Motivation

Prioritizing Work – Part Deux

Oke from Life is What You Make of It (one of my favorite blog designs, by the way) left a really interesting comment on my last post about prioritizing work: I got a question for you. I am having a problem with this myself and do a shitty job on getting back on track. How do you prioritize your work/hobby/activities on the side when none of the tasks deal with making money? I’ve been thinking about that for a while, and decided it warranted it’s… Continue reading

12/9/08

How to Invest $15

Seriously. I see these little cards every month and think to myself  “what a steal”. One of the best uses for your money is investing in your own personal development.  Reading offers the most bang for your buck – you can literally learn anything you want by picking up a book.  Back in January I wrote a post entitled What I Read.  The list has changed a bit since then, but the overall goal hasn’t changed – read a whole lot each and every day… Continue reading

11/18/08

More on College as a Results-Only-Work-Environment (ROWE)

I’ve referenced Tim Ferris’ awesome blog post about Best Buy’s Results-Only-Work-Environment before, but it bears quoting again: ROWE stands for Results-Only Work Environment. In a ROWE, each person is free to do whatever they want, whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. Currently, there are two authentic ROWEs—Fortune 100 retailer Best Buy Co, Inc. and J. A. Counter & Associates, a small brokerage firm in New Richmond, WI. At both organizations, the old rules that govern a traditional work environment—core hours, “face… Continue reading

11/15/08

Bootstrap Yourself

While we’re on the topic of Mark Cuban posts, there was something else I wanted to comment on from that same post.  As he often does, he included a “classic” Mark Cuban post at the bottom of his current post.  In this case it was a post from earlier this year entitled The Best Equity is Sweat Equity: There are only two reasonable sources of capital for startup entrepreneurs, your own pocket and your customers pockets. I personally would never even take money from a… Continue reading

11/4/08

Building Something

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about his job hunt.  It’s not that he doesn’t like his current job per-se, but that he feels like it isn’t offering any growth opportunities – financially or otherwise.  We discussed how frustrating it is to go to a job every day and feel like you aren’t accomplishing anything important. I know the feeling.  I felt it at my job, and by all normal measures I had a very good job.  Unfortunately, my advice… Continue reading

10/13/08

Sex vs. Changing the World

One of my huge pet peeves is when someone is in a difficult situation and they whine and complain about it, but proceed to do nothing to change the situation.  Usually this comes in two flavors –  relationships and jobs – although it really can apply to anything.  It drives me nuts.  If you don’t like a situation in life get off your ass and do something about it. When it comes to starting your own business, everyone has a tendency to talk a big… Continue reading

7/11/08

Amazing What a Record Day Can Do For Spirits

As I mentioned last week, weekends have been our busiest time (which does seem counter-intuitive, but whatever, we’ll take it).  Friday afternoon Mike sent out a newsletter with a code for 10% off and free shipping for orders over $75 on Detailed Image.  Combined with some killer daily specials and the DI busy season, the flood gates opened and the sales came pouring on in. George took this photo mid-day of all of the domestic FedEx Ground orders for DI and TD.  This doesn’t include… Continue reading

6/30/08

8th Grade Graduation

Tonight my little sister Jenna graduated from 8th grade. I accompanied her and my parents to the ceremony held at the high school that I graduated from back in 2000. Being twelve years apart with no siblings in between, I always feel like there’s a huge gap between my generation and her generation. In reality, there really isn’t. Much of what she goes through is the same as what I went through twelve years ago. Take tonight for an example: The principle gives a speech… Continue reading

6/26/08

A Funny Thing About Positive Reinforcement

Back in February I wrote a post about positive reinforcement.  At the time we were just realizing how important it was for all four of us to see the positive feedback that the others get.  The prime example that I used were Detailed Image orders.  At the time we weren’t yet in the warehouse and George and Greg were doing 100% of the shipping of the products.  There was no real “need” for Mike and I to also see the emails every time a sale… Continue reading

6/24/08

Productive Output: What the 9 – 5 Misses and Why I’m Done with a 40 Hour Workweek

As any college student will tell you, scheduling classes is an art form. My first semester I didn’t have much choice and had to take whatever was available. My second semester I loaded up on Monday and Thursday and had the rest of the week off. It sucked – Mondays and Thursdays wore me out and the rest of the week I had to spend 10 hours doing homework. My third semester I put large gaps between my classes so I’d have time to get… Continue reading

5/22/08