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November 07th, 2010 | Author:

One of the best tips for business or life in general is that when you make a commitment, you keep it. If you don’t keep your commitments, it’s the quickest way to have people not trust or believe you.

My parents have had this saying for as long as I can remember. “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” If you say you will do something, then do it. If you think you won’t be able to do what you say, then you better not make the commitment in the first place.

Sometimes no matter how hard we try or even if our intentions were right, things can still happen where we can’t keep our commitments. If something unexpected happens, the best way to deal with the situation is to communicate right away. Never let the other person wonder what happened to you because chances are, especially if they don’t know you prior to that, they could think of you as a flake.

Stick to your commitments. People will know they can count on you. There’s no secret to this. It’s just common sense.

October 12th, 2009 | Author:

There are probably those rare situations where someone becomes famous or successful overnight but they are definitely the exception.

Most of us have to work hard, whether it’s starting a business, becoming a musician, athlete, or actor.  Pretty much anything you choose to do is going to take a lot of effort.

This is easy to say but that doesn’t mean I always like doing it.  Everyone, no matter what age you are, is going to get tired of work, work, and more work, especially if you can’t see the reward right away.  That’s why everyone, but especially a kid, needs someone to support and encourage them when they want to quit.  And that will happen at some point.  That’s where a parent or other mentor really helps.  Maybe it’s their age or their experience but somehow my parents can see the possibilities and opportunities much farther down the road than I can.  But I keep learning as I go.

Success won’t happen overnight.  The only guarantee is that if you quit, nothing will happen.

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May 17th, 2009 | Author:

My grandma says that the best learning is from the school of life.   It didn’t make much sense the first time I heard that but since I started my business, I have learned more about life and business than they ever teach in school.   Some of the things I have learned with my business are pretty basic but they still don’t teach or spend time on them in school like balancing a checkbook or legal aspects of business or even the art of conversation which a lot of people could definitely use.

Many schools still take field trips but a lot of times, those are just for fun even though they say they relate to a particular subject.   Kids like them but use them as just another excuse to get out of a day of class.  Life outside of school when you are involved in a business or charity work can teach you so many valuable lessons.

Below are some topics that I think should be covered in school, even as early as middle school.   Having an introduction to these things would make more kids ready for life than just what they are taught from a textbook.   Isn’t that what school is for?  To get us ready for the real world?

  • Public speaking (and not just memorizing poetry or speeches)
  • Interviewing with the media (which would be good for job interview experience)
  • Social networking (learning how to communicate with a large variety of people)
  • Profit and loss (or at least some basic business finance)

One of my video games even teaches things that aren’t taught in school.  It’s called Runescape and it is an amazing game that teaches about economics.  School is great for the basics, but life teaches you more.