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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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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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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My Goals for 2017

By almost all accounts, 2016 has been a pretty stressful and divisive year for everybody. I mean, Prince, Harambe, and David Bowie died, Donald Trump is going to be president (deep breaths, yes that actually happened), Michigan ALMOST beat Ohio State, and the mannequin challenge is still a thing. I know the year isn’t over …

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What I learned practicing guitar every day for 2 months.

You can’t manufacture real accomplishment.   The hot thrill of actual accomplishment kicks the shit out of any manufactured feeling. Actually coaching and winning a single lacrosse game was 10x more enjoyable than the hundreds of games of Madden that I had won combined. Actually learning how to play 1 song on the guitar perfectly …

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3 Leadership Truths I Learned From Coaching Middle School Lacrosse

Around a year ago in Winter 2015, I was looking for a new project to get involved with. I had just left Young Entrepreneurs Across America, where I spent 2 years recruiting and coaching college kids through running their own painting business. The time spent coaching and helping these students realize their potential was so …

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