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What I Learned in the Pain Cave

Most of you are aware that I’m mildly obsessed with physical activity. I’m a mediocre athlete, and should have much nicer abs for the amount of effort I put into working out (Damn you, Mt Dew). But that aside, five days a week I’m doing something. Crossfit, gymnastics rings, running, jiu-jitsu, mountain biking. It doesn’t really matter, I just need to keep moving to stay sane.

I Have To or I Get To

A few weeks ago, a friend introduced me to the concept of “I Have To” vs “I Get To”. Simple enough. Actually it’s pretty cliche, but it caused me to think. As a business coach/outsourced CFO I would love to tell you that I work six hours a day/four days a week, have a team of perfectly managed employees who never make mistakes, and bring in a seven figure income. But that would be less than true.

The Strong

I recently read a quote via Twitter stating: “In the regular world only the strong survive… in the Jiu-Jitsu world the strong help the weak get strong, and we all survive.” Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate the exact origin of the quote, but that doesn’t really matter. What stuck me was the underlying principle and practical application in business, or really anywhere else for that matter.

The Shocking Difference

I recently had the opportunity to compare and contrast two different fortune 500 companies, in the same industry, and how they handle customer service issues. The problem; a payroll tax filing was rejected by a state taxing agency. Here are the gory details…

Pain is Inevitable

“Pain is inevitable – suffering is optional.” – This is one of my favorite quotes by a gentlemen named Timber Hawkeye. Timber preaches about the practical application of Buddhism for people using any belief system. Now, I’ll leave the discussions on spirituality for others who actually know what they’re talking about, but this quote has such a broad application I couldn’t help but take it for a spin.

Pretense of Success

For most people, the holiday season encourages us to reflect on the year that is coming to a close, and next twelve months that lie ahead. Failures are lamented, successes are celebrated, insecurities are explored, and new plans are made.

Fewer SKUs, Not More

As a business owner with adult ADD, I start a new company in my mind about every 15 minutes (ask my wife, this isn’t an exaggeration). And what’s worse, I can come up with new services for my company to offer at the same alarming rate. Entrepreneurs succeed because they bring new ideas to the table and force them into success. Entrepreneurs fail when they bring new ideas to the table and force them into an already crowded service offering.

Microbusiness Sales Pipeline

Plenty of discussion is buzzing around the merits of having a solid CRM system. We all know why they work, but most start-ups or microbusinesses just don’t get around to setting one up. Or they start the process, but it quickly gets sidelined because of other, more pressing issues.