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...]

      Jun
      09

      Arts are Key to Preparing Workers in the Global Marketplace

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      Preparing for a career or launching a new business is no easy undertaking if you don't have the thinking skills you need.  As I meet with incubators and organizations, it seems many still are thinking too narrowly about what is required to build the infrastructure for our future economy. Here are some key facts about the value of … [Read more...]

      Jun
      02

      How Tolerant Are You?

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      America is known for being the greatest "melting pot,"  on earth with a rich blend of cultural traditions from all over the world. Many American families can trace their histories to immigrant ancestors who traveled great distances, enduring risk and hardship, to make a home where they would be guaranteed basic freedoms. And for many … [Read more...]

      May
      21

      Creative People Have Skills and Deserve to be Paid For Them

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      Creative people have skill sets that big business wants and needs. That part is clear. What isn't clear is why they still think they can get away with not paying us for it. And NO, as creative professionals we don't need your "experience" to make us more marketable. In fact, it's the other way around frankly. You need ours to make you … [Read more...]

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