Virgins & Dead Poets > A Tribute To Robin Williams


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20 YEARS GO, I walked into a Manhattan deli. Robin Williams and Billy Crystal strolled in behind me. I looked at Billy and said, “You look Maaaahveous!” Billy winked at me. Then I turned to Robin and said, “Carpe Diem.” Robin smiled and said, “Carpe diem kid … make your life extraordinary!” I was crushed by Robin’s passing this year (1951-2014). He was more than […]

What’s Your Giving Pledge?


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For Your Giving Consideration Of the 9 billion people on earth, 87% of us are blessed with food, shoes, shelter, education, medicine, and clean water. But somewhere, someone is suffering in ways we cannot fathom. A billion are hungry and homeless. Over 2 billion don’t have clean water. Just as many kids are at risk. Many are physically and emotionally challenged. There […]

The Genius Gift of Thomas Edison – Limitation Inspires Innovation


In The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking, I wrote a chapter on famous failures, highlighting one of my first 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 and in every sense of the word, an entrepreneurial thinker […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]