Clever people and grocers …

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As Seen In …   … they weigh everything. ~ Zorba the Greek So do my clients when it comes to growing their business. Do I want more? they ask. Of course! they reply. There’s the mortgage. The kids’ college fund. Mom’s medical expenses. And that bucket list trip to Tahiti! Yet surely as the sun sets … Read More

Buttercream icing

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It’s my birthday week, so naturally, my thoughts turn to cake. (I love cake.) As a kid, I got to choose what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday. Not there was such a wide selection in those days. You got Duncan Hines® chocolate cake or golden cake. Chocolate icing or vanilla icing. Fruit filling … Read More

What can you STOP doing?

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The best strategic plan addresses what you can stop doing. That’s counterintuitive, especially for small businesses who grasp at any shiny object to bring in revenue. But it’s not until you simplify and focus that you gain the clarity and strength to leverage your time, talent, and treasure. My ‘stop doing’ list became a lifeline. … Read More

Island vs Ecosystem

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As a small business owner, it’s common to think of our company as an island. Isolated. Self-contained. Having to generate all resources from within. Surrounded on all sides by unknown threats. That gets lonely. And stressful. It puts a huge burden on the business owner to “make it all happen.” What if you took a … Read More

Losing focus

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Where’s your focus? Is it in “just get through today?” Or do you have a real strategy you’re working? One year, it took 3 smack-me-in-the-head-with-a-brick experiences to get the lesson of focus, and to apply it to my business. Lesson 1: I’m driving down Interstate 75 from Gainesville (GA) to Orlando (FL) to get from … Read More

White space

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Archimedes shouted “Eureka!” in a bathtub. Einstein had sudden insights into the theory of relativity while riding a streetcar. Newton “discovered” gravity during a countryside retreat (Cambridge University was closed because of the Black Death plague). I had my own eureka! moment when I started my first business years ago. I hated my job at … Read More

Independence

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“I took my first 3-week vacation ever,” beamed my 62-year-old client, Tim, over lunch. “Never checked in once. It felt amazing. And my doctor is finally taking me off all the blood pressure meds I’ve been on. Can you imagine?” Tim, the owner of a 7-figure glass business, was finally enjoying the fruits of his … Read More

Do you think in Multiples?

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Are your business plans big enough? Author and entrepreneur Michael Gerber wrote, Businesses fail not because their dream is too big, but because their dream is too small and too realistic to sustain the life they want. Simply put, the measure of your success (financial and otherwise) is in direct proportion to how big your … Read More

The riches are in the niches

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How many times do you need to hit yourself in the head with a hammer before you get the lesson? Over the years, it took me several times … and several different hammers … to identify my niche market (“sweet spot”) and stick with it. One nasty hammer was a landlord/tenant matter that my then-law … Read More