Aug
      17

      We, as Creative People, Have a Responsibility to this World

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      We, as creative people, have a responsibility to ourselves-- and to this world-- to share our gifts widely. Our creativity changes us and others profoundly. What we do transcends race, status, and breaks through all social classes and cultural barriers almost instantly. Culture is the backbone on which we can shape our emerging global … [Read more...]

      Aug
      11

      Real Entrepreneurs, Gaps, Trust, Authenticity and Meaning

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      I recently had someone tell me that real entrepreneurs scale things. The rest of us folks who own bakery's, clarinet shops, resale shops, diners, and the local beauty salon are self employed-- which is (supposedly) not the same as being an entrepreneur. What??? It's no wonder entrepreneurship is flat lining in the US. We think its a … [Read more...]

      Jul
      30

      One Minute of Life: Real Time

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      I don't know how I got on their list and I cannot get them to unsubscribe me- Ashley Madison that is- the 'online personals & dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounters and extramarital affairs.' (delete) Not a day passes when I don't get one of those 'We are the government of Nigeria and we have a … [Read more...]

      Jul
      21

      All ideas don’t fit into a tuna can.

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      Entrepreneurship is a skill set like any other. To begin as an entrepreneur you have to know yourself, your values, beliefs, interests, and desires extremely well to even begin to navigate the rough terrain. (Assuming you want to lower risk and increase your chances of succeeding, that is.)  To begin as an entrepreneur requires a mindset … [Read more...]

      Jul
      18

      Rants: And where did you stop reading in the 2nd one?

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      Rant #1 Chase Bank. I don't get it.  I went into the bank with a new EIN number and the paperwork for a new corporation but because it was registered outside of Illinois they refused to set up a checking account for me. Flat. out. refused. Are they not a global commercial bank? I have had my commercial account for Lisa's Clarinet … [Read more...]

      Jul
      14

      The problem with the startup pivot

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      Today it's impossible to know if your startup idea will be a winner without repeated experimentation. To succeed, startups need to make and test predictions about what will and won't work in their business models. If an element works, then future iterations should retain that practice, but if it does not work, the startup needs to … [Read more...]

      Jul
      07

      Your Self Talk Matters Greatly to Your Life & Career Success

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      When was the last time you did an inventory of how you speak to yourself?  How often do you judge yourself harshly or say nasty things to yourself about your actions or behavior? Is it on a daily basis, occasionally or rarely? How often do you speak in a positive manner to yourself about your present and future? Are you supportive? … [Read more...]

      Jun
      30

      How Do We Create Independence? It’s time it got a little easier, friends.

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      This past three weeks, for me, have been full of fireworks. The bright, cheery, colorful kind. I feel like I have finally reached the tipping point with all my various projects. Things are coming together. The elephant I have been working on I can now see has a head, 4 legs, a trunk and a tail. I finally am beginning to work on filling … [Read more...]

      Jun
      23

      Haggling isn’t cool. Here’s why.

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      Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?" Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... " Churchill: "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?" Socialite: "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!" Churchill: "Madam, we've already … [Read more...]

      Jun
      16

      Mozart in the Jungle

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      Back in 2005, Blair Tindall, an American freelance oboist, wrote a tell all memoir about sex, drugs and classical music titled Mozart in the Jungle.  In it, Tindall exposed the scandalous rock and roll lifestyles of the musicians, conductors, and administrators she encountered in the classical music world. Her book is a painful realistic … [Read more...]

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