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Tag: entrepreneurship

A (crappy) week in the life of this entrepreneur

Ahhhh life as an entrepreneur. It’s so glamorous with things like not having a boss, money falling from the sky, being looked up to by everyone—not to mention the cars, the vacations, and, well, the life! Okay, so if you’re an entrepreneur reading this you’ve probably already laughed. You know how sarcastic that statement really is. Anyone selling the story above is just selling a lie. At least—if that’s the only part of the story they...

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10 Years Later

Time is a funny thing. In multiple ways, certain events seem simultaneously like forever ago and like yesterday. Meeting you, Bill, is one of those events. This month marks 10 years since we first met to talk about doing some client work together. It was “Ideal Design” meets “Designs by Erik.” I wish I could remember how I stumbled across your website that said you were looking for Flash help. Google certainly wasn’t then what it is today....

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Ditching Assumed Constraints Falling into and getting out of the elephant mentality

When I was around fifteen I started learning to play the guitar. I was quickly addicted to the six-stringed muse. Making music was already part of my life, and family, so the quickly developed addiction to playing was no surprise. I remember an early conversation I had with a buddy of mine who was also learning around the same time. We were talking about a specific song we heard on the radio and wanted to learn to play. For the life of us...

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Lessons From Will Smith

Today I wanted to simply share a video I enjoyed watching recently. I've long admired Will Smith for a number of reasons. I came across a video someone made stitching together numerous interview clips of Smith talking about perseverance, work ethic, talent, and more. Here are a few of the quotes that I particularly enjoyed: If you're not making someone else's life better, you're wasting your time. Your life will become better by...

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People Over Profits

Focus Lab doesn’t have Core Values. My theory is that you can’t hire someone then dictate what they value. Sure, you can limit who you hire to only those who already value what you do; but I don’t like that limitation. Rather than defining and pushing Core Values on team members, we have a set of Core Standards. These are standards we hold one another to, and strive to push each other to continually improve upon. They serve as the foundation...

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