Designed Creativity

Creativity is often seen as some random process that flows spontaneously throughout our lives.  Creativity can be elusive and cannot be called upon on demand. However, structures that are intended to facilitate creativity can be designed. Structures for creativity provide outlets that allow flow to happen more easily and fluidly. Designing to facilitate creativity allows creativity to be produced more …

Mapping

We often think of ourselves as autonomous beings that don’t create cause and effect. But reality proves that our actions and work are not performed in a vacuum but rather in an ecosystem. Ecosystems are intricately connected, take away or add one aspect to the structure and you will have effectively changed the entire system.  Every action taken has a …

Website Buyers Guide

No one woke up thinking I need to buy more websites today. Normally we have goals or reasons as to why we want to purchase a site. However, it is really easy to get trapped in the cliche business reasons for a website. Such as, I need more brand presence, we need more marketing, or we need to increase sales …

The Endgame

The “endgame.” It’s the only game to play, it’s the only game that matters, and, to be serious, it is the only game that exists. Very few people play for the end game. Most people only play for the here and now. They play for the instant gratification, they make choices and decisions based on how fast they will see results. …

Free

There is no such thing as “free.” If there was anything truly free, that means that no one ever paid a price for it. That would break the laws of economics, it just doesn’t exist. There are such things as gifts, but no such thing as free. Someone always pays for free. So, what are you getting that’s free? What are …

Chasing Numbers

Recently, one of my good friends talked about people who are just out to chase a number: price is the only thing that matters to them. They are only looking at the price tag to help them make a decision. To be honest, that’s how a lot of people operate, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s another way to …

The 99%

Growing up, my Dad was big on hard work. On the weekends we worked on projects around the house. As I grew older, I farmed with my uncle, built a house with my Dad, and once I was old enough to get a job, I did. My father wasn’t a taskmaster, but he understood the importance of hard work and it …

The Cost

Most people don’t think about the cost of doing nothing, or the cost of indecision. Indecision is worse than a bad decision. You can learn from a bad decision. You can grow from failure. You can turn a loss into a win, but you can never succeed from indecision. Indecision is a sea of “what ifs”: What if we market this …

Founded

Our world today is a world of instant gratification. Everything we need we can get easily and quickly. We no longer grow our own food, build our houses, or walk long distances to get somewhere. Most of the upcoming generation and even parts of my generation have a problem with time. The time it takes to build something. The time it …

Expectation

Expectations are a big deal in our lives. We all have them and whether we think about them or not we have them. Stated or unstated. Expectations are just like opinions too, everyone has one, and just like opinions, expectations can be selfish. We set them for others without ever talking about them. We have goals and tasks that we want …