Two Years And 100% Growth Later

Two years ago today, I made the drive from a hotel room in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the suburbs of Chicago. I remember the trip vividly. It was sunny, albeit cold, and there were butterflies in my stomach the entire time. You see, this wasn’t just a weekend trip. This was the drive that made my …

Don’t Be Stubborn About Your Health

My grandfather died in April, two years ago. I miss him tremendously. And, even though he was an old, stubborn-ass war veteran, he was an awesome grandfather. While I didn’t get to see him as much as I would’ve liked, I always enjoyed our comedic phone calls where he was pissing and moaning (in an …

How To Stop Accomplishing The Bare Minimum

Here’s a short story On Superbowl Sunday, my wife and I went to see the game at a friend’s house. It was a snowy night in the suburbs of Chicago. As we walked in, our shoes wet with snow, we created puddles on the floor of the entryway. I looked down at the puddle of …

How To Gain Some Momentum When You’re Feeling Lazy Or Tired

I’ve been reading and typing for about 3 hours so far tonight. It’s getting to be pretty late, and I’m due for my nightly meeting with my bed (more-like thin foam pad on the floor). But I still have a few things that I want to accomplish as I’m coming down the home stretch. So, …

Creating A Master Mind

In the book “Outwitting The Devil”, Napoleon Hill plays with the term “master-mind”. His definition of the term is the best that I’ve seen. Therefore, I wanted to share it with you! Moreover, hearing his definition reshaped my own thoughts about the subject at hand. So, I am typing this equally for you, as I …

What A Bricklayer Has To Teach About Creating Success

In “Lead The Field” by Earl Nightingale, he introduces one of my favorite metaphors for creating success in your life and career. I don’t have the exact quote, but the metaphor goes something like this: When you pass a building that has just started to be constructed, you see no form of the building except …

The Best Way To Quit Smoking Is To…

I just read a great story about Bob Stupak. To give you a little intro on Bob Stupak: Stupak was a “casino magnate, world-record motorcycle racer, professional poker player, mayoral candidate and Harlem Globetrotter for a day”. And this list is not, by any means, exhaustive. Anyways, Stupak decided to quit smoking at one point …

You Get What You Pray For (As Long As…)

At the suggestion of a friend, I recently started listening to an audio-book called “Outwitting The Devil”, by Napoleon Hill. To summarize it briefly: It was written in an interview style, where Napoleon Hill is interviewing the Devil. The purpose of the interview is to make the Devil expose all his dirty tricks as to …

The 25,000 Dollar Idea

Today, I was listening to “Lead The Field” by Earl Nightingale. In the second to last chapter, he told a story that had a profound impact on me. But, before I get into the story, here’s why it had such an impact. The main lesson from the story is EASY. It is easy to apply. …

A Simple Email That Turned Into $2000

Have you ever written a 79 word email that turned into $2000? I did. Now, I never guessed it would’ve turned into that, but here’s what happened: I was going through my past invoices, and noticed a customer that I hadn’t heard from in a few months. He’s not my biggest customer, but his orders …