MY THOUGHTS

Why Do We Stop Taking Risks?

I wonder if we stop taking risks as we age because the social cost of failure grows too high… In our youth, we don’t expect …

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How to Scale a Business

LinkedIn Connection: Blake, I would like to learn how to build and scale businesses successfully. I’ve recently started my own business and I have no …

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Abandon Artificial Ceilings

Do you believe that breaking through to the next level is as easy as seeing it in your mind and believing it in your heart? …

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Scaling Multiple Companies Simultaneously

Have you considered the benefits of owning and scaling multiple companies simultaneously? For me, it’s the secret to accelerating the entrepreneurial learning curve. It has …

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My Answer Shocked Him

A friend was working on multiple startups and felt pressure to focus on only one. He asked me which projects should he kill, and which …

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Building a Business With Substance

Are you building a business with substance? Or are you focused on making quick, easy money? I set out to create sustainable organizations that are …

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Be Predictable.

Be predictable. Inconsistent and volatile leaders are difficult to follow. I’ve found that predictable leaders get the most out of their people. Predictability is an …

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Consistency is What Defines Us

It’s the things we do consistently throughout our lives that define us. Small, incremental efforts over long periods of time are much more meaningful than …

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Expect Non-linear Pathways in Your Life

Have you ever noticed… Things never turn out how you expect, but we’re still surprised when things don’t happen as we planned. We’re conditioned in …

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Business Plans Are A Waste of Time

Business plans are a waste of time. Life is more dynamic than a business plan suggests. I love the proverb that says, “The work will …

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Don’t Be Afraid To Create Something Complex

Do you feel like people don’t understand the method to your madness? This 1957 Synergy Map from Walt Disney (published in the Wall Street Journey …

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Why Create Artificial Timelines

Why create artificial timelines on your entrepreneurial journey? If you want a life of continual growth and fulfillment – here’s a good place to start: …

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Create The Life You Want

It was the summer of 2009. I was turned down for a promotion with my peers in my first job after college. I was devastated. …

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A Book That Has Made A Big Difference For Me

My mother and sister died in a plane crash when I was in high school. Afterward, a close friend gave me a book called “Thoughts …

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Kindess Has Never Been More Important

The last few months have been tough, especially concerning our emotional and mental health. We’re social creatures. We need human interaction. From personal conversations I …

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Don’t Forget the Power of Consistency

We did a full-day quarterly planning session with two of our companies over the last week. I was worried we weren’t ready to process everything …

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I’m Going To Be More Deliberate

I’m going to be more deliberate about the specifics of getting “back to normal” after all of this. I hope I have a better perspective …

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Cash Is King!

Cash flow, cash reserves, and profitability have never been as important as they are today. Our society has been enamored by venture-backed companies that focus …

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Experimentation Is The Key To Success

Building a business requires constant experimentation. Now is a time for taking small bets (thanks Josh Steimle), even during this uncertainty. I’m using the next …

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Customer Focus or Employee Focus?

Customer focus or employee focus…what’s most important to you? For Richard Branson, it’s his employees: “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you …

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The Power of Gift Giving

What if you could give a gift to a potential customer that they actually use? And what if every time they saw this gift they …

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Experiencing Entrepreneur Burnout?

Ever feel like you don’t own your business, but your business owns you? I’ve noticed when business owners are in the day-to-day details of their …

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My Thoughts on Strategic Coach

Four years ago, I took the advice of a successful entrepreneur friend. He had started, grown and sold multiple companies and wanted to help me …

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What Operating System Are You Using?

To my entrepreneurial friends: Have you used EOS or Scaling Up to grow your company? Using an operating system has allowed us to get everyone …

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