First, ten

This, in two words, is the secret of the new marketing. Find ten people. Ten people who trust you/respect you/need you/listen to you... Those ten people need what you have to sell, or want it. And if they love it, you win. If they love it, they'll each find you ten more people (or a…

When You Feel Defeated [Part 2]

If you read my previous post, “When You Feel Defeated [Part 1],” I shared the first 20 statements of a personal 40-day challenge of shifting feelings of defeat into positive perspectives that reflect God’s goodness. So, as promised, here is the follow-up post with the final 20 statements. If you have been battling defeat, my…

When You Feel Defeated [Part 1]

At some point along life’s journey, we all experience the feeling of defeat. As an entrepreneur I have started ventures which failed dismally. Your team may have lost at a major competition or your project you have always wanted to start has flopped. It’s one of the worst feelings…ever. Defeat can be humiliating, depressing, and…

“Notice me”

If the new web has a mantra, this is it: "Notice Me" So much time and effort is now put into finding followers, accumulating comments and generating controversy... all so that people will notice you. People say and do things that don't benefit them, just because they're hooked on attention. Attention is fine, as long…

Why Excellence Still Matters

Have you ever looked at a work of art, focusing on the artist’s attention to detail? It’s fascinating to see and absorb what makes the piece original. It’s in the details where excellence is found. When it comes to your own personal work or craft, how important are the details? Do you strive for excellence?…

Tell Your Story

What prompts your customers to act? Many people buy things based on the way you make them feel instead of price or convenience. And the best way to connect with their emotions is through storytelling. If your story is good, people will spread it for you. What you can do: Every business, no matter how…

Top 26 Quotes From #INBOUND14 conference (Day 1)

1. The best marketing does not feel like marketing. It feels like a warm blanket your grandmother sewed. 2. Creativity is limited by: 1 self doubt 2 big ego 3 indifference 4 excessive time 5 no deadlines 6 group think 7 process rigor 3. Great ideas exist between the obvious and the absurd. -- Jason Keath 4. Content is…

Hold Up! Wait a Minute.

Waiting. Our generation has never really had to do it. In fact, we cringe at the thought of it. Thanks to fast food retailers, drive-through, Gautrain, and supermarket “10 items or less” checkout stations (just to name a few), we’ve gradually lost any and all tolerance for waiting, we don't have the patience to read more…

6 Ways to Thrive In the Midst of Poor Leadership

Hardly a day goes by when someone doesn’t mention his or her frustrations with the leadership in the country or at their workplaces. Maybe you’re hearing the same things. Or maybe you can relate with your own work leadership. Or maybe you’re a leader who has your own set of frustrations about your employees. Stories about leaders in…

Do You Suffer From Commitaphobia?

"com•mit•ment – [noun] the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself." Do you struggle with this word? Does it scare you to death? Do you cringe at the very mention of it? If so, hear this: You are not alone. People fear commitment, especially those in their 20’s and 30’s. Commitment includes a binding contract.…

Build to last

Perhaps we want to live in a world of abundance, abundance of love, joy and doing work that matters, not a world scarcity, of lack and deprivation. If that’s the case, why do we keep resorting to behavior and projects that reinforce scarcity? Win (or lose) This (or that) Me (or you) A finite game,…

How to beat the competition

Getting someone to switch from using/buying their existing preferred products to using yours is really difficult. Getting someone to switch because you offer more of what they were looking for when they choose the one they have now is essentially impossible. For starters, they are probably not looking for more, they are happy with what…