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15 Suggestions for Doing a Startup Outside of Silicon Valley

By | Life Hacks, Productivity, Startups | 25 Comments

I originally wrote this in 2010 but wanted to revisit, fix and re-publish for others to read.

If I wasn’t doing my startup in San Francisco, here’s some random thoughts on how I would do it in another city – most likely in my home town of Moncton, NB. (which I ended up doing with Clarity!)

1. Start.  Build something. Launch. #JFDI

2. Ping friends on Skype and ask them to full screen share and do ad-hoc user testing.
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The Struggle: What It Means When You Hit a Wall

By | Life Hacks, Motivation, Startups | 3 Comments

“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”
― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

Most people don’t realize how hard it’s going to be when they start a business.

What matters most is if you are willing to continue during the struggle, when there’s nothing clear that says it’s going to get better, or that it’s going to work at all.

That is the essence of entrepreneurship and building a business.

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50 Years, Not 15 Minutes

By | Community, Life Hacks, Strategy | 6 Comments

Imagine that you met someone at a conference and instead of thinking that you were just going to know them for the next 15 minutes, you actually reframed that and asked yourself, “What if I would know this person for the next 50 years?”

It’s a really interesting question and something that I decided to shift in my thinking about seven years ago.

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How To Turn ADD/ADHD Into a Super Power

By | Education, Life Hacks, Personal | 24 Comments

Is ADD/ADHD a Super Power?

I believe that it is.

I was diagnosed at 11 years old with ADD. For many years I was taking 40mg SR Ritalin, or Adderall. I still don’t understand how you can diagnose a child at that age. It honestly messed me up for many years because I believed there was something wrong with me – like I was broken – BUT it was actually quite the opposite, I had a SUPER POWER!
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Create a Life That You Can Be Proud Of

By | Life Hacks, Personal | 6 Comments

Did you know making more than $75,000+/year won’t make you any happier? Most people think that more money will make them happier. It won’t. Being happier comes from within.

Most people associate having more “stuff” with happiness. “If I only had a nicer home, car or body, I would be happy.” Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with the “things” (outside) and everything to do with the person (inside).

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Sweat Is Your Fat Crying

By | Life Hacks, Productivity | 5 Comments

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The #1 thing you can do to grow your business is to invest time taking care of your health.

This may sound counterintuitive, but it’s true.

The more you invest in your health, the more your business will grow.

It’s no different than when you’re on an airplane and they tell you to dawn your own oxygen mask first before assisting a child.

Your physical health needs to be good first, before everything else in your life can thrive.
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No Excuses

By | Life Hacks, Motivation | 7 Comments

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The world is riddled with people and their excuses. They always have a reason for something not going their way. I choose to take a different approach.

I believe that I own 100% of my outcomes. I either win or I lose because of my actions. Some might blame circumstances, but I don’t. I look at it as a learning experience.

“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.”

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