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Entrepreneurship

If I Had to Start Over (Part 3): How to Shortcut Success

Tom Gaddis, here. Do you want to figure out if your business idea is actually worth your time and energy? How can you get your idea off the ground and gain traction as soon as possible? It has nothing to do with “overnight success” (which is a lie), but you can implement strategies TODAY to…

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If I Had to Start Over (Part 2): Ready, Fire, Aim!

Aloha! Tom Gaddis, here. New entrepreneurs often ask me what I would do differently if I had to start over again. They want to know what I can tell them about getting a business off the ground with the knowledge I’ve gained. The first step? Change your mindset about preconceived ideas, but once you’ve made…

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If I Had to Start Over: Mind-shift

Hi! Tom Gaddis, here. Are you stuck in The Matrix of living life on someone else’s terms? What if you could break out of that matrix, start meeting your own goals, and create the life of freedom and fulfillment that you’ve always wanted? When I started out as a marketer, I had no connections or…

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What to Do If You’re Starting From Zero

Two Steps to Start in Online Business On my website and podcast, I give advice about succeeding in online business. I try to take a different approach than the “gurus” out there, who seem to have a perfect 12-step formula to every problem and want you to buy something from them. I understand where the…

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Multiple Streams of Income are More Important Than Ever

A while back, I heard the marketing legend Dan Kennedy say this: “The scariest number in business is one.” He taught that if you only have one of something, you’re always in a precarious position. If you lose that one thing, you’re out of luck. To remedy this, leaders train multiple members of their team…

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Never Let Failure Go To Your Head

There’s a phrase I hear tossed around in the entrepreneurship and self-improvement world. It often comes up when somebody begins winning in their online business for the first time, kind of as a way to curb their enthusiasm and help them think clearly. It goes, “Never let success go to your head.” Put differently, don’t…

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What “Mission Impossible” Teaches Us About Knowing Our Market

When you’re obsessed with something, you start to see reminders of it everywhere.  You become a public speaker, and all of a sudden, you see illustrations to add to your next talk everywhere you go. Or, you becomes obsessed with movies, and find a way to shoehorn a movie quote—or five—into every conversation. It’s as…

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Keep Your Eye On the Ball: Taking Hold Of Your “Someday” Today

Did you know most baseball players’ vision is better than 20/20? It needs to be. Players need to see the ball in the pitcher’s hand sixty feet away and make the snap decision of swinging the bat. The best batters in the league can see the ball clearly and predict its approach. If everything goes…

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We Don’t Need No Education: A Guide to Informal Learning

Traditional education is a controversial topic with would-be entrepreneurs. Talk long enough about entrepreneurial success, and someone is bound to mention a wildly successful person who dropped out of college. These illustrious ranks include people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Rachael Ray, and many more. Bill Gates is perhaps the most…

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The Sega Principles: How Far Will You Go To Close A Deal?

In 1989, Sega went to amazing lengths to sell its products through Walmart so they could compete with Nintendo. Through their actions, we can learn a thing or two about closing deals. But first, let me give you some context. Have you ever heard of the console wars? Today, the most popular video game consoles…

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