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For as long as I have been old enough to live on my own, I’ve made a habit of living on boats. After graduating high school I took my life savings, plus a loan from the bank, to buy a 26-foot sailboat for $5,000. This little boat was designed in the style of 19th century schooners – it had a double mast (ketch) rig, five foot bowsprit, mermaids molded into the stern, and solid brass dolphins sitting on the rail. Its...

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[subheader element=”h3″ class=”text-left”]Part 2 in a series about 2013 things I did wrong.[/subheader] When I took over the company in 2010, I was broke. I was working sixteen hours a day (or more), and I made a total of seven thousand dollars that year. When my car died in 2011, I started riding my bike to work. I was still working double shifts, but things started to look up a little financially – I...

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[subheader element=”h3″ class=”text-left”]Part 1 in a series about 2013 things I did wrong.[/subheader] I’m a college dropout. I’ve never run a business before, so I’m just learning as I go. Sometimes I feel like the universe is going to find me out and say, “Whoops! He isn’t supposed to be running a company!” Turns out a lot of people feel this way. It’s called...

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I made a few mistakes in 2013, and that’s okay! Everyone makes mistakes. Trial and error is how I learn best. Actually, I think one of my greatest strengths is being really good at “failing up”. As long as I’m learning from my errors, I don’t regret them. In fact, it’s the opposite. I’m happy for the experience. By blogging about what I’ve learned in the past year, perhaps you will have...

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Fresh off the press, get it while it’s hot! The Predictable Profits Playbook: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Dominating Any Market And Staying On Top. The author, Charles Gaudet, runs Predictable Profits, a leading marketing, coaching, and consulting company that specializes in helping small businesses grow and become leaders in their markets. His advice has appeared in media outlets throughout the world, including Fox...

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[lead] Starting a business is tough. Entrepreneurship has been known to cause emotional ups and downs which UCSF’s Michael A. Freeman M.D., a psychiatrist and former VC startup executive, calls “soft bipolar.” [/lead] A condition most commonly known as feelings, “Soft bipolar is a distant cousin to manic depression” writes Bryan Neuberg in a recent article for Pando Daily. It “often includes mild depressive...

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