One More Reminder: Idea Discovery: The Foundation for Your Businesses’ Future Workshop


Tomorrow (10/8/2015) at 7 PM at the Microsoft Store in Schaumburg, I will be leading a workshop on coming up with new ideas and how to use them in your business.  This is a complimentary workshop presented by Microsoft Store (Woodfield Mall) and Chad Eaves International.

Remember the last time you say an idea you had in a store from someone not you? Or when you saw or heard something and thought “I should have thought of that!” You had the ideas (or were close to them).

Maybe you are seeking new ways to advance your business. A way to get an advantage over your competition.

Businesses are propelled by profits. All profits begin as an idea. Something big. Something small.

In this one-hour session learn different methods and tools for creating and capturing new ideas. Whether it’s for marketing, a new product, or how to manage your team, the best resource you have is your brain. Join us during this creative session dedicated to you getting the most out of you.

If you use Facebook, RSVP would be appreciated on this page.

Forty-Nine Other States….Stop Suffering Where You Are


One thing that frustrates me on a personal level is when people say they are unhappy with where they live and/or work. My first thought — is there really something holding you back. Besides you.

True, there can be family situations that can make moving difficult. Especially if someone is in ill health. That is a difficult period to live through.

Most people are not in this boat. There is usually only one thing holding people back. Themselves.


For me, moving is second nature. I grew up an Air Force brat. We moved every two years and lived all over the US and in the UK for four years. Every couple of years I still feel the urge to start packing boxes.

My bride, not so much. She grew up in the same beach town in Florida from age eight. When we moved to Atlanta and then DC, she asked if we should just get moving up the east coast over and move to Maine.

Ha, ha.

Here is the thing I believe most people miss. If you don’t like where you go to, you can move somewhere else or go back to where you lived. If nothing else, it will provide you an appreciation of where you lived before your move.

My wife and I went through this when we moved from Orlando to Atlanta and then DC. We decided we missed Orlando. So we moved back to the central Florida. My wife’s family lived in Florida and she wanted to be close to them again. After living there for seven years we began to grow tired of it (Orlando and Florida, not her family…just to be clear. Love you guys!). We had annual passes to Disney World. We went to the beach.

But it was getting, well, it was getting bland. Unexciting. Basically, we were done.

It took us two more years to pull the trigger and move. In that time, we visited Los Angeles and San Diego on vacation. My wife travelled to Chicago on business. Los Angeles never really made onto our list (sorry, but the city just feels grimy to me).

San Diego. That is a beautiful area. Chicago is exciting, though colder. Which we wanted. Living in Florida we missed seasons.

The Starbucks I write this post is in a northwest suburb of Chicago. It’s 25 F outside (and feels like 14 F).

And we love it here. Is it perfect? No. Do people look at us like we have three eyes when we say we moved here from Florida? Yes. But the people are great and Chicagoland has its own culture. Not one partially imported from New York. Or Ohio. Or Michigan. Or…well, you get the point.

Try something new if you don’t like where you are. Where ever you are, there are forty-nine other states to try.

A Plan B Takes Flight And Saves An Aviation Titan

What is the golden ticket?  THE BIG IDEA that will turn into a money machine?  This is exactly what many entrepreneurs (and established business) pursue – that one big thing.
When Boeing developed its 747 airliner, its fate was tied to its success.  Or failure.  As we know from history, the 747 has been a phenomenal success.  It first flew in 1969 and has outlasted airlines such as Pan Am (we will see this name again).  It easy to imagine that the 747 was the primary focus of Boeing at the time of its development.

It wasn’t.  It was not even close.  It was a distant number two project at Boeing.

Number one?  That was Boeing’s attempt to compete with the Anglo-French Concorde supersonic airliner.  Boeing’s plane was called the SST (Supersonic Transport).  It was planned to become the aircraft maker’s golden goose.

Heard of it?  No?  That is because it was cancelled in 1971.  This is the problem when a golden goose dies.  It often kills its company.

While Boeing decided to try to create a competitor to Concorde, the idea of what was to become the 747 was brought to them from outside the company.  The idea for a large jet aircraft came from the president of Pan Am, Juan Trippe.

Pan Am Boeing 747_100
Pan Am Boeing 747_100

When worked commenced on the 747 it was not “THE” project to be working on.  When the SST was cancelled, it became Boeing’s one chance to survive.

After signing a contract with Pan Am, Boeing agreed to deliver a plane in 28 months for flight testing.  The first 747 entered service in 1970.  This was at a time without the technical tools we have today to design an airplane.  In comparison, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner began development in the 1990’s.  It first flew in 2009.

While both SST and 747 were huge projects, 747 was Boeing’s PLAN B that saved the company.  It became a golden goose that spread its wings and has revolutionized air travel for nearly fifty years.

To learn more about the 747 story, watch 747: The Jumbo Revolution on Smithsonian Channel.

Wikipedia Resources

Juan Trippe

Boeing 747


What Is The Real Culprit In Declining Start-Up Numbers?

