Category: Growing Your Business

Hold On to Your Business

We were out in Oregon last week visiting our daughter, Emily, who apparently prefers breathtaking landscapes, super-friendly people, and reasonable rents over whatever the opposite of all that is that we offer here in Massachusetts. We spent some time in Portland where she lives, but also traveled to Bend, Oregon, which is about three hours southeast. Bend is in a beautiful desert location, and we took full advantage one day by hiking at nearby Smith Rock State Park. We did the Misery Ridge Trail Loop which, despite its well-earned name, […] Click to read more…

A Hard Habit to Break

I’ve heard it said that clothing-wise, whatever you are wearing at 50, you will be wearing for the rest of your life. Apparently, this is when the fashion cement hardens for good. I don’t know if that observation is science-based, but I can tell you that my father, who turned 50 in 1971, was a living, breathing example. The 1970s was an era of extremely short shorts and my dad rocked those well into his late 80s. In my case, as a man whose fashion cement also hardened long ago, […] Click to read more…

The Bigness of Smallness

According to extensive research that I have been conducting for nearly five minutes, celebrated author Stephen King has a net worth of 500 million dollars. Just to give you a sense of how big a number that is, it’s more than the combined net worth of Taylor Swift ($400 Million) and me. All in all, not bad for a guy who’s earned a living by making things up. Not only that, but it’s a terrific business model since his costs consist of nothing more than a desk, a computer, and (I’m guessing) […] Click to read more…

Is Your Overlap Lacking?

I was a little worried there for a while, but everything worked out in the end. I had stopped into a local gas station yesterday to fill up. I was in the town of Milford, one of the few remaining places in Massachusetts where it is still illegal to pump your own gas (don’t ask, I don’t know either). And so while the man was taking care of things, I grabbed my wallet from the center console. Except …. my wallet wasn’t there. Uh oh. Now what? There are no […] Click to read more…

Their Marketing Does Not Apply to You

When it comes to watching sports, I am far from what you would call a “superfan.” Football? Occasionally. Baseball? Only if I’m at a live game. Hockey? No interest. Looks like something a bunch of middle schoolers invented after their moms told them to turn off the TV and go play outside. But basketball … that I like. Plus, because I play each week in my town’s middle school gym, there’s some potential for me to take what I learn from watching the professionals and apply it to my own game. […] Click to read more…