Productivity

The CYA Email — Will We Ever Be Free?

The CYA Email — Will We Ever Be Free?

We are adults, right? You would think doing your job would be enough.

You would think all the hours you spend on work and meetings to deliver a project would be enough.

You would think the verbal status report you give in your weekly meetings would be enough.

Sadly, in our “if it isn’t in writing it didn’t happen” culture, often that just doesn’t cut it.

Will we ever see a time when we no longer need the infamous CYA (Cover Your Ass) email?

25 Things About Starting a Business

25 Things About Starting a Business

1. Quotes, meetings, invoices, taxes and collecting payments are over half the job.

2. Read your contracts, NDAs and get them signed, religiously.

3. Your customers and clients are the heroes, you are the guide and problem solver.

4. Never start a project without a contract.

5. Charge 50% or more up front every time.

6. Even your best friend or favorite client will not pay you on time, sometimes.

7. 30 min is more than enough for “can I run something by you.”

8. Be your own project manager.

9. Always be learning, growing and evolving.

10. Never promise something the next day.

11. Run your brand like you run a client project.

12. Your brand is your calling card - dress, speak, act appropriately and be on time.

13. Get a lawyer and have them know you and your business.

14. Learn and know how to handle your finances and cash flow.

15. Ask for the raise, ask for more than you think you are worth.

16. Don’t expect anyone else to work as hard as you do, even when paid well.

17. Build your alliances and allies fiercely.

18. Don’t let anyone push you to quit when you deserve to be there.

19. Never shit where you eat.

20. That cool name was probably thought of by someone else, do your research.

21. Focus on helping people, not the money.

22. Build relationships — one person at a time.

23. Automate, optimize and hire people smarter than you for the things you don’t like doing.

24. Know your exit strategy.

25. Define your passion and go for it, redefine as needed.

Bonus round: its not work if you love what you do.

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What's Your Story Morning Glory - How Do You Start Your Day?

What's Your Story Morning Glory - How Do You Start Your Day?

The first part of waking up is something I find extremely interesting. That moment upon waking when you choose how you start your day. Do you immediately grab your phone? Is there a child/pet in your face? Gonna have some morning sex? Toss on the clothes and hit the gym? Rush to your laptop? Mediation? The list is vast and deep.

Routine.

Routine.

Routine.

Sometimes thought of as the mundane, the ordinary. Repita, por favor.

To learn The Hustle, yes the dance, it’s not one and done. As a kid at the YMCA in Anderson, Indiana I watched my parents glide across the dance floor with the other adults for dance class. Disco fabulous. I learned a version of it along with them on the sidelines, finger pointing in the air, channeling my inner Travolta.