Why Coffee Shops Are Better Than Golf Courses for Small Business Deals

I’m admittedly not an avid golfer. I’ve never negotiated a deal on the green. But, I have closed many deals over a fresh cup of java. I personally find coffee houses to be the perfect neutral grounds for dialogue, be it business or personal. And you can switch it up a lot, especially if you’reContinue reading “Why Coffee Shops Are Better Than Golf Courses for Small Business Deals”

How Hip Hop Sharpens My Entrepreneurial Mind

First and foremost, this post involves HIP HOP. I’m not referring to just the average, payola-radio-rotation, mindless, ridiculous and foolish rap for dummies. I myself am a poet and a lyricist, so content very much matters to me. Examples of HIP HOP artists whose music helps to sharpen my mental include: Immortal Technique, Mos Def,Continue reading “How Hip Hop Sharpens My Entrepreneurial Mind”

What Teaching 2nd Graders in Summer School Taught Me About True Leadership

I’ve been in many leadership roles, within the military, business, academics and beyond. All come with unique challenges. But, by far, my most challenging role as a leader was over this past summer as an ELA summer school teacher for 2nd graders. They are a fun but tough bunch. As a teacher you come intoContinue reading “What Teaching 2nd Graders in Summer School Taught Me About True Leadership”

Books to Read While in Transition

Reading can be therapeutic, especially during times of change and transition. I find it important to fuel positive thinking, develop new skills, sharpen strengths, resolve weaknesses, act on passions, and stay focused on the road ahead while also maintaining creativity when I experience transition and change. Reading has gotten me through many change windows, beContinue reading “Books to Read While in Transition”

Lessons I Learned From My Neighborhood Fruit Stand: “For Everything, There is a Season.”

Originally posted on kendricklaw:
I live in Lithonia, Georgia 20 miles east of the city of Atlanta. Some think it’s the country but to me its semi-urban. I represent 54,000 Georgians in the House of Representatives all the way to Loganville (that’s country!). One of the BEST parts about public service is the diversity of people within…

Things Not Taught In Business School…(a repost from FreelancersUnion.org)

School can only teach you so much. The real lessons of entrepreneurship are picked up along the way. While you undoubtedly would have learned important things and formed new networks in business school, this acquired wisdom — your experience with clients, with projects, and with keeping your own deadlines — is probably worth more thanContinue reading “Things Not Taught In Business School…(a repost from FreelancersUnion.org)”

The Inevitable Numbers Game in Entrepreneurship

As the saying goes, “numbers don’t lie”. People can fudge numbers and lie through them, but even such fake numbers can tell the truth on real fraud. I brought up this saying because the numbers generated through business accounting are critical to a company and its life span. All of the many different financial reportsContinue reading “The Inevitable Numbers Game in Entrepreneurship”

5 Important Lessons I Learned When I Stopped Being Lazy…

(repost from an article by Adam Fogle) 1. Open my mind, embrace change and strive to do better. 2. Learn from the experiences of others rather than trying to figure everything out myself. 3. Read. Never stop reading. 4. Surround myself with great people and great ideas. 5. Be positive and get excited about newContinue reading “5 Important Lessons I Learned When I Stopped Being Lazy…”

10 Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2014

Posted by:James Altucher 1) The middle class is dead. A few weeks ago I visited a friend of mine who manages a trillion dollars. No joke. A trillion. If I told you the name of the family he worked for you would say, “they have a trillion? Really?” But that’s what happens when ten million dollarsContinue reading “10 Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2014”