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No really

Better late than never

Disney Springs
i remember when Disney Springs was vacant land, next to Disney Village Marketplace (DVM). My wife started as a Merchandise Hostess at DVM.

Better late than never.

You know why i always worked for a big company?

Because it’s all i knew.

It’s what literally all my friends did or still do.

And i believe that the experience gained was indispensable, i also believe i could have been more entrepreneurial working in a big organization.

Except for one thing holding me people back.

Fear.

Fear of getting fired.

Fear from taking risks that others were also afraid of taking.

At this point in my life, the thought of not being my own boss is nauseating. 

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Life Transition (Dec 2014)

10 times the impact in half the time?

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Love the hidden Mickey in the Holiday Hours sign at DU.

Before retiring from Disney and Disney Institute, i had a recurring vision that i could make 10 times the impact in half the time?

Results are in for this year we finished two days ago.

Five times the impact in half the time.

Not bad for year four on my own.

Each year the impact rises.

Humbly excited for year five (2019).

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Being Brave

You know what’s overwhelming?

Lake McDonald Lodge lobby
Lake McDonald Lodge from last week. Heading back out in eight days.

 

Chapin listened to the first six Seth Godin’s podcasts, from Akimbo, the past two days.

Three each day.

i didn’t ask him to take notes and review them with me.

He initiated.

The power in teaching a message is exponential to just listening to the message.

It is cool to watch him learn as he teaches me what he learned.

Being a solo entrepreneur means you do literally everything.

It can be overwhelming.

Hold on.

It is overwhelming.

You know what else is overwhelming?

Wondering, but never knowing, if you could have architected a better quality of life.

You know, becoming the captain of your own ship.

Becoming an entrepreneur.

 

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Disney Brand Loyalty Book

If you are not in a position to do the same, you’re stuck

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This is what writer’s flood looks like.

 

The following message is a copy and paste of an email exchange yesterday with someone seeking my time and advice. The famous Company is asking for a very detailed six-month proposal to elevate their company to world-class status without peer.

Here’s the email i wrote…

Ok, couple things…and all of this is my personal opinion from a lifetime at Disney and nearly a decade as a business owner.

Yes, we’ll figure out a call for Tomorrow or Tues …before 9am will be best…tomorrow 830am-9am? Time may need flex a little on either side.

Rereading your first msg, they’re asking you for a consulting proposal – for free!

Be careful…..Not a fan of this. And i’d probably only do it verbally, or if in writing, very high level, intentionally leaving out all the how-to’s.

That said, they are in a position to walk away from you because of who they are.

As an entrepreneur, i do not operate under any textbook theory – none.

Everything is negotiable.

Additionally, you will NEVER have enough leadership authority if you’re not willing and able to walk away.

If they want you, they’ll figure out how to get and retain you.

To go any further with this, we should talk. Words on a screen are tricky without tone, and banter.

Be amazed and be amazing.

PS. What do you want in your next 10 years? Does this position help you or does it protect you from something bigger that might not work?

During our call, i suggested the applicant ask the famous company, “What have you tried so far and why hasn’t it worked?”

 

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Dear Son

Go Entrepreneur, go

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Favorite cartoonist Hugh McLeod. Yesterday’s email came with the message above.

 

Go Entrepreneur, go.

The first big word associated with entrepreneur that i’d add is…

Purpose

 

Your purpose, once convicted, will drive everything else.

Without a noble purpose, failure is guaranteed.

 

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