Three places clutter kills concentration

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I’m pretty sure that people universally despise clutter yet almost all of us let it invade most parts of our life. (My brother-in-law is one exception as he keeps the cleanest house you have ever seen which is quite a feat with two children.) There is always something more urgent to do than cleaning. But… Continue reading Three places clutter kills concentration

Talk about your idea as much as possible

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Creating something from nothing is a special process. Inspiration becomes an idea. An idea gets refined, work is put in, and eventually out comes something that creates value for yourself or others. Whether you are creating something for others or something just for yourself, I strongly urge you to talk to as many people as… Continue reading Talk about your idea as much as possible

How to set business goals for the new year

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It is the time of year to set goals for your business. Some people are not the type to actually set goals. They have “wants” but those are different than goals. Wants typically are uninspired and very unactionable whereas goals are concrete and can be measured. You are a business superhero so you produce results… Continue reading How to set business goals for the new year

Building a Product vs. Building a Business

Today is the launch day of StartOpz (!) which is my new app that adds premade processes to business tasks such as expense reports, time off management, and invoicing. I hope to grow it into a sustainable business. I had some thoughts on that process that I am sharing here along with the wisdom of… Continue reading Building a Product vs. Building a Business

National Entrepreneurship Month

National Entrepreneurship Month just ended but I believe that every day is a great day to start, build, and grow a business. With that in mind PersonalOpz is extending entrepreneurship month through December! (Gotta make money to pay for all of that holiday shopping right?) Look for a lot of content posted every day. I… Continue reading National Entrepreneurship Month

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“Software Eating the World” is about demographics

Five years ago Marc Andreessen wrote a famous essay titled, “Why Software is Eating the World.” In it he states that “More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies to agriculture to national defense.” The reasoning behind that are that the cost of running servers… Continue reading “Software Eating the World” is about demographics

Set business goals based on industry outlook

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The last thirteen years of my working life have been spent in the financial services industry. A good deal of the last two or three years of that has been spent vainly trying to convince the management of the firm that software is the future. For a few reasons I have been met with resistance.… Continue reading Set business goals based on industry outlook

Reduce busy work. Increase luck surface area.

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There is a concept known as luck surface area that suggests that the more you do, and the more you tell people about it, the greater your chance for success. Spend your time creating and communicating with your peers and you will be recognized for it. The idea that being busy lowers your chances for… Continue reading Reduce busy work. Increase luck surface area.