Last year I wrote a recap of my 2015, looking at both the wins and challenges throughout the year. From depression to a job change to a few off-the-grid vacations to being laid off and starting my own company and being more-than-able to pay my part of our bills in San Francisco, 2015 was a […]
I am currently in Costa Rica with my family for the holidays. Every day my wife and I (and sometimes a family member) do something active – stand up paddle boarding, surfing, hiking to a waterfall. It was a very active yet very relaxing vacation.
One day this trip taught me more than the others, though. That was yesterday – the day we went snorkeling.
As I floated in the Pacific, looking downwards to coral reefs to watch fish (parrot fish! clown fish! small yellow fish!) I felt myself drifting. I was headed in a general direction of “with the group” and “away from the rocks” and “toward the fish”, but I was still drifting, with only a life preserver tied around my wrist in case I wanted or needed it.
As I floated, I found myself wanting to go in a specific direction and to a specific place to see a specific fish. But when I started to swim, I felt myself staying in place because the tide decided it was going out right then. As hard as I kicked (with fins) and swam with my arms, I simply didn’t make progress.
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I’m a believer in taking action. Too many people stand around and complain and point fingers. If we all did more and talked less, I think the world would be a better place. Recently, both Google and Facebook have come under fire for fake news – Facebook for spreading it and Google for ranking it. […]
Happy two weeks before Christmas! Q4 is always a busy time for marketers, but hopefully you’re finding some downtime to hang out with your family, remember that life is pretty darn good, and do some good reading! I read this Jim Rohn quote recently that resonated: “Poor people have big TV’s. Rich people have big […]
Happy three weeks before Christmas! If you are anything like me, you should probably start your Christmas shopping 🙂 I’ve been traveling a ton recently and so came across a lot of great articles and even wrote and published a few of my own. So here are the best from this past week! Creating Marketplace […]
My business specialty is marketplaces. I’ve worked with close to a dozen marketplaces over the last few years, including founding my own and building and running marketing/growth teams for two. The others I have worked with specifically on acquiring more customers on the demand (buying) side through SEO, content marketing, and outreach. One of my […]
Are you an entrepreneur looking to grow your business fast? Or maybe you are a Director/VP of Marketing and struggling to get to that next level of growth, as you’ve reached a current plateau (that we all hit, by the way). I contributed to a roundup post on E-Myth blog all about this: My tip? […]
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Happy Thanksgiving! Every week I send a newsletter to my email list (you’ll find a signup in the bottom right of posts as you scroll) with the best links I’ve found during the previous week. Sometimes they’re articles, sometimes they’re podcasts, but they’re always geared towards building your business. I’m going to start publishing these […]
Most of my friends are building their own search marketing agencies these days, and they’re succeeding beyond their wildest expectations. Many of them have 5-15 employees, are doing seven figures a year in revenue, and are doing fantastic work for their clients. I often get the question (I was asked it twice just this past […]
I love storytelling and helping other entrepreneurs build their own lives. But at the same time, I’m also laser-focused on building my own businesses and learning as many new things as I can. Just this month, I’ve learned a ton more about AdWords (and still quite the newbie) and Facebook advertising. I’ve also jumped into doing some Local SEO with a family member to bring them more business.
A few months ago I decided that I wanted to chat with potential Credo inquirers and pros. After investigating some options (and I think Tom’s FB Messenger hack is really cool), I decided to go with the industry leader Intercom. For all of its merits (and there are many), Intercom lacks one major feature for […]
I’m (unfortunately) pretty outspoken about politics this year, as any of my friends on Facebook will tell you and most of my Twitter followers know. I’ve avoided writing about politics here so far. And I’ll continue that with the brief mention that you should have a plan for voting tomorrow. With that out of the […]
Last week, I had the immense privilege to be a guest of Jason Calacanis‘s on This Week in Startups. For those of you who don’t know, Jason is the founder of LAUNCH, which helps startups grow through education and financing. Jason is an angel investor, and LAUNCH hosts a few conferences throughout the year as […]
Do you experiment with your schedule to optimize your time and productivity? I do, and I recently ran a test that failed miserably and left me anxious and feeling awful. I don’t love writing about productivity, but I am endlessly fascinated by human physiology and psychology. True fact – I was almost a psychology major […]