The first thing I ever built that I charged for was an MP3 burning app. I had just learned Visual Basic in one of my elective programming classes in highschool, and I wanted to see what I could create. The problem I wanted to solve was simple... As one of the few people at the time with a CD burner, I would always have my friends come over to my house and spend hours going through all of the MP3’s
I can still remember the moment I became a millionaire. It took 10 years of failing, getting back up, testing, iterating till finally at 27 years old it happened. I can still remember the specific moment when I found out. I was cruising in my broke down, decade old Jetta when my accountant Marc called me to break the news. He was more excited for me than I was only because he knew how hard I had been working. Also,
Did you know that at age 13, John D Rockefeller - the richest man in the world - built his family a house?!!! As a teenager I was definitely not a productive member of society. Quite the opposite actually. That being said, I continue to believe that we all underestimate what kids can accomplish at every age. If you have teenagers in your life, this video is for them. Over the past few months I’ve received dozens of emails and
After failing twice in business I decided I needed help from a mentor. The first person I identified was named Larry and he lived 1500 miles away. After sitting on it for weeks, I finally hit send on the email asking him to meet. Within 30 minutes he replied and agreed with a recommendation for a spot. I lied about being in his city in a few weeks assuming that if he agreed that I could buy a flight... ...
Do you have a business coach that pushes you to do things outside of your comfort zone? If not, you should. Recently one of my good friends was brainstorming new strategies for generating sales within the next 30 days. We sat down, brainstormed ideas for quantity THEN ranked based on effort and impact. (Side note: always separate the idea generation from the idea quality filter, it will help you come up with better strategies). At the end of this process,
Read & Grow Rich. It’s a motto I like to live by. And one that’s proven to be true when taking stock of just about every successful entrepreneur I’ve come to know in the last 20 years. But just like you can “read your way to success”, you also read your way out of a deep hole.
As entrepreneurs, we can get pretty damn obsessive about our growth and learning. Stacking our kindles with the hottest titles from the business bestseller list… … and secretly (or shamefully) looking forward to our next cross-atlantic flight where we’ll finally have a chance to catch up on all those latest reads. But as entrepreneurs, we’re also pretty devout at finding efficiencies and maximizing the return on every investment. Which makes it kind of crazy how we haven’t learnt how to
You either live a proactive life (where you decided what you want out of it), or reactive (where you react to the world around you). Unhappy people live reactively. They believe their life happens to them and they have no power to change that. Successful entrepreneurs are highly proactive. They create the world they want to live in.
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!
Today I’m excited to share with you something that’s been frustrating the begeezus out of me, which is that most people would rather be entertained than educated! It seems like it’s a subtle thing, because you’re like, “Dan, you are entertaining and you are teaching me stuff… what are you talking about? I love this! Why would you stop doing that?” Truthfully, most people would rather zone out and watch 4 hours of TV, than actually learn something that moves