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There are a TON of great business books out there. As CEO of LongerDays (and just kind of a nerd about it) it’s in my interest to read as many of the good ones as I can, and I’ve come to discover that some are much better than others… The following three are the best I’ve read, but if I had to cut one from the list it would be The Four Hour Work Week. It’s a great book, but the lessons from The E-Myth...

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Last week, I said I’d write a follow up post about how I overcame depression. I feel silly even saying I “overcame depression,” because to me, depression seems petty in comparison to “real problems.” It’s not cancer, it’s not being a Syrian refugee… But that’s a part of the problem that depression poses – even if you’re feeling lost, hopeless, or worse… You may...

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Most of us are well versed in music and movies. We talk about our likes and dislikes, new discoveries, and old favorites. We talk about platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and Pandora. We easily share information and learn from each other… Unfortunately, money is not like this. Money is taboo. As a society, we don’t talk about it – and the transfer of knowledge is slow. Far too many young people have no retirement...

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My parents run a commercial painting business. When I was about 20, my dad asked me to learn a program call Filemaker Pro and to build him an estimating software. It was a ton of fun. I learned A LOT about calculating production rates, which vary based on the coat of paint being applied (1st, 2nd, 3rd), type of paint being applied, substrate the paint is being applied to, etc. I also gained insight on how production rates affect...

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I failed out of the only accounting class I ever took: Accounting 101. Now that I run LongerDays, I wish I would have paid more attention. I could go take a college accounting course, but I’ve come to realize that accounting isn’t necessary for me to know as a business owner. It’s interesting and often helpful for revealing trends, but it’s overcomplicated… What I need to know at the end of the day...

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It’s currently 1:01am on Thanksgiving Day, so it seems appropriate that I should start by saying how grateful I am for the success that we have experienced at LongerDays over the last few years. LongerDays has grown rapidly, almost too rapidly at times. It’s quite the fun, exciting experience, but we’ve been figuring most of this stuff out as we go – and the learning curve has been awfully steep. Making...

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