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Want to Achieve Your Goals Faster? Enlist Strangers. Here’s How . . .

Written by Brad Aronson 58 Shares

When my wife (then girlfriend) and I were recent college graduates, she got into law school. She should’ve been excited, but she wasn’t. She wanted to work in cooking. She was a great cook but had no professional or educational experience that would help her land a culinary job. Not to mention that cooking jobs paid very little. Like a responsible adult, she planned to go to law school because that’s what she thought she was supposed to do. Like an irresponsible adult, I convinced her to pursue her passion instead. (I’m sure my future ...

Let’s Do Something that Matters – Six Life Lessons from Rap Star Darius Weems

Written by Brad Aronson 71 Shares

This story revolves around Darius Weems, a 23-year-old man who recently launched his rap career. His album from New Sound Entertainment, My Life in This Chair, is out and has received rave reviews. I’m arguably not the best judge of rap music, but I think his music is great.

Darius is living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). One in every 3,500 boys is born with this fatal disease and generally lives only into his teens or twenties (WebMD). It’s the disease that Jerry Lewis’s telethons raised money to try to cure.

In 2005, Darius ...

4 Life or Death Lessons in Entrepreneurship and Business from Freddy Krueger

Written by Brad Aronson 52 Shares

If you want to succeed in a startup or business you can learn a lot from Freddy Krueger…

Persistence – For this trait you can imagine Freddy Krueger or any horror movie villain for that matter. You know the type; you shoot them ten times and throw them into the ocean to die and they still come back for more. Entrepreneurs have to be just as resilient. Your company’s crises and catastrophes must be mere flesh wounds that would only destroy a weaker businessperson.

Krueger was actually killed in some of his movies, but that ...

Caine’s Arcade: Your Inspiration for Today

Written by Brad Aronson 46 Shares

If you have 10 minutes, this video is a fantastic use of your time. If you don’t have 10 minutes, squeeze this in anyway.

This video is about an entrepreneurial 9-year old who built an elaborate arcade entirely out of cardboard boxes. You’ll love him and the thoughtful kindness of stranger Nirvan Mullick, the first customer of Caine’s Arcade.

The video made me tear up a little bit (I’m serious about the tears – this isn’t just a cover for my secret life as a Navy SEAL). Let this inspire you to do something ...

Love the Employees Who Leave You

Written by Brad Aronson 33 Shares

Too many managers take a departure so personally that it makes a future relationship with that employee difficult. There are even corporate cultures that include shunning employees who leave. Our employees will leave. They’ll leave for a promotion somewhere else, for more money, for a better manager and so on. Whether or not we agree with why they’re leaving, it was our responsibility to retain them and not their responsibility to stay.

We shouldn’t blame them for leaving. We should embrace them, wish them well and avoid talking behind their backs. We should participate in ...

A Mission Statement for Life

Written by Brad Aronson 28 Shares

While reading Inc. Magazine, I discovered Holstee’s manifesto. Holstee designs and sells “mindful” products. Their manifesto is an inspiring mission statement for their business and more importantly, for anyone’s life.

Click the image below to visit Holstee’s web site. By the way, code “newfriend” will get you 20% off. (I have no affiliation with Holstee. I just find their mission statement inspiring.)

 

Mission Statement For Life
Mission Statement For Life

 

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Microlending Reid Hoffman’s Money at Kiva.org

Written by Brad Aronson 1 Shares

Thanks to LinkedIn’s generous founder, Reid Hoffman, you can use his money to make your first microloan. These very small loans help entrepreneurs in third world countries fund or expand their businesses so they can become self-sufficient. The repayment rate for these loans is an astonishing 98.94%. The incredible repayment rate points to microloans through nonprofit Kiva.org as a sustainable method for helping with poverty.

If you’re interested in loaning out Reid’s money, click the below link and choose an entrepreneur to loan $25. (When you get to Kiva.org, scroll down the page for full ...

Selling More By Embracing Your Weaknesses

Written by Brad Aronson 1 Shares

In the early days of my business, it took me months to overcome my anxiety when clients or prospects were visiting, and I’d go to extremes to dress up our offices. Before one pitch, we spent an entire weekend improving our space. We borrowed furniture from my uncle and another tenant. We even took pictures of where we put everything, so we could set things back up if the prospect returned.

I was especially anxious the week The Discovery Channel and Roche Pharmaceuticals were coming. Our office was in a distressed part of Philadelphia. Our ...

Avoid this Dangerous Employee Retention Mistake

Written by Brad Aronson 2 Shares

“Let’s talk about our employee turnover numbers,” my boss requested.

We were reviewing our employee retention so I started going through the list of people who had left over the past few months.

“We’re happy that person left,” I said about one of our employees.

“Well I’m not,” my boss responded.

I stopped. I thought it was good that the person who quit was someone we didn’t want at the company.

My boss had another perspective. “How many other underperformers do we have on the team whom we’re simply hoping will quit?” he asked.

I ...

10 Great Business Lessons from Mark Cuban

Written by Brad Aronson 557 Shares

I recently finished Mark Cuban’s book, How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

, and loved it. Here are some highlights and quotes from the quick, interesting and funny read (not to mention it’s only $2.99).

1)    Learn to sell. In business you’re always selling – to your prospects, investors and employees. To be the best salesperson put yourself in the shoes of the person to whom you’re selling. Don’t sell your product. Solve their problems.

2)    Customers want to see that you have other ...

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