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What am I missing?I’m growing famous for my “Amish Hours.” This is where I sit in silence for one hour and just think.During these Amish Hours, I reflect on my business growth but I also question why I haven’t gotten further.I’ll think something like, “if Gary Vee was running my business, it would be 50X the size!”Ok, Gary, I…
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There’s a great book called “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. In it, Pressfield talks about the The Fear of Success. He says the fear of success is not that you‘re afraid that a million bucks won’t be all that great, rather it’s what achieving that “millionaire” status will cost you.In other words, the fear…
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“A business becomes successful through the accumulation of selfless decisions.”As a human being, we have all been programmed to survive this crazy world. The primary features of this programming include not doing risky things, staying within the familiar and putting yourself first to ensure survival.Most of our emotions and neural programs revolve around keeping you…
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Most high profile acquisitions don’t pay off. But the ones that do, pay off biglyThree weeks ago, “someone” floated the idea of PayPal buying Pinterest. PYPL plunged 5% the next day (shedding the value of Under Armour) and the company then denied the rumors. Our thesis: PayPal’s management leaked the story as a trial balloon, and…
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No Mercy No MaliceLet’s consider the tools we have availableDon Draper suggested that when you don’t like what’s being said, you should change the conversation. Facebook is trying to change the conversation to the Metaverse. But we should keep our eyes on the prize, and not look stage left so the illusionist can continue to depress…
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No Mercy/No MaliceDigital ad fraud could be a $150 billion business by 2025, which would make it the largest criminal enterprise after the drug tradeIf Edward Snowden was injected with a megadose of Super Soldier Serum, he’d look something like Frances Haugen. Perhaps Haugen’s disclosures — that among so many other evils, Zuckerberg knew Facebook’s products “harm children” — means that…
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No Mercy No MaliceFirms would love to have us believe that society’s biggest problems can be fixed as our stock portfolios explode in valueNote: I was not under influence of Zacapa or edibles writing this one … so it’s wonky. Oh well, my blog.A perfect storm may be brewing: tech, software as a service (SaaS), and climate change. My…
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No Mercy No MaliceHelping students catch up may be the pandemic’s most enduring challengeMiles of plexiglass, masks, and deranged parents. Back to school 2021 feels more like Stranger Things than the fall ritual we grew up with. Yet there’s an eerie sameness between this fall and the previous most-unusual-back-to-school year of our lives … last year. Classrooms…
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No Mercy No MaliceChina is financially connected to the U.S. in ways the USSR never wasThe Hall of Fame for Catastrophic Geopolitical Decisions is concluding its first-ballot induction of the decision to nation-build in Afghanistan. After we acknowledge the recency bias, and stop blaming Biden or Trump, we can ask W to write, in chalk made from…

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There is no such thing as competition.Great companies don’t compete. Bad businesses do. So if you are worried about competition, what category does your business fall into?There are three lessons that I intend to quickly teach you through this blog post.Lesson #1: The Category KingMost entrepreneurs that I’ve dealt with have opened up shop by making an improvement…

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There is no such thing as competition.Great companies don’t compete. Bad businesses do. So if you are worried about competition, what category does your business fall into?There are three lessons that I intend to quickly teach you through this blog post.Lesson #1: The Category KingMost entrepreneurs that I’ve dealt with have opened up shop by making an improvement…

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No Mercy No MaliceThe greatest assault on American middle-class prosperity is the relentless, four-decade-long inflation in higher educationIn 1980 a gallon of gasoline cost $1.19. Today it’s $3.41, a 2.7% annual increase. But undergraduate tuition has risen nearly three times as fast: 6.7% a year at public colleges, for an increase of nearly 1,400%. The greatest…

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