Books I’m Reading, Things I’m Learning Lately

Haven’t updated this website in almost 8 months. I’ve been busy as ever preparing for the launch of Real Food Bar this fall. We’re gearing up to launch completely revamped packaging and the roll-out of three flavors. Check it out here. From a personal standpoint, here’s a quick update. I’ve made goals at the beginning…

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The Six Laws of Influence

This is a follow-up to my previous post on knowledge as currency. One of the most celebrated books in modern America is Dale Carnegie’s, How to Win Friends and Influence People for good reason. The art of persuasion cannot be understated. Like I said in my last post, those who leverage knowledge as currency when they…

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Knowledge as Currency

Our global economy has evolved dramatically over the last two generations. A quick google search of things that were around in the 80’s that are extinct now, produces a whole slew of technological advances (and no, I’m not just talking about neon pants, boom boxes and mullets). Things like recording machines, cassette tapes, records, iPods,…

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#ThursdayThoughts: Stop the Brainstorming Brain Drain

There are two types of entrepreneurs: Those who sit around brainstorming who their customers are while sipping frothy macchiatos Those who spend time actually finding out who their customers are by doing the real work Why is this actually important? Finding out where (i.e. what medium) and what (i.e. content/product that performs better) and why (i.e. qualities that attract…

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Turn a Support Center into a Profit Center

When is the last time you can think of where you were thoroughly impressed by your experience as a customer? Disney almost immediately comes to mind – after all, they are all about creating a “magical” experience. The sheer creativity at Disney blows me away. From a replicated Employees at Disney are instructed to always…

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How we spent 14 days in Hawaii for less than $1300/person

Disclaimer: The above picture was taken from one of our hikes on Oahu. I can’t begin to say enough about the payoffs from racking up hotel points, credit card and frequent flyer miles. Over the course of the last two years, we have literally saved thousands of dollars we would have otherwise spent by redeeming rewards…

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Book Review: Smart Like How

A few months ago, I read a book on career development called, “Smart Like How.” Unlike other books on management, entrepreneurship or business, “Smart Like How” fundamentally challenges traditional assumptions on how to advance in the workforce. The author recognized that people who accelerate through the first stages of their career, are excellent at creating…

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Making Deep Work a Priority in a Distracted World

 Sub-Optimal Work Spending 6 hours wandering in Ikea while perhaps fun, is not the best use of time. In Cal Newport’s Deep Work,  not all work hours are created equal – deep work is that which is spent optimally working in concentrated efforts without interrupted. Cal suggests that deep work spent on cognitively demanding tasks is best…

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Sites I Love

Productivity: Get Pocket – save all of your favorite websites to be viewed at a later date. Easy to bookmark your favorite news articles, how-to guides, etc. Self Journal  – hand writing may seem faux paux, but it’s the best way to remember. The SELF Journal motivates and lays out your days for success by utilizing a…

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