Work like you mean it: Four early “big ideas” that never took off

West Orange High School 9th grade center
He was less scared after seeing the campus.


Until you are out on your own as a solo entrepreneur, it’s easy to have a lifetime of delusional ideas about how business works. All the crazy ideas about spending money, priorities, brand building, marketing and sales – well, it’s all theory until you own it.

Dreaming is the easy part.

It’s almost pornographic how wild the business improvements or new ventures could go. All the “what if’s”.  So easy to go nuts.

Dreaming is the easy part.

Making stuff happen, nearly impossible.

Here are four early “bright ideas” that were like candles in the wind.

The coolest thing about mistakes is how much more meaningful – because of the real lessons learned – they are when you own the business.

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Pretty sure this ain’t emphasized in business school

Game Changer t-shirt


(photo: MBA = managing business administration… it gets real when it’s yours, not someone else’s.)

First rule of negotiation.

Be able and willing to walk away from every opportunity.

Not being able to walk away cripples your soul.

Pretty sure this ain’t emphasized in business school enough to be the first rule of negotiation. It’s covered, but not emphatically driven home.

It gets real when your MBA is your business administration, not a piece of paper and resume booster.

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As if Baby Boomers need a reminder for this money BFO

photo of New Orleans small business advertising
This beer-joint owner knows his market, and is positioned perfectly


As if Baby Boomers need a reminder for this money BFO – blinding flash of the obvious.

The odds are overwhelming that I’ll fail.

This is the real test. Tenacity and perseverance.

One of the greatest, eye-opening experiences a business professional can ever have is starting their own business. You learn first-hand the things only a real, hard-working entrepreneur knows.

Forget text book theory and arm-chair quarterback decisions. They don’t exist! When it’s your money, time and ultimately – success or failure – everything you’ve ever learned comes into question. Everything is a test.

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MBA Takes A Toll

Agree or disagree, you’ll often hear me talk about the value of, and expectations the student places on, an MBA. Overwhelming I see people get an MBA thinking it will propel their careers forward. Look around in your own world and do the math.

And of course, I have to take the road less traveled. You know, create an LLC, with the investment being not in a degree (paper) but in a profit (paper). It’s called not following the The Herd, because where the Herd is going is, well, a big pasture, or maybe the slaughter house.

Anyway, I’m climbing a mountain. A mountain that looks like the one my recent MBA degree graduate describes below.

“I received an incredible amount of support, internally from my classmates throughout the last 19 months. My family also put up with a significant amount of disengagement and time away or locked in a room because of traveling and the amount of time that I had to spend either studying by myself, or studying with my Cohort.”