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Category: Mindset

Two most important traits in business

As I continue to progress in my career, work with more people of different skillsets and personalities, I’m continuously trying to dissect what really matters in business. When it comes to hiring and building teams, many people go through the same motions and look at the same qualifications – years of experience, where they worked,…
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Speed wins

In moving from a big company to a small company, one thing became very clear, very early on: we were going to do a lot more, with a lot less, a lot faster. The biggest downfall of big organizations, and why people get addicted to startups, is two fold: 1. Your work has way more…
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What makes greatness, great?

In full disclosure, I’m not a Patriots fan, never have been, never will be, but in watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, I started to dissect the Patriots, Tom Brady, and more broadly, what the dynasty has been able to accomplish. The thing is, while becoming extraordinary requires some talent, those who dominate their industries…
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Consistency: An Undervalued Currency

In a world of one-hit wonders, viral videos, and cinderella stories, consistency is an undervalued currency. It’s not easy to be consistent… to produce day in and day out for a substantial amount of time. It takes time and patience, but once it can be maintained, it creates experts, professionals, and elites. The playbook… Create…
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Placing Your Bets

As we get more senior, lead more people, drive more complex projects, the bigger decisions become more frequent. Budgets, operating pivots, hiring/firing, it’s about making major bets on the future knowing things may fall flat. It’s about making these decisions despite having a fear of failing… Avoiding them can halt growth… Embracing them pushes leaders…
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Hidden Pockets of Time

Every day, we have hidden pockets of time. These pockets exist when we have a gap between two tasks or commitments. These pockets are extremely undervalued and go unnoticed most of the time. These pockets are where side projects can be tackled, knowledge can be built, health can be prioritized. Creating the pockets… Look at…
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Energy Levels – Keep ‘Em in the Green

Energy levels are day traded. Every day, they have an opportunity to go into the green or red. Keeping energy focused on things that can improve health, knowledge, family or career will keep it in the green. Otherwise, negative energy can compound. The green… Jot down intentions the night before 5-10. Keep the list short…
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The ultimate morning routine to kick-start your day

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite speakers, Eric Thomas, is: “I’m discovering that the people that wake up early are the trendsetters… The worker wakes up at 8am but the dreamer, the innovator, the creator, the engineer is up at 3 or 4 in the morning making it happen.” In this, Eric is not only…
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How to Handle Setbacks

While every week has it’s highs-and-lows, and I’m not one to publicly voice personal frustrations, this past week was especially tough… Coming back from an incredible trip to Mexico, I, unfortunately, came down with a stomach infection (that damn ice), which completely threw me off my game. Then, to top it off, the medicine my doctor…
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Generation Hustle: What’s Your Anchor?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle The world is a complicated place. The more complicated our lives get, the more we need simple spaces, activities, mantras and visions to anchor us. In simplistic terms, anchors to help you keep your shit together. They root you in…
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