The Keeper of an Idea

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Dear Entrepreneur,

I keep writing to you because I want there to be at least one positive voice amid the negative ones you hear in your head.  You know what they are.  They are the voices of the detractors, the spies, those demons of self-doubt that create a dizzying cacophony  echoing between your ears in your quieter moments.  Everyone has them.  Some are louder than others. Some people do a better job ignoring or silencing them, but they are present nonetheless.

You are an entrepreneur because you are the Keeper of an Idea. Keep forever in mind that ideas are … more »

Make It Work

Dear Entrepreneur,

You are only as successful as the people you hire.

As you assemble your team and grow your business, always keep in mind that the success of your business is directly related to the success of your personnel.  As an employer, your staff is under your watch and care.  Even if your business is struggling and can’t pay top notch wages, you can still help them grow professionally and personally and make them feel like a valuable part of the family.

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Amanda has been an unsung hero of our Little Restaurant That Could.  Starting out as a kitchen … more »

These are the best of days…

Karen and Kevin

“How do you do it?” he asked.

I replied, “It requires being surrounded with a good team, a whole lot of trust, a deep respect and commitment to the idea….”

He interrupted, “No, not that. How do you do it?  How do you work with your spouse? How do you keep together through all the stress and demands of owning a small business?”

I said yes, and repeated what I just said.

Karen and I are in the minority. Doing business with family is a difficult endeavor. Owning your own business is hard enough. Doing it with blood kin increases … more »

The Little Room

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I can mark eras in my life by the music I listened to during those times.  The dark, brooding sounds I gravitated toward in the early 2000’s reflected the state of my troubled personal life.  There are certain songs that I can still return to and remember what life felt like back then. They serve as milestones to help me mark my journey.

In 2001, Jack White wrote and recorded a little :50 sec song titled Little Room, on the album White Blood Cells that remains one of my favorite and most important songs on my personal Top 10 … more »