Sometimes…

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…

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…

Boundaries a Necessity to Sustain Family Businesses

Lilly and her boyfriend work together. It’s really his business, and she’s his marketing manager. One of the ways they are able to maintain a healthy relationship and run a…

Start Your Day the Night Before

It took me nearly thirty minutes to get ready for the gym this morning. Normally, I have all my clothes and gear ready the night before so that I can…

Don’t Wait to Make a Difference in Somebody’s Life

I attended the 2011 TEDxBoulder over the weekend. The event was filled with inspiring, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous presentations. Even days after, the presentation by Mark Bezos, for some reason,…


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