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Expert or amateur?

Five ‘whys’ to tell the difference

“Experts diagnose. Amateurs give advice.” So says Chris Do, founder of the Futur. And he’s right, you know. This little difference in perspective is what separates the wheat from the chaff. An amateur is quick to allow the self-diagnosed client to proceed to tell them what’s wrong and offer advice to scratch that itch. An expert wouldn’t think to offer a solution without fully understanding the problem first, and the only way we can get to the real heart of the matter is through curiosity and application of expertise. What type of relationship do you want to have with your client?

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Does it make you money, or does it make you happy?

Listen, I anticipate that as I continue to work on writing with regularity there will be a few "do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do" type articles - like this one. In all likelihood, I'll be metaphorically showing my belly a lot, calling out my weaknesses then telling you to do something that I am notoriously bad at doing myself. That doesn't mean this is bad advice, however, or that somehow I'm not the best person to give it to you. While I don't always practice what I preach - sometimes I'm lazy or cop-out— I'm a pro in a lot of respects and people often ask my advice. Seriously, they do. In my experience, it seems that we too often fall short on the fundamentals in business and in life so I think it's important to spend a little time hitting topics that seem simple on their faces but are commonly mishandled. Hence, today's topic…

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Goal-setting is for the birds

Instead, focus on building systems that support what you hope to achieve.

So many people kick off the new year looking for a fresh start. Something about the turning of the year suddenly inspires people to want to live their best lives, to transition, and to become better versions of themselves. A newfound interest in hitting the gym to discover the abs you just know are in there. A focused push to get out from under your disorganized life. Working to tame your financial landscape. Learning a new skill, picking up a hobby, or transitioning to a new career. These are just some of the many common resolutions bandied about this time of year. However, while many are quick to post their dreams and hopes on the social channel du jour, most will never experience the satisfaction of achieving them.

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Cherish each moment… or don’t

A tale of loss and the revelations found on the other side

Recently, I lost a friend. On her way to being a dear friend, but unfortunately, she didn’t make it. This friend was wildly successful by just about any standard we seem to value in society. She was outgoing, adventurous, creative, friendly, revered and respected, well-financed, innovative, and many other adjectives.

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The B.R.E.A.D. method

A quick and delicious approach to building quality business relationships

Everywhere you look these days, people are espousing the importance of relationships. Moments later, they begin telling you how to hack, trick, or 10-step your way into one. It’s true, relationships are the key to just about everything one might hope to achieve in life, so it’s a no-brainer that much is written about them. However, despite many articles to the contrary, there are no shortcuts. You can’t fake authenticity and relationships that mean something require it.

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Doing social right

Crafting the audience you want with just three key things

If you are an entrepreneur and pay any attention to the business-coach elites - or have paid any attention at all over the last decade - you will recognize that we've been collectively beaten about the head over the importance of an online, social presence. It would be difficult to find any real advice out there saying that it might actually be better not to utilize any or all of the free or nearly free platforms to promote your product, business or self for that matter. However, for many despite knowing that they should do something, most don't know where to start or are quickly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content needed to keep the social machine chugging along.

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Change is good

How to make a successful jump from a traditional working relationship to a flexible and rewarding remote career

You’ve all heard the saying before from the French Scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy, “but in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Said even more concisely, I believe that there is only one constant, and that is change. As we all know, change can be a force hard to reckon with. Not usually because its physically hard or strenuous—although I suppose it could be—but because it’s scary. And that fear is often the one thing getting in the way of our achieving our fullest potential. An example of this might be when an individual aspires to change careers.

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Better than Average

Take your spot in anyone’s top-5, by simply flexing your humanity

You’ve heard it a thousand times before, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This little nugget of wisdom attributed to the late, great Jim Rohn is a simple way of illustrating just how influential the relationships we have in our life can be.It’s funny sometimes just how nonchalant we can be with the people we share ourselves with. Often, we don’t even recognize the influence had on us by others—for good or for bad—until one day, we’re standing in the mirror wondering what the hell happened.

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It's OK. Give up on your dreams.

Sitting in a 95ºF arena with sweat dripping from all the godforsaken parts of my body I find myself listening intently to my nephew, Anthony Martinez as he is delivering his graduation speech to the student body as his school's valedictorian. He is not a super talkative guy generally speaking, but nonetheless he's mustered the energy to nervously address the parents, grandparents, cousins, brothers and sisters who have come out to celebrate this pivotal moment in the life of their respective graduate. He begins by delivering the business-as-usual thanks and platitudes to his comrades cracking some jokes along the way to scattered hoots and hollers from the stands. But then his tone changed and the message he chose to leave his classmates with is "It's OK. Give up on your dreams."

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Dodge the bullet

Four things you can do to avoid getting burned by your teammate apart

For many companies in our now-more-than-ever digitally enabled society, for cost-savings or a myriad of other reasons, many are beginning to embrace the idea of utilizing remote workers. The prospect of using a freelancer has become pretty common, but it used to consist of hiring your friend or brother-in-law. Minimally, someone within a stone’s throw. But with advances in tech, the world has gotten smaller and good help further away all at the same time.

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