Self Help

Lead with Confidence

Lead with Confidence

Leadership is a funny thing and honestly, most “leaders” or managers of people get it completely wrong. We have this vision of a leader in our society of these hard-nosed,hard-charging, yelling and screaming “get it done” type people. These are called the Heroic Leaders and these are the leaders we have learned about since school … Read more

IS IT POSSIBLE TO BUY A GOOD/CHEAP (INSERT PRODUCT HERE)?

Is it possible to buy a GOOD/CHEAP (Insert Product Here)?

If you spend any time on the industry message boards or Facebook groups, the overwhelming theme for most people’s questions about equipment or supplies revolves around “I got the cheapest press I could find”, or “what do you think about this cheap ink?”. Unfortunately engaging in a conversation about the “cheap” item will end up poorly, and there will be someone who has made it “work”. I tend to move along and just worry that we will have another person in our industry who is going to struggle to create a successful business long term.

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Relationships ARE everything!

Relationships ARE everything!

Recently, I was at an event and had an opportunity to meet all sorts of interesting people, from potential customers to vendor partners, as well as our competitors. I had the realization that ultimately, at the end of the day, to be successful in business, Relationships ARE everything! Not just the relationships you have with your vendors … Read more

Successfully Launching

Successfully Launching

Today is all about celebrating! It’s about being excited and looking forward to our successes. Having your own business is fun and rewarding, but will also challenge you in more ways than you could ever know. Which in turn will make you a better person.  Those of you that have kids, will understand the similarities … Read more

Please Vote!

Please Vote!

This is not my original work, but hit home for me. With Elections happening I felt it was good to share. One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I  cannot accept money from  you, I’m doing community service this week.’  … Read more

Using the Sandwich Method to Deliver Info

Using the Sandwich Method to Deliver Info

At 40 plus years old, the memories I have from my days in high school have become more nostalgic and faded. There are many life lessons I learned during that time period of my life, some that I still use today, such as something I learned at a D.A.R.E. Program in our high school gym.

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, the D.A.R.E. program brought police officers to tell us kids in school the danger of drugs. I was a pretty straight-laced goofy kid and too scared to try any type of drug, so this program didn’t really speak to me. BUT there was one thing that they said during the program that I still use today, the Sandwich Method.

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Things I Learned Today

Things I Learned Today

Here are 2 great things I learned today. 1) The Power of “Not Yet”. So much better than noting failures without hope, just try another day. This fits nicely with the parenting style of praising the effort and the process not the result. Via Ted Talk by Carol Dweck 2) 3 things that can optimize … Read more