This post is my response this post on

Entrepreneurship Doesn’t Cause Per-Capita Income Growth

A thought provoking article, Professor Shane.

Aside from concerns over the relation of GDP to start-ups (such as those addressed below by  Guest1234 and others related to regulatory, political, and tax considerations), there are two important questions.

First, if there is this wealth as reflected by the GDP numbers, why are entrepreneurs and small business not benefitting from additional business?  My personal thought is the GDP numbers are hollow and lacking market fundamentals so associated productivity does not exist in the real world.

Second question: Why has there been a decline in start-ups in America?  Is it the influence of society and policies encouraging dependence on others for your life?

These are probably  causal factors to one thing that has been happening in America.  The weakening of the American dream.

And to be clear, that is the dream of taking care of yourself and being successful.

I suspect people have become too comfortable and lazy.  Being poor in America is not such a bad deal when compared to the less developed countries.  There if you don’t work, you don’t eat.  Here we have around 47 million people on food assistance.

People are also afraid of failing.  Shh, don’t let someone know I messed up. Two words are my answer.

So.  What.

Most of the people a person is afraid of finding out they failed are too afraid to take any chances.  But we let these life cowards influence us not to try new things.  Especially those related to us.  Sorry, I will get off of my soap box.

The bigger problem is the emotional anchor of when one has lost hope that outweighs the fear of failure in trying a business.

The answer is entrepreneurship and self-reliance.  Self-confidence.  Without those things the large companies paying the salaries cited in your article never would have existed.



The Valuable Practice of Ignoring Some People Some Of The Time & Certain People All Of The Time

First, all of you saying how rude it is to ignore someone, hold on a second.  When someone talks to you or asks you a question you should respond to that person, right.  To do otherwise would be rude or disrespectful.
I am not advocating you ignore all people all of the time.  But some people some of the time?  Certain people all of the time?  Yes.

Here is why.

People who we like, care for, and/or need something from merit a response.  Strangers could become someone we want in our life.  These are not the people I speak of in this article.

These people are those that fall into one of these categories:

  • Takers.  All they want is something from you.  It could be something material, but it could be your emotions, time, and patience.
  • Intolerants.  One of the most amazing traits of these people is that they believe, will even make a point of telling you, that they are tolerant.  Since their mental paradigm is already bent off its axis, no good will come of engaging in any activity with them.
  • Annoying people.  They might not fall into any of the previous categories.  You might not be able to put a finger on why they bother you, but they do.  Don’t let them.

If you must interact with this type of person, expose yourself to them as little as possible.

That is rude you say?  Is it not rude that they are attempting to suck time and energy you don’t want to give them from your life?

You could find yourself feeling bad for these people.  Why?  Remember how you recognized them being worthy of ignoring them in the first place.  Don’t feel bad for them.  Feel good for you.

And ignoring people can be hard.  It can take practice.  It’s primary purpose is not to be mean, but to live a focused life.  It’s worth it.


A Quick Word About Email Addresses

Email addresses.  Pretty much everyone has at least one.  Many people have multiple email addresses.
Free email account domains are not appropriate for business.  What is a free email domain?

  • GMail
  • Yahoo
  • Hotmail
  • Juno

And so on.

Whenever I see this I cringe.  Using a free email account tells me a couple of things about a person/business.

  • They are lazy.
  • They are unnecessarily cheap.

The answer?  Buy a domain (web address) for your business and then an email account.  You can buy your domain at one company (such as GoDaddy) and email from another company such as Google’s Apps For Work.

Here are the earth shaking costs.

Domain through GoDaddy:  $12 (approximate)

Email from Google Apps For Work: $5 per user per year (You also get a lot of additional functionality included in Google Apps For Work).

Show the world you are serious about your business (and yourself).  Stop using free email services for business.

Innovation With A Hand Drill

Lessons From A Movie: Rush
Have you even been in muggy, humid weather wearing glasses?  Have they ever fogged up on you?  Of course, unless you never wear glasses or even drive a car in these circumstances, you will have experienced your glasses or windshield fogging up.

It’s something that is easy to fix.  You take your glasses off and wipe them.  In the car, you turn on the defroster.  No problem, right?

3d render, formula one car concept

What if you are driving a Formula One race car in a grand prix?  In the rain?  This is exactly what happened in the last race during the 1976 Formula One season at Fuji, Japan.

Visibility was already awful.  It would be worse behind another car as it kicked up spray.  And it could be even worse if your visor fogged up.

One team came up with an idea to help on the fogging up problem.  There needed to be circulation to help the air conditions inside and outside the visor equalize, thereby minimizing condensation.  The solution came in a hand drill.

While waiting to start the race, the crew for British driver James Hunt (who won that race and the championship) drilled holes in his visor.  Problem solved.

Today race helmets have venting and other technologies to minimize condensation.  In 1976, a hand drill did the trick. When working on a problem, it’s a good idea to take a step back and think of how something can be done or made better.  It could be something simple, like a small hole in a visor.