How to tell your story in a noisy social world – “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk

“Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook!” is the 2nd book I’ve read by serial entrepreneur and marketing visionary Gary Vaynerchuk. JJJRH expands upon Vaynerchuk’s main premise -- that every platform should be treated like a social networking platform because that’s how the world is choosing to connect and spread information today. Social media isn’t just a …

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What I learned writing for 30 days straight.

One month ago today, I started publishing my posts publicly to all of you. I did a “halfway” check in a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to take this post to reflect on what I learned and gained from doing this little experiment. After 30 posts and 1,267 pageviews, I have completed a full …

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We started an Energy Drink Brand! Here’s why it didn’t work…

Wake Up Juice was an energy drink brand created by Simon and Me in 2014 during our time at Student Painters. The problem we (and everybody else on the planet let's be honest) were having was waking up in the morning with abundant energy. Wake Up Juice would be a beverage that you drank first thing in …

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How to Build and Sustain a Championship Culture – by Jeff Janssen (Book Review and Critique)

It’s true that everybody learns in a different way. Some people work well visually or spatially, some learn best interacting in groups, and some learn best through language and words. I was fortunate enough that I found my preferred method of absorbing and applying information relatively early on in my life. I’m one of those …

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The worst week of my house painting career (Part 2/2)

Continued from part 1 linked HERE. The first thing I heard every morning at 6:00am was F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X by Fall of Troy (from Guitar Hero 2). My brother Simon slept on my couch the whole summer and used the song for his alarm. I literally haven’t listened to this song once since that summer and it causes …

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The worst week of my house painting career. (Part 1/2)

This is the story of the worst professional experience of my adult life (so far). Some background: From January 2013 to September 2015 I ran a house painting franchise through Young Entrepreneurs Across America - a company that provides real life business training for college kids by giving them the physical and mental tools to …

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The question I ask myself after a crippling failure

        Guess how many games we won my first year coaching lacrosse? Hint: There are 12 games in a season. One. We went 1-11 my first year. It wasn’t really anybody’s fault, though as the coach it was my job to take responsibility. We had a tiny team both in size and …

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I wrote a book, and someone hated it.

Imagine you are in bed trying to fall asleep. You toss and turn for a bit, thinking about your day and what you have to do tomorrow. You finally find a comfortable position start to drift off. Your thoughts wander and meander, and without warning or notice, a surge of fear grips you. You were …

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