Ideas and Money

July 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

This summer I have been working my way through “The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau, not because I am looking to start a bunch more stuff, but because Chris’ book has a bunch of solid wisdom stories and advice for folks starting or who own a company. I got my copy from the library so you can read it whenever I decide to give it back.

This is a book that I recommend you read with notebook. There is a lot of great tips and wisdom that I will forget without recording them somewhere.

I want to share with you something that I wish I would have latched-on to long ago:

“Tip: When thinking about different business ideas, also think about money. Get in the habit of equating “money stuff” with ideas.” 

-The $100 Startup, page 28

My initial reaction was,

“…but I need to be free from money and all that business stuff to really create great work!”

I think I went about this all wrong…I made the assumption without context. So, I sat and processed that for a bit. And when I say “processed” I wrote it in my notebook and took a few weeks to think about it. Here I am a few weeks later.

For fun, I plugged this notion of ideas and money into my logo “Dream, Build, Create”. In a talk I have given at a college and at a conference I referenced this process of managing ideas that happen:

Dream: Immerse yourself for a few hours or day and ideate, dream, etc. about what you want to do or make. Do not concern yourself at this point. Grab a whiteboard or moleskine and go bananas with brainstorming your dream.

Build: Take time later from the Dream section (it could be later in the day) to estimate, ideally this is where you make a plan of how it would happen with what you have available.

-What resources do I have to make this happen?

-How much money will it take?

-Who else needs to help me?

Create: In this stage, you make an action plan,  set a date, and start creating your dream. And NO MATTER what happens, something must be delivered on this set date. YOU MUST LAUNCH!

After reflecting on this for a few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that the ideas and money concept does fit, but it happens in the “estimate” phase of my formula.

Note to self: don’t forget to figure out the money part!

Here are 3 questions that Guillebeau suggests that your should ask for every idea:

a. How much would I get paid with this idea?

b. How much would I get paid from this idea?

c. Is there a way I could get paid more than once?



Lean Mode

June 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

Black glasses, black v-neck, I have arrived! ...not

I’m enjoying my blog in it’s new “lean mode.” I make the assumption that if you are reading this, then you are probably connected with me via email and social networks.

There are 2 things I want you to pay attention to:

1-blog posts

2-podcast episodes

or #3…I have no idea how to get things back to how there were before…

Hope your Monday is going well!



Just another Monday nite waiting in the car. There's nothing to see here, move along...

[Photo by me]

I have this folder in my My Feedly (RSS reader) called “Creative Inspiration”. I originally built the folders to curate content for work/clients, etc. But lately, I find I need stuff in there that’s just for me.  It took me a long time to get there, but I realized I couldn’t operate on “creative fumes” for long. I had to create a plan to sustain the energy, vision, and drive it takes to create, plan, market, manage, etc.

I post content to my social profiles all the time that fit into 2 different roles:

-What the user will like

-Things that inspire me

I’m finding that the latter is the key to my personal content that I share. Often what I find funny, inspirational, etc. meets the same needs of others.

The most difficult piece for me at the moment is finding what the Fortune 500 companies I used to work for called a “career path.” I’ve often pondered:

-what am I going to do for the rest of my life?

-I can’t work in this room underneath the stairs for the rest of my life, can I?

A recent conversation with my wife, Sharon, was a breakthrough for me. We came to the conclusion that our stories do not end while we are alive. We might feel like the world is ending at times, but the story continues to go on. That’s the beauty of the early 40′s, you have enough wisdom from life experiences to see that if you just hold on a little while longer, there’s more than light at the end of the tunnels, there are pockets to be noticed. There are man-hole covers, door-ways, stairs and more.

I’ll share more in the future as to where all this is heading…for now. Be inspired.



Update on our status:
-Our home is just south of the pre-evacuation at Stapleton Rd. in Falcon. The way the winds were moving Tuesday night we decided to voluntarily evacuate. The line has not moved in 48 hours. We went home last night. Everyone got a good night sleep.
-Both of our vehicles are packed and ready to go. We have made arrangements with another family so that we are ready if we have to do a pre or mandatory evacuation situation.
-Thank you all for your calls, prayers, texts, etc.