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C'mon... Reach Out. Say Hello. Make Some Serendipity Happen.

It’s amazing how many interesting people are around me. I’m not even talking about the people I truly know like family, friends, work colleagues, etc., but the people I just happen to run into at Starbucks, through happen-stance introductions, etc. I’m wearing earbuds now, but it’s truly amazing when you unplug at times and say hello to the person next to you. If you’re an entrepreneur or aspiring to be, it’s one of the practices I suggest to others – get comfortable just talking to others.
My friend recently shared an article from the Art of Manliness - Be More Memorable: How to Better Answer the 3 Questions You Always Get Asked When Meeting Someone New. It’s one of those posts that reminds me of why you should introduce yourself sometimes to the random person next to you. That is, you can hear about another’s story as well as refine your own. In the world of startups and the constant barrage of information and social media, it’s good to separate yourself from the pack by having ge…

5 Leadership Lessons from Mama Duck and Her Ducklings

Every once in a while, you stumbled on some hilarious YouTube video involving kids or kittens or in my case, ducklings. Okay, so these days, maybe it's not "every once in a while" as much as it is "very often" thanks to everyone sharing everything. The video I recently saw had some obscure leadership lessons that I wanted to share. Yes, of course there are leadership lessons from watching ducklings go up stairs.

You ready? Okay, check out this video first: Ducklings vs. Stairs
Note: when you reach the bottom of this article (read it, don't just scroll!), I'll treat you to another hilarity by ducklings (in the wind). However, no leadership lessons I'm drawing from that one.
Let's just do as ducks do, dive (or jump) into it:

Perseverance. Okay, this was easy, but it's only easy to point out because it's so important. How often do you think you've approached a seemingly "impossible" task, only to give up short of success?Lear…

Spinning Wheels on the Next Move, but Finding Traction with a Serial Entrepreneur

The last several months for me have been… interesting. Since Body Boss became a zombie, I’ve been poking and prodding and brainstorming and wandering what the Next Move is. I’ve helped out a startup with business development, but decided it wasn’t a good long-term fit. Though, I still have demos and conversations just to practice. It would appear at times that I’m spinning my wheels.
I’ve been putting myself in various positions whether that be working with startups, interviews of restaurateurs, and of course, good ole reconnects with friends and otherwise. A couple weeks ago, I was staring down from a new nadir… unable to sleep, I got up and wrote a Proclamation of sorts to my close friends and family about continued support and to push me and hold me accountable to what I’m trying to achieve. Needless to say, it was a dash of poignant revelations and a whole lot of “I think I can, I think I can”. It’s good to know I have some very good family and friends who push me and are support…

Knowing When to Step Away, Even When You’re the CEO

I’ve been heads down trying to get this new startup I’ve got going that for one of the first times in a while, my mind was drawing a blank as to what I should post about. I’m not quite where I want to be for the startup to post anything about it, yet, so I’ll curb that. Instead, I did read an article recently about the CEO of MongoDB, Max Schireson stepping down.
MongoDB is one of the hot techs out there right now. When you think up-and-coming and leading edge tech, it’s right there at the top with a recent valuation of $1B according to the article on Business Insider – Why This CEO Happily Just Quit The Best Job He’s Ever Had.
Schireson cites his crazy travel schedule considering he and his family lives in Palo Alto while the company is headquartered in New York. He’s on course to break 300,000 miles this year! (As a former frequent flyer (Delta Diamond, for the win) and now sparse traveler, ah, I want that.) Anyways, he’s leaving the post and stepping into a Vice Chairman role.
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