Getting My Ass Kicked Made Me A Better Entrepreneur

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It’s something I don’t talk about often, and maybe I should, but I came from a physically abusive home. My step-father growing up used to act out his dysfunction by knocking me around, throwing things, yelling, what have you. As sick as this may sound, I’ve been realizing more and more lately how valuable having a “dysfunctional” childhood was.

Business is dysfunctional. Life is dysfunctional. Pick yourself up and get over it.

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How Talking About My ADHD Helped Me Fight It

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When I was in the third grade, I started taking Ritalin for my ADHD. I was a hyper kid, and my grades were always suffering. I had a hard time focusing on my homework. It’s not that I had anything better to do at eight years old; I was just bored out of my mind.

SQUIRREL!

Growing up with ADHD, you pick up a lot of baggage attached to your self-esteem. I didn’t know the details of what my ADHD meant, and so to me, I was just a slacker, a bad student, an overall failure. I don’t think parents realize how hard it can be for a young person coping with ADHD and feeling like no matter how hard they try, their impulse-control problems from the ADHD makes it that much harder to succeed.

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Are You Pursuing The Dream or Trying To Buy It?

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The other day I got an e-mail from Scott Stratten that ended with a very profound quote. Scott said, “There is more money being made in selling the dream than pursuing it. Be careful.” Does this resonate with you like it did with me? It was just a P.S. at the end of Scott’s newsletter, but I sat there with it for a moment and I’d really like you to do the same.

That’s powerful right? There are a million books out there about self help, ten million blogs, hell even Scott himself is popular because he helps people better master their marketing, or rather their UnMarketing, to grow their business. Every copy of his book that has sold, sold based on the dream, not based on a guarantee. “Your results may vary” as they always say.

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When To Ignore Great Advice

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This week kicks off the TechStars Cloud startup incubator program hosted right here in San Antonio. Eleven eager startup companies from all over the country have come to learn and started officing together at the Geekdom collaborative workspace. I just came from the introductory lunch, see they asked me to be a mentor in the program.

Can you believe it? Me?! A mentor?! (I know right?)

I’ve certainly bent the ear of enough folks over the years to have gathered plenty of useful tidbits of wisdom but what a daunting task it is to see a room full of ridiculously smart people, most of whom are easily smarter than me, and have to find something useful to share, something of value to impart so that their time with me was worthwhile.

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EntreLeadership Here We Come!

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If you’re not a fan of Dave Ramsey, well, you really should be. Dave is the kind of speaker who breaks down a lot of “shoulds” and gives them to you in easy to follow steps. His fame, of course, comes from talking about getting out, and staying out, of debt.

San Antonio is going to be host to the EntreLeadership Master Series, a great place to learn directly from Dave how to grow your business. I’ve just signed up for the program, and as I know many of you reading this might benefit, I wanted to share this video.

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