Five Entrepreneurs that Built their Empires from the Ground Up

Many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs began their companies from garages, basements, or even a church crypt, in the case of Richard Branson. These bootstrapping entrepreneurs are not always well-educated, but they often have things in common that other entrepreneurs can learn from. They often made their fortunes by taking risks that other businesses avoid, and they all persevere …

Are You Really Ready for Retirement?

If anything, my studies of Internet Marketing have taught me to take everything with heaping mountains of salt. Everyone’s trying to get you to part with your hard-earned money. I’ve seen how the Peace Corps has trashed its mission so the agency heads can keep their six figure paychecks, I’ve seen how the vegetable oil industry has trashed Americans’ health …

You are the Average of the 5 People You Most Spend Time With

I love that quote, quoted by Scott Dinsmore who was quoting someone else in this awesome TEDx talk. Herein, Scott explains the value of becoming a self-expert and changing your surroundings in order to achieve the impossible — doing what you love, instead of doing what you think you’re supposed to. He relates the story of the young aspirer who …

Careers and Specialization

I’ve met several people who, in less than a decade, have burned out on their chosen career path. This was a great fear of mine when I was in college, and it’s also one reason I used to resist traditional career tracks: they are built on a foundation of overspecialization. Rather than promoting growth and comprehensive knowledge (pseudo-inculcated in our …