Category Archives: Growing Your Business

The Bird Illusion

Once again, the birds have tricked me. We have been living in this house for three years, and this is the third consecutive September in which they have faked me out in precisely the same way. Here’s how it goes… All summer long, I fill the birdfeeder in our back yard. Our arrangement is simple, if unspoken: They eat for free and I get to look at them all I want. It’s like being a rock star with a much younger wife. […] Click to read more…

 

A Close Shave

I shaved off my beard last week … accidentally. Hang on, I have what I believe is a reasonable explanation. I use a small, electric trimmer with a circular dial that adjusts how close it cuts. As you turn the wheel between 1 and 10, the cutting guard moves accordingly. Well, on this particular day, I had removed the cutting guard to clean it. That’s when things went sideways… With the guard still sitting on the sink, I turned the dial to […] Click to read more…

 

Fire Up Your Business

(Listen to this post, here.) I don’t mean to brag, but my town’s fire department has an exceptional logo:  Two axes, a ladder, and what appears to be a snake climbing a stripper pole (see photo below). It’s so wonderful in fact, that I have decided to give all my fire safety-related business to them. That’s correct.  In the unfortunate event of a fire in my home – any time of day, any day of the year – I will seek […] Click to read more…

 

Isn’t It Ironic

(Listen to this post, here.) If there’s an Irony Hall of Fame somewhere (located in a burned down fire station, I can only hope), the following story deserves a display… My youngest son, Jonathan, turned 21 in Denver last week. On that same day, and not coincidentally, both his passport and driver’s license expired. So we decided to FedEx him his new passport which had just arrived here in Boston.  We didn’t want to send it without a signature on […] Click to read more…

 

Where’s the Opportunity?

(Listen to this post, here.) Almost exactly one year ago, things were shaping up nicely for my youngest son, Jonathan. He was a second-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Denver and had just landed a summer internship at a cool tech firm near school. He was thrilled. The internship would allow him to learn some new things, make some money and remain in Denver for the summer, as opposed to moving back home for three months to live […] Click to read more…