Show Grit & Never Quit – Lincoln’s Legacy


The epic story of Abraham Lincoln most people don’t know! Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-Winning Lincoln is an epic journey about one man’s crusade to end slavery and Civil War in America. As much as I love Spielberg’s work, the film barely scratches the 16th President’s arduous road to the White House. It’s a fascinating story every […]

Harvard Joe & The Fisherman | Essential 1, Skill 1: Define Success


What’s Your Definition of the Good Life? World Peace ~ Love & Laughter ~ Art & Innovation ~ Giving & Gratitude ~ Friends & Family ~ Money & Fame ~ A Healthy Mind, Body & Soul? Fifteen years before I wrote The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, a friend sent me a fable about how we define success. I included the principle in my […]

Failure is Your Friend: The Genius of Thomas Edison


In The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, I wrote a chapter on famous failures, highlighting one of my first virtual mentors, Thomas Edison. Ranked #1 in Life Magazine’s hundred people who made the millenium, Edison wasn’t just a visionary inventor with over a thousand patents. He was the founder of fourteen companies, including General Electric. He was, in every […]

A Challenge to Give


How lucky are 87% of us? Most of us are blessed with healthy food, shoes, shelter, education, medicine, and clean water. Over a billion people don’t have such luxuries. Kids are at risk. 1 in 7 are hungry. Millions are physically or emotionally challenged. There are communities without schools and schools without books. Disaster relief is needed […]

Tony Hsieh Interview by Cliff Michaels (Part 1 of 2)


A Happy Maverick on a Mission In the Fall of 2011, The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking was 3 months away from launch when I received an endorsement from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay). Tony’s book Delivering Happiness had recently hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list so I was sincerely humbled. As a token of appreciation, I drove from Los […]

Remembering Steve Jobs – The Crazy One


He was a dreamer and a misfit who built one of the most endurable brands in history. He took us through revolutions in computers, music, and entertainment. He even master-minded one of the most popular advertising campaigns in history: Think Different: The Crazy Ones (featuring 17 iconic figures from Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso, Bob Dylan and John Lennon to Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, […]

How to Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Soul


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In The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, I set out to dispel a few myths about born entrepreneurs and the genius-at birth-theory. I analyzed innate talent, I.Q vs E.Q, great teachers, supportive parents, private coaching, soci0-economic advantages, and the value of a college degree. While each of these are a substantial leg-up, well-educated and privileged people often fail miserably in life, […]

3 Degrees of Social Impact is the new 6 Degrees of Separation


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On Nov 22, 2011, a team of scientists at Facebook and the University of Milan released a study based on 721 million Facebook users with a theoretical connectivity of 69 billion friendships. The study showed that any two individuals in the world can be connected through 4.74 acquaintances. Hmmm? That sounds a lot better than 6 […]

2014 Resolutions | 10 TIPS for Goals in Motion!


What Really Happens to New Year Resolutions? Every December 31, we reflect on the past 12 months. What worked? What bombed altogether? Then we set new goals for health, wealth, careers, startup ideas or expanding business. That’s never enough so we pile on passions like writing a novel, adopting puppies, fun with friends, time for […]