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Learning to Pause Before I Storm

Bomb Blast

I recently had the opportunity to grab lunch with a friend and mentor that I had not seen in a couple of years. After doing the typical catching up he hit me with an interesting question, “So what have you learned in the last several years?” I was caught off guard by the question. Not…

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The Last Mile

For the last several months I have been training for the Dopey Challenge. The challenge is to run a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon over four consecutive days at Disney World. I joke that they called it the “Dopey Challenge” because it was more politically correct than calling it the “Stupid Idiot’s Challenge”….

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Controlling Your Site’s Facebook Thumbnail

I recently launched the website for a new business I am starting up. My wife, wanting to help promote this new venture, right away posted the link to Facebook. When I looked at her post on my news feed here is what I saw: After weeks of painstakingly working on the site to get it…

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Chinese Proverb

A few years ago I was introduced to the ancient Chinese proverb* that states, “It will take you twice as long, and cost you twice as much as you expected.” At the time I was working inside of a large, public company for the first time in my career. The frequency that this proverb proved…

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Starting Again

It has been just over 18 months since McAfee came through and laid of all but two of the InternetSafety.com employees. Since then, I have done some consulting work here and there, helped manage the construction of my church’s new building, released an iPhone app, and done a fair amount of traveling. It has been…

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#Fail

Over the past few weeks I have been looking into a few business opportunities. When I tell people what I have been working on they get this weird look on their face, and then ask something like, “Why? You’ve never done that before.” I simply remind them that I had never built a consumer software product…

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How to Choose a Lawyer

What do you call 99 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?  A good start!   I have been telling this joke for years. It is not that I have a real problem with lawyers in general, I just have a problem with the few bad apples that spoil the whole basket. The good news…

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The Rest of the Team

When I started my own business I had no clue, at all, what I was doing. It seemed so easy from the outside looking in.  For many years I got by doing everything myself, but as the business grew I had to start getting help. To help me, I built a team that could help…

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Forget the Business Plan

When my brother, Aaron, and I started SafeBrowse.com the first step was to write a business plan.  There was no second step until step one was done.  In fact, I was so dedicated to the business plan process that I have a version for each of our first eight years.  It seemed to me that…

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Lessons Learned On the Journey… So Far

I have the opportunity to speak in a couple of classes at a local high school about some of the lessons I learned while building a business. Here are the highlights of what I plan to share: Get Your Hands Dirty: Nobody likes to work for the guy that looks down on his minions from his…

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