The Prerequisite to a Meaningful Business Plan? Know What Moves You.

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In our clearest moments, entrepreneurs know we don’t do it for the money. Money’s a part of it, sure. But money isn’t the main fuel for our fire. We don’t start businesses to win accolades or to see our names accessorized with “Founder” or “CEO.” We start businesses to change something: something in our own lives that […]

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Changing Your World, One Flossed Tooth at a Time

Curiosity Experiment No. 27: Step by Step

I wrote a blog post this week that seems to have resonated with a lot of people; it’s about online communities, and more specifically, what I can do to build the Internet I want to experience. It emerged from a recognition that while I try to be conscious in my off-line consumption habits – for […]

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The Invisible Campfire of Online Communities

Campfire: photo by Dawn on Flickr

When was the last time you felt a deep sense of connection with someone else online? Maybe it was today – reading a blog post that articulated something you’ve been trying to express for ages, or seeing a friend’s face light up over Skype, or witnessing something beautiful and human captured on video. And maybe […]

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How Do You Want Your Summer Vacation to Feel?

Curiosity Experiment No. 26: Vacation

One of the most simple yet profound shifts I’ve made in the last couple of years has been thanks to Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map, in which she suggests that we replace our focus on goals and achievements with the question, “How do I want to feel?” Not just, “How do I want to feel […]

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5 Questions for Resolving Workplace Disagreements

A message pops up in the company chat channel: A new marketing idea “for discussion” from a colleague. You’re immediately irritated, because you’ve got a hundred other things on your plate and deadlines looming – but you also have strong opinions and want to ensure they’re heard. You compose a terse reply, aware that it’s lacking […]

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Seeking advice? Here’s what you might really be looking for.

Curiosity Experiment No. 25: Reassurance

Yesterday I spoke with an old friend who is launching a new business. She asked my advice on several aspects of entrepreneurship, but we both realized early on that the real questions she needed answers to were universal ones: Am I crazy? (Nope.) Is it normal to be this scared? (Uh-huh.) Do you really think […]

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