Motivation

No Excuses

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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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7 Step Framework For Starting a Company

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The Flat Part of The Hockey Stick

The long flat part of the “hockey stick”… our growth at Flowtown.

Starting a full blown company is a scary endeavour… that’s why I’ve always started very small. My approach is very intuitive. At each step I’m trying to prove if there’s a “there there”. Or better yet, “Will the dog hunt?”, “Does anyone want this?” I also start off with a few contradictory assumptions:

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My Birthday Wish, Clarity.

By | Motivation, Personal, startups | 38 Comments

Signup for Clarity

I was born on December 26th, 1979. Today I turned 32, although I still feel like I’m 17. Turning 30 was tough, but the past few years have been the most rewarding times of my life. Last summer I got engaged to a beautiful women and two weeks later we signed a term-sheet to sell Flowtown to Demandforce. Looking back to the successes I’ve had over the years, I realized that it wasn’t my upbringing or education that were critical in my achievements, but in the quality of the advice that I got from some amazing people along the way.

Have you had any of these types of conversations?

That’s why four weeks ago I started a company call Clarity that would enable this activity regardless of someones social status or geographic location. Clarity makes it easy to connect with others looking for advice over the phone. The service is all mobile, is private and secure, has some amazing features that make it fast and delightful.

So for my birthday this year I have one wish.

I’m asking every business owner, community leader and entrepreneur out there to offer one hour of their time – for free or for charity – to give 6 entrepreneurs 10 minutes of advice around their expertise or passion. Each call takes only 10 minutes. All calls are off the record, private (Clarity takes care of connecting both parties) and are filtered for quality.

Here’s how to commit your phone time:
1) Create an account
2) Block out an hour in your calendar January 5
3) On that day, promote your availability on Facebook / Twitter

We’ll be providing updates and instructions leading up to the big day. If at anytime you have questions, don’t hesitate to email me directly, or better yet, call :)

There’s already 300+ of the world best entrepreneurs, venture capitalist and marketers who’ve taken a pledge to give back and I would ask that you consider joining them. It’s only through advice from those who’ve been there before that we truly gain insight into the challenges we face as entrepreneurs.

There’s nothing that would make me happier then to end this day, my birthday, with a 1000+ amazing entrepreneurs giving me the best present I could imagine – their time and advice – for others to enjoy. Please take 10 seconds to sign-up for an event that will certainly move and change their life forever.

Signup here to give me the best birthday present ever.

Remember: It takes a village to raise an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship Is Not A Career Move

By | Motivation, startups | 21 Comments

In San Francisco, being an Entrepreneur puts you at the top of the food chain and failing is worn like a badge of honor, so most people can’t wait to jump into a pool full of startup Kool-Aid. Even the non-swimmers.

The problem is they think it’s all about working at coffee shops, raising a lot of money and speaking at conferences. If they get funded, they act like they’ve made a sound career decision, one that led to a promotion. Trouble is, it isn’t true.

Most entrepreneurs are like artists: passionate and starving

I’m not sure when being an entrepreneur turned into a career but it’s a dangerous way to look at it. It’s like waking up one day deciding to become an artist. You don’t decide to become an artist, it comes from a passion to create.

Also, it seems more and more people are starting up for the money (or the hopes of it). Wow, are they misguided. It’s way easier to become an investment banker than to have a successful outcome as a tech start-up. The odds are not in the entrepreneur’s favor.

It’s more than being a risk taker

At the end of the day, it’s not about taking risk. Yep, I said it. Sure there’s risk involved, but it’s not why you start up. For most, it’s about creating something from nothing. I don’t care about money. I don’t care about materials. All I care about is creating something that others use and find valuable. There’s definitely ego involved, any creative act requires it.

It’s who you are … all you know.

How you become an entrepreneur can take many different paths but I’m certainly not working for someone else. At this point, it’s who I am and all I know. Some feel that they can’t do it forever because they have plans on starting a family or can’t sustain the intensity – well I disagree. It’s sustainable if you choose. It doesn’t have to mean risking it all, or working 100 hours a week. It’s more like waves that come and go and if you manage it properly, it’s doable. I can’t see myself doing anything else – building companies is what I love to do.

I’m not writing this to discourage people from starting. I’m hoping people read it in order to help them prepare. Entrepreneurship is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s certainly not a career move either, it’s something you do for the rest of you life.

P.S.Lately I’ve been writing twice a week at http://maplebutter.com – it’s a blog I started for Canadian founders – be sure to subscribe.

The Truth About Success

By | Motivation | 19 Comments

Quotes from the video:

  • When you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breath, then you will be successful
  • When you get to a point, that you want to be successful – as bad as you want to breath – then you will be successful
  • Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep.
  • “Sleep is for those people who are broke” 50 Cent (video)
  • You will never be success until you don’t need a dime to do what you do

What message did you like most from this video? (leave a comment below)

Hats Off To The Crazy Ones!

By | Leadership, Motivation, Personal, startups, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

If you’ve ever felt a bit crazy, different or that you might not fit in … good for you! The “crazy ones” are those that push the status quo, that dream up the big ideas and shape our futures. Care less about what people think and more about creating. We need more creators. I don’t care how freakin’ weird the idea – just build it. Let your dream control you. Seriously, go for it.



Notice: Parents and friends don’t discourage, they just don’t want to see you hurt (fail, mess up, loose all your money, etc). Be open to their feedback – but they don’t decide. You do!

When’s the last time you felt crazy?