My Business Mastermind

I listen to the Fizzle Show podcast weekly and this summer they had an episode titled “How to Create a Fail-Proof Mastermind Group.” The episode has some great insight about some of the pitfalls that can happen with mastermind groups.

As a response to that episode I wanted to share my experience with masterminds.

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Email Marketing: Learning by Subscribing

Over the past week I’ve subscribed to about 20 newsletters of people and companies that I use regularly, have listened to on a podcast, or offer some kind of course relevant to me.

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The Final Lap of 2016

My wife and I start each year with a goals meeting. We find someone to watch the kids for a few hours, go to a coffee shop, and look to the past and to the future. We discuss what we accomplished in the previous year and what we would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. It’s a great time to reflect and dream together.

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Why learn to code?

Recently I went to two events related to programming that were on opposite ends of the “coding experience” spectrum. On one end of the spectrum are experienced programmers and on the other are inexperienced coders on a quest to learn.

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Have A Plan For Legal Documents

This morning I arrived at the coworking space and started getting setup for the day. I cleaned out my backpack and found a bunch of papers in the front pocket of my pack. This isn’t normal for me because I scan and shred all paper to get it out of my life quickly.

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Remote Work Sustainability

Beyond not being tied to an office freedom of location means that the work I choose needs to be sustainable while moving around often. Travel is expensive, it is a privilege, and takes money to do it. If I’m able to travel, but my income goes away as a result, then we won’t be able to enjoy travel in the long term.

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Budgeting for the Solopreneur

My first job was at an amusement park in town called Fiesta Texas. I was 18 and entering the last semester of my senior year of high school. I went to a job fair and got hired for the Operations department. This  department handled running the roller coasters and staffing the theaters that featured live shows. I started out working in a large amphitheater that had a live country music show and eventually moved switched  running a huge wooden roller coaster called The Rattle. It was a great summer gig for a teenager!

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In a sea of opportunity autonomy is the thing

To say there’s a lot of growth and opportunity around WordPress is an understatement. Every time a WordCamp puts up a (physical) job board it’s soon covered with names of companies that are looking to grow their ranks of designers, developers, writers and project people. Often the board is overwhelmed by the number of listings and represents a crowded stock exchange floor with a sea of people clamoring for attention.

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You Get to Choose Where You Work

When I was a kid summers meant that my sister and I would be hanging out at home. We were old enough to be left alone, but not yet old enough to drive a car. To pass the time we had a schedule of TV shows we watched and one of them was The Price is Right. We’d watch Bob Barker host the show in his dapper suit while the fervent sea of screaming contestants flowed around him.

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The How of Your What

Whenever I’m doing something new I like to do research. Amanda and I both share this character trait so when we are together the drive to research increases exponentially. We take Proverbs 15:22 to heart:

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

We don’t like failing (who does?). We like succeeding. So we are always seeking out advisors or to say it another way: we try to find people who have already walked where we want to go.

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Let your why guide your what

Earlier this week the show MadMen took a mid-season break. If you aren’t familiar with the show, the main character is a genius advertising executive named Don Draper. When Don is at his best he’s better than all his competition. Don is a combination of charisma, creativity, and charm that doesn’t lose. Despite his genius he also has a self destructive streak that is often the only thing that can bring him down.

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What is your why?

June brings the end of the school year and graduation time. All over the country students will walk a stage and get a piece of paper signifying the end of one season of life and the beginning of another. After the ceremony and the celebration these students will then be asked the same question: ‘So what are you going to to do now?’

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