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Grown up.

Today my 21-year old son called, asking me if I had an old vacuum he could have for his new apartment. Balloons didn't drop from the ceiling, but they should have.      

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My own Finland.

They say Finland is the world's "happiest place." But what I love about owning a business, is that inside our 4 walls I'm able to create my own Finland. And best of all, you don't have to own a business to try this yourself: You can practice this idea first, right in...

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Acquiescence.

Acquiescence. Watching James Holzhauer dominate Jeopardy, is a reminder that the constraints and rules we often accept without question, could be all in our heads. What rules should you be questioning?

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That project in the corner.

Every business has one - a project that needs to be done, but keeps getting postponed. If you're a job seeker, think about targeting your dream company and suggesting that you take a stab at that overflowing pile in the corner. It may just be the hook that finally...

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Going beyond.

I walked into the AT&T store today where I hadn't been for about a year.   Luke, a young salesperson said,  "Hi Paige." Last week I left some items at the end of my driveway in case anyone wanted them.  I noticed they were gone and felt happy that they had found a...

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Guessing.

Every year my husband and I put together a business plan by culling through past receipts and marketing stats. And while our plan is based on experience, it's just a guess - a stake in the ground to help guide us to where we want to go. Our first year, our plan turned...

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The long payoff.

In the beginning, "doing things the right way" is the only way. In the middle, the slog of putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, feels like a waste of time.  This is the point that short cuts become tempting and people's determination peters out. In...

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I invented the iPhone.

In 2001, I realized that it was quite cumbersome to carry around my Palm Pilot and camera and push-to-talk flip phone. What a good idea it would be to combine all my gadgets into one compact appliance! Lesson learned:  Ideas are cheap without execution.  

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