Hustle It!

Hustle It! First of all, the term hustle can have some pretty negative meanings, including “a fraud or swindle”.  That’s now what we’re talking about here.  Hustle has come to mean “doing what it takes to make money”.  And that’s what we’re talking about! So let’s do it. Hustling takes little more than desire and willpower.  The truth is, there …

The Big Fat Solicitor Fail

Let me tell you a story… A few days ago my wife heard a knock on the door late in the afternoon.  Upon opening the door she saw a man standing there with a clipboard and shirt with a logo for a cable/internet provider.  When she inquired how she may help him, he looked down at his list and asked …

Interesting vs. Important

Which would you rather read, an article that’s interesting, or an article that’s important? Every day that you go online you will literally be bombarded with information.  There’s just way too much, and it’s all being thrust in front of us.  It’s in the sidebars of most every site you visit.  Headlines fill the pages of the internet.  And it’s …

How to Figure Out the Capacity of Your Business

How many customers can your business handle per day? If your business is a blog, then you can probably handle pretty much anyone that comes to your site. But what if you have a product that requires time to deliver to your customer?  For example, what if you have a training course that people on your site can pay to …

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Variability—Statistics with Business Application

I’m sure you love math.  Right? Okay, I understand.  If you’re like most people, you might not actually like math at all.  You might even get a sick feeling in your stomach when I mention the idea.  And if you’re like most people, you might wonder how much use math really has in the real world. Arithmetic and even Algebra …

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You Need to Start Investing Today

At work today, a coworker told me about an article he saw on Yahoo Finance that talked about how much money people have saved for retirement.  And it got me concerned. The article summarized some data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau, so these are statistics for the U.S. population.  But I think that the issue that they raise probably exists …

Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Leaders are the type of people that others willingly follow. Leadership has very little to do with company organization.  Being a manager or supervisor over other people does not make someone a leader.  A leader is someone who leads.  A leader is someone who is followed. Managers often seek to be good leaders, and some managers are exceptional leaders.  If …

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Joseph Nielson—Lemonade Stand Entrepreneur

Today, I’m excited to tell you about a friend of mine. This is a friend who I look up to in a lot of ways.  He has outstanding moral character, he’s one of the brightest guys I’ve ever met, and he truly has the entrepreneurial spirit. My friend is Joseph Nielson and he started his business when he was 12 …

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How Understanding Statistics Will Help Your Business

  You might be thinking, “who cares about statistics?  I’m just starting a business, I don’t need to know that stuff.” In my business school program, the first course they teach is statistics.  Now I’m sure lots of students thought it was a weeder class or a filler class or something along those lines.  But within 6 months, most of them realized …

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3 Things You Need to Know Before Any Negotiation

A lot of people think that the best negotiators out there are quick-witted, and that’s how they’re so successful. But the truth is that the best negotiators are the ones that are the best prepared.  Preparation is the key to successful negotiation.  Which is good news fort those of us who don’t consider ourselves quick witted.  Because how quick or …