How to become a type A maniacal entrepreneur

Ever hung out with a true maniacal genius of an entrepreneur?

I’m talking about the type of person who seems to have an inhuman ability to focus.

They have shitty work/life balance. They’ve never heard of lifestyle design. They sometimes forget to eat while working. They’re so weird, they tend to alienate everyone around them.

And yet, they’ve attained incredible levels of success. Something about their almost-Asperger level of weirdness has made this person into a home-run-hitting machine.  [click to continue…]

How gurus exploit imposter syndrome for profit

For entrepreneurs in particular, the internet has become the new late night television. Got a problem? Hurting? Struggling? Click here. There is a guru waiting to give you the answer to all your problems.

Instead of miracle cleaning products or exercise equipment it’s the course, the revolutionary training or seminar that promises “secrets”.

This happens despite the fact that there are no real secrets anymore. The internet has revolutionized our access to information in a way we’re only just beginning to comprehend. The chance that some formula for success is still actually hidden from you is zero.

Yet we keep getting sucked in.

Maybe it’s our enduring sense of imposter syndrome. Entrepreneurs just can’t seem to shake the feeling they don’t know what the hell they’re doing. And they can’t help but suspect that the other guy does[click to continue…]

Why Inbox Zero works &Tim Ferris is wrong

Unshackling us from the idea that answering email equals “winning” is the best thing Tim Ferris ever did for the entrepreneurial community. However, it’s essential to remember that Tim Ferris is an author, which is a type of artist.

For artists, email is an obstacle. It’s a distraction between you and what Steve Pressfield calls “doing the work”. I couldn’t agree more.

Entrepreneurs don’t get to be so idealistic. You – as a business owner – are not a creative island. You need people to know about the work you’re doing. You need to communicate. You need email… hell, you probably need to send a few text messages!

This article isn’t really about Tim Ferris. It’s about ending the demonization of both a powerful communicative tool and the ENTIRE philosophy of communication itself! [click to continue…]

How mega successful entrepreneurs use the holidays to WIN

The way you start 2016 will determine your success.

Astronomically successful entrepreneurs treat the end of their year as a sacred ritual. They get a serious head start by taking advantage of the holiday lull to reflect and plan ahead.

This isn’t just a matter of setting a few goals. 

Wannabe entrepreneurs flub it. They don’t have a good process in place. They know planning is crucial, but not how to do it correctly. Make this mistake and the price you’ll pay is Brain Fog for the next twelve months.

As The Shrink for Entrepreneurs I’ve been able to witness first hand the planning rituals of several insanely successful business owners. These people all have their own personal twist on the process BUT – just like how the fundamentals of a stellar business plan never change – the same fundamental puzzle pieces of good planning are all present at the meta level. 

One of my clients gets weird in the woods – they go out to a cabin to be totally alone. Another spends a ton of time with close family. One journals. Another builds spreadsheets.

All of them are committed to a year-end ritual. And underneath that ritual are three crucial meta-principles that I’m going to break down in this article. Oh, and I’m announcing something kinda big too… [click to continue…]

How wannabe entrepreneurs ruin their New Year

I’m obsessed with the binary differences between mega successful entrepreneurs and the thousands of people struggling to succeed.

You should be obsessed with this too.

If you’re a business owner, you’re playing with some ludicrous odds.

The US Treasury puts out an annual report that shows roughly half of American adults aspire to the idea of starting their own business. Meanwhile the number of people who actually start their own company is a only single digit percentage.

Then, the number of people who achieve wealth or any real sense of freedom through their business… well, it’s a minuscule fraction of an already tiny fraction.

That is why the only question that matters, is this one:

What are the real winners – the mega successful entrepreneurs – doing that everyone else is not?  [click to continue…]