How to Win at Sports

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  Like many other Americans, one of my defining childhood memories is baseball. Fenway Park was a menagerie of chaos and uncouthness then: the rowdy blue-collar crowd, the swearing, the harassing of the Yankees even if there was no Yankee within a hundred miles, the cult-like chanting to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. I loved going to Fenway with my father in the 1980s and 90s. Attending a game was a […]

The Power of the Pause

Alexander Reben

When you spend as much time as I have on studying relationships, you notice a lot of patterns and there is one pattern that I see time and again whenever a relationship goes south. Someone says something that does significant harm in a moment of passion. In some cases this has led to deals falling through, friendships crumbling, or just general frustration on both sides and in other cases it […]

To Scale or Not to Scale?

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Scaling is a funny thing. It’s almost a religion in the world of entrepreneurship. Scaling has its benefits, but has its shortcomings as well. Not every business needs to scale to a massive degree. Not every business needs to have world domination as their number one target at the expense of all else.First things first. Why do you want to scale? This is vitally important. This is what sets the […]

The Case For the Enthusiastic No

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I recently received a wedding invitation in which the bride and groom had taken the opportunity to have a little fun with the RSVP card. In addition to being able to reply with the usual “enthusiastically attend” or “regretfully decline,” options to “regretfully attend” and “enthusiastically decline” had also been listed. I checked off the first box, opting to save my bad behavior for the main event. Weddings are meant […]

September 2018: Streamlining Your Business

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If you’re running a business, you are probably doing a lot of extra work you don’t actually need to do. Every business is full of waste. Even one-person businesses and side hustles suffer under the weight of an overabundance of ideas, messages, strategies, and tactics. If you’re lean and mean and moving fast, you can’t afford to be weighed down. There’s no way you can surge past your competitors while holding onto the […]

Encore: Welcome to the Elite Society of Former Performers

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An excerpt from Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers Once you’re solidly in your new chapter, you join the ranks of the Former Performers: the passionate souls who pursued one of the most difficult – and rewarding – career paths that exist. You followed your first dream, and that is something you should always cherish. For a long time, I struggled with the admission that I used […]

What to Do During a Slow Period: Strengthening Your Business Strategy

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During slow summer months or winter hibernation, it’s easy to find an excuse to drift in late, check out early, and let a lack of momentum slow your whole roll. Even if you’re not on vacation, your inbox is full of out-of-office autoresponders, which can mean meeting-free mornings and afternoons spent shopping online instead of sharpening your online presence. Instead of letting slowdowns make you lethargic or frustrated, view the […]

The Opportunity of Transitions

Travis Somerville

Humans are saddled from birth with the double-edged sword of writing our own stories. From the first sparkling moments of awareness we are faced with a paralyzing morass of choice. We find ourselves bolted in for the performance of our lives, often moving at speeds too fast to consider the gravity of the sharp turns the road may take. The pauses we take in life not only help identify the […]

Past Present: Anthony Bourdain, Family Values, and Ageism

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In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the legacy of Anthony Bourdain, the end of “family values” conservatism, and ageism as a form of discrimination. Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show: The late Anthony Bourdain helped define the now familiar figure of the “celebrity chef.” Niki referred to Bourdain’s books Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw as reshaping the genre of food writing. Natalia […]

Be Your Own Damn Hero

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You don’t get to be the phoenix rising without the burn. It just doesn’t work that way. For every successful business owner, entrepreneur, or founder, there’s a story of walking through the fire. Transformation, both personal and professional, comes at a cost. The price you pay is presence and perseverance on the journey. Joseph Campbell was an author and scholar renowned for his work in comparative mythology. He identified universal […]