How To Determine If Franchising Can Be Your Path To Independence

in Decision Making, Helpful Insights, Franchising Jul 16, 2018

This Independence Day, in between the barbecues and fireworks displays, a lot of people are going to be reflecting on their personal desire for career independence.

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Three Key Questions You Need To Ask Before Evaluating Any Franchise Business

in Decision Making, Franchising Jul 3, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you get excited by new and interesting ideas. I’m the type that sees what is possible. Entrepreneurship requires that kind of optimistic enthusiasm, but it can be a double-edged sword.

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How BodeTree Launched A New Venture Investment Fund And Learned Three Important Lessons

in Decision Making, Helpful Insights Jun 28, 2018

One of the things I love most about entrepreneurship is that it allows for continual learning. Every new experiment, product, or strategy serves to make you smarter, more mature, and ultimately wiser.

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For The Franchise Industry, The Times Are A-Changin'

in Franchising Jun 25, 2018

When my company, BodeTree, acquired its way into the world of franchising, one of the things that I was most excited about was the opportunity to bring about a new era of transparency and efficiency in what has been a historically opaque and inefficient sector.

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How To Run A Business In The Post-Truth, Post-Civility World

in Leadership Essentials Jun 21, 2018

We live in the post-truth world. A world where self-awareness, honesty, and respect for facts has given way to selfishness, Machiavellian maneuverings, and casual deceit. It is a world where society has adopted the general belief that facts are malleable, able to be twisted to suit whatever narrative they’re promoting.

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When It Comes To Success In Business, EQ Eats IQ For Breakfast

in Helpful Insights Jun 18, 2018

When I was younger, I bought into the fallacy that the “smartest” person always won. I pushed myself to achieve the highest scores, earn the most recognition, and excel in every field. I worked as hard as I could, but I almost always fell short of my goals.

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A Few Thoughts For Entrepreneurs Wrestling With Depression

in Entrepreneurial Mindset, Helpful Insights, Leadership Essentials Jun 8, 2018

This has been a hard week for those of us who care deeply about depression and the people who wrestle with it. Both entrepreneur/designer Kate Spade and chef/TV personality Anthony Bourdain took their own lives this week, leaving many to wonder why people who seemed to have it all would go to such lengths.

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An Entrepreneur's Letter To His Son

in Entrepreneurial Mindset, Helpful Insights Jun 6, 2018

As a father, I’ve taken to writing letters to my son in an attempt to document the lessons I’ve learned throughout my time as an entrepreneur.

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Entrepreneurs: Remember That Who You Spend Time With Is Who You Become

in Entrepreneurial Mindset, Helpful Insights May 30, 2018

This past weekend, I had the incredible pleasure of watching my best friend, Dr. Andrew Wolf, graduate from medical school. This was a tremendous accomplishment, made even more impressive by the fact that he managed to pick up four additional degrees in the process.

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Why Finding Your Natural Fit Is The Key To Achieving Ecstasis

in Entrepreneurial Mindset, Leadership Essentials May 25, 2018

After reading Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal’s excellent “Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work,” I’ve been diving deeper and deeper into the concept of ecstasis, commonly known as flow.

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